This is installment #11 of our “14 Proven Benefits of IV Therapy” Series.
Although malnourishment is generally associated with developing countries, the prevalence of malnutrition in the United States has climbed to 25-54% among patients admitted to hospitals. Even worse, many patients eating a complete diet will still be unable to absorb most macro- and micronutrients due to gastrointestinal problems such as intestinal permeability. A strong case can be made that, despite modern advances in medicine and surgery, nutrition in developed countries has regressed due to mass processing of most foods, which harms the gut and makes it more difficult to absorb micronutrients taken by mouth. We can’t really say we are what we eat unless we actually absorb it.
Although there are different ways to administer micronutrients, providing them via the intramuscular (IM) or intravenous (IV) routes may be the most effective ways of correcting the essential vitamin and mineral intracellular deficits in certain patients. As the name suggests, intravenous administration provides direct delivery to the bloodstream; bypassing any obstacles in the digestive system that may hinder absorption. This results in 100% bioavailability.
Oral absorption of a nutrient is often affected by food or impaired by other nutrients and minerals. For example, the absorption of zinc that is given orally is impaired by iron. Additionally, IV administration can prevent gastrointestinal side effects such as upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting which can be limiting for proper dosing and adherence. Improved absorption with reduced GI adverse effects makes IV administration a more suitable option for many patients. Utilizing IV Therapy’s direct delivery of micronutrients to the body allows for higher rates of absorption. This means that the body is better equipped to fight infections, reduces the harmful effects of free radicals, and increase recovery times related to physical activity. By giving the body all of the micronutrients it needs, one can expect a healthier physical and mental wellbeing leading to a better overall lifestyle.