As more and more of us focus on our health and wellness through diet, exercise and stress management, a shift is occurring in how we approach the idea of well-being. An exciting trend that is gaining mass popularity is intravenous delivery (IV therapy) of essential vitamins and nutrients. The 20 Something Anti Aging Center in Orlando, FL is pleased to offer these convenient and effective treatments, which will make you feel younger, healthier and more energetic.
What Is IV Therapy?
Simply put, IV therapy (also called anti aging IV infusion) is a fast, direct way to deliver fluids, vitamins and medications into the body through a vein, and from there, directly into the body’s bloodstream. The advantage of this treatment method over oral ingestion is that it bypasses the digestive system, offering faster, more effective absorption into the body.
Our bodies need a constant inflow of vitamins and hydration in order to function at their best and keep us healthy. While it is possible to keep up with these nutrients through strict attention to the specifics of diet and the timing of ingestion (such drinking electrolytes after exercise), busy schedules often prevent us from staying ahead of these needs. What this therapy does is provide a direct boost that can be scheduled at the patient’s convenience and can yield immediately tangible results.
What Is the Scientific Rationale?
Because it delivers its therapeutic payload directly into the body’s bloodstream, IV infusion is seen as the most efficient way to deliver vital fluids, vitamins and electrolytes into the body. When vitamins and fluids are taken by mouth, much of their nutrients are lost through the digestive process in the stomach. Until the widespread availability of IV treatment, only a rectal suppository could deliver nutrients more directly. Few people would find this method convenient or desirable.
Anti-aging IV infusion therapy is not only more efficient in bringing these nutrients into the bloodstream, but it also offers an opportunity for the therapeutic intake to be customized for each person. While everyone’s body needs the same essential nutrients, not all of us have the same deficiencies. With this treatment, it is possible to create individualized vitamin and hydration “cocktails” that are tailored to the needs of each patient.
Why Would I Need This Therapy?
No matter how closely we monitor our diets and exercise schedules, our bodies are constantly affected by internal and external factors that alter its chemical makeup. As just one example, stress depletes the body of necessary vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Stress can be acute, as in preparing for an important date or work meeting. For other people, stress is a chronic state of being that, over the course of time, takes a disproportionate toll on health.
The nutrients that are produced by the body to combat disease and inflammations are directly depleted by stress. Perhaps more importantly, stress negatively affects other aspects of our wellness that cause more serious health problems. Common related problems are poor sleep and weakened immune systems. As these essential bodily functions degrade, we feel weak and become more susceptible to minor or serious disease. These depletions can lead to reduced appetite, lethargy and even depression.
What Are the Goals?
IV therapy has been shown to support a broad spectrum of health and wellness goals. When your body is given the consistent levels of vitamins and nutrients it needs, you are not only operating at peak efficiency today, but you become better equipped to achieve physical and mental goals for tomorrow. These include weight loss, improved physical performance and even the ability to break addictions.
From a scientific standpoint, the goals for this treatment are to provide three basic benefits. First, it replaces any previous deficiencies in essential nutrients that have been lost due to illness or lifestyle problems. Next, the treatment supplements ongoing losses, meaning adjacent deficiencies suffered by poor diet, sleep or other connected maladies. Finally, the treatments provide nutritional and vitamin efficiency going forward, such as providing the best-available hydration.
What Are the Benefits?
IV therapy has been shown to provide a host of benefits that you not only feel but that others can see in you. Some of the most popular reasons for the treatments include:
By delivering the ideal amount of needed vitamins and nutrients without losses through the digestive system, IV infusions serve to strengthen the immune system, which keeps you healthier. They also reduce fatigue, boost overall energy levels and provide you with greater cognitive function: in other words, a clearer head. Specific vitamins can also reduce the impact of allergies and help the body heal itself faster from wounds and injuries.
Improved Physical Performance
People who enjoy athletic activities spend a lot of time training, which places demands on the body no matter what shape we are in. Workouts and running are taxing activities and often lead to the development of “free radicals,” which are a type of cellular breakdown that happens naturally with age or unnaturally through physical strain. IV therapies replenish the nutrients that are lost through strenuous physical activity and help the body maintain healthy muscle, tissue and circulation. The performance benefits aren’t just for athletes; sexual performance can be improved too.
IV therapies that deliver nutrients and antioxidants can make visible cosmetic improvements throughout the body. They can slow the aging process by addressing the free radicals, which can result in fewer wrinkles, provide better skin regeneration from sun damage and give your look an overall brightness that’s noticeable to everyone. By providing optimal hydration and vitamin delivery, the treatments can give you stronger hair and nails, clearer skin and a sense of rejuvenation inside and out.
Boost in Immune System
As our bodies age, we become less able to naturally prevent disease and physical decline. It’s not for nothing that vitamin supplements are routinely prescribed (and marketed) to those of the Baby Boomer generation and older. However, even younger people can live with compromised immune systems through a lack of proper nutrient and hydration. Without essential vitamins, it’s easier to get sick and takes longer to get better. IV infusion can help fend off minor diseases like colds and give your immune system the strength it needs to fight off bacteria and infections.
What Is the Procedure Like?
For those that have had intravenous treatments in the hospital and are squeamish about needles, rest assured that IV infusion is as far from that experience as can be imagined. This is no sterile, frightening atmosphere. This is a spa visit for the inside of your body, and the environment where you’ll experience the treatment isn’t far off from the same idea. You’re there to relax and rejuvenate, and the treatment is delivered in a relaxing setting.
