IV Vitamin C is an Adjunctive Cancer Treatment

Natural Medicine San Diego

By Dr. Samantha Larkin, ND- Associate Doctor and Manager of the Spark Health IV Program

When you think of vitamin C, you probably think of its anti-oxidant, immune-supportive qualities. What you may not realize is that vitamin C has different qualities when delivered in low doses versus high doses! The only way to get high concentrations of Vitamin C into the blood is through an IV, since the digestive system prevents absorption of high amounts of Vitamin C.

In the 1970s, Linus Pauling, a Nobel Prize winner, led the way in the development of high dose vitamin C (ascorbic acid) as an adjunctive cancer treatment. His research indicated that patients with advanced cancer survived longer with high dose vitamin C treatments than those who did not receive high dose vitamin C. (1)

More well-controlled clinical trials in humans are necessary to definitively say that high dose vitamin C is curative for patients with certain cancers, however, there is plenty of evidence to suggest its value as a safe and effective adjunctive (complimentary) cancer treatment.

High dose IV vitamin C leads to the production of hydrogen peroxide in the areas surrounding cancer cells, causing damage to those cells. (2) It has been shown that cancer cells are particularly prone to injury by the hydrogen peroxide, while normal cells are able to safely change the hydrogen peroxide into water. (3) Normal cells have an enzyme called catalase that is responsible for converting hydrogen peroxide into water. Tumor cells do not have enough of this enzyme, making them susceptible to damage by hydrogen peroxide. (1)

Most of the research available on this mechanism has been done in cell models, and more evidence from controlled human studies are needed. Human studies have, however, provided overwhelming evidence of high dose vitamin C increasing quality of life in patients with cancer. (6,7) There is evidence that it can help with fatigue, constipation, depression, and insomnia. (1)

High dose vitamin C does not interfere with the anti-tumor effects of chemotherapeutic drugs and does not increase their toxicity. (1) There is some evidence in the literature that high dose ascorbic acid therapy may add to the efficacy of other cancer therapies. (3,4,5) It has also been demonstrated in the research that high dose vitamin C therapy can improve survival in cancer patients and also contribute to a reduction in tumor mass. (1)

Overall, the research concludes that high dose vitamin C is a safe and effective adjunctive cancer treatment. Here at Spark Health, we offer high dose vitamin C IV therapy for established patients and patients who have a recommendation for this therapy from their oncologist.

At Spark Health, we are lucky to have Dr. Aliza Cicerone, one of the only cancer oncologists in California who is also a Naturopathic Doctor. Our team at Spark has developed an integrative approach to cancer treatment. To read more, please go to https://www.mysparkhealth.com/services/cancer-oncology/

If you are interested in high dose vitamin C therapy for adjunctive cancer care, give us at a call at 858-228-4188 or email us at Spark@MySparkHealth.com.

Spark is conveniently located so we can serve patients in San Diego, and all of North County such as Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Escondido, San Marcos, and Poway.

Thank you,
The Spark Team

REFERENCES:

1. Fritz, et al. Intravenous Vitamin C and Cancer: A Systematic Review. Integrative Cancer Therapies 2014

2. Chen, et al. Ascorbate in pharmacologic concentrations selectively generates ascorbate radical and hydrogen peroxide in extracellular fluid in vivo. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2007; 104(21):8749-54.

3. Verrax J and Calderon PB. The Controversial place of vitamin C in cancer treatment biochemical pharmacology. 76 (2008) 1644-1652.

4. Levine, et al Vitamin C: A Concentration- Function Approach Yields Pharmacology and Therapeutic Discoveries. Advanced Nutrition: 2: 78-88, 2011.

5. Ma Y, et al. High-dose parenteral ascorbate enhanced chemrsensitivity of ovarian cancer and reduced toxicity of chemotherapy. Sci Transl Med. 2014 Feb 5;6 (222).

