Commonly used in hospitals to treat dehydration and other conditions, intravenous (IV) therapy is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for ailments such as fatigue, colds, low energy, sore muscles, and chronic pain. Vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are administered directly into the bloodstream, allowing for up to 100 percent absorption.
“When a person takes an oral supplement, only 10 to 20 percent of that vitamin is actually absorbed into the body,” explains Dr. Brett Florie, founder of The Hydration Room—a vitamin IV and injection therapy clinic in Pasadena specializing in naturopathic and allopathic medicine. “Bypassing the GI tract, a patient is able to receive a much larger amount of vitamins in safe doses that has a more potent effect. A patient would not be able to take the same dosage in oral form, which is why the IV therapy or intramuscular route is superior to the oral route.”
After reviewing the patient’s medical history and personal needs, a registered nurse will design a customized IV treatment, which typically lasts 30 minutes or less. At The Hydration Room, multiple types of IV therapy are offered, including immune support, hangover detox, vitamin C, and NAD+ therapy, which allows cells throughout the body to produce more energy and may optimize cellular functions.
“We take care of patients of all ages, from an elderly dehydrated person in their 90s to a younger child with the flu,” Florie says. “We have a large population of chronically ill patients as well, and we take care of patients who are looking to boost their immune system and overall wellness. I also work with many professional athletes and executives who are constantly traveling and can’t afford to get sick or run-down with their busy schedules. There is an IV for everyone.”
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