How Long Does IV Therapy Last?
No two patients are alike, so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how long you’ll feel the effects of treatment. Part of this depends on your body’s metabolism, as IV fluids will remain in your system until they are metabolized and excreted. In general, however, you can experience an elevation in mood, concentration, and energy for three or four days after treatment.
It’s important to remember that a variety of factors influence your results. These include nutrient imbalances and overall health. Another factor is dehydration, which can occur at any time and is more common than you might think. Events like drinking the night before, spending a day outside in the sun, or simply going too long without enough healthy fluids all contribute to this debilitating condition.
Dehydration and Electrolytes
Illness can also cause dehydration as fluids are lost to vomiting or immune response support. Electrolytes, which come from food and drink, commonly get depleted during such times. These minerals are vital to functions like producing energy and moving muscles. But the body cannot produce electrolytes by itself, meaning the only way to replenish them is by drinking and eating.
Regular water, however, does not contain electrolytes. In addition, when your body isn’t functioning optimally, it can take several hours to gain benefit from anything you ingest. This is because food and drink both must first go through the digestion process. Meanwhile, you may experience symptoms that include:
- Rapid heart rate
- Foggy thinking
IV Fluids Work More Quickly
Fluids administered by IV are immediately and 100% bioavailable. They go directly into the bloodstream to restore balance to the body, regardless of your circumstances. This means that even if you have gastrointestinal disorders, are unable to eat or drink because of illness, or simply don’t know how to address your concerns, IV therapy bar can quickly and effectively deliver results.
Keep in mind that even if you don’t immediately feel “better,” your body is still gaining the benefits of treatment. This essentially means immediate hydration to restore the body’s natural state of homeostasis. It can take up to two hours for the body to absorb just two cups of water. IV fluids, however, bypass this lengthy process to give exactly what you need, right when you need it.
A Deeper Look at Treatment
Vitamin infusions are not new. The therapy can be traced to the 1960s when Baltimore physician John Myers began treating chronic problems in patients with a formula of vitamins and minerals. The exact recipe he used is unknown, but the conditions that successfully benefited from the “Myers’ cocktail” included:
- Asthma attacks
- Seasonal allergies
- Muscle spasms
Dr. Myers also treated a small number of patients suffering from conditions like angina and congestive heart failure. In addition, many medically healthy patients also went to him and asked for regular injections because they felt healthier for weeks or months after.
What Are Vitamin Infusions?
These therapies are simply carefully selected blends of vitamins, minerals, and sometimes other medicines that address specific needs. We offer a range of 12 different infusions that each act a little differently within the body. Our Belly Bag, for instance, eases stomach discomfort, while our Brain Bag alleviates migraine symptoms and supports peace of mind.
Because they’re administered through an IV, these treatments take effect more quickly than oral medications or pills. This is especially important if you need to resume your workday or are feeling poorly and require a boost. Treatments can take from 30 to 60 minutes, and a pre-testing option can help us identify the exact nutrients you lack to help us tailor your infusion.
How Do Treatments Work?
A vitamin infusion is similar to having blood drawn. The difference is that the needle remains in your arm for longer so we can deliver the full treatment. Additionally, we’re a concierge service, so we’ll come to you – at home, in the office, or nearly anyplace else you might be. This eliminates the need for you to travel when you don’t feel well or when it’s simply not convenient to do so.
We’ll start the session by cleaning your arm where the needle will go. Once the needle is injected into a vein, we’ll administer therapy. You can use this time to relax with a book or handheld device. You can also add our oxygen aromatherapy treatment to your vitamin infusion. This is a great way to inhale nearly pure oxygen scented with an aroma of your choice. Oxygen aromatherapy helps rejuvenate your body and promote deeper relaxation.
Vitamins Transfusions Compared to Oral Vitamins
When ingested orally, vitamins must go through a fairly complex and inefficient process before they even arrive in the bloodstream. Water-soluble vitamins like vitamins C and B complex consist of large molecules that prevent direct passage from the intestines to the bloodstream. They must also hitch rides with cell transporters that exist in limited numbers.
Each vitamin, then, competes with the others to make it into the bloodstream. The body may even expel some vitamins before they get absorbed. This is why less than 20 percent of most ingested nutrients reach the bloodstream. Factors that impact cellular health can also reduce vitamin absorption. These factors include:
- Compromised intestinal lining
- Inflammatory conditions
- Chronic alcohol use
- Certain medications
Transfusions Work More Effectively
IV therapy bar works in a completely different way. You not only receive a much higher concentration of vitamins, but those nutrients are also able to go to work far more quickly. And, again, rehydration begins almost immediately.
