One of the most interesting developments in health and wellness is the growing popularity of intravenous IV therapy. These convenient treatments deliver customized nutrients directly into the body for maximum absorption and speedy effect. Dr. Renée Moran Medical Aesthetics in Newton Centre, MA offers expert IV therapies that will keep you looking and feeling your best.
What is IV Therapy?
IV therapy is a way to receive healing vitamins, nutrients and medications directly into the body through intravenous delivery. This is a more efficient method than taking vitamin pills or energy drinks because IV bypasses our gastric system. The process of digestion dilutes these nutrients before they enter the bloodstream, which cuts down on their overall effectiveness.
Many people today are highly focused on their diet, exercise, and wellness. While positive lifestyle habits are important in retaining good health, they are often not enough to provide optimal nutrition for peak energy and performance. Stresses, busy schedules, and overdoing it at work or play can cause physical depletion and mental fatigue. A convenient IV session can quickly bring you back.
Why is it Needed?
In a perfect world, we’d all be eating balanced, healthy meals with optimal nutritional value and drink 8 or more glasses of water per day for proper hydration. We’d get 8-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep at regular times every night and walk at least 6,000 steps daily. We’d naturally stay away from anything that might deplete the body, such as caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco. And, of course, our lifestyles would be the picture of moderation.
Real life and busy schedules often prevent our bodies from staying in prime condition. We enjoy foods and drinks that would make a nutritionist roll their eyes. We endure stress from work and relationships that affect our moods and sleep. Each of these activities causes depletion. We lose energy and positivity, and our immune system becomes overworked. In many cases, these depletions can literally be seen in our skin, our nails and hair.
IV for Health
The idea behind IV therapy is to quickly and directly infuse the body with the nutrients it needs to replenish itself and operate at peak efficiency. This treatment delivers both “right now” and ongoing benefits First, there’s an immediate effect that can be felt through greater energy and mental clarity. From there, the infused IV vitamins and hydration make the body better equipped to handle the depletions experienced through everyday living.
IV therapy helps the body through several means. Its first job is to restore nutrients that have been lost through physical exertions (such as athletic activities) and psychological strains. It does this with peak efficiency, and nothing is lost in the digestive process.
Just as importantly, the treatment provides the necessary hydration our bodies need for optimal functioning, including digestion, sleep, respiration, and elimination, among others. The human body is made up of 60% water. Proper hydration is vital to healthy living, but few of us intake enough water through our daily drinks. Many of them, such as coffee or caffeinated tea, actually rob us of water through a diuretic effect.
What are the Benefits of IV Therapy?
While we all need vitamins, minerals, and hydration to stay healthy, everyone’s body has individual needs. These depend, in part, on the lifestyle factors already mentioned. To provide customized benefits for each individual, IV treatments can be tailored for specific wellness goals. Some of the more popular applications include:
Help for the Immune System
As we age, our immune systems become increasingly stressed. The immune system not only fends off damages but is also tasked with repairing them. When it can’t keep up with the load, we become more vulnerable to sickness and fatigue. Nutrients delivered through IV can quickly recharge the body’s immune system. This not only fights off disease in progress, but also helps prevent future illnesses.
Greater Performance and Endurance
Today’s athletic lifestyles take a toll on the body. Besides the obvious demands on our muscles and joints, which are often sore after activity, athletic strain creates an unwanted cellular phenomenon known as free radicals. These are molecular-sized byproducts of the body and have been linked to the onset of numerous diseases.
By restoring nutrients that are lost through physical strain, IV therapy can slow the formation of free radicals, while at the same time helping to charge overall physical performance.
A Recharged Mind
Cognitive function, in the way of thinking and decision making, is closely tied to how we feel physically. We all know when we’re not feeling our best, and when we’re not, we don’t make the best decisions or choices. The improved metabolism and heightened energy levels attained through IV delivery improve mental functioning as well.
A Better Look
The nutrients and antioxidants available through IV treatments have been shown to be clearly visible on the body. IV hydration immediately improves skin tone and suppleness, especially in dry skin that has been damaged by sun exposure. Along with visible improvements in the skin, IV hydration moistens eyes and lips. Nails and hair can become stronger, with increased sheen.
What is the Treatment Like?
