Everything you need to know about IV therapy

One of many natural ways to improve your health is in getting IV vitamin therapy, which we offer at Malibu Medical Group. While you may be familiar with what an IV is if you’ve ever had a medical procedure or surgery at a hospital, IV vitamin therapy is different. Here is everything you need to know about iv therapy.


In studies, it is clear that a large percentage of adults in the United States have nutrition deficiencies. Despite all of our advances, a great majority of our calories is often composed of foods with little nutritional value. Thus, over 75% of the American population does not eat enough fruits and vegetables and do not get enough iron, vitamin A, choline, zinc, magnesium, iodine, folate, and other necessary nutrients. Americans are extremely Vitamin D deficient, for example, with 35% of adults being entirely deficient and 50% having insufficiency. 


Nutrient deficiencies can cause may problems. Individuals may experience fatigue, a reduced ability to fight infections and chronic diseases, trouble concentrating or remembering, as well as mood swings, depression, and anxiety. Micronutrient deficiencies can also heighten a person’s risk of developing debilitating health conditions, like obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, anemia, or osteoporosis, and many others. 


Poor nutrition can also heighten your stress levels and lead to weight gain. When cortisol levels are raised, your body not only stores fat more easily, but it sends out hunger signals to the brain, which can lead to overeating.


One way to combat nutritional deficit and its ensuing consequences is in getting intravenous vitamin therapy. Celebrities like Adele and Chrissy Teigen swear by the restorative and preventative aspects of IV vitamin therapy. 


If you are interested in getting this procedure for yourself, read below as we share all about IV vitamin therapy.


What is IV vitamin therapy?

As mentioned earlier, intravenous therapy is a common part of medical procedures. An IV may be how your doctor administers antibiotics, fluids, or other types of medicines. Because IVs are run directly into a patient's vein, the medicine enters the patient's bloodstream and can be used by the body almost immediately.


Here at Malibu Medical Group, your IV vitamin therapy will work much the same. Your doctor will customize your treatment to match your personalize needs. A solution will be fed directly into your bloodstream through a vein for to allow your body to have better and faster absorption of the nutrients. This therapy may include B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, glutathione, amino acids, or combinations of these. This method will entirely bypass your digestive system. 


This is important because you are unlikely to get all of the nutrients from your food for a variety of reasons. You may, for example, be unable to process all of the nutrients from your food because of an issue with your gut. Thus, IV vitamin therapy would allow you to get 100% of the nutritional benefits. 


Taking supplements and vitamins orally also will not benefit you as much. How well you absorb the nutrients from either can be dependent on your body’s own absorption rates or what else you have eaten in the specific time frame. 


Is IV vitamin therapy right for me?


Most individuals will greatly benefit from IV vitamin therapy. 


If you are suffering from dehydration or from drinking too much alcohol, for example, vitamin IV therapy will rehydrate you and reverse the consequences. 


In the case of other medical conditions, your Malibu Medical Group provider will be able to assess how and to what extent IV vitamin therapy will benefit you after completing an exam and running bloodwork. 


IV vitamin therapy has been shown to help the following minor conditions:

  • migraines,
  • colds and viruses,
  • seasonal allergies, 
  • generalized fatigue, and
  • brain fog.


Some chronic diseases can benefit from IV vitamin therapy as well. They are: 

  • Asthma,
  • Depression,
  • Drug addiction,
  • Fibromyalgia,
  • Cancer,
  • Arthritis, and
  • Crohn’s disease.
  • Among others.


While IV vitamin therapy may not cure a disease or virus, it can help ease any symptoms and improve recovery time and overall quality of life. For example, “some studies of IV high-dose vitamin C in patients with cancer have shown…fewer side effects [from treatments].


What should I expect after treatment?

Since this is not an intense medical procedure, there is no downtime associated with IV vitamin therapy. You may resume your normal activities immediately. You will likely feel the benefits of your treatment immediately as well, with best results within the ensuing days or weeks. Your doctor may recommend a series of these infusions to help you.


Schedule an IV vitamin therapy consultation today! 

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