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When most people think of an IV drip, they think of hospitals and surgery. But what if we told you that you could use an IV drip to give your whole body a boost? 

The Myers cocktail is a hassle-free way to boost your body’s nutrients, strengthen your health, and make you feel better in no time. Here’s what you need to know if you’re looking for a better recovery option. 

What is IV Nutrient Therapy?

When most people think of an IV drip, they think of hospitals and surgery. But what if we told you that you could use an IV drip to give your whole body a boost? 

The Myers cocktail is a hassle-free way to boost your body’s nutrients, strengthen your health, and make you feel better in no time. Here’s what you need to know if you’re looking for a better recovery option. 

What is IV Nutrient Therapy?

Intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy is a method of delivering nutrients directly into the bloodstream. It’s not a new concept–in fact, if you’ve ever been to a hospital, you’ve seen a similar concept in action. 

Hospitals have long used IV drips for a variety of reasons. If you’ve ever had surgery, you’ve been hooked up to a drip before. Traditionally, hospitals use IVs for one of four reasons

  1. Fluid resuscitation
  2. Fluid replacement
  3. Fluid redistribution
  4. Routine maintenance

Patients who have recently had major surgery, for example, are given IVs to redistribute liquids and electrolytes in their bodies. They’re also used to replace lost nutrients and electrolytes (burn patients, for example, can lose large volumes of fluid). 

In severe cases, IV drips may be used for fluid resuscitation to restore circulation to vital organs. This may be done if normal organ function is disrupted due to severe blood loss, plasma loss, excessive external fluid loss, or severe fluid redistribution caused by sepsis (a life-threatening immune response to extreme infection). 

On an everyday level, though, IVs can be used to provide nutrients to patients who are unable to meet their nutritional needs through normal means. 

What Happens in Your Body When You Get IV Therapy?

Basically, when you get IV therapy, a RN attaches you to a fluid bag, filled with saline.   

The administering professional has to find a vein, usually in your arm, since these veins are usually wide and easier to hit. They use a needle to puncture the vein and insert an intravenous line (a thin plastic tube attached to a fluid bag). We use 20g caths and numbing spray.  The intravenous line is then taped to your arm for the duration of your treatment. The fluid in the bag will slowly drip into your system and make its way directly into your bloodstream. 

Why Use an IV?

That all sounds fine and good, but you’re probably wondering: why use an IV if you already have an entire bodily system dedicated to absorbing nutrients?

The short answer? You’re taking a shortcut through the digestive system. 

Your digestive system consists of the gastrointestinal tract, the liver, the pancreas, and the gallbladder. It has several parts and functions, but the basic role of the digestive system is to break your food and liquid down into small enough parts that your body can absorb and move the nutrients as needed. 

Here’s the catch: it takes a while to absorb those nutrients. 

Digestion time varies between men and women (and between individuals) but it takes an average of six to eight hours to pass through your stomach and small intestine. It takes a few extra hours to pass through the rest of your digestive system. You feel hungry in the interim, but your body is still working to absorb nutrients in the background. 

IVs are useful to medical professionals because they can bypass the digestive process and get nutrients and liquids delivered directly into the bloodstream. Your blood is responsible for carrying liquid and nutrients throughout your body, so you can make use of it right away. 

Why is IV Therapy so Popular?

IV nutrient therapy is popular for pretty much that reason. 

Instead of waiting for your body to process nutrients normally, you can feed it into your bloodstream and take advantage of those fluids, vitamins and nutrients quickly. Which means that your body can put those nutrients to work for any number of functions. 

IV therapy is also popular because it’s more precise than the normal digestive process. When you eat food, you’re limited by what you can consume in a meal. You can’t possibly fit all the nutrients you need into every meal you eat. 

An IV drip, by contrast, is loaded with the exact nutrients you need. If you’re short on one nutrient, you can make up the difference through an IV drip–without losing as many nutrients to waste. 

What is a Myers Cocktail?

With all of that in mind, let’s talk about the Myers cocktail. 

The Myers cocktail is named for Dr. John Myers, a physician from Baltimore who first pioneered the concept of IV nutrient therapy. 

The concept is just like regular IV treatments: infusing fluid directly into the bloodstream. Myers’ had the idea to create an IV treatment that was tailored to address certain key nutrient and mineral deficiencies, rather than simply using IVs to restore fluid and electrolytes. 

Myers Cocktail Ingredients

The Myers cocktail contains a variety of nutrients and minerals, all selected to aid in cellular functioning. 

The Myers cocktail as used today can vary somewhat based on who is administering it and what they’re trying to address, but the typical Myers cocktail includes: 

  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C
  • Glutathione
  • Thiamine
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B Complex or B 1-6

The Myers cocktail also contains basic IV fluids as a base–a saline solution that acts as a vehicle for nutrient delivery and absorption while also giving you extra fluids. 

Myers’ idea was to create an IV drip that would maximize certain nutrients that aren’t absorbed as well unless administered intravenously. Vitamin C, for example, can reach 140-fold higher concentration when administered intravenously rather than taken orally (as in a vitamin supplement). The additional benefit of higher dose vitamin C administration is that by bypassing digestion, the digestive system isn’t upset …Oral doses of Vitamin C can cause Diarrhea, this isn’t a issue with IV administration.   

