IV glutathione has earned recognition for the numerous health benefits it provides. Benefits like glowing skin, higher energy levels, and improved mood. But this treatment goes deeper than you may know to promote cellular repair and function and protect against disease. At Revive Me Mobile in St. Cloud, MN, our goal is to provide you with a specialized treatment that hydrates and nourishes – and glutathione is a great place to start.
How Often Should You Do IV Glutathione?
The answer to this question depends on two factors. We must first identify your health goals: do you want to improve your skin, boost your mood, or detoxify your body? Second, we need to understand your treatment expectations. Those patients who merely want a boost will have different treatment recommendations than those hoping to enjoy long-term wellness benefits.
Appointments that are regularly scheduled deliver the most comprehensive benefits, and we have weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly plans available. Customization is key, because not every patient requires the same treatment frequency. Depending on your nutrient levels, you may benefit from weekly IV therapy whereas another patient may need monthly sessions.
We Meet Your Needs
Our goal, therefore, is to evaluate your nutrient needs and design a plan personalized for you. The best therapy is that which is individualized, so you can be assured we’ll never recommend a one-size-fits-all approach. Therefore, to answer your question, we’ll recommend a frequency of treatment once we’ve evaluated your needs and goals.
Having said that, many patients benefit from a regimen of one to three treatments per week for four to eight weeks. After this initial round, ongoing recommendations will be based on your body’s response to therapy. We also understand some patients only seek treatment when needed, and that’s perfectly fine. We can accommodate different schedules and desires to provide the exact level of treatment that’s right for you.
What Is Glutathione?
Often called the “mother of all antioxidants,” glutathione is a peptide found in every cell of the human body, even immune cells. It is created naturally by the body and consists of three amino acids: cysteine, glutamine, and glycine. To help you understand the sheer strength of glutathione, it is found in nearly every organism on Earth and is the most abundant antioxidant in our bodies.
What is the significance of this peptide? It protects the human body in a way no other antioxidant can. It safeguards cells from free radical damage, improves cellular function, and helps us recover from chronic diseases. Without proper glutathione, you’re at risk for developing such dangerous conditions as heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. It also:
- Promotes a clear, healthy complexion
- Enhances overall mood
- Provides a sense of well-being
- Keeps the brain sharp for high cognitive abilities
- Strengthens the heart
- Improves immune functions
- Maintains high energy levels
Is One Protein Really That Important?
In a word, yes. Imagine cutting an apple; if you don’t sprinkle the flesh with a little lemon juice, you know it will quickly turn brown once exposed to the air. Glutathione has a similar effect on cells. As we mentioned just a moment ago, it protects against free radicals that are produced with every move you make. Eating and breathing are just two examples of activities that create free radicals that in turn damage healthy cells.
Glutathione acts like a shield that blocks around 10,000 attacks made on every cell in your body each day. It literally works from sunup to sundown, relentlessly defending to keep cells healthy. Without it, cells break down and die, and although this is another routine occurrence within the body, unmitigated death paves the path to disease.
Explaining Free Radicals
We’ve mentioned them multiple times here, and you’ve probably heard the term free radicals hundreds of times before today. Although it’s generally recognized these are “bad” for our bodies, it’s less common to understand their precise nature.
To explain, free radicals are chemical compounds created as byproducts of cellular respiration. By cellular respiration, we mean the process cells use to convert food into energy. Free radicals also form after exercise, sunlight exposure, and contact with pollutants in the atmosphere. They lack at least one electron and are therefore negatively charged, meaning they seek to steal electron(s) from surrounding cells to establish balance.
The Damage They Cause
You might have guessed that stealing electrons causes cellular damage. This theft of nature can be potent enough to alter coding on a DNA strand. Antioxidants step in at this point to give free radicals the electrons they need and repair damaged DNA. Their role is to maintain cellular health by neutralizing the effects of free radicals.
This is why balance must be maintained at all times between free radicals and antioxidants; more of the former strains the body and causes oxidative stress. Low levels of glutathione, in particular, can cause oxidative stress, a condition linked to chronic inflammation, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer.
The Culprit Behind Declining Levels
Because the body manufactures glutathione internally, it’s hard to imagine how levels can deplete to the point they need to be externally replenished. The leading culprit is a poor lifestyle; in general, eating unhealthy foods and lacking physical activity. Levels also naturally wane with age, as the body becomes less effective at producing the nutrients and proteins it needs.