Dosages can also be personalized and/or accompanied by boosters like biotin and vitamin B12. These enable us to even further customize treatment to address concerns like low energy or lackluster skin. A pill, however, contains a fixed amount of nutrients that cannot be altered. It does not take into consideration your metabolism, age, or other characteristics that may be relevant in identifying your individual needs.
Symptoms of Vitamin Deficiencies
Vitamin deficiencies are not always easy to spot because they mimic the symptoms of other conditions. Bleeding gums, for instance, may be the result of insufficient vitamin C levels but are often attributed to gum disease. Poor night vision, linked to low vitamin A, is simply treated with glasses. Additional symptoms of vitamin deficiencies include:
- Dry skin
- Recurring infections
- Mouth ulcers
- Brittle hair and nails
- Restless leg syndrome
Nutrients From Foods
It’s always important to eat whole, nutrient-rich foods, and we would never try to suggest otherwise. But sometimes, the body needs a boost that food cannot provide. To illustrate, we’re going to outline the exact path vitamin C must travel inside the body after you eat, say, an orange.
- Digestion in the stomach, a highly acidic environment
- Digestion in the small intestine
- Absorption in the large intestine
- Movement to the liver for processing and detoxification
- Delivery to the blood vessels for distribution throughout the body
- Absorption by tissues and then cells
Many errors can occur along this journey. And soil depletion prevents most Americans from getting the vitamins they need with diet alone. IV therapy bar, on the other hand, bypasses the intestinal path for rapid delivery to tissues and cells, where nutrients are needed.
Real Treatment Benefits
In talking about vitamin transfusions, we must first mention the increased wellness they deliver. We’re not speaking strictly of physical health, but of mental well-being as well. When your body feels good, you’re more inclined to enjoy mental clarity and a better mood. IV treatments can improve well-being with nutrients like L-Carnitine, which promotes energy, and vitamin A, which supports brain and immune health.
Our healthcare system largely relies on treating rather than preventing illness. But regular vitamin doses can improve immune health not only directly, but also indirectly by improving sleep quality and reducing the effects of stress. With stronger immune function, you’re better able to counter illness. This is why we include vitamin C in many of our formulas.
We also want to note that IV treatments can help you bounce back from illness. You can use this therapy to supplement prescription medications or, in the case of a common cold, to enjoy a faster recovery.
Enhanced Skin Health
Beauty indeed starts from within. While topical treatments certainly serve their purpose, IV treatments work in a more targeted manner. They fight free radicals that induce tissue damage and early signs of aging, strengthen hair and nails, and rehydrate the body for plumper skin. This explains why so many celebrities incorporate regular treatments into their schedules.
Physical activity, from amateur to professional levels, fatigues the body. In repeatedly working the muscles, it also causes an accumulation of free radicals. IV treatments correct both conditions and even reduce muscle loss. And, again, in speaking of hydration, fluid restoration can improve your performance, whether training for a competitive event or trying to have the best day possible at the gym.
Improved Brain Function
It’s easy to separate the brain and the body and only focus on the nutritional needs of the latter. But the brain also needs specific nutrients to meet daily demands. B vitamins can reduce your risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, while vitamin A supports general cognition and memory functions. Vitamin C similarly improves cognition, thereby demonstrating that mental health can also benefit from IV therapy bar.
Support for Vitamin Treatments
In studies, a variety of nutrients have shown to produce pharmacological effects on the body. Magnesium, for example, can relax smooth muscles to help reduce bronchial asthma. We likely haven’t even yet identified all the benefits that vitamins and minerals can yield. What we do know, however, is that the key lies in high nutrient concentrations; otherwise, the effects are far less impactful.
Thanks to independent studies, we know that IV treatments can correct nutrient deficits. Studies further confirm nutrients absorbed by cells after infusions can provide healing benefits, and if those infusions are repeated, improvements may be cumulative. This means that with time, patients may be able to progressively improve their health. The case for IV treatments is therefore strong.
A Better Way to Health
IV therapy bar can be a reliable way to get the nutrients your body needs. From quickly correcting the effects of a hangover to helping you prepare for a big test or presentation, single treatment options deliver fast results. Repeat treatments can improve overall health, with the regular administration of vitamins and minerals that are otherwise hard to get. See for yourself. Call The Hub IV Bar in Chestnut Hill, MA, today and schedule your appointment.