If you try your best to eat a healthy and varied diet but can tell you’re just not feeling at the top of your game, the problem could be a lack of vitamins, minerals, or other key nutrients. Unfortunately, factory-farmed agricultural products aren’t as rich in nutrients as those our ancestors ate, and it’s not unusual to find ourselves lacking. When that’s the case, IV infusion therapy available from Nourished MedSpa and Wellness Center in Sherman, TX could help you get feeling like yourself again.
What Are the Benefits of IV Infusion Therapy?
The first thing you’ll notice from an IV infusion is how quickly you feel revitalized. If you’ve ever been diagnosed with a Vitamin B12 deficiency, for instance, you may have taken oral supplements to get your levels back up. If you did, you might also have noticed that it took days or even weeks to notice any difference. When you use an IV, the nutrients bypass the digestive system entirely and go straight to the bloodstream. There they are distributed throughout the body and you feel the effects quickly.
No other method of delivering vitamins, medications, or nutrients can guarantee you’ll absorb 100% of the nutrients delivered. There are a number of reasons for this.
Some nutrients in the foods we eat aren’t readily bioavailable to us, meaning we can’t always benefit from all of a nutrient that a food or supplement contains. Spinach, for example, is known for being high in iron content, but it’s an inferior type of iron different from that found in meat and more difficult for our bodies to absorb.
In addition, spinach contains a chemical compound that binds to the iron and prevents much of it from being absorbed in our system. The result is that we only get a small percentage of the amount of iron any serving of spinach contains. Even worse, these issues vary from person to person. When it comes to both food and supplements, not all of what we ingest is actually bioavailable.
The Digestive System Wildcard
Depending on your particular gut health and the type and number of intestinal flora at work in your digestive system, as well as what medications you might be taking and your overall health, the amount of any nutrient you absorb from a pill or food can vary wildly from that of another person.
Consider an example. The Japanese are renowned for enjoying the health benefits of seaweed: a part of the traditional Japanese diet. Yet when people not raised on that traditional diet attempt to eat seaweed, their bodies are typically unable to absorb the nutrients in the same way.
This is because something in the traditional Japanese diet, or possibly passed on by mothers eating that diet during an infant’s early life, conveys an enzyme necessary for the body to process the nutrients in seaweed. This is an extreme example, but it happens on a smaller scale everywhere and at all times. It’s simply impossible to say exactly how much of any nutrient you’ll absorb when it’s taken orally, in part because your digestive system is so complex.
The Muscle Conundrum
Injections of certain nutrients are far more effective than oral supplements, but they still don’t have 100% guaranteed delivery of all the vitamins and nutrients. Injections are delivered into muscle tissue near blood vessels which take up the injection. Yet it’s always possible for some of the injection to be too far from the blood vessels or simply take too long to be absorbed. None of this is an issue when an IV sends the nutrients directly to the bloodstream.
One of the biggest benefits of IV infusion therapy is that it normally contains large amounts of water in addition to the nutrients. Drinking water is great, but there’s no more efficient way to get it into your system than by delivering it straight to the bloodstream.
When you’re properly hydrated, all your vital organ functions are protected and you are less likely to experience muscle damage, constipation, or kidney stones. Yet doctors estimate that about 75% of people in America are chronically dehydrated. IV therapy can fix that issue for you.
Whether you’re suffering from a medical issue like chronic fatigue or depression, trying to fight off a cold, or need to recover from a big event the night before, you’ll get an instant boost of energy and refreshment from IV therapy.
Because you’re delivering key nutrients and vitamins straight into the bloodstream, you revitalize your body at the cellular level. Empty stores of nutrients are topped up, and the body feels good about freeing up resources for what it considers “secondary functions,” like replenishing and restoring hair, skin, and nails.
An IV infusion takes a bit longer than a simple injection, but it’s well worth it. Treatment doesn’t hurt, and it gives you some valuable downtime to spend relaxing in our comfortable Sherman office. Many clients take a nap, but you can also catch up on your favorite TV show, read a book, or finally get around to chatting with your mom!
One of the best things about an IV infusion therapy is that it is infinitely customizable. It all depends on what you need. All kinds of things can be added to your drip, so whether you’re looking for more energy, need to recover from a night of drinking or a hard workout, need a boost to your metabolism, or want to give your immune system the support it needs, the right treatment is available for you.