6. Vollbracht et al. Intravenous vitamin C administration improves quality of life in breast cancer patients during chemo-/radiotherapy and aftercare: results of a retrospective, multicentre, epidemiological cohort study in Germany. In Vivo 2011 Nov-Dec; 25(6):983-90

7. Yeom et al. Changes of terminal cancer patients’ health-related quality of life after high dose vitamin C administration. J Korean Med Sci 2007 Feb;22(1):7-11

8. Anderson, Paul S. Intravenous Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Information for Physicians and Patients. (2017)

IV VITAMIN THERAPY FOR IMMUNE HEALTH

Alternative Medicine San Diego

By Dr. Samantha Larkin, ND- Associate Doctor and Manager of the Spark Health IV Program

Are some of your family members or friends sick, or starting to show signs of a weakened immune system? Are you feeling more run-down than usual? Are co-workers fighting off colds or the flu? Do you work in an environment where there is a lot of foot traffic? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, NOW is the time to get an immune boosting IV from Spark Health!

The star nutrients in our “Immune Boost” IV are Vitamin C and Zinc. Zinc and Vitamin C are best utilized by the body at the beginning of an illness. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and great at ramping up our body’s immune system. Zinc is a mineral that is especially helpful in shortening the duration of a cold or flu, as soon as you recognize you might be getting sick.

If you’re already sick, never fear! This IV has vitamins and minerals to help you feel better as soon as possible.

The “Immune Boost” IV includes B complex, which provides important vitamins such as B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), and B3 (niacin). These are all required for immune health. B complex also includes vitamin B5 (dexpanthenol) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). Vitamin B5 is an important component of the coenzyme that helps our body process nutrients (fats, carbs and protein), giving our bodies the resources to remain strong throughout cold and flu season. 1,3 Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is an important coenzyme in the creation of antibodies and cytokines, which are crucial to immune function. 1 It has been well-researched that vitamin B6 deficiency affects the production of lymphocytes, antibodies and T cells (essential components of our immune system) and supplementation restores their function. 4

The “Immune Boost” IV also contains Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin). Deficiency of this vitamin in humans has been shown in research to decrease lymphocytes and suppress natural killer (NK) cell activity. NK cells are a type of white blood cell that attack cells infected by viruses. Supplementation of Vitamin B12 reverses these effects, providing us with the defenders necessary to keep us healthy. 1,2

We top the IV off with a hefty dose of glutathione (another powerful antioxidant and antiviral compound) to further support immune health.

We look forward to seeing you here at Spark Health for a immune boosting treatment! You can walk on in any time for an IV or if you are pressed for time just give us a call and we will get your IV bag ready for you when you come in. You can call us at (858)228-4188 or email us at Spark@MySparkHealth.com

~Dr. Larkin & the Spark Team

REFERENCES:

1. Maggini, et al. Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses. British Journal of Nutrition (2007), 98

2.Tamura J, Kubota K, Murakami H, Sawamura M, Matsushima T, Tamura T, Saitoh T, Kurabayashi H & Naruse T (1999) Immunomodulation by vitamin B12: augmentation of CD8þT lymphocytes and natural killer (NK) cell activity in vitamin B12-deficient patients by methyl-B12 treatment. Clin Exp Immunol;16,28 – 32.

3. Institute of Medicine (1998) Dietary reference intakes for thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, biotin, and choline. Washington, D.C.: Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academy Press: Chapter 7: VitaminB6, pp.150 – 195.

4. Leklem JE (2001) Vitamin B6. In Handbook of Vitamins, 3rd ed. Chapter10, pp.339 – 396 [RBRucker, JW Suttie, DB McCormick and LJ Machlin, editors]. New York: Marcel Dekker Inc.

5. Douglas RM, Hemilä H, D’Souza R, Chalker EB, Treacy B (2004) Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2004: CD000980.pub2.

Have the Nerve to Improve Your Brain Health!

