15 Jul Oral Vitamins Vs. IV Infusion
Why should I invest my money and time on IV vitamin therapy when I can take oral supplements in the comfort of my home? It’s a question medical professionals at PUREDROPIV get asked frequently.
This post will provide a comprehensive answer to this question by digging deep into oral ingestion of vitamins, vitamin infusion therapy (and its benefits) and more. Let’s get started!
The Inefficiencies of Oral Vitamin Intake
When vitamins are ingested orally, they go through a complex yet inefficient process to move into the bloodstream. These molecules can’t simply pass through the intestines directly into the bloodstream as opposed to IV vitamins. Instead, they have to cross the layer of cells lining the intestinal tract. But note that this layer is impervious to water-soluble vitamins and nutrients. Special “transporters” come into the picture here.
Sodium-Dependent Multivitamin Transporter is among the aides. It helps move vitamins across the intestinal walls into your blood circulation system. However, the body has a limited capacity for SMVT. Besides, the transporter regulates the absorption of several nutrients and vitamins, including Vitamin B-1, vitamin B-5, and ALA (alpha-lipoic acid)
Simply put, it’s hard for vitamins ingested orally to cross from the small intestine into the bloodstream.
IV Vitamin Therapy
IV infusion delivers vitamins directly into your bloodstream. That means your digestive system doesn’t have to break down food into its consistent minerals, nutrients, vitamins, and amino acids. Still, your small intestine doesn’t have to put in the extra legwork to move the nutrients into your bloodstream.
With IV vitamin drip, you get the nutrients delivered right where they should go – blood circulation. This method allows for a near 100% absorption affecting the cells in your body immediately. But how does vitamin IV therapy work?
Vitamin infusion consultation kicks off with a medical assessment. The administering practitioner reviews your medical history to assess your suitability as a candidate for IV therapy. The information collected will afford the administering medical professional to learn of any allergies, underlying medical conditions, or preferences regarding your IV vitamin drip treatment. A review of your medical history and reason for seeking IV vitamin treatment will also help determine which IV drip is best suited for you.
Once the proper IV drip is selected, a medical professional will begin infusing IV cocktail ingredients per the standing orders of the company’s medical director. The professional disinfects the injected area (often the arm), locates a vein, and inserts the IV catheter. Once that drip is flowing the ingredients will immediately begin entering the bloodstream for immediate cell use. Typically, the session lasts anywhere between 45 minutes and 1 hour.
Benefits of Vitamin Infusion Therapy
There are plenty of benefits to receiving vitamins and nutrients via infusion treatment. Some include:
- Higher absorption rate: As mentioned earlier, your body has to metabolize orally ingested vitamins, a process that negatively impacts absorption rate. Contrarily, infusion therapy delivers vitamins directly into your bloodstream, allowing for a higher absorption rate at nearly 100%.
- Customized dosage: During IV therapy consultation, the medical professional will review any existing medical conditions, metabolism, genetics, age, any other relevant factors to ensure to select the right treatment for maximum benefits.
Who is a Candidate for Vitamin IV Therapy?
Vitamin infusion therapy can help alleviate symptoms of several conditions, including dehydration, chronic pain, respiratory tract infections, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, and Parkinson’s disease. The treatment is particularly ideal for clients seeking optimal health, peak athletic performance, recovering from acute illness (stomach flu or hangover, or someone who cannot consume enough or absorb enough nutrients.
We must mention that IV vitamin drip therapy is generally safe, but note there is always a risk of infection due to puncturing of the skin as well as possible fluid overload if proper preparation is not conducted. Therefore, it’s highly advisable to consider the reputation of the company (read reviews), know the credentials of medical professional administering services (LPN & EMT vs RN – Preferred), and ensure the treatment process is thoroughly explained.
Reviews of the company can quickly demonstrate the skill level and competency of the medical professionals and management of the IV therapy company administering services. Pending state requirements, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Registered Nurses (RN), or higher can administer IV therapy services. RN’s are preferred administering professionals with a background in high acuity medical settings (Emergency Room or Labor & Delivery trained) concerning IV therapy due to their extensive experience in emergent settings – especially if administering concierge services. Lastly, understanding the process of treatment, the dosage of treatment being administered, and potential effects to follow should be clearly outlined before and during the process of treatment.
Contact PUREDROPIV for IV Vitamin Therapy
As previously mentioned, IV vitamin therapy is the most effective and efficient way to deliver nutrients to the body’s bloodstream for immediate effects. At PUREDROPIV, we support transformational health journeys through intravenous treatment for clients seeking optimal health and peak performance to boost energy, strengthen immunity, support fast muscle recovery, aid weight loss, and more. Our company is founded and operated by Labor & Delivery Registered Nurses who employ only registered nurses with high acuity experience to administer IV therapy services to our clients at their home, hotel office, or event for fast and effective results.
If you’d like to learn more about our IV therapy or book your next vitamin IV therapy drip with us, please message us online.