As a child, you seemed to eat all the time. Your uncle jokingly referred to you as treating holiday meals like a marathon and not a sprint – meaning you’d eat at a consistent pace, winning in the end over your cousin, who ate quickly but tapped out before dessert. And you never gained much weight, either – mostly due to a metabolism that burned through calories much quicker than others. But it comes at a cost, as quickly burned calories need to be replaced, sometimes in bursts with IV therapy or other treatment.
People talk a lot about metabolism, primarily when it comes to weight loss or gain, but there’s so much more to know. It continually gives your body the energy needed for important biological functions like breathing and digestion. Metabolism refers to the (metabolic) processes which happen as your body turns foods and drinks into energy. It’s a multifaceted process that mixes calories and oxygen to make and release the energy needed for key bodily functions. Your basal metabolic rate refers to the number of calories your body needs for all these functions. Most often, the calories are derived from the food and beverages you consume, but could also come from elsewhere, such as IV vitamin therapy.
The number of calories your body needs depends on many factors:
- The size and composition of your body. People who are bigger or have greater muscle mass churn through more calories, even when resting.
- Your gender. Men typically have less body fat and greater muscle mass than women of the same weight and age, meaning they burn more calories.
- Your age. The older you get, the amount of muscle is known to decrease, and fat makes up more of your weight, decreasing the rate calories are burned.
Boosting Your Metabolism with IV Therapy
IV therapy has a simple goal: to quickly rehydrate the body and make you feel better. It can help improve your mental outlook and wellness, helping to reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress, and may also have positive effects on biological processes like breathing, vision, and digestion.
One of the other reasons IV therapy has become popular is because it may boost your metabolism. As mentioned previously, metabolism is essential in powering basic bodily functions like:
- Blood circulation
- Food digestion.
- Cell growth and repair
- Managing hormone levels
- Regulating body temperature
In the case of IV therapy, people who undergo this treatment can expect to receive a liquid mixture of minerals, vitamins, and saline through a needle – connected to a rubber line and drip bag – inserted into a vein in their arm. The mixture bypasses the digestion process and instead flows directly into the bloodstream.
What vitamins and minerals are included with IV therapy, and what do they do?
Depending on your health, symptoms, and other factors, IV therapy may include any of the following.
- Vitamin A – for healthy bones, teeth, mucous membranes, soft tissue, and skin.
- Vitamin B6 – for healthy red blood cells and maintaining brain function.
- Vitamin B12 – to help form red blood cells and preserve the central nervous system.
- Vitamin C – is an antioxidant that promotes healthy gums and teeth. It also helps iron levels and maintains healthy tissue, which is essential to healing wounds.
- Vitamin D – which helps absorb calcium, critical for healthy teeth and bones, and the right blood levels of minerals (calcium and phosphorus).
- Vitamin E – helps the body make red blood cells and derive benefits from vitamin K.
- Vitamin K – to help blood stick together and form healthy bones.
- Biotin – for processing proteins and carbohydrates and producing hormones and cholesterol.
- Niacin, a B vitamin – to help maintain healthy nerves and skin. It may also lower cholesterol at higher doses.
- Folate – because it tag-teams with vitamin B12 to help form red blood cells and produce DNA (for tissue growth and cell function).
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) – for the metabolism of food and production of hormones and cholesterol.
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2) – which tag-teams with other B vitamins to ensure body growth and the making of red blood cells.
- Thiamine (vitamin B1) – which helps your body cells transform carbohydrates into energy, making it vital for heart function and strong nerve cells.
- Choline – to foster normal brain and nervous system function.
- Carnitine – which helps your body turn fatty acids into energy.
If you have problems with your metabolism and, potentially, other health concerns as a result, talk to your healthcare provider for diagnosis and medical advice. IV vitamin therapy may help you get better.