24 Benefits of IV Therapy:
The Ultimate List Pt. 3
This post concludes our 3 part series on the benefits of IV Therapy. We’ve compiled the internet’s most exhaustive list of IV therapy advantages. In case you missed them, here is Part 1 and Part 2.
17 Heart Disease
Heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans. This is hardly surprising, as the factors that lead to heart diseases, such as obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, and stress have been on a continuous rise for the past half-century.
You don’t need us to preach a healthy lifestyle. You already know that. But whether you are or are not making lifestyle changes to protect your long-term health, we can help. There are nutrients that are known to reduce your risk of developing heart disease and the contributing factors that lead to it.
Magnesium sulfate helps to keep your artery walls relaxed, lowering blood pressure. Niacin (B3) can help to raise good HDL cholesterol and lower bad LDL cholesterol. Pyroxidine (B6) lowers homocysteine levels, a marker for heart disease as well as many other conditions. Finally, the antioxidant properties of vitamin C protect your cells from degeneration, extending their life and healthy function. This means a healthier, stronger heart muscle.
The preventative powers of vitamin C are well-known. While the biological process by which it achieves this magic is complicated ultimately vitamin C increases phagocyte production. Phagocytes are the cells in your body responsible for destroying invading bacteria. In addition, if we haven’t already mentioned this enough, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. By reducing oxidative stress your cells simply work better, and this means a stronger immune system.
Pyroxidine, or vitamin B6, is also essential for a strong immune system. Where vitamin C increases phagocyte production, protecting your body against invading bacteria, B6 is essential in the production of lymphocytes, cells that are equally crucial to your immune system. Lymphocytes protect you against viruses and bacteria and can even destroy certain types of cancer cells before they can form a tumor.
A loss of libido, or low libido, can be devastating to your relationship with your SO and to your own quality of life. Sex is essential for a healthy monogamous relationship. After all, if you’re not having sex, you’re really just roommates. Sex is also very important for your well-being. It dramatically increases your levels of oxytocin, which is the ‘feel good about yourself and your life’ hormone.
Losing your sex drive, or being out of sync with your partner, can be damaging not only to your relationship but to your self-esteem. People afflicted with a loss of libido often ask ‘What’s wrong with me?” and feel that their lack of interest in sex is somehow their fault. While women have traditionally been accused of having a lower sex drive than men, recent studies suggest that this simply isn’t true. Men are in fact just as susceptible to losing interest in sex as women are. And many times the loss of libido isn’t even age-related. Stress, illness, anxiety, and depression are all common factors that can affect both genders.
However, sometimes, there really is something ‘wrong’ with you. Not that it’s your fault in any way. You might have an undiagnosed medical problem, or, you might just be deficient in certain nutrients. Your body is an extremely complicated machine, and any sexologist (or even a good MD) will tell you that the biological processes that lead to arousal are highly complex, with many contributing factors.
For this reason, maintaining a healthy nutrient balance isn’t just essential for your overall health. It’s vital to maintaining a healthy sex drive. Dexpanthanol, which is a precursor for acetylcholine, is delivered in the Myers’ Cocktail that forms the basis of many of our IV therapy treatments. Among a list of other problems, low levels of acetylcholine will definitely result in a loss of libido.
Much of what we think of as ‘mood’ is actually a delicate interplay between levels of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters control almost everything that goes on in your brain. You’ve almost certainly heard of dopamine and know that it’s described as the ‘reward’ neurotransmitter. It’s responsible for a cascade of positive emotions that are tied to specific experiences. Serotonin is another important neurotransmitter and helps to dampen negative emotions such as depression, sadness, anxiety, and anger. GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) is your brain’s primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. This means it works to keep other neurotransmitters in check. It has to work in balance with glutamate, which is the primary excitatory neurotransmitter. If your levels of GABA get low, this allows glutamate to run amok, which can result in free-floating anxiety.
What you might not know is that for your body to make and maintain healthy levels of these neurotransmitters, it needs certain nutrients, known as precursors. For example, B12 is a precursor for GABA, acetylcholine, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. A deficiency in just that one vitamin can have a devastating impact on your mood as your body becomes unable to make enough of these essential neurotransmitters. Calcium gluconate is required for the release of neurotransmitters by your synapses. A deficiency here can easily lead to depression as insufficient amounts of positive neurotransmitters are being released.
There are physiological factors as well. B5 (pantothenic acid) is essential for the proper functioning of neurons. A deficiency here can also lead to depression, poor judgment, brain fog that results in ‘feeling stupid’, and a host of other neurologically-based problems.
