Even if you do your very best to eat well, exercise and make healthy choices, you may still have periods of time when you feel run down, sluggish or just not at your best. With your demanding life, you can’t always afford to battle bouts of low energy or risk getting sick—you need a healthy, effective and quick solution to help you feel 100%. The highly trained professionals at Infinity MedSpa in Sudbury, MA can get you back up and running at full capacity with IV Therapy.
What Is IV Therapy?
IV Therapy is a way to get vitamins and hydration into a client’s bloodstream so they can immediately reap the rewards. When we take over-the-counter vitamins, we absorb, at best, 50% of what we’re taking. When a client gets IV Therapy, nutrients are sent right to the bloodstream, where over 90% is absorbed.
This treatment uses a traditional IV drip to get the right vitamins delivered to your bloodstream. What vitamins are used depends on the needs of the client. IV therapy is meant to support a healthy lifestyle and give us the re-set we sometimes need when we’re running low on energy. It can also provide the boost we need when we need to physically or mentally perform at our best.
An array of vitamins and minerals can be added to a therapy session. The formula used for each client depends entirely on their specific needs and desired results. Some common additives used for this therapy are:
- Vitamins B1, 2, 3, 6 & 12
- Vitamin C
The B vitamin family is comprised of eight essentials that play large roles in how well our cells function. They help us maintain healthy brain and skin cells, aid us in metabolism, and create new blood cells. The eight B vitamins are:
- Thiamine (B1)—breaking down sugar, creating neurotransmitters, synthesizing hormones
- Riboflavin (B2)—energy, breaking down fats
- Niacin (B3)—converting food into energy, communication between cells
- Pantothenic acid (B5)—creates new enzymes, energy
- Vitamin B6—brain development, immune function, amino acid metabolism
- Biotin (B7)—regulation of DNA, breaking down fats, carbs and protein
- Folate (B9)—metabolism of vitamins and amino acids, proper cell division
- Vitamin B12—brain and neurological function, creating new red blood cells
This mineral plays many roles in the body, starting with a healthy bone structure. It also ensures our nerves and muscles function properly. In the stomach, it neutralizes acids and helps combat constipation. It’s thought it can help with nerve pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, cluster headaches, and premenstrual syndrome.
We don’t need a lot of this mineral, but it plays a major role in metabolism and is an antioxidant powerhouse. Selenium is thought to protect our cells from damage and prevent certain types of illnesses.
Also known as ascorbic acid, this is the powerhouse of all vitamins. It’s important for all functions in the body and is quickly becoming the nutrient marker signifying good health. It boosts immune function, helping your body to fight off viruses. Vitamin C is sensitive to stress, so if you’re under a lot, it may deplete you of vitamin C.
Vitamin C plays a role in the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, healing wounds and maintaining cartilage and teeth. Vitamin C will keep skin looking younger, making you less likely to suffer from wrinkles, dry skin and premature aging. It’s a powerful antioxidant, protecting your cells against damage caused by free radicals, toxic chemicals and pollutants.
The Myers’ Cocktail
This was the first and most famous IV therapy and is named after Dr. John Myers, a physician in Baltimore who used an intravenous cocktail of vitamins and minerals to treat a variety of issues. He began this kind of therapy in 1954 and would administer it to patients who suffered from:
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- Chronic sinusitis and allergies
- Muscle pain
His patients found so much relief with this therapy that even after he died in 1984, his combination of vitamins and minerals has changed little. His IV treatment included:
- B vitamins for naturally boosting energy
- Vitamin C to boost immunity
- Calcium to help muscles recover and maintain blood and bone health
- Magnesium to regulate muscle and nerve function
Today, the Myers’ cocktail is still used as a “gold standard” for routine energy increases, hydration, and immune boosts. Small tweaks may be made to increase certain results based on the client’s individual needs.
How Is IV Therapy Used?
There are good times for anyone to consider an immunity-boosting treatment session, like cold & flu season, before getting on a plane, or at the first signs of getting sick. If you’re feeling sluggish because of jet lag or a few too many drinks over the weekend, one treatment session can rejuvenate you and help you operate at full capacity again.
Many people who are preparing for a strenuous event, like a marathon, will incorporate this into their training routines. The same goes for mentally challenging times like studying for an important exam, working on a stressful project or vying for a promotion. Therapy at these times can help you with clarity.
