Today, more than ever, we are aware of our overall health and how our immune systems play a big part in that. All you have to do is take a stroll down the health-food aisle of any grocery store or pharmacy to see the every-expanding vitamin and supplement section. And when it comes to cold and flu season, which is just around the corner as kids head back to school, being pro-active is the best defence. And one St. John’s clinic is offering a way to support your entire well-being — from the inside out.
Nuderm Skin Care Clinic offers intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy, which is quickly becoming their most popular service for a variety of health-related concerns, says Karen Caines, a registered nurse at the skin-care clinic.
“Vitamin IV drips are a revolutionary, effective and safe way to reap the benefits of some of the most therapeutic vitamins, minerals and amino acids our bodies require,” says Caines, adding this is especially important for boosting and maintaining a healthy immune system with all of the germs and viruses kids returning to school this September will undoubtedly come in contact with … and bring home.
IV vitamin therapy was actually developed in the 1970s by Dr. John Myers, a physician from Baltimore, MD who pioneered the therapy as part of treatment protocols for various medical conditions.
The key reason IV vitamin therapy is so effective is because it delivers immediate benefits on a cellular level, which allows your body to restore homeostasis. “Because IV vitamins go directly into your bloodstream, bypassing the gastrointestinal tract, you are getting maximum absorption. With oral supplementation, you only absorb about 40 per cent of what you take, so most people are walking around deficient,” explains Caines.
Another benefit of IV vitamin therapy is that it allows for larger doses, according to Caines, who says your body would not be able to tolerate these higher amounts if taken orally.
Benefits of IV vitamin therapy include:
- Boost immunity
- Slow aging
- Increase energy
- Elevate mood
- Cleanse the liver of toxic buildup
- Relieve fatigue, especially for chronic conditions
IV vitamin therapy is also effective for asthma and seasonal allergies, as well as migraines, depression and anxiety, muscle pain and recovery and menstrual cramps, Caines says.
“It can also be used to treat viral or bacterial infections, chronic fatigue and even cardiovascular disease,” says Caines, although she adds you don’t have to be sick to take advantage of IV vitamin therapy. “It can be used proactively to maintain optimal health as it really maximises your wellness.”
The original IV therapy, Meyers Cocktail, includes vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins, such as B6, B5 and B12, perfect to boost immunity. Nuderm Skin Care Clinic also offers targeted IV vitamin drips. For example, you can receive the Stress Buster, which is rich in antioxidants and amino acids. You can opt for the Mind Sharpener, designed to repair your mind and body with a blend of calming, restorative and rejuvenating nutrients. They also have a specific drip for athletes that can help with muscle pain and recovery or even a drip to help ease the symptoms of a hangover, according to Caines.
Starting Aug. 27, Nuderm Skin Care Clinic is offering a ‘Back to School’ promotion where you can get six IVs for the price of five, making it the perfect time to ensure your immune system is in tip-top shape.
The average visit takes about 30 to 45 minutes. “It is very easy and comfortable — people can just come in and relax, watch a movie, read or listen to music,” says Caines, who adds she recommends you get one treatment a week for four weeks and then tailor treatments as you need them.
For more information, visit nuderm.ca or call (709) 579-5717 and make an appointment for a free consultation.