People ask me that question all the time when they learn of what I do, which is understandable, given that IV therapy has only become more and more popular outside of hospitals in the past 5 years or so. To me, the answer is always the same:
Placebo, efficiency, and risk to benefit ratio.
Okay, I didn't really mean placebo. What I meant was this: receiving IV therapies encourages a patient to lie down and rest. I know, I know. This is too much of a smarty pants kind of answer but it's true, just like taking tablets encourages hydration when you have a flu. We are so hectic nowadays we rarely slow down in the middle of the day and take a breather. Heck we don't even slow down at the end of the day and living in New York City certainly doesn't help. As a result of this I-can-do-it-all kind of lifestyle, we barely get the time for friends, family, and ourselves. The truth is, I don't believe that we don't have enough time or energy to do it all, but we are very bad at conserving our energy and mental focus. Life is a marathon but we live like sprinters. Do not ever underestimate the value of slowing down your pace and the amazing things it does for you. This combines with the nutritional benefits in an IV therapy gives you a fresh recharge, which brings me to point number two.
IV therapy is amazing at delivering nutrients you need at an optimal pace. Our gastrointestinal absorption has an upper limit, which varies slightly from individual to individual. What it means is that our body cannot absorb the food we eat and allow the nutrients to enter our bloodstream as fast as we need it to, even if we need it desperately. Have you ever had a hangover so bad it lasted for hours after you woke up despite your gulping down 2 bottles of gatorade? That's the upper limit we are talking about. You are doing everything right but your body just cannot bounce back quick enough. Compared to consuming whole foods and oral supplements, IV therapy allow amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to be readily available much quicker since it bypasses our digestive system. On top of that, certain nutrients like vitamin C behaves differently depending on its concentration in our bloodstream. Vitamin C gains its anti-viral character when given in a high dose, which is near impossible to achieve when administered orally.
IV therapy is extremely safe and effective. The risk of infection is extremely low when administered by a skilled medical professional, and the risk of overdosing on any medication is slim compared to taking oral supplements because it is always monitored by a medical professional as well. Blood panels are always available for one to find out exactly what is deficient in one's body, and a doctor can always advice on frequency and diagnosis so the patient can make an informed decision as to whether or not an IV therapy is right for him/her.
Tips for you if you are considering an IV therapy: Be sure you let the staff know of any history of heart, liver, and kidney conditions. The first time you receive a treatment you might feel your heart beating faster. You might even feel that you taste a little of the medication at the back of your tongue. All of that is absolutely normal, so long as it is not uncomfortable. If it gets uncomfortable, request to have the medication dripped slower, and that should take care of the problem 99% of the time.
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