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IV Therapy And How It Can Help You

Posted October 28, 2015

Dr.John Girgis ND at Clear Medicine Clinic specializes in administering IV Therapy.

This replenishing formulation of vitamins and minerals consists of:

 Vitamin C
 B-complex
 Vitamins B5, B6, B12
 Calcium
 Magnesium
 Zinc
 Glutathione (a powerful antioxidant)

In this treatment nutrients are delivered directly into the bloodstream. This method bypasses the digestive system and allows for higher concentrations of nutrients to be absorbed and utilized by the body. A typical treatment lasts for approximately 45 minutes.

During treatment a sensation of warmth is most commonly experienced. Afterwards a general feeling of relaxation and an increase in energy can be expected. This rejuvenating method of nutrient delivery can increase stamina in athletes, boost fat burning potential by stimulating metabolism, support thyroid function, and combat fatigue. It also aids in detoxification improving hormonal health.

Further details on what you can expect to experience will be discussed prior to the initial treatment. Generally, a series of treatments are required to notice positive improvements and the frequency of treatments is determined depending on each individual case.
It has long been used for conditions such as:

Fatigue
Fatigue is one of the most common health complaints treated with IV nutrient therapy. Often associated with chronic stress, fatigue can often reduce one’s quality of life.
There are many possible causes of fatigue and some include poor nutrition, prolonged stress, following a cold or flu, IBS and inflammatory bowel diseases, celiac disease, anemia, and hormonal imbalances found with an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), PMS, menopause, and adrenal dysfunction.

Athletic Performance Enhancement
During exercise our bodies convert carbohydrates, proteins, and fats by using enzymes that depend on certain nutrients for proper functioning. These include: magnesium, b-vitamins, vitamin c, and zinc. Competitive athletes push themselves to the limit and require large amounts of these nutrients. In addition, muscle fatigue after strenuous exercise results in part from oxidative stress caused by free radicals that are produced. Anti-oxidants such as glutathione can help reduce these free radicals. IV nutrient therapy helps athletes to :
 Boost performance and increase strength
 Reduce fatigue and improve recovery time

Cold / Flu and Immune Function
Our bodies are constantly exposed to the damaging effects of free radicals. This damage plays an important role in the development of inflammation and many chronic illnesses, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Our bodies have built-in antioxidant systems to help us deal with free radicals but we also depend on antioxidants from outside sources. These come in the form of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that serve to protect and repair cells from damage. Free radicals can also compromise our immune systems. Antioxidants that reduce the damage caused by free radicals help to support the immune system in fighting off infections such as the cold and flu.
Vitamin C has long been used to help decrease the duration of the cold and flu, as well as reduce the severity of symptoms. B-complex vitamins, such as Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and Vitamin B12, which are found in the Myers’ Cocktail, have also been used for this purpose. The combination of these vitamins may be responsible for boosting your immunity so your own immune system can fight off the cold or flu more effectively and you feel better faster.

Nutrient Deficiencies
Despite eating a healthy diet, in some cases the intestines may not be adequately absorbing nutrients from food, leading to nutrient deficiencies. This is otherwise called intestinal malabsorption. It is usually associated with health conditions that cause inflammation damaging the absorptive surfaces of the intestines. Genetic predisposition, allergies, and autoimmune conditions lead to an inflammatory response.
Some of the most common conditions are:
 Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
 Celiac disease
A sensitive digestive system may make it difficult to take these nutrients as oral supplements.
IBS and food allergies can also be associated with nutrient deficiencies.

Wound Healing After Surgery
Collagen provides structural integrity and support for the skin. Collagen production in the body depends on nutrients such as Vitamin C and Zinc. During and after surgery the body requires these nutrients in large amounts. Vitamin C taken orally in high doses may cause diarrhea making it difficult to achieve the effective levels required and is best accomplished through IV administration. Treatments before and after surgery are recommended for optimal effects.
Other conditions that IV nutrient therapy may benefit include:
 Fibromyalgia
 Migraines
 PMS
 Depression
 Following bariatric surgery

Contact (416) 579-9105 to book an appointment

4 thoughts on “IV Therapy And How It Can Help You

    1. Hello Patricia,

      Unfortunately we do not have a doctor in your area, but please call Jackie my Customer Relations Manager and she can walk you through the process of phone consultations for out-of-town patients.

    1. We are not sure Joanne, you would have to search in your area for a Naturopath that might specialize in IV therapy

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