IV Vitamins & Nutritional Therapies
At Dermatology Care and Wellness Center, we believe that optimal health starts with prevention. We offer a variety of nutritional therapies both for health maintenance and for treatment. Keeping your body healthy and in a state of homeostasis requires the proper balance of vitamins and minerals, enzymes, amino acids, fiber and essential fatty acids which, unfortunately, we do not always get in optimal amounts from the food we eat today.
Why do we need supplements?
In a perfect world, we would get all of the nutrition that our bodies need simply by eating healthy food. This, however, is not a perfect world. Over the past 50 years or so, our food has become processed, refined and devitalized with chemical sprays such as pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fertilizers. More and more foods today are genetically modified, bleached, processed, refined, and transported from far distances. Furthermore, artificial chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and sugar are frequently added to our food supply. All of these put stress on the quality of our food and deplete the food of important and vital nutrients, making it far less healthy than what our ancestors would have eaten 100 years ago. In essence, our food intake has become much less healthy, loaded with higher amounts of fat, sugar, and man-made chemicals, all which put much more stress on the body and increase inflammation which often lead to chronic diseases.
It’s been estimated that 70% of the intake of the average American diet consists of processed foods. A recent study led by the University of Texas found a “reliable decline” in the nutritional value of 43 of the most common types of produce when comparing today’s foods to 1950. In other studies, food processing has been shown to remove up to 80% of many key vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and other trace elements. The fact is that our food supply is not as healthy today as it was years ago and we are seeing direct evidence by the increase in many chronic diseases today, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, autoimmune disease, obesity and cancer.
Many other factors also affect the nutritional value of our foods. For example, stress, cigarette smoking, various over-the-counter and prescription medication
Aside from the decline of nutrients in our food, many people are exposed to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium or arsenic while others are taking medications such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, acid blockers, statin drugs, and birth control pills. All of these agents impede our ability to metabolize our food and can contribute to difficulty absorbing our nutrients. If our gut bacteria or intestinal flora is impaired or imbalanced, our ability to absorb and assimilate our nutrients is adversely affected. Chronic stress and cigarette smoking also affect our nutrient status.
Will I need supplements?
Unfortunately, in today’s world, we cannot get all of our nutrients from food alone. When the body is not getting the nutrition it requires to function optimally, things tend to go wrong. Many of the common illnesses and health conditions we see today have their root in improper eating or a lacking of vital nutrients. For these reasons, we often recommend a targeted, individualized nutrient plan.
At the Dermatology Care and Wellness Center, we utilize an extremely thorough and unique series of blood and urine testing, along with other diagnostic techniques to investigate exactly how your body is functioning, determining the levels of nutrients and vitamins, environmental toxins, intestinal flora and more. Upon specialized testing, we have found that virtually everyone has some degree of deficiency of an important nutrient or an imbalance or excess of perhaps an unhealthy substance. We are then able to take the proper steps toward correcting any imbalance through food and/or supplements. Both oral and intravenous nutrients may be recommended depending on the case. This not only helps the body to heal itself of its current illness, but will help to prevent further problems in the future.