IV Therapy

IV Therapy

Why IV therapy and what is in it anyway?

Why get IV Therapy vs taking a multivitamin?  By the time the body shows signs of weakness such as illness, dehydration, fatigue, skin issues, sleep problems anxiety etc. its probably too late for oral vitamins and minerals. IV nutrients and minerals can provide the body with serum concentrations that just aren’t obtainable with oral or even intramuscular injection.  Since we want to do “something” when don’t feel our best, frequently we turn to medications to bandaid the symptoms when really we just need to give the body what it needs to help it heal itself.  So what is in the IV anyway?  I like the to keep it simple and focused with fluid hydration of course, a Myer’s cocktail, Glutathione and NAD.  So what is all that?

Myers Cocktail-Was developed originally by the late Dr John Myers MD who pioneered the use of intravenous (IV) vitamins and minerals as part of an overall treatment for various medical issues.  Some of the chronic conditions he successfully treated included fatigue, depression, asthma, migraines, fibromyalgia, sinusitis, seasonal allergies, heart palpitations and more.  What is included in the “cocktail” is magnesium, calcium, B complex, and vitamin C.

Glutathione-Adequate availability of glutathione is critical for maintaining health, protecting the body from toxins, and promoting longevity.  It is the major antioxidant of the body.  It is responsible for detoxification, neutralizing free radicals, cellular metabolism and apoptosis and many more.  Glutathione depletion has been associated with many diseases of aging and high levels are associated with health and longevity.

Direct administration and promotion of production of glutathione have been used effectively in a wide range of diseases: Parkinson’s, peripheral obstructive arterial disease, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, COPD, preterm infants autism, contrast-induced nephropathy, chronic otitis media, lead exposure, nail biting, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, exercise-induced fatigue.  It has an important role in immune function and is one of the strongest anti-cancer agents made by the body.

NAD-Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is well-known as a cofactor in many biological functions. In addition to its important effect in energy metabolism. NAD also has a critical role in calcium homeostasis, gene expression, signal transduction, and immunological functions and can delay aging and cell death.  NAD+ levels have been reported to decline during aging and age-related diseases. Recent studies have shown that raising intracellular NAD+ levels represents a promising therapeutic strategy for age-associated degenerative diseases in general and to extend lifespan.


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