What is vitamin D and what does it do?
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin stored in our liver and fat cells. The role of vitamin D is more like a hormone than a vitamin within the body. It acts more like a messenger rather than a vitamin involved in metabolic pathways. Vitamin D is in charge of regulating calcium and phosphorus and plays a part in normal immune system function. Ultimately, Vitamin D benefits our bones, teeth and immune system.
What happens when I don’t get enough vitamin D?
Weak bones and muscles and an increase in bone fractures are all a result of low vitamin D levels. Fatigue, depression, poor immune function.
How much vitamin D should I be getting?
The recommended daily allowance of vitamin D is 600 IUs (15 mcg) for people ages 1-70.
What are the naturally occurring sources of vitamin D?
Our bodies actually create vitamin D when skin is exposed to direct sunlight. Vitamin D can be found in red meat, egg yolks, liver and fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel. Products such as milk and breakfast cereals are sometimes fortified with vitamin D. It is important to know that not all dairy products will be fortified with vitamin D (e.g cheese).
What about a vitamin supplement or a vitamin IV?
IV Therapy – An Advanced Approach to Wellness
IV therapy is a popular and effective way to give yourself a wide range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and important nutrients to boost your wellness. It allows you to receive a higher dose of nutrients compared to other methods of ingestion. An IV infusion greatly improves the chance that the nutrients reach your cells quickly, since they bypass the digestive tract and are present in higher concentrations. By working at the cellular level, IV therapy can replenish your cells with essential nutrients and provide hydration to keep you running optimally. This form of treatment is effective at helping to minimize dehydration, headaches, fatigue, anxiety and hangovers to name a few. An IV therapist can assist you to customize your IV therapy experience based on your current needs.
4 benefits to IV therapy are:
- Hydrate – each IV bag is loaded with
Tips to Prepare for Your Best IV (posted in August 2020)
Stay Hydrated – If you have scheduled an appointment for an upcoming IV therapy…start drinking water. Dehydration may make it more difficult for the nurse to find a vein. If you already have issues with getting poked by needles, staying hydrated may help to mitigate this.
Come Prepared – Know what you want ahead of time. You may have already booked an appointment for a particular service. Depending on how you are feeling the day you walk in might determine what you actually need. Did you go out drinking the night before? Maybe you have an upcoming interview or presentation that you want to be sharp for. Whatever is going on in your life, talk with your IV therapist about how you are feeling and what you would like to get out of the session. The IV therapists are great at customizing options and offering recommendations to complement your session for the ultimate IV experience.
Chair Service – You have the option to enjoy your IV experience in a few ways. If you prefer solitude, a private room may be the best option for you. There is usually a private room that can be booked with no extra charge. Ask to reserve a private area ahead of time to ensure that it is available and waiting for you when you get there. If you like to meet new people and chat, the IV lounge allows for you to safely IV with others. Additionally, bringing a friend or more helps to pass the time. IV lounges usually can hold up to 6 IV’ers safely. If this is your preferred route call and ask to reserve the location for that time to have the space for just you and your socially distancing besties. Think friends with healthy benefits.
Schedule Accordingly – Plan to hang out for a bit. Make sure to ask how long your service may take. Depending on what you are getting, you could be there anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or more.
Chill – Once you are all hooked up, just sit back and relax. Feel free to watch TV from the flatscreen within the IV Lounge, stream from your own device or close your eyes and listen to your zen playlist. Ask your IV therapist for any additional amenities to enjoy the experience. They usually have pillows, blankets, snacks and beverages for your comfort.