Intravenous (IV) therapy is the infusion of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, and amino acids) directly into the blood stream. By infusing the nutrients intravenously, we bypass the gastrointestinal (GI) system where the acidic environment of the stomach, difficulty of intestinal absorption, and liver metabolism may lead to as little as 20-30% absorption of oral supplements.
Additionally, stress, infection, leaky gut, inflammation, medications, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption can further decrease this absorption. (Note: Oral vitamins do have true benefit in ongoing maintenance and treatment. They’re also effective in helping maintain the high levels of nutrients we can achieve with IV therapy).