Modern life may be relatively easy and convenient, but it can also keep you on-the-go for most of your waking hours. When you are so busy that a good meal has become a rare treat and proper nutrition has all but gone out the window, you run the risk of developing nutritional deficiencies that can sap your energy and threaten your health. Board-certified physician Roger W. Shortz, MD, who serves the residents of Pleasant Hill, California, offers IV infusion therapy for patients who want to give their bodies a much-needed boost. Call Integrity Aesthetics MD or request a consultation online.
Minor nutritional deficiencies are relatively common and may be caused by a medical condition that affects the way your body absorbs nutrients or a diet that simply doesn’t meet your nutritional needs.
All essential nutrients play vital roles in the body processes that keep you functioning and healthy. Any deficiency at the cellular level may set you up for the development of a chronic illness or condition.
IV infusion therapy is designed to deliver a high dose of the nutrients your body is lacking directly into your bloodstream, where those nutrients can quickly reach the cells that need them the most.
The standard American diet — one that’s high in processed foods and low in nutrient-dense whole foods — tends to promote deficiencies in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12.
A vitamin C deficiency is often thought of as a problem of the past; one that caused people to develop scurvy after spending months sailing across the ocean. However, vitamin C deficiency can still be a problem for those who don’t eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables.
Although vitamin B6 deficiency is a common side effect of excessive alcohol consumption, it can also be caused by not eating enough beans, dark leafy greens, and fish.
Vitamin B12, which is naturally found in meat, poultry, fish, and animal products, is a problem for vegans as well as older adults because vitamin B12 becomes harder to absorb with age.
Iron and vitamin D are also common nutritional deficiencies.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that your body can’t store or synthesize from other nutrients, which means that you need a constant supply to stay healthy, and ultimately, to stay alive. Vitamin C reduces oxidative stress and supports immune system function, tissue repair, and collagen production. High-dose vitamin C delivered by IV is completely bioavailable, meaning it can get to work immediately.
Some of its many benefits include:
Vitamin B12 deficiency affects as much as 15% of the population and is typically accompanied by fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, constipation, and weight loss. If left untreated, vitamin B12 deficiency can cause neurological changes, such as numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. Because these neurological changes can become permanent, it’s important for vitamin B12 deficiency to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
Treating the deficiency through IV therapy bypasses all potential barriers to absorption, so it typically stops or reverses symptoms quickly.
If you’re vegan, have an intestinal disorder, or are older than 65, you should consider finding out your current vitamin B12 status.
To learn more about the benefits of IV infusion therapy, call Integrity Aesthetics MD or book an appointment with Dr. Shortz online.