Everything You Need to Know About IV Therapy

IV Therapy

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you just feel sluggish. It’s hard to focus, hard to relax, hard to have the energy to do anything — everything just feels hard.

You might try eating more leafy greens or exercising to feel better, but no matter what you do, you just feel blah. You run to the internet for answers and read about how you’re probably vitamin deficient, so you start taking supplements. But nothing changes.

If you relate to this, you could likely benefit from IV therapy. At San Antonio Prime Wellness, we help clients with busy lives and busier schedules feel their best through IV therapy.

What Is IV Therapy?

IV, which is an abbreviation for “intravenous,” is a wellness treatment in which medications, fluids, or other therapies are administered directly into the vein. It offers results that are different from those of other administration methods, such as oral supplements.

IV Therapy vs. Oral Supplementation

IV therapies have a major advantage over oral supplementation. Since IVs are able to deliver therapies and nutrition directly into the bloodstream, the body is able to absorb more of it faster.

Oral supplements have varying degrees of bioavailability. Bioavailability is a term that describes both the degree of the supplement absorbed and the rate at which it is absorbed into your body.

The bioavailability of oral supplements is at the mercy of varying factors in your body:

  • Your age
  • The integrity of your digestive system
  • The state of your overall health
  • Your biological sex
  • Whether you take the supplements with food or not
  • The hour of the day.

These factors and more make oral supplementation less reliable than IV therapy.

How IV Therapy Works

When you visit for an IV therapy appointment, we’ll get you seated comfortably so you can relax during your treatment.

A member of our team will cleanse the site of the injection with disinfectant before placing the IV needle directly into one of your veins. The arm is typically the site of injection since it’s easily accessible.

After inserting the needle, the fluids are pumped directly from the IV bag to your veins. We’ll regularly check the pump to ensure a proper rate of delivery.

Types of IV Therapies

Various types of IV therapies can deliver vital minerals, vitamins, and nutrients to your body.

IV Infusion Therapy

IV infusion therapy is a type of IV therapy that relies on the power of gravity to drip fluids into your bloodstream. It is different from injection therapies, which are more forceful.

An IV infusion therapy session lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. The time depends on the treatment you’re receiving, as well as the amount of fluids.

IV Hydration Therapy

IV hydration therapy is a treatment that helps rehydrate your body faster than other rehydration methods (like drinking water). An IV hydration therapy session could be especially useful in times of sickness or when you have a nasty hangover.

IV Vitamin Therapy

IV vitamin therapy delivers essential nutrients to your body with a highlighted focus on improving the health of your hair, skin, and nails. These nutrients include:

  • B complex vitamins
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Electrolytes
  • Calcium

Also included in IV vitamin therapy are antioxidants and amino acids.

Benefits of IV Therapy

IV therapies offer many benefits to those who receive them.

Cure Hangovers

The older you get, the more unbearable hangovers become. Even a glass of wine or two can create a hangover the next day.

There’s no reason you should deny yourself a fun night out away from the stresses of everyday life. But unfortunately, hangovers can result in poor job performance or interpersonal conflict.

This is where IV therapy comes in. With IV hydration, you can quickly address some of the common symptoms of a hangover, including:

  • Body aches or headaches
  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Symptoms of thirst
  • Nausea and stomach pain

IV fluids contain electrolytes, which quickly work to rehydrate your body. These fluids also replenish some of the water lost due to too much drinking.

With IV hydration, you can quickly get back on your feet and into your routine.

Address Nutrient Deficiencies

Some people are prone to nutrient deficiencies, whether because of mental health disorders like anxiety or depression or physical disorders like Crohn’s disease or cystic fibrosis.

In a hospital setting, doctors use IV nutrient therapy to replenish nutrients in patients who are deficient.

Similarly, in a clinical setting, we use IV therapy to help clients who need an extra boost of nutrients to feel better.

Increase Energy

IV therapy can also increase your energy through amino acid nutrients. Amino acids are nutrients that operate on a cellular level within the body to turn your body’s fatty acids into energy.

Some amino acids can also build muscle protein, giving you more power to get through your day (or your workout routine).

Reduce Anxiety

Another benefit of IV therapy is that it can help reduce anxiety levels by promoting relaxation in your body.

One electrolyte used in IV therapy is magnesium sulfate, which not only lowers your blood pressure but can also:

  • Promote better sleep
  • Relax tense muscles
  • Support the function of your immune system
  • Ease headaches

You can complement IV therapy with an Epsom salt bath for heightened relaxation.

Get IV Therapy Now

At San Antonio Prime Wellness, we offer five different types of therapies to help you look, feel, and perform your best!

Contact us now to book an IV therapy appointment in San Antonio, TX, and discover how IV therapy will enhance your life.