IV Therapy has a wide range of health benefits. IV therapy delivers nutrients directly into the veins and bypasses the GI tract, thereby enhancing cellular nutrient uptake. This can be a wonderful tool to help patients expedite their journey back to health.
During an IV Therapy Consult, your provider will determine the IV Therapy that is best suited for your unique health and wellness needs. These therapies are customizable and the benefits can range anywhere from enhancing immune function and detoxification to improving cellular repair and energy, just to name a few.
Glutathione is known as the body’s most powerful antioxidant. Glutathione is a tripeptide, it’s naturally produced by the body from three amino acids – Glycine, Cysteine, and Glutamic acid. Glutathione works as a scavenger roaming around the body neutralizing free radicals which are responsible for creating states of “oxidative stress,” which, when in excess, leads to cellular damage, chronic disease, and aging. Adequate glutathione levels are essential to help lower oxidative stress, combat inflammation, create and repair DNA, support mitochondrial function, and modulate a proper immune response. Glutathione levels can easily become depleted by poor nutrition, excess alcohol, stress, medications, aging, certain genetic profiles, and exposure to environmental toxins.
Glutathione is often not well absorbed intracellularly when taken orally since it is easily broken down by the liver and GI tract. The intravenous delivery can be a superior way to increase the cellular uptake of this antioxidant more efficiently, because it enters the bloodstream directly, bypassing the digestive system.
IV Glutathione supports detoxification by mobilizing toxins (such as chemicals, heavy metals, and mycotoxins) out of cells so they can then be removed through the body’s detoxification pathways (lymphatic system, urine, stool, and sweat). It can be a beneficial way to boost antioxidant levels quickly and can be a wonderful adjunct to the treatment of many conditions.
IV Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that our bodies do not produce naturally; we must consume it through diet or supplementation. Adequate vitamin C is a crucial component to building a strong immune system, as well as combating oxidative stress and disease. Most Americans are able maintain adequate blood levels of vitamin C, but may be deficient intracellularly. Alternatively, we may absorb sufficient dietary vitamin C but it can be used up too quickly or not adequately replenished, leaving us intracellularly depleted.
Our bodies are constantly exposed to various microbes, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungus, as well as a vast array of environmental toxins. A robust immune system maintains adequate natural killer cells that can fight off these microbes so they do not cause infection or illness. However, when the immune system’s defenses are down or the body’s detoxification ability is compromised, we can no longer mount the appropriate response and the body becomes susceptible to infection or illness. Severe infections, chronic illness, and a high toxic burden use up our vitamin C stores very quickly, increasing our demands for more.
Our bodies cannot absorb high amounts of oral vitamin C without causing GI distress or diarrhea. Therefore, administering vitamin C intravenously bypasses the digestive tract and is easily absorbed intracellularly. This allows for much higher doses to be tolerated, which has several benefits.
At low doses (5-25 grams), the body’s antioxidant status is renewed, thus, improving immune support and antimicrobial activity. At higher doses (50 grams or higher), it has an oxidative stress effect to kill microbes, treat infections, and can also be used as a supportive therapy in cancer treatment.
IV Vitamin C treatments prevent and shorten the duration and severity of infections, immediately reduce symptoms, and accelerate healing.
Phospholipids are the fatty acids that make up our cell membranes. Optimal cell membrane function facilitates the delivery of nutrients into cells, the removal of toxins from cells, and facilitates proper cell to cell communication to promote optimal healing. However, when cell membranes are damaged, these functions become severely impaired and compromise healing. Cell membranes can become damaged by mold, environmental toxins, high oxidative stress states, chronic illness, trauma, surgery, and radiation.
Phospholipids are also responsible for maintaining adequate cellular differentiation, cellular division and cellular regeneration. Additionally, Phospholipids are needed for optimal brain function, including memory, cognition and neuronal repair. Phosphatidylcholine, called “PC” for short, is a crucial component of all cell membranes and is widely used as a therapy to heal damaged cell membranes.
IV Phosphatidylcholine is a treatment made up of “Essential Phospholipids,” and is used to strengthen your immune system, support mitochondrial function, repair damaged cell membrane damage and improve liver, lung and brain function. PC can be given orally or intravenously. The IV route accelerates healing time.
The Myers Cocktail is a blend of Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Vitamin C, and B Vitamins. A Myers Cocktail helps replenish nutrients intracellularly, which makes it an effective treatment for fatigue, acute illness, nutrient deficiencies to name a few.
IV Therapy Hours of Operation
IV Therapy is available to all Functional Medicine of Idaho patients via provider referral and offered at our Meridian location during clinic hours: