What is IV & IM therapy and how does it benefit the body?
We need to replenish many of our vitamin, mineral and nutrient levels on a daily basis. In general, this is accomplished through consuming a balanced diet, full of nutrient-dense, whole foods. Water soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C and the B vitamins, are used up and excreted more quickly during high bouts of stress. Several lifestyle and environmental factors can also deplete our vitamin and other nutrient resources including:
- alcohol consumption;
- high caffeine intake;
- cooking methods (e.g. boiling vegetables leaches the vitamin C into the water);
- eating produce that is not fresh; and
- physical and psychological stress.
Why are vitamins and minerals important?
Vitamins and minerals are essential co-factors that allow the body to function properly. For example, vitamin C helps to reduce inflammation, is important for the production of collagen, functions as an anti-oxidant to protect against free radical damage and is essential for maintaining optimal immune system function.
Anyone experiencing the burden of chronic illness is subject to additional stresses placed on the body and organs of detoxification. These individuals may become fatigued more easily, as the adrenals try to cope with the health imbalances while maintaining basic cellular function necessary to sustain life. While nutrient levels can be increased by consuming more fresh foods, there is a limit as to how much you can eat!
IV infusions and intramuscular injections alleviate this problem via bypassing the digestive system and circulating the nutrients directly into the bloodstream.
Is IV therapy right for me?
It is important to first consult with our Integrative GPs to discuss the kind of treatment that’s best for you. All infusions and injections are administered under the supervision of a qualified medical practitioner.
How does it work?
The principle behind IV therapy is to saturate the body tissues with high levels of the nutrient formulation. Because excess water-soluble vitamins are excreted by the urinary system they don’t build up in the body but maintaining adequate hydration levels to support kidney function is recommended. The recommendation for pure, daily water intake is approximately 30 ml per kilogram of body weight – bear in mind that caffeine and alcohol are both dehydrating. For every one cup of coffee you consume, you should be drinking an extra cup of pure water. This may help you to cut back on the caffeine too – you might find it inconvenient to be constantly running to the loo! A reduction in water consumption shrinks the bladder muscle and over time this can lead to poor bladder control.
Did you know humans, apes, and a few other species lack the ability to produce vitamin C? Maintaining a daily and adequate intake of vitamin C is imperative for optimal health.
Pioneers of IV vitamin therapy, Dr Linus Pauling and Dr Alan Gaby have both been big advocates for the medical use of vitamin infusions, with Dr Gaby experimenting with this concept since the early 1980s. Let’s briefly take a look at a few scientific trials supporting the use of IV vitamin infusion therapy.
A study by Chen et al., (2005) found that high dose IV vitamin infusions selectively killed cancer, but not normal cells, due to the effect of extracellular saturation of vitamin C. The high dose of vitamin C produced hydrogen peroxide which broke down into oxygen within the extracellular fluid. Oxygenation of tissues helps to protect against tissue degeneration. Padayatty et al., (2006) found that plasma concentrations of vitamin C above 1,000 umol/L was toxic to some cancer cells but not to normal cells in vitro. Mikirova et al., (2012) found that intravenous vitamin C at doses of 7.5-50 grams reduced systemic inflammatory markers, such as pro-inflammatory cytokines and C-reactive protein. In this study 45 patients with prostate, breast, bladder, pancreatic, lung, or thyroid cancer were treated at the Riordan Clinic in Wichita, Kansas.
Call Elevate at 9252 2225 today for more information, or to book a consultation with one of our Integrative GPs and find out if IV therapy is right for you.