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Restoring Optimal Function with Lifestyle Recommendations and NAD IV Therapy from Toronto


Did you know that NAD IV therapy from the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre may be tailored for your personal health goals?  

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, which is frequently called NAD+, is a powerful coenzyme we need for survival and healthy DNA function. It’s vital for the proper functioning of cells, biological processes, chemical reactions, and even energy metabolism. 

Among scientists, it stands out because its supplementation is known for its potential health benefits towards anti-aging, muscle health, DNA repair mechanisms, and neurological function. It’s also been shown in studies to delay the formation of degenerative diseases, especially those related to cognitive function. 

This coenzyme is naturally synthesized by the body; but our levels decline as we age. Because we rely on it on a cellular level, low NAD+ amounts could impede our wellness, even affecting our metabolic processes. “By middle age, our NAD+ levels have plummeted to half that of our youth,” confirms a paper from Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal. “[However,] numerous studies have demonstrated that boosting NAD+ levels increases insulin sensitivity, reverses mitochondrial dysfunction, and extends lifespan.” 

In this blog post, the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre uncovers ways to naturally increase this coenzyme and how to maintain this optimal function with IV NAD+ vitamin therapy.

Lifestyle modifications for promoting an NAD+ boost

Simple changes to your daily life can heighten NAD+. Here are some tips to try: 

  • Warm up: Who knew relaxing in a sauna could enhance NAD+ levels? According to medical journals, exposure to heat can encourage the body to increase the amounts of this coenzyme. Besides, temporary heat exposure (i.e.Saunas) also improves cardiovascular responses to stress and may help reduce blood pressure levels. 
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“Supplements containing nicotinamide riboside, or NR, a precursor to NAD that’s found in trace amounts in milk, might be able to boost NAD levels,” confirms Scientific American magazine.
  • Get moving: When you exercise, your levels of NADH (the unoxidized version of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) lower. But when this happens, it leads to an excess amount of NAD+. It’s been shown that interval training may be suitable for upgrading NAD+. 
  • Watch your weight: Obesity can severely deplete NAD+ in the human body, so if you need to lose a few pounds, you should know that calorie restriction and fasting can cause an NAD+ increase.
  • Make dietary changes: Eat foods that carry NAD+ precursors. For example, whole grains are laden with vitamin B3, which is a known precursor. Meanwhile, cow’s milk, cucumber, and cabbage contain another precursor called nicotinamide riboside. Other foods known for heightening NAD+ include peas, honey, kombucha and asparagus. 

The depleted amounts of NAD+ in your body is individualistic and depend on your genetics, metabolism, weight, and lifestyle. Please speak to a functional medicine provider who can recommend boosting NAD+ for DNA repair, mitochondrial function, and cell vitality.

Why add NAD+ IV drips to your treatment plan

When lifestyle modifications are in place, some beneficial effects may be noticed. For some people, these advantages may be from an immediate upload of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide levels in the body. So how else can you sustain these levels for healthy brain function and cellular health? NAD+ IV therapy drips could be helpful.

NAD+ can be administered as an intravenous therapy to support optimal performance over time. Here’s how this drip treatment works: an IV solution is inserted into the vein and immediately enters your blood flow. Your body receives a complete absorption rate because the digestive tract doesn’t need to filter the IV NAD+ solution. NAD precursors in the form of Oral supplements (i.e. tablets) may be taken.  When you swallow supplements, the absorption of nutrients gets diminished. IV drip therapy, then, may be a consideration for patients with malabsorption. 

Do you think you could benefit from an NAD+ IV slow drip? Let’s chat! Making healthy lifestyle decisions can be challenging, but our functional medicine clinicians can assist you. We offer NAD+ IV therapy in our Lounge and we may also prescribe this in sublingual form. 

How our functional medicine and IV therapy treatments work

Do you need help rallying optimal health? At the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre, we recognize individual needs. This is why treat each patient with customized health strategies.

Our goal is to address your wellness struggles by confronting the root cause. By using the integrative functional medicine model, we help explore ways to recuperate your body’s natural detoxification process and work towards an improvement in energy levels. Our diverse health care team has experience with different health concerns related to: brain health (brain fog), mental health, age-related diseases/neurodegenerative diseases, athletic performance, metabolic functions, immune health, nutrient deficiencies, heart disease, and more. 

IV NAD+ may be administered in our IV Lounge, along with other essential nutrients, such as high-dose vitamin C, glutamic acid, amino acids, and more for IV drip therapy. Ask us how to personalize your drip compound! 

As we adhere to integrative medicine, it’s common for us to combine modalities. When you become a new patient at the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre, you have access to Western medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, bio-identical hormone therapy, and lab testing services. A treatment plan may encompass some of these therapies, along with IV drips for additional support. 

Level-up your mental performance, muscle function, and more with customized health tips! NAD IV therapy from our Toronto clinic is available for new and existing patients – click here to call us

Disclaimer: The information in this article is designed for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting a doctor. Consult with a health care practitioner before relying on any information in this article or on this website.


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