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IV SUPPLEMENTATION

VS ORAL SUPPLEMENTATION

By: Megan Smith

 It’s simple, IV hydration and vitamin therapy works more effectively and faster.  Oral Vitamin goes through your digestive system and IV goes directly where it needs to go, YOUR VEINS!  Because it skips your stomach, more absorption goes into your body from the vitamins instead of only a 50% absorption rate from your gut!  You feel better immediately and balance is restored to your health and wellness.

Some of the Important functions of water involve transporting nutrients, lubricating all tissues and joints, regulating body temperature, and allowing chemical reactions to take place.  Water in the body does a lot more than people realize and can be 50-60% of the body composition in adults.  Water is obtained by drinking beverages, solid food, and metabolizing macronutrients.  75-80% comes from drinking liquids.

Dehydration can be a common occurrence and lead to multiple organ system failures.  Some common effects can be urological disorders, constipation, circulatory disorders, anorexia, liver failure, fatigue, low blood pressure, sleepiness, increased body temperature, edema, and neurological disorders.  The highest risk populations include children, pregnant or lactating women, and older adults.

Nutritional deficits can also be a detrimental issue that can lead to diarrhea, weight loss, tongue swelling, anemia, etc.  Several causes of low vitamin levels may be malabsorption, poor diet, burns, or kidney failure.  In these cases, supplementation may be needed.

IV vitamin therapy is a mixture of normal saline, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals administered through an intravenous catheter directly into the bloodstream.  Taking a supplement via a pill can be more convenient than receiving an IV.

If you are taking an oral supplement, there are a lot of factors that can affect absorption or bioavailability.  Food, other medications, GI issues, and more can affect how much medicine you get when you take a pill.  Taking a drug is a long process because the body metabolizes them slowly and loses nutrients as it goes down the digestive tract.  77% of Americans take daily supplements to help them receive what they don’t have in their diet.  Taking these supplements daily helps the vitamins build up over some time.

IV therapy means a direct route into the blood, not needing to go through any digestive organs.  This means a higher absorption rate and ultimately more nutrition without the need to build up vitamins in the body.  An instantaneous boost is often felt after IV therapy is completed and has helped many people in their day-to-day lives.  It has dramatically helped those with chronic issues such as allergies, asthma, chronic fatigue, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, migraines, etc.

Ultimately, oral supplements can be helpful and benefit those who need them if taken correctly and regularly.  IV hydration and nutrition therapy can help those get more out of their supplements with a higher absorption, and much quicker results, making you feel better before you leave and making life easier.

Resources

Puga, Lopez-Oliva, S., Trives, C., Partearroyo, T., & Varela-Moreiras, G. (2019). Effects of Drugs and Excipients on Hydration Status. Nutrients, 11(3), 669–. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11030669

Oral versus IV therapy. (2015). https://cllsociety.org/2015/05/oral-versus-iv-therapy/

Wells C, Butcher R, McCormack S. Intravenous Multivitamin Therapy Use in Hospital or Outpatient Settings: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines [Internet]. Ottawa (ON): Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; 2020 Oct 15. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK567072/