Vitamins and minerals are essential to human life and help influence the body to function optimally. While they may not be considered energy (calories), vitamins and minerals help the body convert macronutrients into metabolically useful forms. Vitamins and minerals also function as coenzymes, working together with enzymes to create a variety of metabolic reactions within the body. When these reactions take place, the body has all it needs to function effectively.
So, what does all this mean in the grand scheme of things? It can mean that individuals have the potential to live a longer, healthier and more productive lifestyle. Making sure to take the time and the steps necessary to care for our body is not always given priority, especially where vitamin and mineral supplementation is concerned. Intravenous (IV) nutrition and hydration is one convenient, up-and-coming way that many people are utilizing to get what their bodies need to function the way they should.
Vitamins and minerals are classified as micronutrients, which play a key role in many of the body’s physiological functions and processes, including metabolism, healthy development, disease prevention and well-being. Unfortunately, many necessary vitamins and minerals are not manufactured by the body, so they must be consumed by other means such as diet, the environment and/or supplementation.
In fact, very few vitamins are able to be manufactured by the body, which is why receiving IV vitamins and minerals are beneficial. The standard American diet consists of a lot of processed foods, and with 20 million Americans suffering from chronic digestive diseases, it is easy to understand why so many may be nutrient deficient.
The need for additional support is only one of many reasons why consumers are turning to IV nutrition. Depending on circumstances and lifestyle, an individual may need one, two or more vitamins and minerals, even when eating a balanced diet.
Ryan Martin, BBA, is director of training and education at The Covery Wellness Spa. She is a master fitness trainer with more than 30 years in the health and wellness industry. Martin specializes in biohacking and consults with doctors and wellness facilities to develop optimum protocols.