Here in the northern hemisphere, October marks the official start of cold and flu season, the time when contagious respiratory viruses are on the rise along with a higher risk of infection and illness.
Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to support optimal immunity through this seasonal deluge of contagions, from getting your annual flu shot and upping your handwashing game to maintaining healthy habits like eating well, staying active, managing stress, and sleeping enough.
Jennylle Zanzi, FNP-C, and our expert team at RVA Regenerative Wellness in Midlothian, Virginia, would like to add another immunity-boosting strategy to the list: IV therapy. Here, we explain how this simple, yet highly effective, wellness treatment supports enhanced immune system function to help you stay healthier through cold and flu season — and beyond.
A short tutorial on IV therapy
Intravenous (IV) therapy is the administration of health-boosting fluids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants directly to your body through your veins. Using custom nutritional formulations to promote proper balance and functionality at the cellular level, this energizing treatment offers an instant wellness boost with results that last.
In short, IV therapy increases the benefits of your other healthy lifestyle choices by giving your body a rapid and direct boost of beneficial nutrients.
By injecting hydrating fluids and restorative vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants directly into your bloodstream, they’re able to go straight to the body cells and tissues that need them for immediate use. And because IV therapy completely bypasses your digestive system, it’s faster and more effective than oral supplements, nutrition, and medications.
Give your immune system a boost
IV therapy is a safe and holistic treatment approach for a variety of common health concerns. We can use it to support optimal muscle recovery for athletes following a competitive event, correct fundamental nutritional imbalances, and ease chronic stress, fatigue, and anxiety.
One of the most popular reasons people seek IV therapy during cold and flu season as well as throughout the year is for targeted immune system support.
IV therapy enhances immunity by delivering a concentrated formulation of fluids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants directly to the cells, tissues, and organs that work together to keep you healthy. IV therapy improves immune system function by:
- Providing the nutrients needed to make infection-fighting white blood cells
- Delivering potent antioxidants to protect against cell-damaging free radicals
- Fostering a healthier, more balanced nutritional environment at the cellular level
- Promoting improved gut health (where 70-80% of immune cells are located)
- Supplying optimal hydration to promote detoxification and reduce inflammation
- Ensuring immediate bioavailability and near-complete absorption of nutrients
IV therapy is a straightforward way to allow your immune system to obtain maximal benefit from the full absorption of key beneficial nutrients.
Our immunity-enhancing IV drips contain several valuable vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, such as:
This powerful antioxidant vitamin attacks the cell-damaging free radicals that contribute to toxin accumulation and impaired immune function. It also promotes a healthy skin barrier and fosters the production of white blood cells to protect against infection.
With its anti-inflammatory, immune-regulating properties, vitamin D is vital to both immune cell function and the overall activation of immune system defenses against foreign pathogens.
Vitamin B complex
This group of eight essential B vitamins plays a major role in many key enzyme functions, from breaking down micronutrients and amino acids for immediate use to supporting red blood cell formation, oxygen transportation, and energy production.
This essential mineral supports heart and bone health and plays an invaluable role in regulating your blood pressure. It also helps your body form proteins, fight inflammation, repair damaged genes, and regulate nervous system function.
Zinc is a trace mineral that’s vital to immune cell development. It also plays a key role in the inflammatory response to infection, helping to “tap the breaks” on excessive, uncontrolled inflammation triggered by an overly robust immune system reaction.
This so-called “master antioxidant” removes free radicals, detoxifies your blood, and fortifies your immune system in two powerful ways: It boosts the number of active white blood cells in your body and fosters the production of infection-fighting “natural killer” cells.
Maintaining optimal immunity
After your initial consultation and health history review, you can expect your IV therapy session to last for about 40 minutes. You can read, watch TV, or simply relax during your treatment, and you can expect to leave our office feeling energized, calm, and balanced.
Immune-supporting IV therapy is especially effective when you receive it regularly. To keep your defenses well-fortified, we may recommend scheduling IV therapy sessions three or four times a year.
Interested in IV therapy? Give us a call at 786-224-6878 today, or click online to schedule a visit at RVA Regenerative Wellness in Midlothian, Virginia, any time.