Spark Lifestyle Services

By Dr. Samantha Larkin, ND- Associate Doctor and Manager of the Spark Health IV Program

The brain is often ignored in regular health maintenance. We can easily get caught up in clearing our skin, healing our gastrointestinal system, or getting our allergies under control, but how often do we think about protecting the amazing, three-pound supercomputer we carry inside our heads?

At Spark Health, we want our patients to experience less fatigue, improved memory, better energy levels, and enhanced mental focus. We want to help our patients prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Thus, we created the “Brain Power” IV- full of nutrients to support the brain, spinal cord, and nerves all around the body. Let’s talk about some of the “star” nutrients in this incredible IV.

KEY PLAYERS IN OUR “BRAIN POWER” IV-

B1 (thiamine)- has a nitrogen component that it donates for the production of neurotransmitters. In animal models and neuronal cell culture, thiamin deficiency has been associated with increased beta amyloid production, which is implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. 1 Thiamine levels were found to be lower in human patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease than in patients without these conditions. 2

B complex– contains Vitamin B5 (Dexpanthenol), which helps our bodies create the myelin sheath, the fatty insulation material covering nerves that helps signals travel efficiently. Deficiencies of dexpanthenol can manifest as numbness, tingling, burning, or fatigue. B complex also contains B6 (Pyridoxine), which is essential in producing norepinephrine and serotonin, important neurotransmitters in regulating mood and sleep.

5-MTHF (L-methylfolate) is the biologically active form of B9 (folate). The folic acid we ingest from food must be converted into Dihydrofolate (DHF), then to Tetrahydrofolate (THF), and then finally into L-methylfolate (5-MTHF) to be used in the body. It is estimated that more than half of the U.S. population has a genetic enzyme defect making it difficult to convert folic acid into its active form. 5-MTHF is a nutrient that aids in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Deficiency in those neurotransmitters can contribute to anxiety, depression, dementia, and autoimmunity.

Taurine is known to be incredibly protective for the brain. It aids in the prevention of atherosclerosis and is protective against ischemic strokes. 3

L-carnitine– is known to support our nerves, brain, and heart. It has been shown to act as a building block for certain neurotransmitters needed for optimal cognitive functioning.4 Research also suggests that acetyl-L-carnitine supplementation may also improve mental function and reduce deterioration in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.5

In the “Brain Power” IV, we deliver a therapeutic dose of all of the above nutrients as well as basic vitamins and minerals in order to help our patients feel the best. We top the IV off with a generous dose of glutathione (a powerful antioxidant) to further support the brain and body.6

References:

1. Zhang, et al. Thiamine deficiency increases beta secretase activity and accumulation of beta amyloid peptides. Neurobiology of Aging (2009)

2. Gibson, G. E., Hirsch, J. A., Fonzetti, P., Jordon, B. D., Cirio, R. T., & Elder, J. (2016). Vitamin B1 (thiamine) and dementia. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1367(1), 21–30. http://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.13031
3. Menzie, J., Prentice, H., & Wu, J.-Y. (2013). Neuroprotective Mechanisms of Taurine against Ischemic Stroke. Brain Sciences, 3(2), 877–907.

4. White HL, Scates PW. Acetyl-L-carnitine as a precursor of acetylcholine. Neurochem Res 1990;15;597-601

5. Cristofano, A., Sapere, N., La Marca, G., Angiolillo, A., Vitale, M., Corbi, G., … Di Costanzo, A. (2016). Serum Levels of Acyl-Carnitines along the Continuum from Normal to Alzheimer’s Dementia. PLoS ONE, 11(5), e0155694.

6. Pocernich, C. B., & Butterfield, D. A. (2012). Elevation of Glutathione as a Therapeutic Strategy in Alzheimer Disease. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1822(5), 625–630

Spotlight On: GLYCINE

Spotlight On: GLYCINE

By Dr. Samantha Larkin, ND- Associate Doctor and Manager of the Spark Health IV Program
Glycine is a building block for many proteins in the body and has a whole host of amazing health benefits. We feature glycine in many of our vitamin shots and IVs. Find your health goal below, and see how glycine can help you achieve it!

