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!


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Diabetes – Nutrition – Exercise

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Diabetes is a great example of a condition that naturopathic medicine excels with, not only because it can be largely controlled or improved with lifestyle changes, but also because there are some great supplements that can help prevent complications from high blood sugar while we working on the rest of your treatment plan.

The main diet strategy is a very low carbohydrate diet, and this is done in a way that is healthy and nutrient-dense so general nutrition does not suffer and cardiovascular risk is not increased. Increased blood sugar levels can deplete several nutrients and diabetics also generally have a lot of oxidative damage so a diet rich in fresh fruits (especially berries that are high in antioxidants) and vegetables like leafy greens, lean proteins, nuts and seeds, and other healthy fats is really important.

Exercise is critical for diabetics to help lower blood sugars and increase lean muscle mass. Sometimes this needs to be implemented gradually, depending on a patient’s health. But working up to more intense interval-based training, especially with a weight-lifting component, can support weight loss and lowered insulin resistance.

If you would like to learn more, give us a call at 858.228.4188 or visit us online at MySparkHealth.com .

Weight Loss – Common Obstacles

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Weight Loss – Common Obstacles

Weight loss can be frustrating because there are so many different things
that block it. Even when you’re putting in the effort sometimes things are
working against you that you don’t even recognize. Here are some of the
most common obstacles:
1. Not eating enough- most people cut back on calories when they are
trying to lose weight. This can be an important thing, especially if you
are doing a lot of snacking or over-eating. But it is possible to eat too
little and actually shut down the metabolism. It can be helpful to get
tested to understand how many calories you need to eat so this does
not happen.
2. Hormone Imbalances- there are so many hormones that can block
weight loss if imbalanced. Particularly high insulin levels, low thyroid
levels, high estrogen levels, or very high or low adrenal hormone
levels. It’s helpful to check your hormone levels before you get
started to make sure your hormones won’t be working against you.
3. Ignoring the importance of building muscle- having more muscle
mass means your body has a higher metabolic rate all the time. You
are actually burning more fat just sitting around as long as your
muscle mass has your metabolism revved up. Sometimes hormone
imbalances can worsen muscle mass, or sometimes a person is
focusing too much on cardio-type exercises and not enough of
strength training, which can burn your muscle.
4. Ignoring sources of inflammation- there are lots of places your body
can be inflamed that keeps bloating and weight on. Gut infections
can do this, food allergies can do this, and poor detoxification can do
Investigating and correcting these issues can help make weight loss a
If you would like to learn more, give us a call at 858.228.4188 or visit us
online at MySparkHealth.com.