When was the last time you checked in with your body? We tend to assume that we’re providing our body with everything it needs to function, but are we meeting the bare minimum for survival or giving our body the opportunity to thrive? If the answer isn’t obvious, it may be time to review your diet and consider trying IV vitamin therapy to make up the difference.
How We Use and Store Vitamins
Vitamins are primarily used and stored in one of two ways. Fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed into the body and then kept in the body’s fat stores until needed. Conversely, water-soluble vitamins are not kept in the body for long periods of time. As we drink and expel water, we lose the water-soluble vitamins we aren’t using.
The distinction between fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins is important because we need to intake water-soluble vitamins at a daily rate to replenish the vitamins we lose. Fat-soluble vitamins aren’t lost when they aren’t in use, so they don’t need to be replenished as frequently.
Water-Soluble Vitamins and IV Vitamin Therapy
IV vitamin therapy is an excellent method that ensures you are replenishing your water-soluble vitamins. Because the vitamins enter the body through the bloodstream, the vitamins are able to bypass the digestive process which can inhibit absorption and cause intestinal distress. Instead, the body can immediately start using the vitamins and carry them to where they are most needed. Then any excess vitamins are safely expelled out of the body.
In particular, vitamin IV therapy is a good choice for patients interested in receiving increased amounts of B vitamins, Vitamin C and Vitamin D.
Vitamin B7 IV Therapy
Vitamin B7, or as it is also known, biotin, is a water-soluble vitamin used in the production of keratin. Keratin is a protein that strengthens the structure of our hair, skin, and nails. Additionally, it helps the body metabolize carbs, fats, and protein. Vitamin B7 deficiency can present as dermatitis or fragile hair and nails.
Vitamin B7 can be naturally found in vegetables like spinach and broccoli, and in animal products like liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Patients who are trying to improve hair, skin, and nail health without adding an oral supplement or dietary changes to their routine can use IV vitamin therapy to specifically boost their body’s biotin levels.
Vitamin B12 IV Therapy
Another B vitamin, vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin essential for the nervous system. When patients complain of low energy, one of the first conditions doctors test for is a B12 deficiency. Symptoms of B12 deficiency include frequent fatigue, mental fog, and a few types of anemia.
Common sources of vitamin B12 are meat, poultry, fish, and animal products like eggs and milk. In particular, vegetarians and vegans may struggle with maintaining healthy B12 levels. B12 supplements are a common solution, but these can cause unpleasant side effects or may not be effectively absorbed by the body. IV vitamin therapy avoids both of the problems while still getting your body the B12 it needs.
Vitamin C IV Therapy
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin used by the body to promote healing and the immune system. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and can also help the body absorb iron (which is especially useful for patients diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia). Though relatively rare nowadays, a vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy.
Fruit and vegetables are the best sources of vitamin C, but cooking the produce destroys the vitamin C. Even though true vitamin C deficiency is rare, maintaining our vitamin C levels is important for immune system support. Vitamin C supplements can cause intestinal distress and are only recommended in limited doses. Patients who want their immune systems to work at peak efficiency should try vitamin C IV therapy for a large and fast-acting dose of vitamin C.
Vitamin D3 IV Therapy
Unlike the previous three vitamins, vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin. However, vitamin D3 is used at a faster rate than other fat-soluble vitamins and in the winter months we have limited access to the sun (one of our primary sources of vitamin D). Our body relies on vitamin D3 for maintaining bone health.
Vitamin D3 can also be found in foods like eggs, certain mushrooms, and fatty fish, but these sources may not be compatible with every diet or lifestyle. IV vitamin therapy is a fast and efficient way to ensure you’re getting the dose of vitamin D3 your body needs. Make up for lost sunshine and try a session of D3 vitamin IV therapy.
Get Ahead of Your Symptoms
When our body is working as expected, we have a habit of taking it for granted. Don’t wait for your body to call for help. Take control of your vitamin intake and schedule a session of IV vitamin therapy.