And since nutrients bypass the digestive system entirely, this peak nutrient concentration can be used directly by cells. This is especially beneficial if cells are burning through nutrients at an accelerated rate, as is the case if your body is trying to heal or fight off an infection. 

Benefits of the Myers Cocktail

What makes the Myers cocktail special? 

The Myers cocktail is unique because it takes advantage of natural human biology to bypass our system and boost our health in an unusual (but effective) way. Since it delivers nutrients intravenously, there are a number of benefits to the Myers cocktail, depending on what you want to accomplish. 

Here are a few of the most common benefits seen in patients. 

Energy Boost

Your body needs fuel in order to function. But if you’re not fueling your body properly, it won’t do as good of a job keeping you going. 

It is possible to get most nutrients from a well-balanced diet, but unfortunately, the Western diet is short on several key nutrients, including: 

  • Iron
  • Iodine
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin A
  • Magnesium

This means that many Americans suffer from the same set of nutrient deficiencies. Fortunately, there is a way to make up the difference. 

The Myers cocktail gives you an energy boost because it gives your body a direct dose of the nutrients it needs to flourish. That’s why so many patients leave their treatments feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world. 

Disease Prevention and Immune Resistance

The immune system is our first line of defense against the world. It protects us from infections and allows our bodies to heal. 

Like the rest of the body, the immune system needs fuel to function. The tricky part is that the immune system isn’t like the heart or brain. It’s a system, not a single organ. If you want your immune system to work better, you have to take a holistic approach to strengthen your entire immune system

Here, again, is where the Myers cocktail can help. 

The biggest benefit comes from vitamin C found in the cocktail. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant and is known to encourage the production of white blood cells. And since it’s an antioxidant, it helps protect white blood cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. 

By boosting your regular vitamin C intake through the Myers cocktail (and ensuring that you can use vitamin C right away) you can actually bolster your whole immune system. 

Memory Retention

It might seem strange to think that an IV drip can help improve your memory, but that’s exactly what the Myers cocktail does. 

A study of patients with lower levels of vitamin B12 found that they had significantly poorer learning ability and recognition performance than those with normal levels of B12. Even in the absence of a diagnosed deficiency, insufficient B12 has been shown to negatively impact your recall. 

Vitamin C is also linked to your memory retention. One study found that, controlling for other factors, vitamin C supplements were associated with a lower prevalence of severe cognitive impairment. A separate study found that dementia patients had lowered plasma vitamin C levels which could not be explained by their dietary vitamin C intake. 

The process of brain atrophy cannot be halted, but it can be slowed down, and you can take steps now to protect your brain in the future. Regular treatments high in vitamin B12 and vitamin C, like the Myers cocktail, can help. 

Blood Health

Most people don’t spend much time thinking about their blood health. After all, it’s just blood, right? 

Wrong. 

Your blood does a lot of work to keep you healthy. Take red blood cells, for example–their primary function is to transport oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body. Or white blood cells, which help the body fight against pathogens. 

Healthy blood is rich in iron. That’s because iron is an important component in hemoglobin (representing about two-thirds of the iron content in your body). Without enough iron, your body can’t produce enough healthy red blood cells, which means your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to sufficiently transport oxygen around the body. 

The short version: without enough iron, your cells can’t breathe deeply. 

This leaves you feeling fatigued since your body has to stay in low gear to conserve resources and protect your system against strain that would overload your blood’s ability to carry oxygen. This affects everything from your brain function to your ability to heal from infections. 

Your body also needs a healthy supply of vitamin B12 to produce red blood cells in the first place. 

Fortunately, the Myers cocktail can help your body develop new Red Blood cells. It contains a combination of nutrients that are essential to healthy blood cells, and regular treatments can help improve your overall blood health. 

Better Mood

Is it any surprise that a nutrient cocktail can help improve your mood? 

Take your old friend vitamin B12, for example. Vitamin B12 is known to aid in the synthesis of critical neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which help to regulate your mood. Because of this, vitamin B12 deficiencies have several psychiatric manifestations, including: 

  • Mood disorders
  • Memory loss
  • Psychosis
  • Personality changes
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Dementia

A recent study looked at the effect of vitamin B12 supplements on patients with depression. All of those who received supplements showed at least a 20% reduction in HAM-D (Hamilton Depression Rating Scale) scoring, while only 69% of patients in the control group saw a similar reduction of symptoms. 

The exact role of vitamin B12 in serotonin production isn’t known. What we do know is that it has a positive impact on your serotonin production, which in turn has a significant impact on your overall mood and can reduce the effect of various mood disorders, like depression and anxiety. 

What to Expect from an IV Drip

You know all the potential benefits of the Myers cocktail. But getting the Myers cocktail isn’t quite like taking a vitamin supplement in the morning. 

If you’ve ever been in the hospital with an IV drip before, the technical side is pretty similar. 

