Clinical advances and our busy lifestyles are converging to change the way we’re able to look after our health and wellness. One of the most interesting developments is the ease of bringing nutrients, hydration, and healing directly into our bodies through intravenous IV therapy. Advanced Regenerative Therapies in Braselton, GA is pleased to offer convenient IV treatments that can rejuvenate your body and spirit and quickly have you feeling your best.
IV Therapy 101
Intravenous therapy is a method of delivering vitamins, nutrients and therapeutic medications into the body by bypassing the digestive system. Instead of oral ingestion, fluids are delivered directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous needle. When we take vitamin pills or drink energy drinks, they must first pass through our gastric system. This not only takes time, but the digestion process also cuts down on the effectiveness of the intended boosters.
Today’s lifestyles are much more focused on proper diet, exercise, and vitamins than previous generations. While these attentions are certainly helpful in maintaining wellness, they’re often not enough to provide the optimal amount of hydration and nutritional sufficiency for peak energy and performance. When it’s time for a tangible, effective boost in wellness, IV infusion offers a fast, efficient, convenient way to quickly be at your best.
How Does It Work?
Our bodies are adept at absorbing vitamins and nutrients from the foods we eat and drink. However, different parts of our physiology perform specialized tasks that may not be optimized for achieving our goals in providing a physical edge. For example, some injections from a doctor are delivered into a muscle, where the medication will gradually make its way throughout the body. Other injections are delivered through a vein, where the effects move immediately into the bloodstream. This latter approach is the general concept behind IV therapy.
IV therapy is not only fast and efficient, but it can also be customized for each individual’s needs. Different lifestyles, depending on their pace and emotional state, deplete each of us differently. An athlete may need more hydration than simply drinking water can provide. An individual with an immune system that’s been compromised by age or a chronic condition needs more vitamin D than most people. An IV therapist can deliver customized combinations of vitamins, nutrients, and hydration that are designed specifically for individual needs.
Why Would I Want This Therapy?
While most of us have wellness needs in common, such as proper hydration and vitamin intake, each person goes through life with individual physical and emotional challenges that affect our wellness. Some of the most obvious factors that affect our physical state include stress, sleep quality, physical activity levels, and diet. Negative impacts from these factors can be temporary, as in having a tiring day because of a bad night’s sleep. For many, however, the effect of these stresses is cumulative.
Our mental well-being has a direct impact on our physical state. The internal tools that our bodies use to ward off disease and repair minor injuries are depleted by stress, erratic sleep, and inadequate hydration, among other factors. When the problem is temporary, a few days of rest are often all that’s needed. But when stress and other emotional strains continue to be problematic, along with the physical strains that accompany them, essential body functions begin to degrade and the condition becomes chronic.
The goal behind this therapy is to quickly infuse the body with the nutrients it needs to replenish itself and operate at peak efficiency. This provides both immediate and longer-term benefits. In addition to feeling refreshed and relaxed directly after the treatment, the body’s ingestion of vitamins and nutrients provides a lasting replenishment that leaves it better able to take on the physical and emotional goals that your lifestyle calls for.
Infusion therapy serves the body in three ways. Its first job is restoration: to replenish nutrients that have been lost due to physical exertion (athletes pay special note here) and psychological/emotional strains. Next, the treatment counteracts deficiencies brought on by external factors, such as poor lifestyle choices (smoking, alcohol, etc.). On top of all this, the treatment provides the necessary hydration for these nutrients to perform their tasks at their best. Our bodies are up to 60% water, and no method of hydration is more effective than IV infusion.
What Can I Expect From Treatment?
Because everyone has individual needs, the benefits of the therapy can be tailored for specific wellness and aesthetic goals. Some of the more popular applications include:
Rejuvenated Physical Performance
Physical activity is draining on the body. Running, jumping, squatting and lifting, among other strains, not only make the obvious demands on our muscles and joints: they often create a kind of cellular degradation known as free radicals. These molecular-level troublemakers have been linked to a myriad of diseases. By restoring the nutrients lost through vigorous physical activity, IV therapy can slow the damage from free radicals while helping to maintain peak physical performance.
Rejuvenated Mental Performance
What would it be like to have a mind that’s at its clearest all the time? Cognitive function is deeply tied to physical effects, such as fatigue and allergies. Vitamins and nutrients served through IV boost energy levels while at the same time strengthening the body’s ability to fight off negative physical effects. A greater sense of mental acuity follows a better-functioning metabolism. Some IV treatments are often scheduled as “pick-me-ups” when needed or desired.
A Better-Working Immune System
Our immune system is the body’s defense against disease and injury. Over the course of time and age, these systems need increasing amounts of help to run efficiently. Vitamin supplements are routinely recommended for the Baby Boomer generation, but younger people also live with immune systems that have been compromised by lifestyle choices, inadequate hydration or excess in work or play. When the immune system isn’t able to keep up with the workload, a breakdown, often in the form of illness, becomes increasingly likely. Essential nutrients delivered through IV can quickly recharge the body’s ability to fight off bacteria, infections, and illness.
IV therapies deliver nutrients and antioxidants that show visible effects on the body. The hydration provided by the process improves skin tone and suppleness, especially when the skin been damaged by the sun or wind. Along with improvements in complexion, eyes look brighter and lips look moister. Hair and nails become stronger after the treatment.
