IV Therapy For Weight Loss

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IV therapy for weight loss

Most of us know the importance of nutrition and exercise for maintaining a healthy weight. But thanks to the constant buzz around fad diets and quick fix fitness programs, these two pillars of healthy living are often practiced within the parameters of calorie restriction: cutting calories to stay lean and exercising vigorously to burn what we eat.

This formula for weight loss is an oversimplification. Yes, fueling our bodies with too many of the wrong types of nutrients may lead to weight gain. However, even if you follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly, desired results may still elude you without the right mix of nutrients to supercharge your metabolism and amplify your fitness regime.

If you want to take your weight loss & detox journey to the next level, regular nutrient IV therapy can improve your results if combined with a healthy nutrition and exercise plan. Here’s how.

 

IV therapy promotes better nutrient absorption

It’s a slow process to fully digest a meal – anywhere between two to five days – and at the end of all that work, it’s possible that your body may absorb only 10% of the nutrients consumed. The truth is, our digestive system is powerful but fickle. Any number of things can throw the efficacy of its nutrient absorption out of whack, from the foods that we choose to eat, to the way we prepare our meal, and even the time of day that we sit down to eat.

If you count on a cup of coffee to get you up in the morning or a nice glass of wine to wind down in the evening, you’ll want to keep reading. Caffeine and alcohol have both been proven to affect nutrient absorption and are linked to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.

Enter IV therapy. Unlike oral consumption, IV therapy bypasses digestion and delivers nutrients directly to the bloodstream. This means that much higher concentrations of the administered nutrients are absorbed and circulated into the nervous system, fueling critical bodily functions – many of which are critical for weight loss.

 

IV nutrient bags are formulated specifically for weight loss

When we talk about nutrients, what we are really referring to is the full span of essential compounds that give us life. This includes macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, and fats – and micronutrients – vitamins and minerals. While macronutrients fuel our daily functioning, micronutrients build the foundation for them to do so effectively.

That’s why supporting a healthy diet with the right ensemble of micronutrients can maximize your weight loss results. At Spark Health, our  IV Therapy formulation for weight loss supports healthy fat metabolism, facilitates energy production, promotes maintenance of lean body mass, and supports balanced thyroid and adrenal function. The formulation includes L-carnitine, Glutathione, Methionine, Inositol, Choline, and Vitamin B12.

L-carnitine is an amino acid derivative shown to increase the function of mitochondria, the energy-producing machines found in our cells. L-carnitine revs our metabolism, while also supporting our nerves, brain, and heart. Studies have shown that people who receive carnitine lose more weight and show a decrease in body mass index (BMI) compared to those who do not.

Glutathione is a crucial IV component for anyone who is on a weight loss or detox protocol. As we burn fat, we are also releasing many toxins into the bloodstream. Glutathione is a fantastic antioxidant, and can be thought of like a Pac-man that goes into the bloodstream to chomp up toxins.

MIC (Methionine, Inositol, Choline) is known as the ‘weight loss’ nutrient combination, and packs a triple punch. Methionine, an essential amino acid, helps the liver break down fat and aids in the production of glutathione. Inositol improves insulin sensitivity in the body making it critical for fat metabolism and fat-burning liver function. Finally. choline regulates cholesterol and fat transport around the body.

Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12) helps convert your food into energy. At Spark Health, we use Methylcobalamin, the form of vitamin B12 that can be utilized immediately by the body. Supplementation of Methylcobalamin also supports the immune system, so you can stay well and continue to exercise and eat healthy.

 

IV therapy is administered by naturopathic doctors with your weight loss goals in mind

Behind the IV therapy services at Spark Health is a team of naturopathic doctors committed to personalized medicine and a high standard of medical care. Our naturopathic doctors are experts in optimizing results and customizing a weight loss plan that is personalized for your body’s unique physiology.

If you are interested in learning more about our Weight Management or Detox offerings, or would like to book an IV therapy appointment call 858-228-4188 or send us an email at Spark@MySparkHealth.com.

Spark Health Integrated Medicine is located in Solana Beach, San Diego County, CA. Founded in 2013, we take a collaborative approach to natural medicine, partnering with patients to help them achieve their unique health and wellness goals. If you would like to perform better in the areas of life that matter most to you, book a consultation with one of our doctors today!

 

The Spark Team

IV Therapy For Improved Energy

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Are you looking to support your energy levels naturally, without the need for caffeine or energy drinks?

