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NUTRITIONAL IVS AND INJECTIONS

Natural Medicine of Stillwater offers IVs and injections to support healthy levels of select nutrients known to play vital roles in the integrative and functional health of the entire body. While a new patient appointment is not required for IVs and injections, some IVs do require a prescribing visit and laboratory tests. Join our membership program to enjoy monthly discounts on core nutritional IVs and injections.

New patient appointments not required*

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*High dose vitamin C IVs (>20 g) require a new patient visit or a referral with G6PD and a metabolic panel.

BENEFITS OF NUTRITIONAL IVS AND SHOTS OVER ORAL NUTRITION

Increased Absorption | Higher Nutritional Amounts | Shorter Recovery Time | 

In general, vitamins and minerals are better absorbed when provided through parenteral (non-oral) methods such as intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) injections. This is especially beneficial when the gastrointestinal tract is compromised or in times of severe illness when the body needs higher levels of nutrients than can be taken orally. However, nutrition administered through IV and IM can also be used as a more efficient means to boost, rebound, restore, and even transform well-being.

Learn more about the specific benefits in conditions involving malabsorption or GI distress.

Nutritional IV Menu

We offer scientifically and medically valid nutritional IVS that can be customized based on your unique needs. While most of our IVs do not require a new patient visit, they do require an annual prescribing visit ($28.50) to help determine the right IV for your needs. 

LIFESTLYE IV and SHOT MEMBERSHIPS

Renew and reinvigorate your lifestyle with one of our monthly lifestyle membership programs. 

Choose from four different levels that meet your lifestyle, health, and financial needs. 

$100 cancellation fee

Rollover for unused services

$10/month to pause (up to 6 months)

Become a Member and Save!

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BOOST

$149.50 Value for $89/Mo

  • 1 Core Hydrate IV ($95 value)

  • 1 Shot ($26 value)

  • 50% off nutrient add-ons

  • Free Annual Prescribing Visit ($28.50 value)

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REBOUND

$249.50 Value for $149/Mo

  • 1 Core IV of your choice ($169 value)

  • 2 shots ($52 value)

  • 15% off additional IVs/shots

  • 50% off nutrient add-ons

  • Free Annual Prescribing Visit ($28.50 value)

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RESTORE

$444.50 Value for $269/Mo

  • 2 Core IVs of your choice ($338 value)

  • 3 shots ($78 value)

  • 15% off additional IVs/shots

  • 50% off nutrient add-ons

  • Free Annual Prescribing Visit ($28.50 value)

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TRANSFORM

$639.50 Value for $389/Mo

  • 3 Core IVs of your choice ($507 value)

  • 4 shots ($104  value)

  • 15% off additional IVs/shots

  • 50% off nutrient add-ons

  • Free Annual Prescribing Visit ($28.50 value)

RENEW IVs

Core Hydrate $95

This is a cost-effective hydration with a  choice of an extra ingredient to further support recovery from illness, energy levels, relaxation  and promote cellular detoxication. 

Lactated ringer + choice of: Amino acids | B12 | B6 | Magnesium 

Hydration Plus $149

Why choose when you can have them all... improve your hydration while replacing vital nutrients. Great for exercise recovery.

Amino acids | B12 | B6 | Lactated ringer | Magnesium 

Myers Cocktail  $149

Designed to improve overall well-being, the Myers' cocktail enhances energy, boosts the immune system, and alleviates symptoms of various medical conditions. Great all-around immune and adrenal boosting IV. 

Calcium | Various B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12) | Magnesium | Vitamin C


LipoBurner $169

Loaded with energy and metabolism boosting B-vitamins and amino acids to support your weight-loss goals.

B-Complex | B6 | B5 | B12 | Vitamin C | Amino acids


Anti-Aging $169

More youthful skin and anti-oxidant support. Hydrating ingredients to reduce skin dryness and wrinkles. Glutathione is a powerful anti-oxidant that also promotes healthy skin. Biotin is a key nutrient for skin, hair, nails and bones. 

 

Hydration | Glutathione | Amino acids | Biotin | Vitamin C

Immune Enhance $169

Boost the immune response  to protect against illness or help  recovery. Can have before and after surgery to enhance protective immune responses and support a healthy recovery.


Vitamin C | B12 | B6 | Zinc


Rest & Relax $169

Calm your mind and body with this soothing IV that supports a balanced mood and relieves muscle tension.