The therapy experience is closer to a spa visit than a medical procedure. The idea here is to relax and let the nutrients seep into the bloodstream. Some people choose to make these treatments a regular feature of their lifestyle, recharging on a regular basis. Others use IV recharging as a pick-me-up when they feel it’s needed.
Prior to the insertion of the intravenous line, your specialist will go over your treatment options and determine a mix of fluids that will help you achieve your wellness goals. The sessions, depending on the type, typically take 20-60 minutes: they can literally be performed during a lunch break.
What Can I Expect?
As mentioned, every individual’s needs and goals are different. Clinicians can administer different “cocktails” of nutrients for different patients. Some of the most popular include:
The Myers Cocktail
This is the mixture that started the IV train rolling. It was first concocted by a Dr. Myers in Baltimore and administered in the 1980s. It has remained popular to this day as a quick way to rejuvenate and refresh the entire body. The key ingredients of the Myer’s Cocktail are several varieties of Vitamin B, along with Vitamin C, magnesium and calcium. Many happy patients swear by this mixture, which has been used for everything from hangover relief to energy-boosting before an important day or week.
Similar in basis to the Myers Cocktail, IV therapies for improvements to the immune system include all-important Vitamin B complexes, as well as Vitamin C and magnesium. For these treatments, additional anti-oxidants such as selenium and important minerals such as zinc are added to the mixture. This therapy not only helps fight disease: it also helps prevent it.
The pace and events of daily life produce stress even to the most even-tempered people. Stress is not only a mental problem. It depletes physical nutrients and interrupts other healthy habits like sleep, which can cause larger health problems. In addition to the selected Vitamin B and C therapies, the IV can also include amino acids that reduce stress and help physical performance.
Many professional and amateur athletes swear by IV treatments. The constant strains put on joints and muscles during activities such as running, cycling, basketball, and tennis, among other activities, damage tissue and deplete our immune system. IV-administered nutrients not only help promote fast healing, but they also provide a greater guard against injuries. One of the IV cocktail ingredients popular for these patients is called Glutathione, which boosts the immune system and endurance.
Our bodies are mostly made of water. But busy schedules often prevent us from nourishing our internal mechanisms with enough hydration. Few people remember the advice to drink 8 glasses of water per day Some of the things we do drink, such as coffee and alcohol, actually serve to de-hydrate us.
Hydration via IV therapy is the most effective answer. In addition to immediate effects, optimal hydration fends off future health problems, such as kidney stones, and helps with day-to-day wellness activities.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and the most outwardly telling indicator of our overall wellness. Skin health can’t be accomplished by rubbing on external moisturizing lotions. These only treat the outside of this organ. IV hydration therapy has been shown to be the ultimate moisturizer. The results will not only be felt but also seen, and thanks to IV, can be accomplished in less than an hour.
How Long do the Results Last?
Many people feel the effects of the therapy immediately upon leaving an IV session. The most tangible effects, however, take place over the course of several days. Results like improved energy and lowered stress show up quickly. IV benefits such as improved immune system performance are less easily felt, but their effects are hard at work, nonetheless. The IV treatment should be looked at as a therapy, not a band-aid. Your body will take some time before usefully processing all the IV nutrients.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Anyone can be a candidate for IV infusion therapy. It’s been proven safe and effective the world over for many health conditions. Many people use the therapy as an ongoing part of their health and wellness regime.
Others use the treatment to give themselves a boost when they’re feeling low or want to be at their best for an important event. Some patients find it’s a great pick-me-up, while others use it as a therapy or as part of ongoing cosmetic treatments for their skin and hair.
How Can I Get Started?
While there are many services that offer IV infusion therapy, two factors should play into the choice of location. First, patients will want an environment that promotes the calm and relaxed state they want to be in while receiving the treatment. Mood and setting are important, you should feel relaxed and safe as the treatment is administered.
More importantly, patients will want an expert clinician that will not only make the process painless and comfortable but will be able to help you choose the right mixture of nutrients to achieve your wellness goals. A master at this therapy will know the right nutrient combinations to produce the wanted results. A broad host of health and wellness benefits await the IV patient. Contact us at Dr. Renée Moran Medical Aesthetics, in Newton Centre, MA today to see how this remarkable therapy can change your life!