BEAUTIFUL SKIN

Did you know that collagen contains approximately 35% glycine? Glycine is one of the star nutrients for skin health and collagen and elastin deposition. 1 We love Glycine in our “Sparkle and Glow” IV bag.

DETOXIFICATION

Both our “Cellular Detox” IV bag and “Detox Booster” shot contain glycine. Glycine has its own ability to increase the antioxidant capacity of the body, but it also is used to create glutathione, which is the body’s master detoxifier and a powerful antioxidant. 2

IMMUNE HEALTH

Although glycine is made by the body, there is evidence that most people do not make enough of it to support the body’s metabolic processes long-term. Studies have shown that a deficiency of glycine can impair the immune system. 4

DEEPER SLEEP AND BETTER MOOD

Glycine acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and spinal cord, and is known to help improve sleep quality. It helps to modulate stress levels and supports a healthy mood. 5 We feature therapeutic levels of glycine in the “Destress and Unwind” IV bag, “Destress fast bag”, and our “Deep Sleep” IV bag. We also feature glycine in our “Be Happy” shot and our “Zen Master” shot.

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

Glycine is one of best the amino acids for the prevention of muscle breakdown. Glycine helps to generate creatine, which is crucial for nerve and muscle metabolism. 2 Glycine also helps to prevent tissue injury, promotes wound healing, and promotes the synthesis of proteins.

BETTER DIGESTION

Glycine is the major amino acid used in the conjugation of bile acids. This makes it particularly useful for supporting digestion of fats, absorption of long chain fatty acids and lipid-soluble vitamins, such as Vitamin D. 3
Can you believe all of the benefits of glycine? That’s why glycine is our spotlight IV nutrient this month. Come to Spark Health today to try an intramuscular (IM) shot or intravenous (IV) therapy with glycine! For more information please call us at (858) 228-4188 or you can email us at Spark@MySparkHealth.com.

REFERENCES:

1. Wang, et al. Glycine metabolism in animals and humans: implications for nutrition and health. Amino Acids (2013) 45:463–477

2. Hall JC (1998) Glycine. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 22:393–398

3. Hafkenscheid JC, Hectors MP (1975) An enzymatic method for the determination of the glycine/taurine ratio of conjugated bile acid in bile. Clin Chim Acta 65:67–74

4. Zhong Z, Wheeler MD, Li X et al (2003) Glycine: a novel anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and cytoprotective agent. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care 6:229–240
5. Yamadera, et al. (2007) Glycine ingestion improves subjective sleep quality in human volunteers, correlating with polysomnographic changes. Sleep and Biological Rhythms; 5: 126–131

Why MLB World Series Pitchers Need PRP Injections

Spark Lifestyle Services

The world series of baseball has been an exciting series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers in October 2017. Watching these athletes throw the ball 97 miles per hour and watch how they warm up their shoulders and elbows is quite fascinating.

When the pitch is replayed in slow motion – the torque and velocity that the pitcher’s place upon throwing a 5.25-ounce baseball towards home plate just doesn’t look healthy for their joints!

Ways to treat your elbow pain and keep them healthy.

Causes of elbow pain:

  • Golfers elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament damage
  • Trauma/Injury

Tommy John Surgery, or the ulnar collateral ligament surgery, was popularized by the famous baseball player. It is quite common for a baseball pitcher to put extreme stress on their ulnar collateral ligament causing dysfunction and pain.

With advances in orthopedic medicine – athletes were able to have surgery, stay out a few months, and return to playing. Athletes weren’t coming back 100%, but these surgeries were extremely helpful. Orthopedic surgeons can heal damaged ligaments by grafting a tendon or ligament from another part of the body or obtain a cadaver tissue to repair the ligament.

