Intravenous therapy or IV therapy introduces nutrients and hydration directly into the bloodstream for immediate and quick absorption. The fluid containing the nutrients or minerals is administered in the form of an IV drip or injection into the vein to reach the bloodstream quickly. IV is usually the fastest way to administer nutrients into the body because it bypasses the digestive system, absorbs directly into the organs resulting in a 90-100% absorption rate compared to oral administration that only absorbs 20-50%.
Many people experience stress, anxiety, and depression, so there is a huge need for preventative IV therapy San Diego which helps boost energy levels and the immune system. IV therapy is not new in the medical field. Medics first started injecting medicine into the veins in the 1600s, but it was abandoned due to poor hygiene. During the first world war, the medical practice became a life-saving treatment. In the 1960s, Dr. John Myers developed a mixture of vitamins and minerals, which is when the modern intravenous therapy started taking shape. A nurse usually administers IV therapies for medical reasons such as dehydration and medical emergencies. It also addresses a wide variety of symptoms such as hangovers, morning sickness, flu, cold, etc.
How does IV therapy work?
IV therapy is a pretty straightforward procedure. First, the nurse administering the treatment will talk to you about the procedure to help you understand it more. Your medical history is also evaluated, and a blood test may be necessary to determine the amount of nutrients to be infused into the body. Although there are different types of IV therapy, the administration process is uniformly the same.
You will sit on a comfortable chair for the whole duration of the therapy. The nurse disinfects the injection spot then places a needle directly into the vein. The IV is administered in the arm, but there are possibilities of placing it elsewhere.Once the nurse inserts the IV, he/she will check the pump to ensure the delivery rate is proper. The quantity of intravenous fluid administered usually depends on your medical condition, weight, and history. The fluid drips through a catheter to your body which takes 15 to 45minutes depending on the type of IV treatment. At this point, you can only relax by watching TV, reading a magazine, browsing your phone, or taking a nap. However, you should be keen not to disturb or dislodge the catheter.
Types of IV therapy
Generally, IV therapies fall into two main types, namely IV drip and IV push. The difference between them is the amount of fluid administered and the duration of the treatment. However, both of them absorb 90-100% of the fluid nutrients and minerals.
An IV drip is a type of IV treatment usually infused into the vein via a plastic catheter. The nurse inserts the small plastic tube known as a catheter into the vein using a needle that is removed once the plastic catheter is in place. IV drips take an average of 45-60 minutes and absorbs 250-1000mls of fluids per session.
The IV push is another IV treatment type that the nurse administers via a previously inserted plastic catheter. IV push sessions take around 15-30 minutes, absorbing a total of 30-60mls of fluids into the bloodstream. Due to the nature of the process, a specialist in an IV therapy clinic like Livv Natural should administer an IV push.
Vitamins and fluids used in IV therapy
The nutrients and fluids inside an IV bag usually depend on the treatment or therapy you are undergoing. Most intravenous solutions contain vitamins, minerals, saline, and medication. Common vitamins include magnesium, calcium, zinc, vitamin C, and B vitamins. Let us discuss them below:
- Saline: this is the most fundamental component of an IV bag. It is made up of water and sodium chloride and is the delivery system for the other ingredients of an IV therapy. It also aids in hydrating your body.
- Dextrose: your IV bag may also have dextrose, a type of sugar, but unlike other sugars, this is a good type of sugar that helps normalize low blood sugar levels.
- Lactated Ringer’s: this type of IV fluid contains water, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, sodium chloride, and sodium lactate. This is used as a delivery system for other ingredients, especially during surgery, and aids in hydrating the body.
- Vitamin B: vitamin B complex that encompasses a wide range of B vitamins is an essential part of healthy nutrition and boosts metabolism and nerve function. Vitamin B is delivered via a drip in people who have a problem absorbing the nutrients orally.
- Vitamin C: vitamin C promotes a healthy immune system. It is common in IV drips administered to people who feel weak or sickly.
- Calcium: promotes strong bones and teeth and is a common component in IV bags.
- Magnesium: magnesium boosts metabolic function, reduces inflammation, and even helps treat migraines.
- Antioxidants: your IV therapy may also contain antioxidants such asglutathione, vitamin A, C, or E.
- Antibiotics: a patient with an infection can be given antibiotics via IV therapy.
Most common IV vitamin cocktail drips
- Myers cocktail IV, which contains vitamin B, C, magnesium and boosts immunity and energy levels.
- Hydration IV drip, which is administered to people recovering from a loss of fluids due to vomiting, diarrhea, hangovers, etc. It is also good for athletes who want to boost their performance.
- NAD+anti-ageing IV therapy which contains nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), a vital enzyme present in human cells. It repairs damaged body cells and reverses the effects of oxidization on the body.
- Immunity booster IV which is a cocktail containing powerful antioxidants such as cysteine, glutathione, and arginine. It boosts immunity and helps protect the body from common infections such as flu and other viruses.
- Detoxification Booster IV infusion which is a cocktail of essential body fluids, minerals, and vitamins that helps lower the body’s toxic load. Such toxins are stored in fat cells, which makes it difficult for one to lose weight.
IV therapy helps promote health and wellness by boosting immunity, supporting healthy skin, increasing energy levels, and keeping one hydrated. But, you need to consult with your doctor before IV treatment to avoid any complications.