Lactated ringer| Glycine | Taurine | Magnesium | Calcium | B12 | B6 |

 

Gut Support $169

Heal the gut from within with vital nutrients often missing with a gut that is not working optimally. Especially useful to support SIBO and other infectious die-off "Herxheimer reactions".

Lactated ringer | Various B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12) | Magnesium | Amino acids | Vitamin C

HIGH DOSE IVs

Vitamin C IVs

Intravenous vitamin C offers many health benefits. Learn more.

 

10 g Vitamin C IV $149
20 g Vitamin C IV $220
50 g Vitamin C IV  $290*
75 g Vitamin C IV  $325*
100 g Vitamin C IV $360*
Add Phosphatidyl choline $120

10 pack savings: 10% discount

*High dose vitamin C IVs (>20 g) require a new patient visit or a referral with G6PD and a metabolic panel.

NAD+ IV 

500 mg (4 hrs) $395

1000 mg (8 hrs) $595

Nutrient Add-Ons

B12 $20

B6 $20

B5 $20

Trace Mineral $35

Zinc $20

Glycine $20

Amino Acid Blend $25

Vitamin C $15

Magnesium $20

Biotin $20

Injection Menu

We offer scientifically and medically valid nutritional injections. An annual prescribing visit ($28.50) is required. However, this fee is waived for members and clinic patients. You may also choose to purchase packages of shots.

B12 Injections 

Individual $20

8-pack $144

LipoLean Shots

Individual $26

8-pack $188

 

Thiamin (B1) Shots

Individual $25

8-pack $

Biotin Shots

Individual $20

8-pack $144

Trigger Point Injections

Individual $60

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Annual Prescribing Visit

$28.50

Fee is waived with package purchase, new patient visit or members for clinic patients and members.

 NUTRITIONAL IV AND INJECTION COMPONENT BENEFITS

Biotin

Biotin

Also known as vitamin B7, this water-soluble B-vitamin plays a crucial role in various metabolic processes in the body.

 

Biotin is primarily known for its involvement in:

  • Nutrient Metabolism: Biotin is a cofactor for several enzymes involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It helps convert these macronutrients into energy that the body can use.

  • Healthy Skin: Biotin is often associated with skin health. It is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids, which are important for maintaining healthy skin. 

  • Hair and Nail Health: Biotin is commonly marketed as a supplement for promoting healthy hair and nails. While scientific evidence supporting these claims is limited, some people report improved hair and nail conditions with biotin supplementation.

  • Cell Growth and Repair: Biotin is essential for cell growth and repair processes. It contributes to the maintenance and regeneration of tissues in the body.

  • Prenatal Health: Biotin is important during pregnancy for the development of the fetus. Pregnant women may have an increased need for biotin, and it is often included in prenatal supplements.

  • Nervous System Function: Biotin is involved in the synthesis of myelin, a substance that insulates and protects nerves. It is crucial for maintaining the health of the nervous system.

  • Blood Sugar Regulation: Some studies suggest a potential role for biotin in helping regulate blood sugar levels. Biotin may enhance the activity of insulin, the hormone responsible for glucose metabolism. However, more research is needed.

  • Heart Health: Biotin may contribute to heart health by helping regulate cholesterol levels. Some studies suggest that biotin supplementation may have a positive impact on lipid profiles, although more research is required.


Biotin can be low due to:

  • Inadequate Dietary Intake: Biotin is found in a variety of foods, including eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds, meat, fish, and certain vegetables. A diet lacking in these sources can lead to insufficient biotin intake.

  • Raw Egg White Consumption: Raw egg whites contain a protein called avidin, which binds to biotin and reduces its absorption in the digestive tract. Cooking egg whites denatures avidin, making it less likely to interfere with biotin absorption.

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders: Certain gastrointestinal disorders that affect nutrient absorption, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, and chronic diarrhea, can lead to deficiencies in various vitamins and minerals, including biotin.

  • Certain Medications: Long-term use of certain medications, such as anticonvulsants (phenytoin), can interfere with biotin absorption. 

  • Genetic Disorders: There are rare genetic disorders, such as biotinidase deficiency, where the body is unable to release biotin from biocytin, leading to impaired biotin recycling. Individuals with these disorders may require biotin supplementation.

  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: The biotin requirement may increase during pregnancy, and some women may experience marginal deficiencies. However, this is generally uncommon, and prenatal supplements often contain biotin.