What Is the Treatment Like?
The therapy is nothing at all like what IV patients experience in a hospital when they are sick or injured. There is no frightening equipment or medicinal smell, and the quick insertion of the needle is performed by a trained professional. The therapy experience is structured more like a spa visit than a doctor’s visit. Once the IV is in, you’re there to relax and let the nutrients seep into your bloodstream.
Prior to the insertion of the needle, you’ll speak with your infusion specialist about which nutrients (or combination thereof) is right for your goals. Different mixtures have been designed to remedy existing problems or provide proactive wellness abilities that fight off new health problems. Some people make these treatments a regular lifestyle choice. Others use it as a pick-me-up or as a remedy to a particularly hard night of work or play. The sessions last anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of treatment chosen.
Is Therapy Safe?
When administered by a qualified technician, this therapy has been proven safe, as any hospital worker can attest. Our medical professionals will work with you to decide on the desired goals and determine the correct infusions. In some cases, it is advisable to space IV treatments out over a course of time. The medical professional will have the best take on how to schedule appointments and amounts for the best results.
Before the infusion, the medical technician will discuss any restrictions, allergies, or conditions that you might have. These include any medications you might be taking and any health conditions, such as liver or kidney complications, that might impact the decision for how much IV is advisable.
What Can I Expect?
Every body may be made up of the same parts, but every individual’s needs are different when seeking IV treatments. As a result, the infusion “cocktails” are different for different patients, as is the amount of fluid administered. Still, there are experiences that most patients share in common:
Most patients report positive effects on their energy as soon as the first session is done. Others may find that it takes some hours, or as long as a day, for the effects to be noticed. Minutes or hours is a very short time for a course of serious supplements to take effect in the body.
Think of how long it would take for orally-taken vitamins, and how many, to produce a similarly tangible effect. As good as daytime feels, a refreshed sleep is just as rejuvenating and adds to the effect of heightened wellness. All this can be accomplished in less time than a lunch hour. One of the key ingredients here is vitamin B12.
Eyes Wide Open
Even the most health-conscious people can be overcome by the pace and events of their daily lives. The impact isn’t just in physical fatigue: mental fatigue also contributes to compromised wellness, and together these two stresses form a spiral that can lead to larger health problems.
After an IV treatment, there’s a feeling of new energy, which improves mood, which improves wellness, which improves happiness. Many of those who feel like they’re continually dragging through their day find that the real answer was just a matter of missing nutrients. In these cases, an IV cocktail called a Micc B Complex has been shown to be extremely helpful.
Peak Athletic Performance
Athletes in particular love IV treatments. In many cases, they genuinely need them. The constant strains put on joints and muscles during athletic activities are depleting in and of themselves.
During these activities, there are often small injuries that aren’t serious enough for medical attention but cause pain and discomfort, nonetheless. IV-administered nutrients not only help promote fast healing, but they also provide a greater guard against these injuries occurring at all. One of the IV therapies popular for these patients is called Glutathione, which boosts the immune system and endurance.
Everyone knows we’re supposed to stay properly hydrated all day. Our bodies are mostly made of water. But busy schedules often prevent us from nourishing our internal mechanisms with enough hydration. How many people remember to drink 8 glasses of water per day? Worse, some of the things that we do drink, such as coffee and alcohol, actually serve to de-hydrate us.
Hydration via IV is as effective and efficient as it gets. In addition to immediate effects, like our internal organs blooming like plants after a rain, optimal hydration fends off future de-hydration problems, such as kidney stones, and helps with day-to-day wellness activities.
The skin is the largest organ in our body and the most outwardly telling indicator of our wellness. Healthy skin depends on proper hydration, which not only yields visible cosmetic effects (that healthy skin “glow”) but fends off the drying effects of sun and aging that cause wrinkles and blemishes.
Skin health can’t be attained by rubbing on external moisturizing lotions. These only treat the outside of this “organ.” IV hydration therapy has been shown to be the ultimate moisturizer. The results will not only be felt but seen, and thanks to IV, they can be accomplished in less than an hour.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Many people feel the effects of the therapy immediately upon leaving an IV session. The most tangible effects, however, take place over the course of several days. The body has just received a quenching dose of nutrients that it then processes and utilizes. Results like improved energy and lowered stress show up quickly. IV benefits such as improved immune system performance are less easily perceived, but their effects are hard at work, nonetheless.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Anyone can be a candidate for IV infusion therapy. It’s been proven safe and effective all over the world for many acute and chronic health conditions. Many people use this therapy as an ongoing part of their health and wellness regimen. Others use the treatment on an as-needed basis, to give themselves a boost when they’re feeling low or want to be at their best for an important event. Some patients find it’s a great pick-me-up, others use it as a therapy or as part of ongoing cosmetic treatments for their skin and hair.
How Can I Get Started?
While there are many services that administer IV infusion therapy, two factors should play into the choice of location. First, patients will want to choose an environment that promotes the calm and relaxed state they want to be in while receiving the treatment. More importantly, patients will want an experienced technician that will not only make the process painless and comfortable but will also be able to provide the necessary expertise for determining the right mixture of nutrients to achieve the patient’s goals.
A broad host of health and wellness benefits await the IV patient. Schedule a session with Advanced Regenerative Therapies in Braselton, GA today to see how this remarkably convenient and accessible therapy can change your life!