26 Oct Benefits and Types of Vitamin IV Infusion Therapy
At the core of a healthy lifestyle is a complex harmony of vitamins and minerals that work hard beneath the surface keeping the many functions and processes of your body running smoothly. But sometimes with a hectic lifestyle, intense training regime or restricted diet, they might need a little helping hand.
Introducing vitamin IV Infusion therapy, the latest treatment offered by Lumea Aesthetics to continue helping our patients feel amazing, healthy and confident. Vitamin IV drips, also known as vitamin IV infusions or vitamin IV therapy, is a doctor-prescribed delivery of vitamins through a small soft catheter tube directly into the bloodstream. This method means vitamins can get to work almost immediately, by bypassing the digestive system and so making them more readily bioavailable, unlike oral supplements where only a percentage of the vitamins are actually absorbed by the body.
When it comes to our vitamin therapy treatments, there are two types or delivery systems that we offer: the IV infusions, as well as IM boosters. Both supply vitamins directly into your bloodstream, but while infusions are administered intravenously, boosters are injections into the muscle tissue. The vitamin formulation you select will determine if an infusion or booster is the method for you, as some are only available in one or the other. IV infusions and boosters bypass the digestive system and are both excellent mechanisms to suffuse your body with essential vitamins and minerals.
And if you’re wondering what the difference is between a vitamin IV drip and a vitamin IV infusion – they’re simply different names for exactly the same thing.
The vitamins we use as part of our IV therapy treatments form the backbone of everything from healthy skin, hair and bones to a robust immune system, healing wounds and overall energy levels.
Our family of B vitamins (including B1, 2, 3, 5 and 6) are a powerhouse for beautiful, glowing skin. They help regenerate collagen, speed up wound healing, reduce inflammation and regulate sebum production which if overactive, causes acne. They are also key to helping skin cells store water, leading to well hydrated skin and reducing hyperpigmentation.
It’s worth taking a little extra time to look at B12, which is often a crucial missing piece for those on restricted diets. Only available as a booster shot, vitamin B12 provides a general boost to energy levels and concentration, and can help your body use fat and carbohydrates more efficiently, making new protein cells. Either due to a vegan or vegetarian diet or poor absorption because of underlying medical conditions, deficiency can lead to anaemia, fatigue and that ‘brain fog’ feeling.
Essential enough to have its own dedicated infusion, vitamin C is responsible for a variety of functions necessary for overall health and wellbeing. It works hard to support a healthy immune system, nervous system and blood vessels, while being a vital component in wound healing and protecting cells from oxidative stresses including our skin cells, helping to bestow that sought-after glow from within.
A powerful antioxidant made up of amino acids that’s included in many of our IV vitamin therapy infusions, glutathione is essential in preventing cellular damage, neutralising free radicals, detoxifies and works closely with vitamin C to protect cells.
Our sunshine vitamin that is usually available via exposure to sunlight or through our diets, vitamin D helps the intestine absorb essential nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc, as well as being essential in maintaining a healthy immune system, good blood circulation as well as strong heart, teeth and bones. With around one quarter of Australians experiencing at least a mild deficiency and the harshness of our sun we all know we need to avoid, a boost of vitamin D is an excellent compliment to a healthy lifestyle.
It’s important to consider the pros and cons of vitamin therapy infusions, which our doctor-led team will guide you through. The screening process includes a blood test before each treatment so your doctor or nurse can ensure your selected cocktail is safe and the right choice for you; not everyone is suited to getting certain treatments, and we will be able to suggest a tailored cocktail that specifically answers to your body’s needs.
One of the main benefits of our nutrition IV treatments is the immediate full-body hydration; as we add the vitamins to fluid, you’ll feel the effects without the bloated sensation of drinking lots of water. And those benefits are quite incredible, from increased energy levels and flushing toxins and waste from the body, as well as helping your body regulate body temperature and blood pressure, while helping all your cells function better, carrying nutrients more effectively and allowing better absorption of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. And last but not least, your skin will love you as being moisturised from the inside out will help bring out its smoothest, most supple and plump side you’ve seen yet!
Intravenous or intramuscular vitamin therapy treatments are a fantastic way to supplement a healthy lifestyle, whether you’re an athlete, tireless mum, busy executive, recovering from an illness or anything in between. Vitamin IV is only the start of what we offer at our Collingwood, Melbourne clinic, as we can formulate a range of different cocktails featuring bespoke combinations of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dinucleotides that will help you on your way to your both refreshed, hydrated, confident and beautiful self.
Read more about the treatment itself here or if you’re ready to book, make an online appointment now. And please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you have – I’d love to hear from you so we can start working on your treatment together.
My best wishes,
Dr Toro and the Lumea Aesthetics team