  • Certain Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as alcoholism and chronic liver disease, can affect biotin status. Additionally, individuals undergoing long-term parenteral nutrition without biotin supplementation may be at risk.

Electrolytes

Including sodium, potassium, chloride, and others, to maintain proper fluid balance and support nerve and muscle function. Useful to support recovery from dehydration, gastrointestinal stress, SIBO treatments as well as common and not-so-common flus.

Trace Elements

Zinc, copper, selenium, and other elements are necessary for various physiological functions including support for the immune system and 

 methylation as well as cofactor support for blood sugar conditions, macular degeneration, mold recovery and general detox.

 

Vitamin B Complex​

The  complex is a mixture containing small amounts of B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12 to support energy metabolism, neurological functions, and other essential processes. Larger amounts of individual B vitamins may be included for more targeted effects.

B12

Vitamin B12

Also known as cobalamin, B12 is a crucial water-soluble vitamin that plays essential roles in several bodily functions.

 

Potential Benefits Associated with B12 Injections

  • Improved Energy Levels: Vitamin B12 is involved in the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. Adequate B12 levels are necessary for the formation of healthy red blood cells, and a deficiency can lead to anemia and fatigue. B12 injections may help improve energy levels, especially in individuals with B12 deficiency.

  • Enhanced Cognitive Function: B12 is vital for the maintenance of the nervous system and the production of myelin, a protective covering for nerves. Some research suggests that B12 may play a role in cognitive function, and addressing a deficiency through B12 injections may contribute to improved mental clarity and memory.

  • Support for Nervous System Health: B12 is crucial for the proper functioning of the nervous system. It is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters and the maintenance of nerve cells. B12 injections may be recommended for individuals with neurological symptoms associated with B12 deficiency.

  • Potential Mood Improvement: There is some research suggesting a link between B12 levels and mood. Adequate B12 levels are essential for the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which play roles in mood regulation. B12 injections may be considered for individuals with low B12 levels and associated mood disturbances.

  • Improved Cardiovascular Health: B12 is involved in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine, and elevated levels of homocysteine are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. B12 injections may help lower homocysteine levels and contribute to cardiovascular health.

  • Support for Vegetarians and Vegans: Vitamin B12 is primarily found in animal products, so individuals following vegetarian or vegan diets may be at risk of B12 deficiency. B12 injections can provide a direct and efficient source of this essential vitamin for those with dietary restrictions.


Macrocytic anemia is a type of anemia characterized by larger-than-normal red blood cells. The most common cause of macrocytic anemia is a deficiency in vitamin B12 or folic acid. While the prevalence of macrocytic anemia can vary based on factors such as age, geographical location, and underlying health conditions, it is not as common as other types of anemia.

The prevalence of macrocytic anemia is generally lower than that of other types of anemia, such as iron-deficiency anemia. It is more commonly seen in specific populations, including:

  • Elderly Individuals: The prevalence of macrocytic anemia tends to increase with age. Older adults may be more susceptible to vitamin B12 deficiency, which can contribute to macrocytic anemia.

  • Individuals with Malabsorption Disorders: Conditions that affect the absorption of nutrients in the digestive system, such as pernicious anemia (an autoimmune condition affecting B12 absorption), celiac disease, or certain gastrointestinal surgeries, can lead to macrocytic anemia.

  • Vegetarians and Vegans: Vitamin B12 is primarily found in animal products, and individuals following strict vegetarian or vegan diets may be at risk of B12 deficiency, leading to macrocytic anemia.

  • Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder: Chronic alcohol consumption can contribute to nutritional deficiencies, including deficiencies in B vitamins such as B12 and folate, leading to macrocytic anemia.

 

It's important to note that macrocytic anemia is a symptom rather than a specific disease, and its prevalence is often related to the underlying causes such as vitamin deficiencies or certain health conditions. A comprehensive blood count is a common lab test that can identify macrocytic anemia. Homocysteine can also be assessed to help identify B12 and folate insufficiencies. Not as commonly assessed, genetic testing for folate metabolism issues, MTHFR mutation, that can predispose for macrocytic anemia. One thing to keep in mind is that a comprehensive and holistic approach to nutrient testing is key for a valid assessment.

