Is there even a need for IV nutrients? After all, a healthy gut can absorb all the nutrients we need from food. Yes, but also wait a minute… How many people can say they have a 100% healthy functioning gut, especially in our demanding western society? Digestive disorders ranging from IBS to IBD and digestive issues from heartburn to diarrhea are extremely common nowadays and they certainly impact the amount of nutrition we absorb through food.
Secondly, assuming we have a “healthy gut”, are we giving ourselves opportunities to absorb nutrients through proper nutritional choices? For most people, this is not the case. Sound nutritional knowledge is commonly offset by misinformation and the majority of people are caught up in the convenience and hyperpalatabilty of unhealthy foods.
To add to that, busy lifestyles, constant stress, and overwork are some reasons why food is likely not enough to fulfill our extra nutritional needs. As mentioned earlier, most commercial food has a lower nutrient quality which doesn’t help either. There is very little downside to providing your body with some extra nutrients and IV therapy is a great way to administer therapeutic levels of high-quality bioavailable nutrients. In short, there are not many people that wouldn’t benefit from these treatments – healthy gut or not!
And then there are people that are dealing with health conditions. Correcting nutritional imbalances, improving cell and organ system function, treating using therapeutic nutrients and supporting healing processes, are some of the ways that IV nutrient therapy can benefit patients that are dealing with health conditions. Depending on the contents of the IV infusion, a trained naturopathic doctor can use IV treatments to benefit the following conditions: