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POSTED ON MAY 24, 2023 BY TORONTO FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE CENTRE
If you were to name one key ingredient for IV therapy in Toronto, what would it be? If you said vitamin C, we wouldn’t be surprised at all!
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful antioxidant that has demonstrated positive effects on blood vessels, healthy aging, cellular functioning, skin vitality, much-needed energy – this list could go on! Though we get it from eating fruits and vegetables, some individuals require additional vitamin C for their chief health concerns. In fact, people who suffer from chronic stress, post-disease symptoms, excessive physical exertion, thyroid conditions, or post-surgery effects may need vitamin C supplements added to their daily routine.
Intravenous vitamin therapy (IV therapy/IV nutrient therapy) provides the body with nutrients to relieve a nutritional deficiency or as adjunct support to manage certain health conditions. High-dose vitamin C is one type of infusion used by our patients. In this post, we list the advantages of ascorbic acid vitamin drips, as well as its precautions and side effects. We also discuss how new patients can access IV therapy drips from the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre.
Beneficial effects of vitamin C intravenous therapy
Ascorbic acid is crucial for red blood cell production, especially for wound healing, immune function, blood pressure regulation, and the healthy growth of bones. But we can’t synthesize this nutrient, so a good diet combined with oral supplements may be vital for retaining optimal function. When administered as vitamin IV therapy, it may offer these benefits:
The risks of ascorbic acid intravenous infusion therapies
IV vitamin C can offer advantages, but the treatment may not be suitable for some. For example, patients with a G6PD deficiency should not be given this IV drip, as it could generate hemolysis. Here are some other risks:
Potential side effects
Like other IV drip treatments, ascorbic acid therapy drips may come with side effects, as you need to adjust to the IV solution. This is why sessions are closely supervised by registered health care providers, such as medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, or nurse practitioners. If it’s your first time getting IV therapy, your body may experience some awkward sensations – but medical attention may not necessarily be required. Please discuss these potential side effects with your health care provider prior to your first IV drip:
Inside our IV Lounge
Our personalized service of health care can address the root cause of your health concerns – and intravenous vitamin C, combined with lifestyle modifications and oral support, could play a role in improving wellness. This is because each treatment plan is specifically designed for biological needs – after all, no two patients are alike!
By applying the principles of integrative functional medicine, our private downtown clinic modifies IV doses of nutrients for your health goals. Next to ascorbic acid, we carry other key nutrients, including a combination of amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, N- Acetylcysteine, glutamic acid, major minerals, major antioxidants, natural ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties, and other vitamin infusions such as IV therapy with Serine.
At your initial consultation, a complete diagnostic session will take place. We uncover your health history, current lifestyle, exposures to environmental toxins, and suggest functional medicine lab tests. Once we unravel your health status, we can customize a treatment plan with vitamin C IV therapy, Western medicine, naturopathy, acupuncture, herbal remedies, and/or other modalities.
When combined with a healthy lifestyle and other functional medicine approaches, IV drip therapy could facilitate optimal health. Therapies from our practice may be adapted for various conditions, especially those related to liver detoxification, cellular damage, chronic fatigue syndrome, athletic performances, cognitive function (i.e. mental clarity, brain fog), chronic pain, mineral replenishment, muscle recovery, inflammatory bowel disease, insulin levels, blood sugar levels, hair growth, and more.
Our health care team is currently accepting new patients – let’s help you reach optimal functioning! Vitamin C IV therapy from our Toronto clinic can be accessed in our IV Lounge – contact us for business hours and more information.
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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