In particular, it can be very effective for those with any gut-related problems (IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, diverticulitis, SIBO, celiac, etc), low energy/chronic fatigue, anxiety, chronic stress, headaches/migraines, poor immune function, poor diet, and those prone to dehydration.
This is important since many nutrients must reach a certain threshold in the blood or tissue to have the desired effect. For example, magnesium must reach a certain level before it can actually enter cells (where it is needed), which is often unattainable in oral doses due to poor absorption and/or poor tolerability (ex. diarrhea).
Intravenous nutrients are delivered directly into circulation and are therefore 100% available to tissues and cells. Many individuals have less than ideal breakdown and absorption of both food and supplements, which may be due to gut inflammation, infections, imbalance of bacteria, low stomach acid, pancreatic insufficiency, etc. Therefore, intravenous nutrient therapy bypasses this problem by allowing for direct delivery into circulation.
Therapeutic ORAL supplementation often causes unpleasant gastrointestinal side-effects. For example, Vitamin C has potent anti-viral activity, however oral dosing often causes diarrhea, nausea or upset stomach. In by-passing the gut, individuals are able to benefit from therapeutic dosing of nutrients without the downside.
It is advised to eat a meal at least 1 hr prior to the IV appointment.
If it is your first appointment, Dr. Lovink will conduct a brief medical screening exam and determine if and what I.V. would be most appropriate for your unique needs/requirements (if you are unsure whether I.V. would be appropriate for you, please call the clinic to inquire or book in for a FREE 15-minute appointment to discuss further). You will also need to provide a urine sample upon arrival to ensure adequate kidney function.
The time it takes to administer an IV depends on the contents of the bag and individual factors. However, in general, you can expect to be at the clinic for 1-1.5 hrs.
Once you are hooked up to the IV you can read a book, listen to music or simply close your eyes and relax.
In general, the IV is painless other than a small pinch during insertion. You may feel a slight warming sensation, taste vitamins in the back of the throat or feel a coolness in the arm. In rare cases, people feel a slight ache in the arm, mild nausea or mild tired/sleepiness. These sensations are transient and can be minimized by adjusting the rate of the IV, having a small snack or using a heating pad on the arm.
Yes, IV’s are covered under naturopathic medical services and/or under your “health spending account”. We also offer direct billing — visit our Direct Billing page for details
All our I.V.’s are customized to your unique needs/requirements, which is assessed by our Naturopathic Doctor during your initial appointment. To see our general Intravenous Nutrient Therapy offerings, click here.
We also offer Intramuscular (IM) shots for those who want a quick boost. Click here for more information.