I would admit that although I am not scared of insects, heights or any type of thing or event that would make women shudder, I hate looking at needles. Whether it’s getting the shots back in grade school or getting hospitalized and having an IV inserted into my hand, my head is instantly filled with unpleasant memories whenever I see an injection or an IV. But no matter how unpleasant they look, these things have probably saved thousands or even millions of lives everyday.
Nowadays, most nutritionists are recommending the intravenous nutrient therapy as a means of implementing nutrients inside human bodies. During sickness, our bodies usually has its own method of dealing with germs and other foreign invaders that causes sickness. When these germs have been killed by our anti-bodies, then the natural healing process will start, thus making you feel better after a certain illness. However, there are some factors that make the healing process slower, such as stress, nutritional deficiencies and certain medical conditions. A doctor will advise you or your parents to take supplements that will help in improving your body’s overall health. This is fine and dandy, but experts claim that the old method of using liquids and tablets is simply not enough, since most of the nutrients are wasted when they are flushed out from our system as waste materials.
This is mainly the reason why intravenous nutrient therapy might actually work, especially to some people whose immune system does not function the same way as a normal human does. Some of the best examples are AIDS patients who need a constant supply of nutrients to keep their bodily functions normal. The same goes for patients who are not yet able to eat solid foods. Asides from the usual IV process, they also get the intravenous nutrient therapy in order to replace all those nutrients lost during the whole medication period.
All of the processes above are considered normal for elderly patients. When people get older, their bodies no longer function properly as it was several years ago. It’s no wonder you keep hearing stuff in the news about older people getting deadly diseases like stroke, cancer and heart problems. Doctors are recommending senior citizens with serious medical conditions to consider getting IVNT, especially if they are not compatible with medications anymore.
Some of the many medical conditions where IVNT is considered most successful are:
3. Migraine and Headaches
4. Auto-immune conditions such as Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis
However, some nutrition experts are skeptical with the idea of using IV for nutrient therapy. There are people who have been using the said process but are yet to experience improvement. Is it a problem with the nutrient given? Or perhaps they were using the WRONG kind of supplements or nutrients for the said person? One has to consider some of the factors that may affect nutrient absorption, like gastro-intestinal health, normal liver function, healthy cell membranes and other factors that affect your body’s nutrient absorption as a whole. For example. a person going through an IV nutrient therapy will never get the benefits he/she wants if his/her liver is not functioning normally. All the nutrients he/she have been taking is all wasted and flushed out from the body.
There are a lot of things that are yet to be still discovered when it comes to the intravenous nutrient therapy, so in any case, those who wish to undergo the said process needs to talk to their doctor first before anything else. And for caretakers who are in charge of giving IVNT to elderly patients, you should make sure that the port protectors are in good condition all the time.
About the Author:
Jessica Greenberg is a caretaker from San Diego, California. Her research includes the Intravenous Nutrient Therapy, IV safety with port protectors, and everything else related to senior health and how to give senior care.