If you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, mood swings, or having difficulty controlling your temper, a nutrient deficiency could easily be the source of the problem. The quickest and surest way to restore healthy levels of these micronutrients is via IV therapy.
21 Morning Sickness
Having a child is a miracle, but the morning sickness that often comes with it is something we could definitely do without. There can be multiple causes of morning sickness, including hormone changes, low blood sugar due to the increased energy demands on your body, excessive fatigue, and emotional stress. To make matters even more difficult, it can be an interplay between these factors, making nailing down any one cause impossible.
Fortunately, there may be a treatment that will help. A large study showed that a higher intake of B6 during pregnancy resulted in a significant reduction in nausea for many pregnant women.
Sometimes it’s great being a woman. Other times, not so much. PMS is certainly one aspect of our female bodies that most of us could do without. While some of us are fortunate and seemingly not very susceptible to the mood alterations that accompany PMS, others can suffer extreme anxiety, depression, and irritability. And knowing the cause is our monthly cycle doesn’t help.
Believe it or not, doctors don’t even know exactly what causes PMS. Most researchers do believe that it’s related to changes in hormone levels and a reduction in serotonin. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating negative emotions. In fact, most anti-depressants either elevate serotonin levels or supply artificial serotonin.
Just as with morning sickness above, it’s B6 to the rescue! Many studies have shown that supplementing B6 via IV Therapy can result in a mild to significant reduction in negative mood effects in 70% of women.
This is a big one and probably deserves its own post in the near future. We know sleep is important, but for many of us, it gets shifted down on our list of priorities in favor of other things. But the truth is that proper sleep is vital for our physical, mental and emotional well-being. So important, in fact, that people who regularly get enough sleep actually live longer, healthier lives. So if you’re shorting yourself on sleep to do other things, remember that it’s a short-term gain for long-term pain.
But what if you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep but can’t? First, you’re not alone. Over 50 million people in the US suffer from a sleep disorder, and 35% of adults regularly get less than 7 hours of sleep per night. Stress is the most common cause of an inability to sleep but this can be at least partly alleviated by getting proper nutrients.
If you’re undergoing chronic stress that’s making it hard to get a good night’s rest, chances are that same stress is affecting other aspects of your life as well, including your eating habits. A poor diet will itself cause stress and it can become a vicious circle. Stress leads to a lack of sleep which leads to more stress which leads to eating poorly which leads to more stress. To make matters worse, when we’re under stress our bodies burn through nutrients faster, resulting in even greater nutrient deficiencies.
We can’t help you with the stressful aspects of your life, but we can help make up for nutrient deficiencies. As already covered in the section under Mood (see No. 20 above), there are many nutrients that are essential for proper neurotransmitter and hormone balance, as well as optimal brain function. Making sure you’re getting enough of these micronutrients via IV therapy could not only help manage the anxiety that comes from stress but actually improve the quality of your sleep.
24 Skin Health
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+/NADH). Yeah, we know. What the heck is that and what does it have to do with keeping your skin healthy? What it is, we’ll get to in a moment. As to what it has to do with keeping your skin healthy, the answer is, well, pretty much everything.
If you’ve read the rest of these posts, you’re probably getting sick of hearing about free radicals and oxidative stress. But these things are at the root of why your skin ages. Oxidative stress breaks down the materials of your cells, forcing your body to replace those cells sooner. Current theories of aging suggest that if you can extend the life of your individual cells, you will extend the life of your body, and age slower in the process.
NAD+ neutralizes free radicals, stopping them cold from causing cell damage. Your body can make NAD+, but it needs niacin (vitamin B3) to do it. This is why some topical skin creams contain niacinamide, which is just a different form of niacin. Your body can turn one into the other, and vice versa. But without a sufficient supply of this essential micronutrient, your body can’t make enough NAD+ to protect your cells, and they will age faster.
Some studies suggest that B3 deficiency can even lead to an increased risk of skin cancer.
In addition to B3, vitamin C and glutathione are also powerful antioxidants. Glutathione is in our Anti-Aging, Skin Brightening and Detox IV therapy treatments.
There you have it. The internet’s most comprehensive list of IV therapy benefits. If you’ve stuck with us to the end, we appreciate your time and attention. At Magnifaskin, we genuinely care about the health and well-being of our clients. We believe that beauty starts on the inside. If you’ve never had an IV therapy treatment, we invite you to book a free consultation with us today and experience the many benefits of IV therapy for yourself.
About the Author
Christina is passionate about the science of skincare, and about helping her clients look and feel younger. Christy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Penn State, and a Masters in Biology from the University of Delaware. Through her partnership in the MagnifaSkin MedSpa clinic, she works daily to help her clients find the keys to magnifying their natural beauty.