Glutathione

Glutathione

Glutathione is an antioxidant naturally produced in the body, and it plays a crucial role in protecting cells from oxidative stress. Below is a list of some potential benefits of glutathione:

  • Antioxidant Properties: Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals, which can cause cellular damage. Intravenous administration may provide a concentrated dose of glutathione to enhance antioxidant protection.

  • Detoxification Support: Glutathione plays a role in the detoxification of various substances, including drugs and environmental toxins. Glutathione is main phase II detoxifying molecule in the body and is often found depleted in chronic illnesses, gastrointestinal disease, mold/ toxin exposure and persistent infections.

  • Immune System Support: Glutathione is involved in the functioning of the immune system. Some studies have explored its role in enhancing immune response, and intravenous administration may be considered by those looking to support immune health.

  • Neuroprotective Effects: Some research has suggested that glutathione may have neuroprotective properties, potentially benefiting conditions involving oxidative stress in the brain. Can be useful in management of neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease, recovery from traumatic brain injuries and persistent infections. 

Glycine

Glycine

Glycine is an amino acid compound that plays various roles in the body, including supporting the function of the nervous system.

 

Potential benefits of glycine to the nervous system:

  • Neurotransmitter Function: Glycine acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain and spinal cord. It can modulate the excitability of nerve cells, promoting a calming effect on the nervous system.

  • Sleep Regulation: Glycine has been studied for its potential role in improving sleep quality. Some research suggests that glycine supplementation may help reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, enhance sleep efficiency, and improve overall sleep quality.

  • Antioxidant Properties: Glycine has antioxidant effects, which means it can help protect neurons from oxidative stress. This is important for maintaining the health and function of the nervous system.

  • Neuroprotective Effects: Glycine has been investigated for its neuroprotective properties, particularly its ability to protect against excitotoxicity—a process in which excessive stimulation by neurotransmitters, such as glutamate, leads to cell damage.

  • Memory and Cognitive Function: Some studies suggest that glycine may play a role in cognitive function and memory. It is thought to influence the transmission of signals in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with learning and memory.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Glycine has anti-inflammatory properties, which may contribute to its neuroprotective effects. Chronic inflammation is associated with various neurological conditions, and substances with anti-inflammatory properties may have potential therapeutic benefits.

  • Mood Regulation: Glycine may have an impact on mood regulation. Some studies have explored its potential as an adjunctive treatment for mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder.

  • GABAergic Modulation: Glycine interacts with the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system, an inhibitory neurotransmitter system. This interaction can influence neuronal activity and contribute to the regulation of anxiety and stress.

Taurine

Taurine

Taurine is an amino acid-like compound that plays various roles in the body, including supporting the function of the nervous system. Below is a list of some potential benefits of taurine to the nervous system:

  • Neurotransmitter Regulation: Taurine may influence the activity of neurotransmitters, such as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that helps regulate brain activity, promoting a calming effect.

  • Anti-Anxiety Effects: Taurine has been studied for its potential anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effects. It may modulate neurotransmitter activity in a way that helps alleviate anxiety and stress.

  • Neuroprotective Properties: Taurine has antioxidant properties, which means it can help protect cells, including neurons, from oxidative stress. This neuroprotective effect may be beneficial in various neurodegenerative conditions.

  • Regulation of Calcium Ion Levels: Taurine plays a role in regulating calcium ion levels within cells. Proper calcium ion balance is essential for neurotransmitter release and neuronal function.

  • Anti-Excitotoxicity: Taurine may protect neurons from excitotoxicity, a process in which excessive stimulation by neurotransmitters, particularly glutamate, leads to cell damage or death. This neuroprotective effect may be relevant in conditions involving excessive glutamate activity.

  • Support for Neurogenesis: Some research suggests that taurine may play a role in promoting neurogenesis, the formation of new neurons. This is an essential process for maintaining cognitive function and mental health.

  • Modulation of Ion Channels: Taurine can modulate the activity of ion channels in the nervous system. These channels play a critical role in the transmission of signals between nerve cells.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

An antioxidant that supports the immune system and aids in iron absorption.

Potential Benefits of Intravenous Vitamin C

  • Antioxidant Properties: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals in the body. Free radicals are molecules that can cause damage to cells, and antioxidants play a role in protecting cells from oxidative stress.

  • Immune System Support: Some studies suggest that high-dose vitamin C may have immune-boosting effects. It is believed to stimulate the production of white blood cells and enhance the activity of certain immune cells.

