Replenish your body's vitamin profile
We’re sure you’ve recently heard a lot about Vitamin Therapy… that it’s being used by celebrities like Adele, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Fonda, Chrissy Teigen and a host of others. If you’ve watched the TV show “Billions” you might wonder what Bobby Axelrod’s wife Lara’s business is all about. You see her and her team marching into the offices of wealthy professionals with an army of IV drips. In fact, her business is to provide professionals with revitalising vitamins in high stress workplaces through IV drips,as they carry on with their jobs.
Have you wondered what it’s all about and whether it could be for you?
What is Vitamin Therapy?
In Vitamin Therapy, vitamins are administered into the body intravenously directly into the blood stream, by passing the digestive system and all the ‘obstacles’ along the way. Through this method, the absorption of vitamins is 100%.
One of the key benefits of this kind of vitamin infusion is that it can be customised to your specific body requirements.
You may ask the question, “Do we need it? Don’t we get all the vitamins we need through our food.”
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The truth is that most of us are deficient in some vitamin or the other. Whilst these IV Vitamin drips are by no means a substitute for healthy eating and a well-balanced diet, they have been known to help even out vitamin imbalances. When used over several sessions, they have shown noticeable changes in vitamin levels in the body.
IV therapy also has been known to naturally detoxify your body removing harmful free radicals that cause a build-up of toxins that reduces the effectiveness of your immune system. And to de-jargonise that… Free radicals are toxic by-products of oxygen metabolism that can damage living cells and tissues in a process called “oxidative stress.” Our bodies use vitamins and minerals called antioxidants to deal with these irritants.
What vitamins and minerals can be given via IV?
A little history…
One of the first IV Vitamin Therapy ‘cocktails’ was the MYERS cocktail, created by John Myers, MD, a physician from Baltimore in the 1950’s. This cocktail consisted of a combination of magnesium chloride, calcium gluconate, thiamine, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, and dilute hydro- chloric acid.
According to an article by Dr. Alan Gaby in “altmedreview,” “Conditions that frequently responded included asthma attacks, acute migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, and seasonal allergic rhinitis. A small number of patients with congestive heart failure, angina, chronic urticaria, hyperthyroidism, dysmenorrhea, or other conditions were also treated with the Myers’ and most showed marked improvement. Many relatively healthy patients chose to receive periodic injections because it enhanced their overall well- being for periods of a week to several months.”
Today, there are several vitamins, mineral and amino acid combinations that can be created to achieve incredible results.
Can vitamin therapy restore your immune system?
We all know how important our immune systems are for both are mental and physical well- being. Not only does a well-functioning immune system stop us from falling prey to illnesses and diseases but in recent years, research has shown that there is a strong link between our immune systems and our mental health.
It is a fact that as we grow older, the vitality of our immune system diminishes. In addition to age, our immune systems have to combat a number of environmental factors such as stress, poor diet, sleeplessness, pollution and others. We are encouraged to boost it by taking vitamin supplements… particularly when we are feeling unwell. Let’s take a closer look at some of the vitamins that are key to maintaining a well- functioning immune system.
Which are the key vitamins important for immunity?
Glutathione is one of the body’s most important and potent antioxidants. While most antioxidants are found in the foods you eat, glutathione is produced by your body. It is primarily made up of three amino acids: glutamine, glycine and cysteine. There are a number of reasons why your body’s glutathione level may become depleted, including poor diet, chronic disease, infection and constant stress and age.
Like vitamin C, vitamin E can be a powerful antioxidant that helps your body fight off infection.
perform a range of vital functions including helping your body convert food into energy.
Vitamin C helps maintain your muscles, bones, immune system, and your circulatory system and helps your body remove excess free radicals which can cause cellular damage.
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B Complex consists of a combination of B vitamins that perform a range of vital functions including helping your body convert food into energy.
Isn’t a healthy diet enough?
Without a doubt, a healthy, well-balanced diet is vital… there are no two ways about that. However, not all of us are able to or have the knowledge to ensure that our bodies get all the necessary nutrients through diet alone. Also, we may have health conditions that require more of one nutrient or vitamin over another… In reality, it’s difficult to manage this. I am sure, you’ve experienced this. And It can be frustrating to say the least. On the other hand, if the right combination of vitamins, that’s specific to your needs, is infused through intravenous therapy treatments, the absorption rate is 100%. How can you argue with that? Essentially the vitamin nutrients and antioxidants are delivered directly to the cells.
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What about skin lightening IV therapy?
Before we discuss why IV treatments are better than creams, let’s take a step back and talk about the mother of all antioxidants, glutathione, the foundation of skin lightening.
According to Healthline, an American digital health platform, glutathione is an antioxidant that is produced within our cells. It consists of three amino acids, namely, glutamine, glycine and cysteine. The amount of glutathione within our bodies can vary depending on our diets, age, stress levels and other environmental factors. Experts therefore believe that it’s important to keep glutathione levels within the body up, either intravenously or by taking them orally.
According to Healthline, based on research from the US National Library of Medicine, intravenous intakes of glutathione is more effective than taking it orally either in gel or capsule format.
The health benefits of glutathione are many. According to Healthline, glutathione can reduce oxidative stress, improve conditions like psoriasis and Parkinson’s disease. reduce cell damage in alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver diseases and reduce the impact of respiratory diseases, amongst others.
More relevant to us, glutathione, deactivates an enzyme called tyrosinase, that is responsible for the production of melanin in our bodies. The more melanin in our bodies, the darker the skin. In an article in Dovetail, a medical research publisher, a study on the effect of glutathione on skin lightening concluded that “oral glutathione, 250 mg/d, in both reduced and oxidized forms have various beneficial effects on skin properties and is possibly an antiaging agent, at least in middle-aged female subjects.”
Now that we’ve established the efficacy of glutathione as a skin lightening/ brightening agent, let’s talk about why it’s more effective if administered intravenously than as a cream.
The answer is simple really… It goes directly into the blood stream, rather than have to work its way through layers of skin, muscle and fat to get into our systems.