What is a nutrient IV?

It is a way to provide supplemental vitamins and micronutrients into your body to improve the body’s state of health and overall well-being. IV stands for intravenous, meaning that the vitamins and micronutrients are administered into the body through the veins.

Nutrient IV therapy administration has become increasingly popular in recent times. Some athletes receive intravenous vitamins after their games to help speed up their recovery. Another common reason people seek out this therapy is in managing certain medical conditions; some studies that have been performed indicate that nutrient IV administration may help relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia, migraines, and hypertension, among others.

One of the earliest types of Nutrient IV therapy was developed by the late Dr. Myers; he came up with the Myers’ Cocktail comprising magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, and other B-complex vitamins. As a matter of fact, the Myers’ Cocktail played a major role in popularization and generalized adoption of this
therapy by people all over. Since the Myers’ Cocktail’s original development, many other combinations of Nutrient IV therapy have been developed. A practitioner can get special hands-on training in Nutrient IV Therapy administration. Many institutions offer this as a course for one to attend, learn and get certified in.

How does Nutrient IV Therapy Work?

Most people generally consume their vitamins and micronutrients through their food; some people may also take additional multivitamin supplements. When vitamins and micronutrients are ingested orally, they go down to the stomach and intestines, where they are broken down by gastrointestinal enzymes and then absorbed into the bloodstream. There is a limit to how fast these substances can be absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract; what is not absorbed continues through the body and is excreted as stool. Also, most substances absorbed from the intestine pass through the liver for more processing before it goes to the rest of the body. Other factors that impact the amount of vitamins absorbed from the intestine are an individual’s metabolism, age, genetics, and interactions with other orally consumed products. Ultimately, a significant amount of the orally ingested vitamins and micronutrients is lost, and only small amounts pass to the rest of the body. As with most of the vitamins and micronutrients going to waste, the body does not derive the full benefits of these substances when they are orally ingested as food or other supplements.

With Nutrient IV therapy, the minerals and vitamins are administered into the body through the veins. By this route of administration, vitamins and micronutrients avoid the metabolism in the intestine. Also, the substances get into the bloodstream and around the body faster as they are not limited by how quickly they can be absorbed, as is the case with oral consumption. Ultimately, only small amounts of vitamins and micronutrients go to waste during Nutrient IV therapy; most of it is absorbed and used by the body. As a result, the body gains the vitamins and micronutrients full benefits when administered through the veins rather than by mouth.

What are the components of Nutrient IV therapy?

There are a variety of substances that may be in a Nutrient IV bag. Most times, components are tailored to the reason for its use by your doctor. Different illnesses or medical conditions may require a particular combination of  vitamins and micronutrients. Therefore, the treatment is individualized. Another great idea is to do a Micronutrient Test to find out what your cells are deficient in before starting treatment with Nutrient IVs. This way you can get targeted treatment and maximum benefits
from this therapy.

Generally, some substances that may be found in a typical Nutrient IV treatment include the following:

    • Vitamin C – Studies have been performed that indicate several of the benefits of intravenous vitamin C. In the critically ill, vitamin C administered intravenously may help in the management of sepsis; it may also be of use in managing certain kinds of cancer. For individuals in good health, intravenous vitamins may serve to boost immunity and increase energy levels. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a nutrient your body needs to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscles and collagen in bones. Vitamin C is also vital to your body’s healing process.
    • Vitamin B complex – Several vitamins make up the B complex group of vitamins. Some of these vitamins are Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin B5 (Dexpanthenol), and Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6). These vitamins play essential functions in the processes that take place in the human body. The B vitamins help enzymes in our bodies do their jobs and are important for a wide range of cellular functions, like breaking down carbohydrates and transporting nutrients throughout the body. The B vitamins play an inter- related role in keeping our brains running properly.
    • Vitamin B12 – It plays an essential role in red blood cell formation, cell metabolism, nerve function and the production of DNA, the molecules inside cells that carry genetic information. A deficiency of this vitamin may result in a condition known as macrocytic megaloblastic anemia.
    • Magnesium -IV Magnesium effectively enhances the function of the muscular and nervous systems. Your body needs magnesium to perform over 300 biochemical reactions necessary to sustain life. Magnesium is also a natural calcium channel blocker that helps reduce the workload
      of the heart.

