IV INFUSION THERAPY
It is a safe and effective method of supplying your body's cells with natural vitamins, minerals, and amino acids through the bloodstream.
With Liquivida's Nutrient IV's, this virtually painless therapy treatment will help you feel your best! Like many things in life, there isn't one particular IV therapy solution for everyone's unique needs. Below, you'll find IV drip options available that are uniquely developed for your needs & wellness goals.
NATURAL DEFENSE DRIP:
When taken by intravenous infusion, Vitamin C can reach much higher levels in the blood compared to when the same amount is taken orally. This immune-boosting Vitamin IV Cocktail incorporates powerful antioxidants to fight against airborne illnesses, helping you improve the body’s ability to withstand stress.
THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH:
Poor eating habits and dehydration affects how our skin looks tremendously. This drip helps detoxify and replenish the body with nutrients that nourish hair, skin, and nails so they appear healthier, resulting in a more youthful appearance over time.
THE EXECUTIVE DRIP:
This blend of vitamins helps allows you to enjoy the best life has to offer well after you clock out of work. You'll feel sharper and clearer to perform daily activities with precision.
THE RISE & SHINE DRIP:
We've all had one of those nights where we've had one (or a few) too many cocktails, or simply could not get the best night's sleep we should have gotten. The Rise & Shine Drip was developed precisely for these moments and will help reinvigorate your mind & body.
ANTI-AGING IV DRIP:
Glutathione recycles antioxidants in the body, playing a vital role in the detoxification process in our bodies. This regenerative antioxidant is so powerful that when at appropriate levels in our bodies it can keep us optimal. Most people see immediate benefits for their skin, often times lightening the skin complexion to a more desirable skin tone.
CHELATION IV DRIP:
This therapy uses a chelating agent (EDTA) to bond with heavy metals scattered all over your body, eliminating dangerous elements very easy and quickly. Once your body is free from these toxins, you can enjoy a better flow of blood due to the reduction of fatty deposits in your arteries, giving you the chance to engage in more energy demanding activities.
10 MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS ON NUTRIENT IV THERAPY SIMPLY EXPLAINED
There’s no shortage of research reporting the experience and effectiveness of IV nutrient treatment. You’ve probably come across news stories on IV nutrient therapy or reports on celebrities receiving vitamin B12 injections. However, what may grab the attention of readers isn’t always the whole truth and it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.
First, Let's Define What is IV (Intravenous) Nutrient Treatment:
Simply put, it’s a safe and effective method of supplying the body with natural vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly through the bloodstream. Nutrient IVs are similar to those found at your local hospital. These natural nutrient infusions are administered using a small IV (intravenous) injection. This method ensures that all nutrients are absorbed at the cellular level to enhance your energy level, improve your overall mood, and help prevent future health conditions caused by stress, poor nutrition, and dehydration. While it is safe and standardized, it is a medicinal practice that is frequently misunderstood and has developed numerous misconceptions and myths. Here are the facts to 10 common misconceptions and myths you might have heard of about nutrient IV treatment:
Nutrient IV Drips Are Not Safe
FACT: It is as safe as IV's found at your local hospital, and doctors endorse it. It's simply false to think IV nutrient treatment is an experimental or dangerous medicinal practice. On the contrary, it’s a very safe and simple process that uses the same quality ingredients used in hospitals around the world. Like in hospitals, no adverse reactions occur as a result of administering an IV. In some cases, people experience slight cooling of the arm, mineral taste in the mouth, all of which is normal during the IV process.
It is less effective than ingesting the various nutrients
FACT: Discomfort levels vary from person to person. Liquivida Lounge uses a smaller needle than what's used in children's hospitals. The entire process is relatively painless for most people. It can be a little painful if you tend to experience discomfort with needle insertion. But overall, IV nutrition therapy is comfortable and is not toxic to the body. In nearly all cases, once the immediate benefit of the treatment is felt, minor discomfort is greatly outweighed by the benefits experienced- both short and long-term.
It Doesn’t Help Reduce Common Cold Symptoms
FACT: It can be your preventive measure against the common cold. While you can’t always prevent a cold, IV nutrient treatment infused with vitamin C is a powerful and quick way to combat the symptoms. In fact, a comprehensive study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that large doses of vitamin C could reduce the duration of cold symptoms. If you don’t want your cold symptoms to last longer than they have to, IV treatment infused with Vitamin C (and other vitamins) will work wonders when you’re starting to feel sick. Additionally, IV therapies infused with vitamin C can strengthen the immune system over time and reduce the chances of getting sick, as vitamin C empowers various immune functions. Read more about how nutrient IV therapy can help with cold symptoms in our blog titled: "Boost Your Immune System This Cold Season with IV Nutrient Therapy."