  • Reducing Inflammation: Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties, and high-dose IV vitamin C has been explored as a potential therapy for conditions associated with inflammation.

  • Support in Cancer Treatment: Conservatively speaking, there is ongoing research on the use of high-dose IV vitamin C as an adjunctive therapy in cancer treatment. Some studies suggest that IV vitamin C may enhance the effectiveness of certain chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy, possibly by promoting the generation of hydrogen peroxide in cancer cells. There is substantial research showing that high dose vitamin C is safe and improves the quality of life of most cancer patients. Vitamin C is tumor necrotic at high doses with minimal side effects.

  • Energy Boost: Vitamin C is involved in the production of neurotransmitters and the metabolism of certain nutrients, and some people report increased energy levels after receiving IV vitamin C.

 NUTRITIONAL IVS AND CLINICAL COMPLAINTS

BENEFITS OF IV NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT IN CLINICAL CONDITIONS

Nutrition provided by IV/IM is more readily available, shortening recovery times in some cases. The listing below covers instances where nutritional IVs and IMs are especially beneficial medically speaking. 

  • Inability to Eat or Digest Food Orally Alternative methods for ingesting nutrition are crucial for individuals unable to eat or digest food through the normal oral route. This may be due to conditions such as severe gastrointestinal disorders, surgeries that affect the digestive tract, or certain illnesses that compromise the ability to take in nutrients orally. 

  • Malabsorption Disorders Many people suffer from chronic and transient malabsorption syndromes where the digestive system is unable to absorb nutrients effectively. Parenteral nutrition provides a direct route for delivering essential nutrients, bypassing the digestive tract and ensuring absorption.

  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Overgrowth of certain fermenting bacteria in the small intestines (SIBO) can result in displacement 

  • Preventing Malnutrition Parenteral nutrition can be used to prevent malnutrition in situations where oral intake is insufficient or not feasible. This is common in critically ill patients, those with severe trauma, or individuals undergoing major surgeries.

  • Support during Bowel Rest In certain medical conditions, it might be necessary to provide bowel rest, allowing the gastrointestinal tract to heal. Parenteral nutrition can supply necessary nutrients without placing a burden on the digestive system.

  • Metabolic Stress or Critical Illness During periods of metabolic stress, such as severe infections, burns, or critical illness, the body's nutritional needs may be significantly increased. Parenteral nutrition can help meet these increased demands when oral intake is inadequate.

  • Nutritional Support for Preterm Infants Parenteral nutrition is often used in neonatal intensive care units to provide essential nutrients to premature infants whose digestive systems are not fully developed.

  • Cancer Treatment Some cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy may experience difficulty eating or absorbing nutrients. In such cases, parenteral nutrition may be used to support nutritional needs.

 

IV nutritional support is especially helpful for GI complaints such as small intestine bacterial overload (SIBO), Celiac disease, irritable bowel disease (IBD), Crohn's disease, and Ulcerative colitiis.

SIBO

IV NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR SIBO

SIBO is a condition characterized by an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, where there is normally a lower bacterial population. The excess bacteria in the small intestine can interfere with normal digestive and absorptive processes, leading to various complications, including malabsorption of nutrients.

 

How SIBO Contributes to Nutritional Malabsorption
  • Impaired Nutrient Absorption: The overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine can interfere with the absorption of nutrients. The bacteria may compete with the host for nutrients, and they can also directly damage the intestinal lining, impairing the absorption of essential nutrients such as vitamins (e.g., B vitamins) and minerals.

  • Inflammation and Damage to the Intestinal Lining: The presence of excess bacteria in the small intestine can lead to inflammation and damage to the intestinal lining. This damage can compromise the functionality of the small intestine, reducing its ability to absorb nutrients properly.

  • Disruption of Bile Acid Function: Bile acids are essential for the digestion and absorption of fats. SIBO can affect the function of bile acids, leading to impaired fat absorption. This can result in deficiencies of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and essential fatty acids.

  • Changes in Carbohydrate Metabolism: SIBO can result in the fermentation of carbohydrates by bacteria in the small intestine. This fermentation process can lead to the production of gases and byproducts that may interfere with the absorption of other nutrients.

 

Common symptoms of SIBO include bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and malabsorption-related symptoms such as weight loss and nutritional deficiencies.

