You might have heard of IV therapy, but did you know it can help you in your weight loss journey? If you’re currently on, or even considering, a medical weight loss plan, there are many options you can choose from to supplement that plan, including IV therapy.
Intravenous, or IV therapy, consists of introducing nutrients into your system directly through your veins. Instead of having to worry about taking pills and eating certain foods, you can simply provide your body with the vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy body. IV therapy is often used in emergency situations to help a body in distress, but that doesn’t always have to be the case.
Besides IV therapy, however, there are other practices you can partake in to supplement your medical weight loss journey. We’ll look into these other practices as well. First, let’s take a closer look at what IV therapy is and how it works.
As we’ve discussed, IV therapy brings nutrients directly to the bloodstream. Besides ingesting vitamins and minerals in pill form or through various foods, these nutrients can only be absorbed into the body through the blood. IV therapy, or IV treatment, is something almost anyone can participate in, as long as it is medically safe to do so.
IV therapy is oftentimes used to help athletes recover. After a hard workout, athletes’ bodies need to reboot. While eating and drinking particular substances helps in that regard, introducing critical nutrients via an IV treatment helps expedite that process. This is particularly where the IV treatment can help in your weight loss journey. If you’ve just completed a hard workout, recovering via IV treatment may keep you healthy even as you push the limits.
Wellness clinics and your typical doctor’s office can perform IV therapy. Some practices might refer to it as IV drip therapy. If you’d like to learn more about IV therapy, check with your primary care physician to learn more about its benefits.
Participating in regular blood tests can help maintain a healthy medical weight loss journey. These blood tests can complement the treatment you receive via the IV, as they can help monitor critical levels and keep you on track.
One of the best ways you can make the most of both blood tests and IV treatment is by using one to supplement the other. For instance, if you find yourself low in vitamin C, you can increase those levels via IV treatment. In fact, when introduced through IV treatment, vitamin C can reach a concentration of 50 times more than any oral supplement. Again, it’s best to consult with your physician to ensure these levels stay at a healthy point.
Besides certain markers measured by blood tests, hormones are another area where you might look to improve your medical weight loss results. Hormone replacement treatment is something you should speak to your physician about if you’re concerned about your testosterone and/or estrogen levels.
Whether or not you introduce IV treatment into your medical weight loss journey is a discussion you should have with your primary care physician. Consider the other options we mentioned as well, from participating in regular blood tests to looking into hormone replacement therapy. Plan out with your doctor what your goals are and how you’re going to get there.