It is less effective than ingesting the various nutrients
FACT: By the time you start consumption, some foods have lost their nutrients. Additionally, the body can sometimes waste nutrients. The traditional approach to getting nutrients into the body is by ingesting them in pills or by eating normally, but it’s not as effective as you might think- even if you eat healthy. Your body’s gastrointestinal tract can sometimes fail to absorb the vitamins and minerals into the bloodstream, turning them into waste. Even when your body’s digestive system is working properly, nutrient rich foods inadvertently lose vitamins and minerals when prepared and cooked a certain way. Scientific American reports that cooking vegetables lowers the vitamin levels found in them naturally. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that vitamin C levels in tomatoes declines by 29 percent when cooked for 30 minutes at 190 degrees F. With IV nutrient infusion treatment; however, nutrients in their purest form are delivered right into the bloodstream, making it the most effective way to reap their benefits completely. Check out the infographic below to understand what happens to food when it passes through the digestive system:
It Takes a While to Feel the Effects
FACT: It can take the body anywhere from 12-48 hours to digest solid foods completely. IV therapy is an immediate way for you to feel the effects of all the essential nutrients, compared to when ingested. Once the IV is inserted, the vitamin infusion goes directly into the bloodstream. The body then uses the vitamins to perform and facilitate many essential functions, including regulating metabolism, creating red blood cells, and maintaining the immune system. You may feel the physical effects, such as increased energy, right away depending on your nutritional and hydration levels. In some cases, you may even see better skin complexion and improved mood for subsequent days.
Aside from using an IV, an injection is another quick and effective way to get the full effects of vitamins. For instance, many people, especially athletes, often receive B12 injections since it’s another fast way to feel the the vitamin's full benefits. These can include increased energy levels, increased metabolism, and overall improved mood among others.
It Doesn’t Help Improve Quality of Life for People With Chronic Illnesses
FACT: Studies support the benefits of IV infusions with Vitamin C in cancer patients. Living with a chronic illness is never easy. Standard treatments for conditions like cancer often have painful and debilitating side effects. While IV nutrient treatment is not a substitute for these treatments, it is a complementary solution that can help improve the quality of life for people with serious illnesses or even allergies.
The National Cancer Institute reports that breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy who received intravenous (IV) vitamin C had a better quality of life and fewer side effects than those who did not receive it. In addition, fibromyalgia patients report having reduced symptoms due to IV treatment. Fibromyalgia Researcher David Katz, MD says that about four out of every five people with fibromyalgia receiving an IV treatment of vitamin B, vitamin C, and other nutrients helps ease their symptoms, including pain and fatigue. While research on the effects of IV nutrient treatment on managing chronic illness must continue, it is very promising for enhancing quality of life overall.
It is Not Suited for Active, Healthy Lifestyles
FACT: Not only can IV therapy be used for many types of health problems, it can mend sore muscles, boost the immune system, help with post-workout muscle recovery, dehydration, chronic fatigue and much more.
Not all IV nutrient treatments are the same. In fact, there are many types that address specific needs. While some help treat cold symptoms or side effects of chronic illnesses, others can help with more common ailments, such as migraines, exhaustion, stress, and memory loss. Whatever your need may be, IV nutrient treatments can target it by using specific infusions to alleviate your present condition. By undergoing consistent IV therapies, conditions can be lessened or completely eliminated.
It’s Only Needed Once
FACT: No one eats protein once; other nutrients are no different. You should be consistent with your IV nutrient treatments to empower your lifestyle. Some IV nutrient infusions apply to a one-time use, such as after a night out using a hangover fix. However, IV nutrient treatment as a practice is focused on maintaining optimal levels of nutrients in the body. In order to do that effectively, regular administration of IV infusions must occur. As mentioned before, the body may not always get the proper amount of nutrients needed to perform essential physical and mental functions. IV nutrient treatment is a reliable way to ensure that you’re not missing out on essential nutrients your body craves. You could receive iv infusion therapy every day, but you should tailor it to your body’s demands. Consistent nutrient IV treatments will ensure stable (reliable) results in your overall health.
It Takes Up Too Much Time
FACT: Liquivida Lounge provides a private and soothing ambiance, so you can relax the mind while you replenish the body. You may think that IV nutrient treatment could take too long, but the session generally lasts for 30 to 45 minutes. While making time in your schedule may be difficult, doing an IV nutrient treatment takes even less time than going to the gym or preparing a meal. It’s a quick, effective, and relaxing practice to add to a healthy lifestyle or health regime.
It’s Too Expensive
When you hear about celebrities getting IV nutrient therapies and B12 injections, you probably think it’s expensive and high maintenance. On the contrary, IV nutrient therapies and vitamin injections are affordable for most budgets since they are most effective when done regularly. It’s always a good idea to ask for special offers or discounts if you intend to make intravenous infusion treatment a regular part of your lifestyle. Very often, nutraceutical deficiencies that have been left unchecked for long periods of time are the cause of acute and chronic illnesses. These illnesses have a price, too. Nutrient IV treatment will get your body rebalanced as quickly and efficiently as possible. Although IV nutrient treatments may continue getting attention and making headlines, remember to consider all the facts. Now that you know about the process and benefits of IV nutrient treatments, take advantage of these high-perfoming treatments, and give your body the fuel it needs to function properly.
