Can Intravenous Vitamin Therapy make me look & feel younger?
By now you have probably heard the buzz about Intravenous Vitamin Therapy. A treatment that has been gaining popularity among the mainstream population along with celebrities such as Madonna, Simon Cowell, Cindy Crawford and Rihanna to name a few.
Treatments or “cocktails” are used to treat everything from fighting colds/flu, combating hangovers, improving athletic endurance, marathon recovery, enhancing cancer treatment and now these IV cocktails are being combined with medical facial aesthetics for the utmost in anti-aging and overall skin health.
One particular treatment that has been gaining recent media attention is a combination therapy that offers to address both external and internal skin health simultaneously by combining a Vitamin IV drip with a customized medical facial treatment. During this procedure the patient receives a customized vitamin IV drip while enjoying a relaxing yet therapeutic anti-aging facial. Total treatment time is approximately one hour. (Sometimes referred to as the Vita-Infusion Facial).
So exactly what is Intravenous Vitamin Therapy? A procedure in which a small intravenous catheter is temporarily placed into a vein and a special combination of vitamins are administered or “dripped” into the bloodstream flooding cells with nutrients in order to optimize cellular health. This type of IV therapy allows vitamins to be infused directly into the bloodstream rather than being absorbed through the stomach and digestive system.
Vitamin IV infusions can help increase energy, boost your immune system, aid in recovery and provide anti-aging benefits. Vitamins are necessary for cellular health and are important for the optimal performance of our bodies and minds. While we all ingest vitamins and minerals through the food we eat or the supplements we take, ingesting vitamins orally requires absorption through the digestive tract. How well your body can absorb and utilize these vitamins is not predictable.
There are actually a number of digestive disorders that interfere with or prevent absorption from happening including Crohn’s disease, irritable bowl syndrome, lactose intolerance, colitis, ulcers and chronic diarrhea. Even under ideal circumstances, the human body can only absorb a certain percentage of vitamins orally through the normal digestive process. As an alternative to oral supplementation, IV therapy safely delivers much higher levels of vitamins directly into the bloodstream completely bypassing the digestive process. This allows active transportation of nutrients into cells rapidly and effectively stimulating optimal health.
Although Vitamin IV therapies are becoming more and more popular, these treatments are not new and have been around and utilized for quite awhile. In the 1960s Dr. John Myers, MD became the pioneer of Vitamin IV Therapy by proposing that individuals were only absorbing a fraction of the vitamins and minerals they were ingesting orally and by increasing the absorption of key nutrients through IV administration overall health and wellness could be optimized. Based on this theory, Dr. Myers began administering IV injections of nutrients to successfully treat a wide range of clinical conditions including acute asthma, migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections and other disorders.
Today the most common vitamin IV formulation has been named after him and is deemed “The Myers’ Cocktail”. This classic cocktail includes a mixture of Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium and B Vitamins.
So you ask, “How does all of this impact the condition of my skin?” We all know a healthy person radiates health externally giving them what has been called a “healthy glow”. Vitamin IV therapy delivers a rich intracellular nutrient blast that skin needs in order to be healthy. Vitamin IV therapy works at the cellular level by fighting free radicals that cause aging and by hydrating cells and tissues thus combatting the signs of aging and resulting in younger looking skin that glows from the inside out. Vitamin IV therapy is safe, effective, minimally invasive and tolerated by most people.