This is also the ideal way to deal with a deficiency, like iron or Vitamins B12 or D. If you have a chronic illness to deal with, a personally tailored therapy can help reduce symptoms and give you more energy. It’s also a great support if you’re battling certain acute diseases like cancer and need help dealing with chemo and other difficult treatments.
If you’re the proactive type who wants to be on top of your health rather than waiting for problems to happen, IV therapy could be perfect for you. It’s a wonderful part of preventative healthcare. For example, therapeutic doses of Vitamin C are toxic to cancer cells and help the body build its immune system. When you find the right therapy for you and the right treatment schedule, you can also better fight off respiratory illness, migraines, and more.
IV therapy has particular benefits for athletes looking to overcome their own limitations and get back out there as quickly as possible. After a lot of exertion, you’re likely to suffer from muscle spasms, exhaustion, and tired, aching muscles. With an IV therapy treatment, you’re instantly replacing the lost vitamins and minerals, rehydrating intensively, and giving your body everything it needs to repair and grow stronger for the next event.
We’re all exposed to environmental toxins everywhere, from the second-hand smoke blown in our faces on the sidewalk to the car exhaust and other pollutants that fill our skies. We’re also ingesting toxins in our foods when they’re sprayed with pesticides or filled with preservatives to enhance their shelf life. Over time, these can take a real toll on your health and appearance. Fight back with a therapy that can help to flush those toxins away.
Am I a Good Candidate for Therapy?
Nearly any adult with a healthy lifestyle is a good candidate for this infusion therapy. These treatments don’t replace your healthy lifestyle, and they can never be a substitute for a good diet full of nutrient-rich, varied foods. They also can’t “make up for” poor lifestyle choices, like excessive drinking, smoking, or lack of exercise.
What they can do is take your already healthy lifestyle and diet and push them to the next level. Come to our office in Sherman for a consultation. We can discuss your goals, listen to your symptoms, and do some testing to discover where you might be deficient. Then we can find the perfect infusions to complement and enhance your wellness.
Are There Any Signs or Symptoms of Deficiencies to Watch for?
The three most common deficiencies in modern America are iron, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B, though others certainly exist.
Iron Deficiency Signs
This deficiency is very common among people who eat a low-iron diet, such as vegans and vegetarians, and among women who menstruate heavily. If you’ve just gone through a major trauma, have had bariatric surgery, or suffer from peptic ulcers, IBS, or celiac disease, your body may also have a hard time absorbing enough iron from diet alone. If you notice two or three of these symptoms, consider coming in to talk to us:
- Unusual tiredness
- Shortness of breath
- Headaches and dizziness
- Pale skin, especially on the inside of the lower eyelids
- Dry skin and hair
- Restless leg syndrome
- Consistently cold hands and feet
- Frequent infections
Vitamin D Deficiency Signs
The easiest way for us to get Vitamin D is by making it in our own skin through exposure to the sun. Unfortunately, exposing our skin to the sun also damages the skin and increases the chance of developing skin cancer. We can also get Vitamin D from fortified milk, egg, fish, beef, and fish liver oil, but again, many people on a vegan diet who also protect their skin have trouble getting enough of this crucial vitamin.
Vitamin D is essential to heart and immune health, proper circulation, and bone growth. It’s also a key facilitator for the proper absorption of other nutrients in the intestines. If a Vitamin D deficiency goes on too long, it can lead to deficiencies in magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc. If you get only little sun exposure, have a poor diet, and suffer from a few of the following symptoms, come talk to us about how a Vitamin D infusion could help:
- Weight gain
- Worsened psoriasis
- Worsened diabetes
- Worsened asthma
Vitamin B12 Deficiency Signs
This is another vitamin found most abundantly in meat and animal products, meaning that those who avoid such foods tend to experience deficiencies. But other at-risk groups include those who’ve undergone bariatric surgery, those taking antacids long-term, people on Metformin, and the elderly. If you fall into one of these groups, consider these symptoms of a deficiency:
- Jaundiced skin
- Chronic weakness and fatigue
- Compromised balance
- Pins and needles sensations in the extremities
- Mouth ulcers
- Disturbed vision
- Mood changes
By far the most common early sign of a B12 deficiency is weakness and fatigue. The good news is that it’s easy to correct this with IV infusion therapy.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you’d like to find an infusion treatment that will help you achieve your health and wellness goals, contact us at Nourished MedSpa and Wellness Center in Sherman, TX today. We offer a wide range of services and can’t wait to help you achieve your goals!