Vitamin C is arguably one of the body’s most essential vitamins. A deficiency in vitamin C can increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, and cataracts. While nature can provide your body with plenty of vitamin C from food sources ranging from citrus fruit to broccoli, some people don’t always get enough of what they need from their diet.
One way to give your body a serious boost is vitamin C hydration therapy, which infuses fluids and nutrients directly into your bloodstream. According to Dr. Michael Skardasis of Optimal Performance Medicine, this treatment also offers lots of other benefits.
What is vitamin C hydration therapy?
Vitamin C hydration therapy delivers a potent form of vitamin C to your body in the form of an IV drip. It’s given with a standard bottle of saline solution, which your body recognizes as the same as water. If you’re feeling dehydrated or run down, a vitamin C drip could be just the thing you need to feel energetic and well again.
If you’re concerned about getting an overdose of vitamin C, don’t worry. This vitamin is water-soluble, which means any excess beyond what your body needs is excreted with your urine. The amount used in this treatment is considerably higher than the U.S. recommended daily allowance, but it’s safe and effective.
The benefits of vitamin C hydration therapy
Vitamin C hydration therapy gives your body an instant boost. It can knock out a general feeling of being under the weather — although you should tell your doctor if you’re feeling worse than normal before beginning treatment.
You might also be pleased to discover a fresh, glowing effect on your skin from vitamin C hydration therapy. Many people walk in looking sallow and generally unwell and leave looking more refreshed and alert.
Vitamin C hydration therapy has a host of other benefits:
- Vitamin C helps your body better absorb iron, which can help if you’re anemic
- It supports a healthy blood pressure and your cardiovascular system in general
- It may prevent cognitive decline, as vitamin C protects against oxidative stress associated with aging
- It helps pregnant women and their babies get optimal nutrition
- Vitamin C has been proven to protect against the development of cataracts
- It improves the appearance of your skin, including helping to prevent some wrinkles
- It may inhibit the growth of cancerous cells by removing free radicals
- Vitamin C boosts energy levels in patients with fatigue
Claims for vitamin C as a treatment for cancer are still being studied. However, we do know that patients with higher levels of vitamin C in their blood are less likely to get several types of cancer.
Who should get this treatment — and who shouldn’t
Vitamin C hydration therapy is safe and effective for most people, including pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, and those with chronic fatigue. If you have a cold or feel one coming on, many doctors tell you to just stay at home and rest. We recommend a vitamin C IV treatment to help you knock out that cold more quickly.
However, some people shouldn’t get IV therapy with vitamin C, including people with kidney disease or those who are predisposed to kidney stones and those with a genetic deficiency called G6PD or hemochromatosis.
Are you ready to experience the positive results from vitamin C hydration therapy? You could feel like a whole new you. Call Optimal Performance Medicine in Woodstock, Georgia, or book an appointment online.