How to treat these injuries naturally:

  • RICE – rest, ice, compression, elevate
  • Don’t do anything and let the body heal
  • Topical creams and ointments
  • Homeopathic remedies such as arnica or traumeel.
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery
  • PRP or prolotherapy
  • Stem cell therapy

Ligament Laxity:

Injury to ligaments causes ligament laxity. Meaning that the ligament structure becomes weakened by the injury or trauma. This laxity leads to compensatory biomechanical changes in the musculature – leading to hypertonic muscles (tight muscles) The hypertonic muscles will lead to “muscle knots”, muscle spasms, compression of nerves (shooting pains).

Ligament laxity may be the culprit of many injuries due to the changes in biomechanics. So what can fix ligament laxity? Rehabilitation can strengthen connective tissues such as ligaments but not as effective as we need them to be. PRP or prolotherapy is a new advancement in medicine to inject stem cells and growth factors that may regrow or restore the bodies ligaments.

How PRP May Help

PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections are your own blood components that are extracted from your blood and injected back into the specific damaged connective tissues. The PRP contains stem cells and growth factors that have the potential to regrow or restore joint function.

PRP has been receiving a lot of research and has seen significant clinical results. In patients with elbow pain, PRP may replace the Tommy John surgery in the future due to the healing capabilities of stem cells.

Testimonial:
“I have been struggling with elbow pain on and off for the last two years. In particular, it was the tendon that attached my tricep to my elbow and I experienced pain during any sort of pressing motion. I had heard a lot of good things about PRP from friends who have gone to Spark, so I decided to give it a try with Dr. Phan at the Spark Health Clinic. I had a short consultation to confirm my pain was a good candidate for PRP Prolotherapy and then came back two weeks later for the PRP injections. Dr. Phan and the Spark Health team is extremely knowledgeable and made the whole process really easy. Four weeks after I had the PRP the pain was completely gone and my elbow has been good as new ever since. I was amazed! If you are struggling with joint pain I highly recommend you go in for a PRP consultation at Spark Health Clinic.”

If you are struggling with elbow pain or any types of pain – seeking a medical professional is suggested. Imaging studies such as X-ray, MRI’s and scans are important in the diagnosis of the pain. Elbow pain can be a drag – consult with a PRP practitioner and see if PRP can change your life also!

For more information please contact Spark Health at Spark@MySparkHealth.com or (858) 228-4188. Spark conveniently services San Diego and all of North County. For more information on PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Prolotherapy click here.

 

Dr. Jason Phan ND – Naturopathic Medical Doctor specializing in PRP (platelet-rich plasma)/Prolotherapy Regenerative Injections, Men’s and Women’s Health, and Optimal Living.

“B Well Vitamin Shot” For Winter

Naturopathic Doctor Solana Beach

The season is upon us! The weather is cooling down, and the kids are back to school. Unfortunately, they’re bringing all kinds of thoughtful gifts home with them, in the form of bacteria and viruses! Holiday stress is also creeping up on us, making our immune systems more susceptible to invaders.

Here at Spark Health, we understand how busy and hectic it gets during this time of year, and we want to help! Forget about boring B12 Shots, our “B well” vitamin injection is packed with different B vitamins and it’s the perfect way to stay healthy during cold and flu season.

The “B well shot” includes B complex, which provides important vitamins such as  B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), and B3 (niacin). These are all required for immune health.

