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


Neurotransmitter Testing – Naturopathic Medicine in San Diego

If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, you have probably felt discouraged by doctors simply prescribing medications for your symptoms. You probably feel frustrated about the lack of improvement with medication alone too.

Neurotransmitter testing allows doctors at Spark Health to assess the various levels of amino acids and amines turning into the chemical messengers making up our brain chemistry. These help support mood, energy, libido and so much more.

Our doctors are able to target Neurotransmitter treatments to specifically balance a patient’s individual levels and needs, improving their mood, decreasing their anxiety, helping their energy levels and supporting them in maintaining a healthy nervous system.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.

Ways To Boost Your Energy Every Day

The afternoon approaches and you find yourself low on energy. As usual, most automatically go right for the coffee or a energy drink. Rather than putting a bandaid on your persistent fatigue, let’s look at ways to boost your energy.

Food is fuel, and the correct food is medicine. Incorporating healthy foods and simple steps into your daily routine, will fill your energy reserves and you’ll feel balanced with natural energy.


1. Eat a balanced diet.

Avoid sugar and processed foods, think the more natural the better.  Fill your diet with proteins, whole grains, and vegetables, rather than easy to grab processed foods.  If you have questions on what foods to eat, stop in today for our Food Sensitivity Lab Test.  Learn all the foods you are allergic to and your reactivity to each one.

By having a balanced diet, your body will slowly break down the food, supplying a consistent dose of energy throughout the day.


2. Drink plenty of water.

Many who complain of exhaustion or fatigue find themselves not drinking enough water.  Headaches can also be caused by this.  For optimal health, women are recommended to drink a minimum of 8 cups of water a day, while men will need more, about 12.  For exact amounts ask your Naturopathic doctor today.  If you are exercising or live in warm climate, you will need to consume more water.


3. Try healing herbs.

There are a number of herbs that may positively increase energy levels, including Siberian ginseng and Ashwagandha.


4. Exercise regularly.

If you find yourself skipping your evening workouts, try to reprogram your body to do this first thing in the am.  You will leave with more energy and increased mental focus.


5. Eat small, frequent meals.

To maintain energy levels you will need to eat frequently throughout the day.  Small meals with snacks in between will maintain your energy.  Frequent meals will maintain metabolism.


6. Sunlight is good.

Time in the sunlight will adjust your mood and allow the body to produce Vitamin D.


7. Take a nap.

As we become adults we forget to nap, or simply say we don’t have time.  Napping research shows to improve memory, boost energy, and increase alertness.  A nap of 15-30 minutes will show increased well-being.


8. Take deep breathes.

Take deep breathes throughout the day.  Release tension and stress, but also increase energy with oxygen.


9. Consult your doctor.

If you want internal answers to your body, contact us today for lab testing, food sensitivity testing, hormone testing, and dietary support.


The Spark Health Team – 858-228-4188