If getting your eight hours of sleep isn’t enough to banish fatigue, or you feel generally a bit under the weather, some experts suggest trying IV nutrition therapy.
Dr Natasha Ranga says IV nutrition therapy can improve your general well-being. “The ingredients used within Intravenous Vitamin Nutrition Therapy (IVNT) are vitamins, minerals and water, classified as ‘essential nutrients’,” she explains. “These are essential for life, however, they are nutrients that the body is not able to synthesise on its own. By supporting the replacement of these essential nutrients you are able to help restore your body to its peak fitness and maximum energy performance.”
Vitamin therapy can help your body by:
- Increasing energy levels
- Improving athletic performance
- General well being
- Immune support
- Aiding anti-ageing
- Improving certain skin or hair conditions
Dr Natasha explains how they work. “Compared with oral supplements, nutrients within the IV enter the bloodstream directly and immediately. This allows the body to better absorb and utilise nutrients. Vital vitamins are delivered directly to cells throughout the bloodstream without having to go through the gut which will reduce the effectiveness purely by working through the digestive system.”
Vitamin deficiency can cause a host of health problems. Dr Natasha continues “A lack of key nutrients can cause a decline your overall health and in your general well-being, such as poor hair, skin, nails, extreme tiredness and fatigue among many others.”
Treatment is given via an intravenous drip, and takes 30-45 minutes. The infusion requires the insertion of a small needle into a vein, usually in your arm. “Most of my patients feel some effects during their IV therapy treatment,” says Dr Natasha. “This continues over the next few days, when you will feel refreshed, re-energised and revitalised. While you can feel a difference after a single treatment, I would recommend a course of treatments – 6 treatments over 2-3 months is ideal.”
IV nutrition therapy suits anyone with an active lifestyle. The only exclusions for treatment are people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or those known to have an allergy to any of the ingredients the infusion.
Looking for an energy boost? IV nutrition therapy could just be the answer.
Meet the Expert
Dr Natasha Ranga is a fully qualified GP who specialises in anti-ageing medicine.