 

IVs to Consider when SIBO is being Treated or Managed
  • Hydration IV (a.k.a. Lactated Ringer): Electrolytes and cellular/ tissue hydration. Dehydration can occur in cases of excessive diarrhea or if bacterial die-off reactions result in colon inflammation. Promoting optimal cellular hydration can reduce recovery times and promote improved gut motility in cases of chronic constipation.

  • Myers Cocktail: Poor B-vitamin absorption and increase oxidative stress of SIBO can be countered with this IV formula. 

  • 10 gram Vitamin C with Myers Cocktail: Boost the benefits of a Myers IV with additional vitamin C for more antioxidant and immune support. 

IV NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR CELIAC DISEASE

Celiac

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder characterized by an intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. The ingestion of gluten in individuals with celiac disease triggers an immune response that damages the lining of the small intestine, leading to various symptoms and potential nutrient malabsorption.

 

Potential Nutrient Depletion in Celiac Disease
  • Calcium: Damage to the small intestine can impair the absorption of calcium, leading to a risk of calcium deficiency. Calcium is essential for bone health, muscle function, and other physiological processes.

  • B Vitamins: Malabsorption in the small intestine can affect the absorption of various B vitamins, including:

    • B12: Important for nerve function and the formation of red blood cells.

    • B6 (Pyridoxine): Involved in various metabolic processes.

  • Magnesium: Celiac disease can contribute to magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is involved in numerous biochemical reactions and is important for muscle and nerve function, bone health, and energy production.

  • Zinc: Malabsorption may lead to zinc deficiency. Zinc is essential for immune function, wound healing, and various enzymatic reactions in the body.

 

IVs to Consider when Celiac Disease is Being Treated or Managed
  • Hydration IV (a.k.a. Lactated Ringer): Electrolytes and cellular/ tissue hydration. Dehydration can occur in cases of excessive diarrhea and colon inflammation. Promoting optimal cellular hydration can reduce recovery times and promote improved gut motility in cases of chronic constipation.

  • Myers Cocktail: Poor B-vitamin absorption and increased oxidative stress of celiac disease can be supported with this IV formula. 

  • 10 gram Vitamin C with Myers Cocktail: Boost the benefits of a Myers IV with additional vitamin C for more antioxidant and immune support. 

Crohn's & Colitis

IV NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR CROHN'S DISEASE AND ULCERATIVE COLITIS

The term irritable bowel disease (IBD) encompasses chronic inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Nutritional deficiencies are common in individuals with IBD due to various factors, including inflammation, malabsorption, and dietary restrictions.

 

Common Nutritional Deficiencies Associated with IBD
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia: Chronic inflammation and bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract can lead to iron deficiency anemia. This is especially common in individuals with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, as blood loss can occur through the inflamed tissues.

  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency: The terminal ileum, which is often affected in Crohn's disease, is essential for the absorption of vitamin B12. Inflammation or surgical removal of this part of the intestine can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency.

  • Folate Deficiency: Malabsorption of folate can occur in individuals with active inflammation in the small intestine. This can lead to a deficiency in this essential B-vitamin.

  • Calcium and Vitamin D Deficiency: Individuals with IBD, especially those who have undergone surgical removal of parts of the intestine, may have difficulty absorbing calcium and vitamin D. This can contribute to bone health issues, such as osteoporosis.

  • Zinc Deficiency: Inflammation and malabsorption in the small intestine can lead to zinc deficiency in individuals with IBD.

  • Magnesium Deficiency: Diarrhea, common in IBD, can lead to increased magnesium loss. Additionally, inflammation and malabsorption can contribute to magnesium deficiency.

  • Protein-Calorie Malnutrition: Reduced food intake, malabsorption, and increased nutrient needs due to inflammation can contribute to protein-calorie malnutrition in individuals with IBD.

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acid Deficiency: Inflammation can disrupt the balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, potentially leading to deficiencies in omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Vitamin A and Vitamin K Deficiencies: Malabsorption and inflammation can affect the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin A and vitamin K.

 

IVs to Consider when Irritable Bowel Disease is being Treated or Managed
  • Foundational  IV Treatment with the add-on nutrient zinc and/ or trace minerals.

  • Myers Cocktail: Poor B-vitamin absorption and increase oxidative stress.

  • 10 gram Vitamin C with Myers Cocktail: Boost the benefits of a Myers IV with additional vitamin C for more antioxidant and immune support. 

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