PRE AND POST OPERATIVE IV THERAPY
A MUST IF YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE SURGERY
Why should you get IV therapy if you are having surgery? Lack of proper nutrition delays wound healing and leaves surgical patients more vulnerable to surgical complications. Studies show that most people have some level of nutrient depletion. For example, one in four Americans are at risk for poor absorption in the gut leading to nutrient deficiencies, meaning that the food you eat does not get digested and absorbed normally. Many more Americans are at risk for reduced nutrient levels because of food choices and the Standard American Diet. Both fast food and processed food (essentially any food that is packaged and has an ingredients list) contain "empty calories" which are nutrient-poor.
By providing optimal vitamin supplementation before and after surgery we can positively influence how well you heal. This is especially true in an obese or overweight patient. The risk of death from other medical conditions increases significantly as weight increases. Patients who are poorly nourished, obese, and diabetic are particularly prone to surgery-related complications, including wound infection and poor healing (bad scarring).
Most Americans consume diets too high in calories and low in essential nutrients. We are known as a malnourished and overfed population. More than 70 percent of American adults do not get even two thirds of the RDA for one or more nutrients—consumption of fruits and vegetables is very poor. American meals, loaded with packaged, processed, nutrient-poor foods, contribute to marginal deficiencies that result in a shortage of vitamins and antioxidants that are particularly important to surgery patients undergoing anesthesia, trauma, and wound healing.
Deficits in micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) such as zinc, selenium, and vitamin B6 have a negative influence on the immune response. Replacing these nutrients before surgery can have a significant and measurable effect on results by favorably reducing free radicals caused by surgery and anesthesia, increasing the immune system, reducing bruising and swelling, and promoting better wound healing. The importance of optimal nutrition is so that your systems work at their peak efficiency. If you are undergoing surgery, you want peak immune function to prevent infection, peak clotting function to reduce bleeding and bruising, peak protein synthesis for collagen formation and repair for better and minimal scarring.
Deficiencies of even a single nutrient result in altered immune responses even when the deficiency is mild. Obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases of metabolic and nutrition imbalance can have a significant negative impact on surgical outcomes and complications. Vitamins and minerals, such as carotenoids (orange in carrots), vitamins A and C, and selenium act as antioxidants. This is important, as during surgery it has been documented that the blood and tissue levels of nutrients decrease while the body’s requirement for them increases.
What do they tell us to do before surgery? First we are told to fast, so we are already depleted. Then they also have us stop all vitamins and supplements two weeks before surgery. We are severely depleted before we start. There are some nutrients you do not want to take since they can increase bleeding risks, but others are essential to healing. Undergoing surgery with reduced nutrition increases your risk. Surgical patients with malnutrition are two to three times more likely to have both minor and major surgical complications such as decreased wound strength (where the wound can open back up), increased rates of infection, delayed wound healing, increased inflammation, increased bruising, and increased risk of death. The length of hospitalization can be extended by 90 percent compared with the length of stay of well-nourished patients.
Major surgery itself increases the risk of malnutrition because of the stress and resulting increase in metabolism using up nutrients to rebuild. This is made much worse if the surgery is on your digestive tract because digestion and absorption are further reduced. This is especially true for obese and overweight patients who are having bariatric (stomach bypass) surgery, because studies show the presence of nutritional deficiency (due to unhealthy diet) before surgery, which is made worse by bypass surgery. Plastic surgery outcomes are also profoundly affected by pre and post operative nutritional status. The number of patients with pre-existing nutritional deficiencies and health problems who are seeking cosmetic surgical procedures is growing.
Pre and post operative IV nutrients supply your cells with the nutrients, co-factors, vitamins and minerals necessary for their peak functioning, so that your risk of complications is diminished and your healing is optimal. It generally consists of one nutritional IV before the surgery and one after, as well as supplementation by mouth. The specific components and possibly the number of nutritional IVs will vary depending on pre-operative health, nutritional status and other considerations.
Some nutrients required for proper healing include vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins, zinc, selenium, magnesium and copper. All but copper is included in fairly high doses in the IV so the body has all of these essential nutrients for repair. If a patient has an emergency surgery they can still benefit from IV therapy after surgery to improve the healing process.
There are numerous reports that show significant improvement in surgical outcome with pre and post operative nutritional IVs. In one study, 30 surgical patients who received nutritional support had an 85 percent reduction in infections compared to 30 surgical patients given placebo. Because these patients were randomized, there was no pre-operative distinction in their nutritional status. In another study, wound healing in nutritionally deficient patients given nutritional IVs was better than wound healing in healthy surgical patients that did not get IVs. These results alone have profound implications for all patients undergoing surgery.
IV pre and post operative nutrition can decrease bruising, swelling, inflammation, pain, scarring, and infection rates. It will also improve wound healing and recovery time, especially for that person choosing to have elective cosmetic surgery—you want the best outcome with the least scarring.