You’ll sit in a soothingly lit space while you select your “cocktail” with the help of your medical professional. Different concoctions are available, each designed to improve a positive aspect of your wellness (proactive treatment) or counteract a negative one (therapeutic treatment). Once you’ve made your selection, a trained technician will guide the IV needle into your vein, and you’ll relax for the duration of the treatment. Depending on the treatment selected, the session lasts from 15 to 90 minutes.
Is Therapy Safe?
IV infusion therapy has been proven to be entirely safe when administered by a qualified provider. In addition to ensuring that the actual IV connection is safely performed, the medical professional will consult with each patient to understand the particular needs and potential restrictions that each patient brings to the session.
From this consultation, the IV solution will be adjusted based on the individual wellness needs of the patients and the desired results. Certain medical conditions, such as liver or kidney complications, should be discussed with the clinician before the treatment. Further, some medications may interact with the therapy as well. The clinician will ask about any prescription medications you may be taking while helping you choose the best IV cocktail.
What Can I Expect?
Because individual patients request different IV mixtures for different restorative effects, the outcomes of an IV infusion session varies from person to person. Still, most patients will feel a slight tingling as the therapy courses through their veins, and upon completion of the session can expect the following effects:
A Boost in Energy
Most patients report feeling refreshed and energized after only one treatment. For some, the effects can be felt immediately following the session; for others, it can take several hours or up to a day to become noticeable. Your body has just received a rejuvenating cocktail of the nutrients and hydration it has been missing and craving. Ailments such as fatigue, cold symptoms, anxiety and irregular sleep can be relieved almost immediately thanks to the speed with which IV infusion works.
With today’s fast-paced lifestyles, it can be hard to stay energetic no matter how well you eat and take care of yourself at the gym. Psychological strains from anxiety and stress mix with physical strain from nutrient depletions to lower your overall energy and mood. This can spiral into negative effects, such as lethargy and even depression, that further impact your overall wellness. After an IV infusion treatment, patients often feel a rush of energy, both emotional and physical, that leaves them happier and more productive.
Athletes, in particular, need essential nutrients to maintain muscles, ligaments and tissues that are strained during sports and training. Weekend warriors often spend the rest of their week with tired muscles, micro-tears in fragile joints that don’t heal quickly, and even a sense of exhaustion. IV treatments replenish the vitamins and minerals that are necessary to recover from workouts and sports, providing your body’s natural recovery tools with the fuel they need to maintain healthy tissue and circulation.
We’re all told we should drink eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated, but how many of us actually follow through? Dehydration is a serious yet often overlooked problem that can have disastrous effects. For many of us, not drinking enough water is only part of the problem. Even more hydration is lost from diuretics like alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated drinks. IV infusions provide the best possible hydration, which not only provides immediate effects but also works as preventive care against a host of health problems ranging from constipation to kidney stones.
Your skin is the most telling indicator of how well hydrated your body is. Your skin, which is your body’s largest organ, is made up of 64% water. Water keeps skin cells plump, which keeps your complexion supple, helps reduce the incidence and visibility of wrinkles, and is a prime contributor to the “glowing skin” effect. Chronically dry skin is something that can’t be treated only on the outside with moisturizers. The real problem is on the inside of your body. IV infusion provides the hydration that’s needed for a great complexion, with results that can be seen almost immediately.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Every individual is different, with different levels of need in terms of hydration and nutrients. Most people experience a noticeable effect for several days after a treatment session. This, however, is actually misleading, because even when you aren’t directly feeling a tangible effect anymore, your body is still enjoying the benefits of the treatment. Many people find that multiple treatments, spread out over time, are a great way to stay healthy today and prevent physical imbalances tomorrow by providing proper nutrients and hydration in the most effective way possible.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Because it is a safe and proven technique, virtually anyone can be a candidate for IV infusion therapy. The infusions are used for a wide variety of health conditions ranging from temporary to chronic. The therapy has been used to treat migraines, respiratory problems, chronic fatigue, muscle pain and a host of other conditions that have not responded well to other therapeutic measures.
People with digestive issues are especially good candidates for this treatment. When the body’s gastric system can’t absorb all the nutrients in food, or when appetite is unnaturally low, vitamin deficiency is the outcome, with all its attendant problems. Vitamin pills can’t surmount this issue, but the infusion therapy can.
You don’t have to be ill to enjoy the benefits of IV infusions. Many people use them for a quick pick-me-up after an intense workout or sporting event. In fact, when the therapy was introduced in the 1970s, the first application for it was as a cure for a hangover (it was successful!). Other people use the therapy to prep themselves and be at their best for an important event or meeting. Still, others use the therapy for cosmetic effect, especially for their skin. Your IV therapist can make helpful suggestions as to which IV mixture will work best for you.
How Can I Get Started?
Infusion centers are plentiful, but when you look for IV center you’re looking for more than just a needle and some fluid. You want an environment where you can be comfortable and relaxed throughout the treatment. You want experience, and you want technicians who will make the treatment as efficient as possible. Most of all, you want expertise: a clinician that will help you make the best choices for the nutrient mixture that you’ll be receiving.
Contact 20 Something Anti Aging Center in Orlando, FL today, where we offer all these qualities and take a no-compromise approach to IV infusion therapy and our patients. Schedule a consultation with one of our specialists and find out how IV therapy can help you lead a happier, healthier life.