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Philippe T. Nguyen

Philippe T. Nguyen, MD
Chief Medical Officer

IV therapy: train harder, recover quicker

IV bag styled with fruit inside

You might be familiar with intravenous therapy, aka IV therapy, from its use in hospitals. But what you probably don’t know is that IV therapy can improve your life even when you’re not due for a hospital visit.

What is IV therapy?

IV therapy is the infusion of liquid substances directly into a vein. Considering that your blood does a round trip through your heart every minute, it’s the fastest and most efficient way to deliver fluids and medications throughout the body.

How can IV therapy help with your workouts and athletic performance?

Micronutrients are essential to performance

During physical activity your body sheds water, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes—collectively we call these micronutrients. Micronutrients play an essential role as coenzymes in all biochemical pathways in the human body.

Good after activity for recovery

When we exercise frequently, for long durations, or at high intensity, we lose a lot of these micronutrients, resulting in fatigue, aches, reduced concentration, and slower functioning. This is one of the reasons why performance peaks and then trails off. It’s important to replenish micronutrients to repair, build, and recover from physical activity.

Good before activity for enhanced performance

Increasing the amount of micronutrients before your activity can improve your performance by giving your cells a larger reserve to burn.*

Better than drinking water or sports drinks

Drinking plenty of water is critical, and IV therapy will not replace the need to stay hydrated with oral fluids. IV therapy is used in addition to get your body more needed fluids and micronutrients faster and more efficiently. IV therapy restores all the micronutrients lost in sweat.* It delivers micronutrients directly at the cellular level into the bloodstream, completely bypassing the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the enzyme systems in the liver, which both reduce the amount of vitamins and nutrients that enter cells.* We absorb 15% to 20% of vitamins taken orally, but with IV infusions, it’s closer to 100%. Therefore, IV administration of micronutrients is more immediate and more effective than oral supplementation.*

Professional athletes, soldiers, and tired medical students all over the world have been taking advantage of IV therapy for decades. Find out how IV therapy might help you maximize energy levels, optimize peak performance, enhance strength, fight fatigue, hydrate your body, accelerate recovery times, and help you reach your goals.*

Common supplements used in IV therapy

Micronutrient

What is it?

Benefit*

vitamin C

ascorbic acid, a water-soluble nutrient, antioxidant

protects cells from damage caused by free radicals

vitamin B12 (hydroxycobalamin)

cobalamin

vital for function of the brain and nervous systems, building block for blood count in anemic people

vitamin B complex

eight B vitamins — B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12

converts food into fuel and enables energy, supports adrenal function

magnesium sulfate

an inorganic salt related to Epsom salt

involved in muscle strength and lower blood pressure

calcium gluconate

a mineral supplement and medication

vital for bone health and muscle strength

glutathione (GSH)

an antioxidant

prevents and repairs cellular damage

ondansetron

5-HT3 receptor antagonists

prevents nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery

famotidine

H2 blockers

relieves symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn

ketorolac

nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

reduces hormones that cause inflammation and pain

thiamine

vitamin B1

help the body turn carbohydrates into energy called glucose metabolism

folic acid

B vitamins

help the body produce and maintain new cells

multivitamins

combination of many different vitamins

treat vitamin deficiencies (lack of vitamins) caused by illness, pregnancy, poor nutrition, digestive disorders, and many other conditions.

NS IV bolus fluid

normal saline or isotonic solution. NaCl. 0.9%

helps to restore balanced body fluids

LR IV bolus fluid

small amounts of sodium ion, chloride, lactate, potassium, calcium

helps to restore balanced body fluids

dextrose IV bolus fluid

sugar

helps to restore balanced body fluids

Not sure what you want? Your physician can help you choose the therapy that’s right for you.

* Your results may vary.


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