The “B well shot” also features a generous dose of Vitamin B5, also known as dexpanthenol. Vitamin B5 is an important component of the coenzyme that helps our body process nutrients (fats, carbs and protein), giving our bodies the resources to remain strong throughout cold and flu season. 1,3

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is an important coenzyme in the creation of antibodies and cytokines, which are crucial to immune function. 1 It has been well-researched that vitamin B6 deficiency affects the production of lymphocytes, antibodies and T cells (essential components of our immune system) and supplementation restores their function. 4

Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) deficiency in humans has been shown in research to decrease lymphocytes and suppress natural killer (NK) cell activity. NK cells are a type of white blood cell that attack cells infected by viruses. Supplementation of Vitamin B12 reverses these effects, providing us with the defenders necessary to keep us healthy. 1,2

Together, these vitamins pack a powerful punch against seasonal invaders! These are delivered in one simple intermuscular vitamin injection with numbing medication for a pain-free experience!

 

Pop on into Spark Health and try a B-Well Shot and see how you feel! Call us at 858.228.4188 or spark@MySparkHealth.com .

REFERENCES:

1. Maggini, et al. Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses. British Journal of Nutrition (2007), 98

2.Tamura J, Kubota K, Murakami H, Sawamura M, Matsushima T, Tamura T, Saitoh T, Kurabayashi H & Naruse T (1999) Immunomodulation by vitamin B12: augmentation of CD8þT lymphocytes and natural killer (NK) cell activity in vitamin B12-deficient patients by methyl-B12 treatment. Clin Exp Immunol-116, 28 – 32.

3. Institute of Medicine (1998) Dietary reference intakes for thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, biotin, and choline. Washington, D.C.: Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academy Press, Ch. 7, pp.150 – 195.

4. Leklem JE (2001) Vitamin B6. In Handbook of Vitamins, 3rd ed, revised and expanded. Ch. 10, pp.339 – 396 [RB Rucker, JW Suttie, DB McCormick and LJ Machlin]. New York: Marcel Dekker Inc.

 

Dr. Samantha Larkin, ND– Associate Doctor and Manager of the Spark Health IV Program

Detox Basics

Detox Basics

What is detoxification?

The first step to beginning a successful detox program is to understand how our bodies change toxins into less toxic or more readily excretable substances.

Many people equate detoxification only with the liver, but it is important to look at our systems of elimination and detoxification as a whole, including the kidneys, liver, and gastrointestinal tract. Setting up the body to efficiently eliminate toxins is the first and most important step for a successful cleanse. Toxins can have damaging effects on the body if they are too rapidly released without being safely eliminated, so it is important to focus on improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems.

Kidneys
Our kidneys help to maintain fluid balance, remove toxins and waste via the urinary system, regulate blood pressure, and control red blood cell production. Kidney function supports many areas of balance in the body: acidity and alkalinity for pH regulation, salt and water for blood pressure regulation, and sodium and potassium concentration for healthy circulatory and neurological systems.

The kidneys also play an important role in vitamin D activation, which is essential for energy production, cancer prevention, bone health, immune system support, and anti-inflammatory benefit.

Liver
Liver function involves cholesterol regulation, breaking down and filtering toxins, storing sugar, minerals, and vitamins, and producing blood cells.

One of the most important roles of the liver is to break down and remove harmful substances out of the blood, while filtering out non-beneficial bacteria and viruses. The liver is also involved with digestion by producing bile, which is then stored in the gallbladder. After eating, the gallbladder then releases the bile to help break down food for more efficient digestion and absorption.

Digestive Tract
The gastrointestinal system supports detoxification by evacuating waste containing toxins, bacteria, and parasites, while absorbing necessary minerals and nutrients from the food we eat.

The colon works together with the skin, liver, and kidney to flush toxic matter out of the body. After the liver breaks down harmful substances, they are then transported to the intestines via bile. When fecal matter moves through the colon, the colon’s lining absorbs vitamins, mineral salts, and water from the waste, and excretes the toxins.

