IV Therapy For Weight Loss

weight loss

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

mom and daughter playing basketball

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

 

Dr. Aliza Cicerone: Women Leaders

Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND, FABNO
Owner and Medical Director, Spark Health
Solana Beach, California

Greeting us with a warm welcome and sparkling smile, Dr. Cicerone is immediately engaging and full of life. She is a physician with a true heart for healing and who describes her role in the lives of her patients with words like “partner”, “advocate” and “navigator”. She describes it as a “privilege to share the lives of my patients” – the ups and downs that make us human on our path to optimal health.

Tell us more about your approach to medicine.
For me it’s all about empowering patients- being patient centered and helping them realize they have a true say in their own health. Many people don’t really realize they can change their health in dramatic ways! I tell them, “This is about YOU and what’s right for you.” Each person needs to pay attention to what’s inside and to what’s right for them. Each person is unique- which is why we use the term Personalized Medicine and designed a logo that shows an individual fingerprint.

I partner with my patients to navigate the best path to look, feel and perform best in every important area. I am deeply committed to a holistic approach and take the time needed to explore causes that sometimes aren’t obvious. Our time together is a conversation between equals in a safe place where each of us can be Real. Sometimes they cry, sometimes I cry or we find ourselves laughing and sharing stories about our pets and kids and everyday stuff that makes us who we are! It’s not ‘command-control’ between doctor and patient. I strive to create an environment of empowering support that helps people own their health and take control.

Why the name Spark Health?
Our name speaks to that process of getting in touch with the part of each person that ignites the passion . . .

 . . . to be really healthy and in control of his or her well-being. That special Spark in your eyes and walk that says you are alive and well!
One of my favorite things is to see people who come in on Day One a bit downcast, tired or just not their best– and then one, two or three months later they are truly different people: they come in with a huge sparkle in their eyes, a different spirit- happy and engaged!  It’s just amazing. I love it and that’s why I’m here!

What advice can you give for women who are starting up or growing a new business or department?
First of all, I like to ask “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” I’ve failed before- so what?  I get up again! Who’s telling you can’t do it? Don’t let fear immobilize you!Another thing important for women in particular is that there is a pressure to “do it all and have it all” – but in reality nobody has that- it’s just a façade. Give up perfectionism! Pick the thing that makes you happy, that you are good at, and do whatever you can to make that happen. I’ve seen my friends take a seed and grow it. They start slowly, methodically- without trying to be biggest and best overnight. Just keep taking the next step that’s in front of you!

Also, just because you have a great idea doesn’t mean you know the best action steps to take next!  I finally realized you don’t have to do it on your own- in fact you can’t really and succeed. You have to be open to letting people help. Doctors often make poor business managers- so I partnered with a person with business expertise. Hiring a business manager or coach lets you focus on what you are good at!

Lastly, I realize that for my business I have to be authentic. I have to walk the walk, be the healthiest I can be or I can’t give my patients everything they deserve!  If you run yourself into the ground, how can you help others… what example are you setting?

How do you hope to grow your business?
This is our flagship location here in Solana Beach and we will continue to keep it at full capacity. We keep our practice here contained, a “one stop shop”, so patients don’t have to go all over the place to get lab work or supplements or other services. Our integrative model, offering a wide variety of treatments and therapies in one place is catching on, and our ability to work easily with conventional doctors is a huge plus. We like to be close to people’s homes or businesses so our next step is to launch satellite clinics in other regions in California and expand.

Finally, we like to ask, what truly makes your heart sing?
Personal transformation! Giving people the tools to make life easier. Life doesn’t have to be a struggle -it can be beautiful and joyful every single day. It doesn’t have to be reserved for the one to two weeks a year of vacation when you can finally get away! That just doesn’t work very well and it is too much pressure! Elements of pleasure, joyfulness and letting loose need to be built in every day. Helping others create a daily wellness lifestyle that works for them is such a joy to me.

Another big thing is the opportunity to educate and provide others with options and a variety of paths to achieve the outcome – including conventional physicians who sometimes don’t realize the expertise a Naturopathic Physician can bring. As an expert in combining conventional and naturopathic oncology treatments, I’m able to be a great resource to other docs- which is another privilege.

What is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician (ND)? How are you different from a naturopath?
A licensed ND is regulated like an MD with a national organization that oversees standards of practice. Just like MDs, a ND completes four years of post-graduate medical school and a residency, and is licensed by the state. However, ND programs focuses on incorporating complementary and natural therapies into conventional treatment approaches. In the states that license NDs, they are qualified as primary care physicians and usually combine conventional and non-conventional treatments, partnering with their patients to achieve the best outcomes.

A naturopath, on the other hand, is usually a non-medical health professional who has completed courses offered online or in-person that vary according to personal interest.

Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND FABNODr. Cicerone’s credentials and practice
Dr. Aliza Cicerone earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She holds an additional Board certification in Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). Dr. Cicerone began her career as a staff physician at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. To her surprise, she discovered after a few years doing exactly what she had thought she had always wanted to do, that her true longing was to start a practice of her own. Since then Spark Health has become an industry leader in personalized natural medicine offering services such as hormone balancing, weight loss, pain management, detox programs, vitamin shots and IV nutrient therapy. Dr. Cicerone’ special focus is cancer treatment and survivorship.

Learn more at www.mysparkhealth.com or visit her lovely location in Solana Beach.

IV Nutrient Therapy San Diego

IV Nutrient Therapy is the process of giving concentrated levels of vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and amino acids directly into the bloodstream through an IV. IV therapy can achieve high nutrient concentration levels in the blood that are not attainable with oral supplements. In order to create a high blood concentration to receive therapeutic effects, nutrients must to be adequately absorbed and delivered to the cell. Even with the highest quality oral supplements and food, there can be issues that prevent absorption and use of nutrients. With certain nutrients, IV therapy provides up to 10 times the absorption of oral supplementation.

When our bodies are taxed mentally and/or physically, by an intense workout, a challenging workday, or a stressful life event, we require higher levels of nutrients to repair tissue damage, maintain mental focus, and restore energy.

High Dose Vitamin C IV Nutrient Therapy

What Is IV Nutrient Treatment?

IV Nutrient Therapy is the process of giving concentrated levels of vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and amino acids directly into the bloodstream through an IV.

At Spark Health we believe that Vitamin C has a powerful role in the prevention and treatment of many diseases.  IV Nutrient Therapy (IVNT) treatments can achieve high nutrient concentration levels in the blood not obtainable with oral (pills or liquid) or intramuscular treatments (shots).

Vitamin C Facts:1-1-vitamin-c-spark-health

  • Is required for your body to make serotonin and neurotransmitters
  • Supports the immune system
  • Is anti-inflammatory and a antioxidant
  • Helps in some neurological diseases

 

Important Facts about  Vitamin C:

  • Intravenous vitamin therapy bypasses the stomach and intestines.  Many patients cannot tolerate oral high doses of certain vitamins and minerals because these upset their stomachs.
  • Can support cancer treatment to improve quality of life as well as slow cancer progression.
  • This treatment can also be used for chronic infection, fatigue, and lyme disease treatment.

 

What conditions can high doses of Vitamin C help to treat:

  • Cold and Flu – shortens duration and severity of illness
  • Depression – raises neurotransmitter levels
  • Fatigue – boosts energy and revitalizes
  • Allergies – antihistamine properties
  • Certain neurological conditions
  • Healing of Wounds – speeds healing on wounds or surgery