By Dr. Hilary Chambers (Booth), ND
Let’s face it; we could all use a little extra support to help us cope with stress. Vitamin IV therapy is a phenomenal way to give your body an extra boost of nutrients to help you handle stress. With IV therapy, we can achieve higher doses of nutrients like magnesium and B vitamins in a shorter period of time than oral supplementation. This gives your body the building blocks it needs to cope with stress.
In this article, I’ll share with you my top five reasons for using vitamin IV therapy for stress:
- Energy and Mental Health
- Supporting the Immune System
- Adrenal Support
When we’re stressed it can be difficult to find time to take our supplements and eat balanced meals. Most IV treatments only take about 30 minutes. In that short amount of time, you receive a high dose of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to support your body. This doesn’t replace my recommendation that patients eat well and take their supplements. IV therapy is a great boost if you find it difficult to keep up with healthy habits during particularly stressful times.
2. Energy and Mental Health
Stress goes hand in hand with low energy, anxiety, and mood fluctuations. High doses of nutrients like methylated vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) cross the blood brain barrier to support mood and reduce anxiety by supporting serotonin production. High doses of a full B complex help convert food to energy, giving us a super-charged energy boost when we’re fatigued.
3. Supporting the Immune System
Prolonged stress can suppress the immune system. When we’re stressed, we use up our nutrients more quickly by directing them toward the “fight or flight” response. As a result, we become depleted in key nutrients needed for immune support, including zinc, selenium, and vitamin C. IV therapy delivers high doses of these nutrients to support our immune system. This support helps prevent us from getting sick while we’re stressed. We can also use hydrochloric acid if you’re already feeling sick as an antimicrobial to effectively treat infection.
4. Adrenal Support
Our adrenal glands are the organs responsible for producing cortisol and other hormones that are needed to cope with stress. After prolonged periods of stress, our adrenals can become exhausted and unable to keep up with the demands of producing these hormones. High doses of nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium and dexapenthenol (vitamin B5) in an IV treatment help your adrenal glands to continue to function at a high level. This allows you to cope with stress and avoid an adrenal crash.
Check out The Adrenal Stress Questionnaire and Commonly Missed Health Conditions: Adrenal Fatigue for more information and resources about adrenal support.
Taking time for yourself is a powerful act of self-care! Get a massage, do some yoga, go for a walk or book an IV treatment. Busy, stressed people often put everyone and everything else before themselves, and end up neglecting their own health. We need to give ourselves permission to engage in self-care. In doing so we’re better able to take care of our families, careers, and everything else that’s important in our lives.
If you missed it, check out the recent article about Morning Routines that includes great links to yoga and meditation resources.
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