Other factors that contribute to depleted glutathione include:
- Constant stress
- Environmental toxins
Why Choose IV Therapy?
IV glutathione is especially effective at restoring your body to a state of wellness because it allows nutrients to directly enter your bloodstream. This bypasses the gastrointestinal tract, which would otherwise breakdown the glutathione in a lengthy and ineffective process. We can therefore ensure optimal benefits while you simply relax and enjoy the treatment.
Many patients sit comfortably and work on their laptops, read, or use their phones, and almost all resume their normal routines immediately after completing treatment. Effects can be felt quickly, especially a sense of increased energy, but full results need about three weeks to develop. This is why we generally recommend patients opt for more than one treatment; each subsequent session builds upon the last so you feel increasingly better.
Can’t I Just Take an Oral Supplement?
You could, but the efficacy of treatment would drop significantly compared to intravenous administration. It also takes longer for the glutathione to reach those cells that need it.
Keep in mind every person has unique body chemistry and health that affects the speed of nutrients absorption. The bloodstream negates these differences and carries glutathione through the body to instantly reach key areas – including the lungs, heart, and brain – and ignite its detoxifying and protective properties.
The Truth About Supplements
Without going into great detail here, we feel compelled to mention all supplements are not safe. They can interact with other medications and even cause allergic reactions. In addition, dietary supplements are under less stringent federal regulations than prescription drugs. This means they may contain ingredients not listed on the label – ingredients that may be unsafe.
It’s also important to know supplements are not formulated to address your individual needs. This, in combination with minimal nutrients absorption and a long digestive process, means you won’t feel better right away.
Healthful Foods Are Beneficial…Right?
It’s true some food serves as a source of glutathione, but once levels are depleted as you battle stress and toxins, we have to again consider the body’s ineffective digestive process. This involves six essential steps:
- Food mixes with enzymes and saliva during chewing
- After swallowing, food moves down the esophagus to the stomach
- Acids within the stomach breakdown food
- Semi-processed foods enter the small intestine so the body can absorb nutrients
- Additional nutrients are absorbed in the large intestine and remaining solids go to the colon
- Solid waste enter the rectum for removal
Although digestion appears straightforward, it is in fact highly complex. Your body needs 40 hours to remove waste, so breakfast doesn’t get digested until the day’s end. This means if you eat foods containing glutathione or take an oral supplement in the morning, you won’t realize any benefits until nighttime. And this is after those nutrients have been depleted and degraded to the point only 10% might be available for absorption.
Signs That Suggest Glutathione Deficiency
You will likely benefit from IV glutathione therapy if you have:
- Muscle weakness
- Chronic fatigue
- Frequent illness
- Problems sleeping
- Painful joints
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood instability or depression
These are just some of the outward symptoms you might experience. We mentioned earlier low glutathione levels are associated with many chronic health conditions, including those you may not even yet know you have. And glutathione is known to boost other nutrients in the body, including vitamins C and E, alpha-lipoic acid, and CoQ10. Deficiencies in these nutrients can cause symptoms like
- Hair loss
- Brittle nails
- Restless leg syndrome
What To Expect
Most treatment sessions last around an hour. You can liken them to having your blood drawn. We clean the portion of your arm where the IV will go, insert the needle, and deliver your formula. Before any treatment is administered, however, we’ll run tests to ensure the nutrients delivered align with your deficiency. This is especially helpful if you feel run-down and aren’t sure which formula would be the most beneficial.
We recommend patients use the restroom and eat before entering treatment. Once the IV starts, you won’t be able to get up. Think of this as a time to rest and relax for yourself.
One of the most unexpected benefits of IV glutathione is the boost in hydration it provides. You might think this unlikely because you’re definitely not hydrated, but you’d be surprised at how easily this condition can grip your body. It happens from living a busy lifestyle, working around the house, enjoying a day outside, or even sitting under fluorescent lights in the office.
Therapy restores electrolytes to help you feel completely revived. You’ll notice more energy, better concentration, and even plumper skin.
IV therapy is safe for nearly all patients. We recommend it for those who feel poorly and/or want to gently detox, support immune functions, and prevent disease. A few should delay treatment as a means of caution, including patients with current illness or those who have compromised liver or kidney functions. Treatment is also not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
The Key To Health
Glutathione is key to health and wellness. It protects against free radical damage, encourages cellular health, and can put a little pep back into your step. In short, you need this peptide to live, and IV administration is the fastest way to restore your levels. Schedule your consultation today by contacting Revive Me Mobile in St. Cloud, MN.