Most patients who stay in a hospital are given a type of IV (intravenous) therapy to ensure that they stay hydrated amidst an illness or surgery. However, IVs are not just for patients facing an emergency. Anyone can benefit from vitamin IVs to renourish the body. Dr. Lynne Ahn, a board-certified anti-aging regenerative medicine physician, is pleased to offer this modern treatment to her patients in Wellesley.
Why Vitamins Are Essential to Your Body
Vitamins are organic compounds/micronutrients that are critical to maintaining the health and wellbeing of the human body. Scientists have identified 13 different vitamins that are essential for humans, each one offering different benefits. For example, vitamins like B1 and B2 are necessary to metabolize carbohydrates and proteins, B9 is necessary for DNA and RNA synthesis, and B12 helps the formation of healthy red blood cells. It also is important in cell metabolism, nerve function, and the production of DNA.
Since the body does not produce these vitamins on its own, they must be acquired externally. Most vitamins are obtained through eating fruits and vegetables. After passing through the digestive system, vitamins are absorbed by the body as nutrients. Unfortunately, about 75-80% of the American population does not consume the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables, meaning that many of us are vitamin deficient.
Moreover, people who are not deliberate with their diet may miss out on a few of the 13 vitamins even when they do consume lots of produce. For example, vegetarians and vegans are more at risk for B12 and D3 deficiencies unless they know what supplements to take. Other people have an unhealthy gut or medical conditions like Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease that can make it difficult to absorb nutrients from the foods they consume. Since vitamins are important to everyone, finding alternative ways to procure these nutrients is critical.
How IV Therapy Can Remedy This Situation
IV vitamin therapy bypasses some of the dietary limitations and obstacles by injecting vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream, subcutaneous tissue, or muscle. Although IV therapy should be used as a supplement to the diet rather than a replacement, it offers certain advantages over the normal consumption of food. First, the body can start benefiting from the extra dose of vitamins almost immediately, since it does not need to pass through the digestive system. Second, IV therapy is an effective way to get a higher concentration of nutrients since some vitamins lose their strength through the digestive process.
Dr. Ahn has many different types of blends of IV concoctions to meet each patient’s needs. Her patients have used IV vitamin therapy to not only address vitamin deficiency and dehydration but also boost immune response, mood, skin health, and energy — and sometimes even to relieve hangovers.
She also offers IV therapy blends that are great for anti-aging. Rich in antioxidants and glutathione, these cocktails can help to repair cellular damage, reduce inflammation, and improve the health of the skin and hair.
Visit Ahn Point Wellness
After studying IV therapy’s impressive anti-aging and nutritional benefits, Dr. Ahn has introduced this treatment to her practice in Wellesley, MA. It is a quick and effective way to get important vitamins and antioxidants to patients whose busy schedules get in the way of eating and hydrating properly. If you would like to try IV therapy for yourself, please schedule a consultation by calling (781) 237-1600.