NEURO WELLNESS SPA

IV NUTRITION: AN INTRODUCTION

How IV Nutrition can help medical symptoms and physical wellness?

NEURO WELLNESS SPA

IV NUTRITION: AN INTRODUCTION

How IV Nutrition can help medical symptoms and physical wellness.

WHAT IS IV NUTRITION?

Intravenous (IV) therapy is emerging as a method of not only treating medical symptoms, but also as a means of contributing to overall wellness. Also known as parenteral micronutrient therapy, IV nutrition is not a new discovery. In fact, hospitals have used a form of IV nutrition to help patients restore nutrient deficiencies and nourish those who cannot feed themselves for decades. The method consists of nutritional infusions administered to patients via an IV drip. Containing an assortment of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and/or electrolytes, infusions may help support patient health and well being. In addition to these potential advantages, there are proposed benefits for managing symptoms from a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, cancer, chronic pain, and fatigue, to name a few.

WHAT IS IV NUTRITION?

Intravenous (IV) therapy is emerging as a method of not only treating medical symptoms, but also as a means of contributing to overall wellness. Also known as parenteral micronutrient therapy, IV nutrition is not a new discovery. In fact, hospitals have used a form of IV nutrition to help patients restore nutrient deficiencies and nourish those who cannot feed themselves for decades. The method consists of nutritional infusions administered to patients via an IV drip. Containing an assortment of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and/or electrolytes, infusions may help support patient health and well being. In addition to these potential advantages, there are proposed benefits for managing symptoms from a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, cancer, chronic pain, and fatigue, to name a few.

MOVING PAST TRADITIONAL VITAMINS

Vitamins taken orally pass through the stomach and intestines. A number of issues, for example gut flora imbalance, chronic illnesses, enzyme deficiencies and medications, can inhibit the absorption of oral vitamins. Aging is also an important factor. “As people age, the ability to absorb nutrients decreases, and this is due to a gradual decrease in the secretion of gastric hydrochloric acid and, in turn, pancreatic enzymes needed to break down food or supplements so that intestinal absorption can occur.” With IV nutritional therapy, the stomach and intestines are bypassed, and nutrients go directly into the bloodstream with excellent absorption.

MOVING PAST TRADITIONAL VITAMINS

Vitamins taken orally pass through the stomach and intestines. A number of issues, for example gut flora imbalance, chronic illnesses, enzyme deficiencies and medications, can inhibit the absorption of oral vitamins. Aging is also an important factor. “As people age, the ability to absorb nutrients decreases, and this is due to a gradual decrease in the secretion of gastric hydrochloric acid and, in turn, pancreatic enzymes needed to break down food or supplements so that intestinal absorption can occur” (Carter, 2008, p. 2). With IV nutritional therapy, the stomach and intestines are bypassed, and nutrients go directly into the bloodstream with excellent absorption.

QUESTIONS ABOUT IV NUTRITION

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

As with any treatment, there are risks involved. First and foremost, vitamins and nutrients can be dangerous if taken in concentrations beyond established limits. Also, consumers must be aware of any allergies and know exactly what ingredients are being infused. Those with heart conditions need to be extra cautious as too many electrolytes can lead to heart arrhythmia. It’s also important that nothing in the infusion interacts adversely with any medications the individual may be taking.

SPEAKING WITH A PHYSICIAN

As with any needle inserted into the body, there is always a risk of infection. Simply put, consumers need to be smart about what is going into their body, who is treating them, and how sterile the environment is. Furthermore, consumers should not stop any prescribed medications without first speaking to their physician. Discussing alternative treatment methods with their physician to ensure all aspects of their medical treatment work well together is also recommended.

WHO PROVIDES IV NUTRITION?

When looking for a provider, consumers need to keep in mind that these services are not regulated, so facilities will differ in quality and care. Asking to meet with a licensed physician is recommended to discuss care including reviewing patient history/chart, considering symptomatic diagnosis before making a recommendation, and ordering a panel of blood work if needed. The consumer’s informed consent is always required. Ideally, a certified nurse trained in osmolality for IV solutions will administer the treatment and be present throughout the average 20-minute session. Careful precautions, such as having an epi-pen or a crash cart on hand for anaphylaxis or other emergency situations, demonstrates the facilities aim for excellence, and patients should expect nothing less. Overall, individuals have responded positively to IV nutritional therapy. Whether seeking this therapy for general well-being, symptoms from a medical condition, or temporary relief from chronic pain, this therapy can offer beneficial effects.

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