Are you sick of the midday work slump? Are you wanting to improve your stamina at the gym? If you answered yes to any or all of these, you are the perfect candidate for IV therapy! IV therapy is a fantastic way to support natural energy levels. When administered intravenously, nutrients are absorbed directly into the bloodstream, allowing them to bypass the digestive tract and head straight for the target tissues. In contrast, a large proportion of the nutrients we consume orally are poorly absorbed by our digestive system and never make it to our central nervous system at all. Unlike coffee or energy drinks, the nutrients found in our IV energy bags are natural substances that the body already recognizes and produces itself, creating steady and calming energy that can last up to a week. Read on to learn how each of these energy-producing nutrients can nourish the body, prevent cellular damage, support healthy energy levels, and rebuild muscle.

Taurine powers harder work and sounder sleep

Taurine, which is normally found in meat, fish, and dairy, is an amino acid that is great for improving energy and athletic performance. Just 7 days of taurine supplementation has been shown to result in significant increases in exercise time to exhaustion; most likely due to taurine’s superior antioxidant activity and its ability to improve cellular protection. As a result, taurine plays an important role in cardiovascular health. In addition to powering rigorous workouts, taurine has also been shown to have a modulatory effect on the neurological system and can improve sleep quality. Sleeping better at night means more energy in the daytime.

L-Carnitine drives sustained focus and optimal performance

L-carnitine is the ultimate amino acid for improving energy. It drastically improves the function of mitochondria, our body’s tiny energy producing machines located in all of our cells. Our muscles are packed full of these tiny energy machines, so when they are working optimally, we perform at our best. The other tissues that contain a lot of mitochondria are our nerves, our brain, and our heart, so supplementation of L-carnitine

aids these tissues as well. L-carnitine is also an important building block for certain neurotransmitters that are needed for optimal cognitive functioning, giving us the mental energy we require to properly match our physical energy levels.

Essential (and non-essential) amino acids build muscle and strength

Amino acids are the basic building blocks of every protein in our body. There are two types of amino acids: essential and non-essential. Our bodies can’t create the essential amino acids, so we have to rely on food or supplementation to receive them. And although our bodies can synthesize the non-essential amino acids, we are often depleted of them. These amino acids are important for supporting all of the body’s biochemical processes, such as building, growing, and repairing muscle tissue, so we add a generous dose of amino acids to our “Energize” Vitamin IV.

B Vitamins drive post-meal energy production

B vitamins tend to be very depleted in times of stress and fatigue. B5 (dexpanthenol) is a component of the coenzymes that help our body process the nutrients we use for fuel (such as fats, carbs, and protein), and fuel gives us energy! B12 (methylcobalamin) is also fantastic for supporting energy levels, as it helps convert food into energy. At Spark Health, we use Methylcobalamin, the form of vitamin B12 that can be utilized immediately by the body. This is crucial for those who have MTHFR genetic mutations that make it difficult to convert certain vitamins into their active forms.

Vitamin C combats the midday slump

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) supports healthy adrenal gland function. The adrenal glands produce hormones that help modulate our stress response, and also play a role in producing sex hormones. It just so happens that the adrenal glands require a large amount of vitamin C in order to properly make these hormones and when our adrenal glands are not functioning properly, it can lead to fatigue and low energy levels. Vitamin C is particularly difficult to supplement in large amounts without digestive side effects, which makes it a great choice for intravenous administration.

Each one of these nutrients pack a punch on their own, but when combined together in our IV energy formulas, they unlock a level of cognitive and physical functioning unachievable simply through dietary supplements or energy drinks. Our energy formulas include the “Energy Fast Bag” – a great choice for new patients or those looking for an IV experience that lasts approximately 20 minutes – and the “Energize Bag” – best for established Spark Health Patients interested in a full size IV. To learn more about our IV therapy offerings, check out our full menu of formulas or reach out to us at Spark@MySparkHealth.com. We look forward to working with you to achieve your highest expression of health!

Spark Health Integrated Medicine is located in Solana Beach, San Diego County, CA. Founded in 2013, we take a collaborative approach to natural medicine, partnering with patients to help them achieve their unique health and wellness goals. If you would like to perform better in the areas of life that matter most to you, book a consultation with one of our doctors today. Call us at 858-228-4188 or visit our website at www.mysparkhealth.com.

– The Spark Team