Intravenous nutrient therapy has been used for decades from restoring nutritional deficiencies, to people needing an extra energy or immune boost, and even celebrities who require detoxing from their previous night of alcoholic indulgences.
Why not take a daily supplement that contains all these vitamins and minerals? When we take a pill or a vitamin by mouth, in order for it to absorb into our system we rely on our gut. Many people suffer from gut dysfunction and not know it! Symptoms of gut dysfunction may include food intolerances, poor digestion, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, chronic use of NSAIDs or acid blockers, etc. Taking these vitamins and minerals intravenously completely bypasses the gut. They are placed directly into the bloodstream, so they go exactly where it is needed into the body. Also, people often complain about the side effects of taking high doses of certain vitamins orally. For instance, high doses of vitamin C orally can cause GI upset and loose stools. Vitamin C intravenously does not cause this side effect. In fact, you can receive much higher doses (up to 50 grams of vitamin C) without any negative symptoms. Doses at these higher levels have been shown to increase plasma levels in blood much faster than oral doses. It also has the ability to fight off infections, which at oral doses it is much more difficult to do.
The most widely known IV protocol is the Myer’s Cocktail. It is a vitamin and mineral formula that helps with a wide range of clinical conditions. It consists of magnesium, calcium, B vitamin complex (including B12), and vitamin C. Today, this combination is commonly used and has been shown to be effective against acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, cardiovascular disease, and the list continues. Infusions only take about 20 minutes of your time.
When should I call to schedule a Myers Cocktail?
- During first sign of an acute asthma attack or migraine
- Any time you feel tired or run down and need an extra energy boost (i.e., after a long, grueling business trip)
- At first sign of an illness or cold to help boost your immune system
- Any time during allergy season
- Prior to any athletic performance
- If you’re experiencing muscle aches or pains