Most of us are not getting the nutrients we need through diet alone. In fact, a 2011 study revealed that 90% of Americans are undernourished, lacking in key nutrients like calcium, fiber, potassium, zinc, iron, vitamin D, and vitamin B-12.
Many of us take oral vitamin supplements to close that nutrient gap and make us feel better. Yet, those daily vitamins often fail to help our body reach optimal health and nutrition. And that’s why many people turn to injectable nutrients, also known as vitamin injections.
When you pop a vitamin pill in the morning, those nutrients enter the body through the digestive system. Your digestive system can become too saturated, limiting the amount of nutrients your body can actually absorb.
What your body can’t absorb is then excreted through urine or stool. This means there is no guarantee that your body is receiving enough nutrients through oral supplementation. Think about vitamin C, a common supplement. When we take too much vitamin C orally, the body reacts with loose stool and diarrhea.
A healthy, safe alternative to your daily over-the-counter vitamin is injectable nutrients, or vitamin injections. With injectable nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients are injected directly into the body. This can be done either intramuscularly (IM) or intravenously (IV). Injectables are more effective than oral supplementation because:
IM injections are administered into the muscle belly. Common sites include the gluteus (buttocks) and deltoid (shoulder) muscles. This is a virtually pain-free injection, with most patients noticing little to no discomfort. As the needle enters the skin, however, there may be a small “pinch” sensation. Vitamin B-12 shots and B-complex shots are common IM injections.
Every patient is unique, so how often vitamin injections are needed depends on how your body responds to them. The effects of one IV push may last several weeks for one person, or several months for another. In some cases, your body may require weekly injections as it begins the healing process, but over time and as health returns, the effects will last longer and longer. Our doctors can recommend a protocol based on your current health condition and adjust it accordingly over time as symptoms improve. For a consultation with one of our doctors, call us today.
You will experience little to no side effects from injectable nutrient treatment. On rare occasions, some patients have experienced allergic reactions. However, this is usually a reaction to preservatives or specific nutrients that they are allergic to. For your protection, we recommend all patients alert our doctors to any known allergies, including those which require an EpiPen.
Injectable nutrients are an ideal supplement solution for virtually anyone, from those in relatively good health to those suffering from a chronic disease. They are popular among celebrities like Madonna, Rihanna, Rita Ora, and Simon Cowell for their host of health benefits:
Vitamin B-12 is a water-soluble vitamin produced by microbes in the soil and intestinal tracts of animals. It can be found naturally in:
Vitamin B-12 deficiency is believed to be one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world, affecting 39% of the U.S. population alone. Antacids, the use of antibiotics, and vegan and vegetarian diets are all contributors of this widespread deficiency. Patients with this deficiency may experience fatigue, weakness, poor moods, and low concentration. Vitamin B-12 injections are beneficial for every cell of the body and the function of nerves, the brain, and red blood cells.
Patients experiencing B-complex deficiency may have difficulty thinking, memory loss or anemia. IM B-Complex is a combination of the following ingredients:
The Myers Cocktail is a combination of B vitamins, vitamin C, Calcium, and Magnesium. It is typically used to treat and reduce the symptoms of the following conditions:
Glutathione is a tripeptide made of cysteine, glycine, and glutamic acid. This antioxidant can be found in every cell of the body. It is vital for the mitochondria and energy of the body’s cells and neutralizes free radicals. It is also important for detoxification, helping the body recycle vitamins C and E. It has been shown to be effective in treatment of the following conditions:
These injections are intramuscular only. They target fatty deposits and increase metabolism of fat in the body. They also promote the export of fat from the liver. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, they can stimulate fat removal and increase energy levels.
This lipotropic injection includes several important nutrients including:
Dr. Hazel Gois, Valhalla’s on-staff Naturopath, manages our injectable nutrient treatments. Dr. Gois received her Doctorate of Naturopathy and Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR.
A Naturopathic Physician, or Naturopath for short, helps restore the body to optimal health. They combine aspects of both nature and modern science to rebalance the body’s health through diagnosis, holistic treatment, and prevention.
To meet with Dr. Gois to discuss health and treatment options, request a consultation today.