Detox and Weightloss

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A common benefit of a successful detox program is weight loss. Our fat cells contain stored toxins, including heavy metals and excess hormones, so it is especially important to encourage functional detox pathways as fat cells are released when losing weight. While undergoing a cleanse, other important physiological considerations include:

*Cell membrane fluidity to allow toxins to exit the cell for removal by the liver, kidneys, and digestive tract.
*Blood sugar balance, which is regulated by the pancreas (secreting insulin) and the liver (stores and releases glucose in response to blood glucose levels)
*Healthy cholesterol levels, which depend upon proper synthesis and metabolization in the liver.
*Limiting inflammatory foods such as gluten and dairy, and focusing on nutrients from whole food sources
*Appropriate digestion and absorption of food
*Sufficient water intake for kidney health and function
*Daily exercise to support liver function, healthy digestive patterns and gastrointestinal elimination of toxins.

Eating nutrient dense whole foods and juices, along with proper supplement support, will ensure that you are giving your body the tools needed for successful detox and ongoing optimal health.

IV Nutrients for Detoxification

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Part of the amazing design of our bodies includes the ability to break down and eliminate harmful substances from our systems, everything from the pollution in our external environment to the waste products of our internal environment. This ‘detoxification’ process is mediated through specific organ systems, including the gastrointestinal system, lungs and kidneys.

As efficient as our bodies are at managing our exposures to toxic compounds, our modern society has placed a much greater demand on these organ systems. This is part of the reason why it is so beneficial to participate in regular cleansing programs to help alleviate that burden and improve overall organ function. You can approach a cleansing program in a variety of ways; the key points to remember are that you are minimizing your daily exposure and maximizing your daily breakdown and excretion of toxins.

To support your body through a cleansing program, it’s extremely helpful to provide all your elimination systems with the nutrients that they need to function optimally. At Spark Health, we offer a Detox Booster shot and a Cellular Detox IV with the key amino acids, vitamins and minerals necessary for a successful cleansing program. Our favorite ingredients include Glycine, M.I.C and Glutathione.

Most researchers consider glutathione to be the most versatile and powerful of all antioxidants. It is found in the highest concentration in the liver, where it plays an important role in the breakdown and removal of toxins. Levels of glutathione naturally decline with age and during times of intense oxidation and free radical formation, such as when the body is detoxifying. Studies show that adequate amounts of glutathione result in increased elimination of toxins and steroid hormones.

M.I.C. stands for Methionine, Insoitol and Choline, three key amino acids required for the breakdown and elimination of toxins through the liver’s enzymatic pathways. Their function focuses on the mobilization and processing of fat stores in the liver that promotes the removal of stored toxins.

Glycine is another key amino acid in the processing and eliminating of toxins. It also supports glutathione production, bile production and steroid hormone breakdown.

By increasing the availability of these essential nutrients, the body is able to work more efficiently during a cleansing program, resulting in fewer side effects and greater overall success.

Rancho Coastal Fundraiser (with puppies!)

Spark Lifestyle Services

We are so excited to be working with Rancho Coastal Humane Society to raise funds for their amazing programs!

Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) is dedicated to the rescue and shelter of abandoned companion animals, encouraging adoptions into loving homes, and promoting humane ideals through education and community outreach. RCHS is a non-profit, 501(c)3, charitable organization. They are not tax supported, nor funded by any government agency.

RCHS has many unique and community-oriented programs that we are thrilled to support:

  • Friends of County Animal Shelters: taking in pets from overcrowded shelters in other parts of the country to avoid euthanasia.
  • Foster Care Program: medical care for injured and abused animals in private foster homes.
  • Animal Safehouse Program: temporary care for pets of domestic violence victims, veterans, active military, and seniors.
  • Community Pet Food Bank: providing pet food and supplies for those who can not afford it.

Please join us at Spark Health on Friday, June 2 to get a shot and give back, as all of our proceeds from our vitamin injections for the day will be donated directly to Rancho Coastal Humane Society. We will have doggie ambassadors from the shelter at the clinic from 12-5 pm, and are hosting a donation drive as well for dog and cat supplies. Help spread the word and tell your family, friends and colleagues about this great event to stay healthy and help animals in need!