    • Potassium – Potassium is an essential mineral constituent of the human body and is the chief cation found within the intracellular fluid of all cells. Potassium is necessary for the normal functioning of all cells. It regulates the heartbeat, ensures proper function of the muscles and nerves, and is vital for synthesizing protein and metabolizing carbohydrates.
    • Calcium – Calcium is necessary for the development of strong and healthy bones. People who are lacking in calcium in their body may end up with a condition known as osteoporosis.
    • N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) – NAC is important for a variety of health reasons, including for replenishing the most powerful antioxidant in your body, glutathione. These amino acids also help with chronic respiratory conditions, fertility, and brain health.
    • Zinc – Zinc is a trace mineral, meaning that the body only needs small amounts, and yet it is necessary for almost 100 enzymes to carry out vital chemical reactions. It is a major player in the creation of DNA, growth of cells, building proteins, healing damaged tissue, and supporting a
      healthy immune system.
    • Glutathione – This is an antioxidant that facilitates many key processes in the body. Glutathione is involved in tissue building and repair, making chemicals and proteins needed in the body, and in immune system function. People take glutathione for aging, thyroid disorders, alcohol use disorder, liver disease, heart disease, and many other conditions.

When should you receive a Nutrient IV treatment?

A person may start with a Nutrient IV therapy if their healthcare provider recommends it. Other considerations that may warrant the need for this therapy are the following:

  • Individuals suffering or recovering from illnesses;  IV vitamins may help boost the immune system and speed up recovery.

  • Individuals who feel run down and have chronic low energy.

  • Individuals with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

  • Athletes before and after major sporting activities.

For the most part, anyone can receive a Nutrient IV treatment. The components are generally well-tolerated, and the risks of adverse effects, though present, are mild.

Types of Nutrient IV Treatments at Feel Your Best Self

There are many types of Nutrient IV options available for administration. These can be categorized based on the reason for which the infusions are administered. The different types of IV vitamin bags often have many similar ingredients; what makes them different is the quantities of the individual ingredients in each vitamin bag type. At Feel Your Best Self, we offer the following options, although we can individualize a bag to fit to your particular health needs.

  1. Immune Boosters to Fight Sickness

  2. Beauty from the Inside Out

  3. Slow Down Aging

  4. Overcome Fatigue

  5. Mental Sharpness

  6. Beat a Hangover

  7. Detox your Body

For the most part, anyone can receive a Nutrient IV treatment. The components are generally well-tolerated, and the risks of adverse effects, though present, are mild.

How is a Nutrient IV Infusion administered ?

The administration of an IV vitamin infusion should generally be done in a professional setting such as a healthcare provider’s office or any other appropriate outpatient setting. In addition, to minimize the risks of infections or other complications, the infusion should be administered only by familiar and
skilled personnel with the process. The general process for the administration of an IV vitamin infusion bag is as follows:

  • The individual will be seated or laying down comfortably.

  • A tourniquet should be applied to the upper arm or forearm so that veins below the tourniquet
    become visible and distended.

  • Once an appropriate vein has been selected, thoroughly wipe the skin with an alcohol-based

  • Once the IV line is set, the bag can then be connected to the IV line so that its contents flow into
    the patient. The rate at which the bag empties through the IV into the body varies; generally,
    the IV vitamin bags are set to flow for about 30 – 45 minutes.

How often should one get a Nutrient IV treatment?

There are no clearly set limits regarding how frequently an individual can receive an IV vitamin infusion. This mostly depend on the instructions established by the healthcare provider and how quickly & effectively the individual responds to the therapy. Most commonly, patients come in once a month for this treatment. This works well for health maintenance and prevention of disease. There are times when a person needs it as often as once a week or more than that if they are fighting an acute infection. Some patients make an appointment as needed.

What is the cost of a Nutrient IV treatment?

The cost varies from $150 for a Basic Myer’s cocktail to $195 to include all the ingredients. A NAD+ shot can be done as an add on for $30.

What are the possible Side Effects?

Intravenous vitamin infusions are generally safe, with minimal side effects. When they do occur, side effects may be due to poor antiseptic conditions during the administration of the infusion. In addition, some side effects may occur as a result of hypersensitivity reactions to one or more of the ingredients in an infusion. For example, magnesium in an infusion bag may cause a flushing sensation around the head, neck, and chest areas. Also, potassium administration may cause cardiac excitability and arrhythmias in some people. For this reason, those receiving an infusion for the first time should have it titrated slowly and should be monitored closely for any side effects. If any side effects are detected, the infusion should be immediately discontinued.

Nutrient IV Menu at Feel Your Best Self

Immune Boosters To Fight Sickness

Beauty From The Inside Out

Slow Down Aging

Overcome Fatigue

                                                         Mental Sharpness

            Beat Hangover

                 Detox Your Body

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