The most popular reason people ask for this treatment is as a supplement to an already healthy lifestyle. People will schedule a few sessions a month when they know their energy will be low or life stressors are high. Other reasons to seek IV therapy include:
- Cleansing and rehydrating
- To treat stomach illness and associated dehydration
- Jet lag
- Beautifying just before and event or a night out
- Quick energy
Supplemental Symptom Treatment
This therapy has brought relief of symptoms for other illnesses and diseases. You should always consult with your doctor if you’re seeking this as a supplement for a medical condition, but many clients find this treatment can help with symptoms of:
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Anxiety and depression
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Memory issues
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Autoimmune issues
If you’ve had surgery or are dealing with an illness that prevents you from eating enough food or getting proper nutrients, this therapy can help deliver what your body is missing. This includes having had dealt with stomach flu issues: even a few days of not being able to keep healthy foods down can do a number on your health and energy levels.
There are clients who seek this therapy to help their intimate health and sexual function, ability to be calm in a stressful situation or to brighten their skin before a photoshoot. Whatever situation in your life or the reason you need a boost for a positive outcome, this treatment can help.
What to Expect
Expect to talk with your specialist about what’s going on in your life, what you’re hoping to gain from therapy and your overall health. They’ll need a picture of your baseline health and what top performance looks like for you. Once your specialist has recommended treatment, you’ll be relaxed in a therapy room, where a qualified practitioner will skillfully start an IV.
Your treatment IV bag will be hooked up and the line started. Treatments can take anywhere from 15 to 90 minutes depending on the treatment being provided, issues being addressed and desired outcome.
The great part about this treatment is the immediacy and longevity of results. Many clients come in jet-lagged or with rock bottom energy and leave invigorated and ready to take on the day. Those clients who schedule regular treatments feel the results long after the treatment is over. They cite that they have a better overall sense of well-being and are able to sleep better, have more energy for exercise and can concentrate and problem-solve at higher levels.
People who felt they were on the verge of getting sick often do not become so because of the immunity boost they get from treatment. Physical and mental performance is improved and stress levels reduced. People who are healthy and used to their bodies responding to healthy eating and exercise, but who still feel tired and sluggish, can get a reset and feel their energy levels and sense of well-being settle back to normal levels.
If you’ve just committed to starting a new, healthy lifestyle to lose weight and be healthier overall, this can be the “kick-start” you need to feel instant results and motivate you to keep up your new routine. If you’ve struggled with weight loss and your body responding to new eating habits and healthy routines, you can tailor your treatment and discover certain nutrients to help your body’s response. This will allow you to pinpoint gaps in nutrition that you can then add to your routine for peak performance and an overall increase in goal results.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Only your therapist can determine if this treatment is right for you. You’ll have a consultation with an expert who will discuss your current situation and symptoms, overall health, and goals for your visit. You’ll be asked about any current diagnoses you have, medications (both prescription and over the counter) plus any vitamins and supplements you take regularly.
This therapy is very versatile and can be tailored to meet a wealth of needs, so many people are ideal candidates. If you have kidney issues, heart disease or other severe health issues, the specialist may ask you to check with your primary physician before you receive this treatment.
Other Wellness Treatments
There are complementary treatments that can boost your overall sense of well-being and increase your quality of life.
Our hormones fluctuate as we age or experience lifestyle and environmental changes. This treatment can help us feel more in control of our bodies. This treatment has been shown to be effective for symptoms of hormonal imbalance like:
- Mood swings
- Lower libido
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hot flashes
- Unexplained weight gain
- Memory difficulties
If you’re in good health but are dealing with the frustration that accompanies hormone reduction and fluctuations, this treatment may bring the balance you’re looking for.
O-shot and P-shot
These treatments address the sensitive subject of sexual wellness. Designed to bring back sexual vitality and enjoyment, a consultation with a sympathetic and experienced specialist can restore the pleasure in your relationships in a sustainable and safe way. The O-shot addresses female sexual wellness, while the P-shot addresses male sexual concerns.
Talk to a Specialist
If you’re ready to feel 100% and take back control of the way you feel and your body’s performance, it’s time to talk to an expert. Call Infinity MedSpa in Sudbury, MA—their professionally trained staff is committed to world-class service. You’ll be treated with the utmost respect and shown unparalleled care. Looking and feeling healthier than ever and performing at your personal best is just a phone call away.