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IV Therapy vs Oral Supplements: Which One is Better?

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IV Therapy vs Oral Supplement

We are all aware of the organic compounds that our bodies use in trace amounts which are necessary to carry out healthy metabolic functions. These organic compounds comprise of vitamins, minerals, and some other micro-nutrients. 

Their primary job is to keep our bodies healthy and well-functioning. We can obtain these essential nutrients from two different methods.

The first one is a more convenient way to get these vitamins delivered to your body; by taking these nutrients in the form of oral supplements.

The second method is a little unorthodox, but it tends to be more fruitful than the first one, and it is to get these nutrients in the form of an IV drip delivered right into your bloodstream.

If you are struggling to choose between these two methods, we will help you figure it out through this article by providing you with the necessary information about both processes.   

What is IV vitamin treatment?

It is also known as IV therapy or intravenous therapy. This method includes giving your body a cocktail of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients with the help of a needle directly into the bloodstream.

Many medical professionals leverage this way of treatment over oral supplementation, and the reason being that the body gets to avoid the first pass effect due to oral supplements and the results of this therapy are more visible and instant. 

This is the best way to treat your body with the required amount of nutrients without waiting for weeks to get the results.

Another benefit of this IV therapy is that you don’t need to follow the prescriptions for months, making this method more compliant.

Also, people who are terrible at keeping track of taking oral medication can also opt for this way of therapy instead of oral supplementation.

The main difference between oral supplements and IV therapy:

The objective of both techniques is the same, and that is to provide your body with an optimum quantity of vitamins and essential nutrients. But there is a significant difference between the efficacy of both methods. 

In oral supplementation, all you have to do is to swallow the medication down your throat, whether it is in the form of powder, capsules, tablets, or liquids. Your body has to do the rest of the work. 

In this process, some of the nutrients are wasted during metabolism. Hence, the efficacy of supplements is compromised. 

But in the case of IV therapy, you will be injected with a calculated amount of supplements (vitamins, minerals, and amino acids) dissolved in saline or ringer solution with the assistance of a certified medical professional that shall notify you how often should you get IV therapy.

This process makes sure to deliver a hundred percent of nutrients in your bloodstream without losing the efficacy of any supplement. 

Why choose IV Therapy over oral supplements?

When it comes to choosing between oral supplements and IV therapy, there are endless arguments.

However, we will try to elaborate on the main differences by putting out some simple facts. After that, it will be up to you to decide. 

Absorption: it is the most basic thing to describe in this matter. There are some types of nutrients that will not be absorbed in our body at all and be wasted if we consume them orally. And sometimes, the absorption will be affected due to one another if taken at a time. 

Thanks to IV therapy, you will not have to worry about any of the above because the approach of IV therapy is to make sure to deliver all amounts of the nutrients into your blood, no matter how small the dosage is.

Its effectiveness makes it an easy and quick way to treat conditions like a hangover, jet lag and even to boost the immunity system to fight seasonal infections. 

Instant hydration: another visible difference between oral supplements and iv treatment is instant hydration. A lot of fluids, along with vitamins and minerals, are injected into your body. So, your body is instantly hydrated from within while getting IV therapy

There are two types of fluids offered by us. One is normal saline, and the other is the lactated ringer. Saline contains sodium chloride in it along with water, while ringer comprises sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, and sodium lactate. You can choose between both as per your preference. 

Customized combination of nutrients: when you take oral supplements, there is very little to choose from. You have to go by what is offered. Plus, after digestion, the amount of nutrients is further reduced. 

IV treatment is completely different from these supplements. You can choose any combination of nutrients that you need. Whether it is to regain your energy levels, boost your immunity system, make your skin glow, or treat your hangover. It can be done. 

Why choose IV therapy?

Usually, people opt for a more convenient method, like oral supplements. But the results of IV therapy are quick and more effective compared to oral nutritional supplements. 

Many clients who got themselves these IV treatments reported experiencing healthier skin, stronger immunity, and more energy.

It is also proven to be extremely helpful to people with fragile digestive systems who are unable to take multiple oral supplements.

People suffering from a chronic ailment who cannot meet their nutritional requirements with food and oral supplements are also getting the benefits of IV therapy


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