When you make an appointment, you’ll select your vitamin cocktail of choice. We offer five packages

  1. The Myers cocktail
  2. The Gold package
  3. The Silver package
  4. The Bronze package
  5. Pure saline

The Myers cocktail contains the classic combination of vitamins and minerals. The Gold package contains saline, vitamin B complex, and two add-ins. The Silver package contains saline, vitamin B complex, and one add-in. The Bronze package contains saline and vitamin B complex. Available add-ins include: 

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B12
  • Glutathione
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Benadryl (antihistamine)
  • Zofran (anti-nausea medication)
  • Toradol (NSAID non-narcotic pain medication)
  • Taurine
  • Nad+ 

You’ll start by filling out a health questionnaire, which will cover basic information including prior surgeries and illnesses. The whole process can take between 25 to 45 minutes. 

Seeing an IV in your arm will take getting used to, especially because most people associate them with hospitals and illness. But once the IV drip is inserted, you won’t feel any discomfort–just a bit of coldness under your skin as the solution distributes through your bloodstream, we heat our saline in the winter months so our patients stay nice and warm.  We also start all IV with a numbing spray.  

Even if you’re someone who has small veins, rest easy. You’ll be treated by seasoned professionals who know how to start and administer an IV drip. Plus, since you’re not dealing with an emergency situation, we can be patient and find the best and safest access point. 

What Conditions Would Most Benefit from an IV Drip?

While all of us can certainly benefit from more nutrient intake, some people will see greater benefits from the Myers cocktail than others, simply because their nutrient needs are greater than the average person. 

To be clear: everyone can do with a dose of extra vitamins, so most people will feel better after the Myers cocktail. But the biggest improvement will show up in people who have health needs that demand more vitamins and minerals from their bodies. 

Traditionally, people who aren’t able to eat enough, or have problems with the digestive system as in the case of botched gastric bypass.   Or who have severe dietary restrictions, celiacs, ect are good candidates for IV nutrient therapy like the Myers cocktail. It has also been shown to benefit conditions including: 

  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Migraines
  • Cardiovascular disease

Many people also use IV drips for quick rejuvenation and rehydration after a major sporting event or major alcohol intake. For athletes, the rehydration benefits and the concentrated vitamin cocktail can aid in muscle recovery. 

For someone recovering from a hangover, well, alcohol is known to dehydrate you. At a minimum, the saline solution will seriously help, but the vitamin and mineral content will also help reduce your recovery time. When combine the fluids, vitamins and medications for headache and nausea, you literally can erase the pain of the last night.  

What to Look for in an IV Treatment Center

If you’re convinced and ready to try out the benefits of the Myers cocktail in real-time, let’s talk about what you need to look for in an IV treatment center. 

Keep two things in mind: 

  1. This is based on a common naturopathic medical practice
  2. This industry is regulated
  3. Our providers are IV EXPERTS

As such, if you’re looking for a treatment that will provide real health benefits, you should look for a treatment provider with the same level of care that you would use to seek out a doctor. 

Before you visit any treatment center or consider doing so, get a full workup done by your doctor first to determine if you have any nutrient deficiencies that could benefit from this treatment. Be prepared to provide a comprehensive medical history to any clinic that you visit, including any health concerns and any medications you are currently taking. 

Licensed Medical Professionals

The first thing to look for should be pretty obvious: licensed medical professionals. 

Always look for a reputable provider who will be monitoring and providing infusions. Remember when we said you should be prepared to provide a comprehensive medical history? Any clinic and medical professional worth their salt will go through your medical history with a fine-toothed comb before they agree to give you a nutrient drip. 

To figure this out, do your homework first. Check on the clinic you have in mind and check that their professionals are board-certified. Don’t be afraid to ask for credentials first–if you’re going to let someone pump fluid into your body, you want to make sure they actually know what they’re doing. 

Get Recommendations

A good place to start is to get recommendations from others. 

If you can, try to get a recommendation straight from your doctor. They’re a professional you already know, trust, and respect, which means that you can rely on them to tell you whether or not another doctor is a) credible and b) good at their job. 

You can also find recommendations from friends and family, just make sure to verify the qualifications of the clinic and their staff before you make an appointment. Make sure that they’re licensed to practice in this specific area and that they’ve received board certification. 

Remember: when it comes to your health, you want a professional. Don’t be afraid to hunt for one. Any clinic that’s worth the money will be more than willing to show you their certifications. 

Read Reviews

You should also make sure to read reviews of the clinic before you make an appointment. 

You’re looking for two things: 

  1. The patient experience
  2. The general practices of the clinic
  3. Or skip the clinic–We come to you! 

For example, do people report that they spent an hour in the waiting room? Does the person administering the drip change into fresh gloves and break out fresh tools every single time? Do they wash their hands? Does the clinic itself appear clean? Do they take the time to explain what they’re doing and answer all of your questions?

Considering the Myers Cocktail?

If you’re thinking about taking advantage of the Myers cocktail, we’re here to help you take control of your health and feel better right away. 
If you have questions about our procedures and processes, check out our FAQ section. Or, if you’d like to set up an appointment, get in touch today. 623-521-5034 azivmedics@gmail.com

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