Myers cocktail and IV Fluids: what you need to know

Everyone knows a cocktail is a tasty way to unwind after a long work week. But, there’s one kind of cocktail that can do much more than destress you. A Myers cocktail can help your body replenish depleted micronutrients, so you can be healthier and feel better. But, you don’t sip a Myers cocktail — it’s delivered directly to your bloodstream through an IV. 

At Essential Medical Clinic in the Westlake, Downtown, and Athens neighborhoods of Los Angeles, our team offers Myers cocktail infusions along with other IV therapies tailored to your unique health needs and lifestyle. Each infusion includes a special mix of micronutrients aimed at helping you enjoy optimal health and wellness. Here’s how it works.

What is IV therapy?

Our organs, cells, and tissues rely on good nutrition so they can function normally and keep us healthy. Unfortunately, the average American diet tends to be low in a lot of important nutrients. In fact, about a third of Americans are at risk of at least one vitamin or mineral deficiency, and many risk deficiencies in multiple nutrients

What’s more, illnesses and common conditions, such as chronic stress, can cause our bodies to use up nutrients a lot faster than normal, while other problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

IV therapy is an in-office treatment designed to support good nutrition and replace depleted vitamins and minerals. Delivering a unique mix of micronutrients directly into your bloodstream, IV therapy can be a great way to ward off illnesses, such as flus and colds, and it can also help fight chronic problems, such as migraines, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. 

What happens during treatment?

First, we determine which infusion will help you achieve your goals the best. At Essential Medical Clinic, we offer a variety of infusions, and we customize them to the individual. The following infusions are some of the ones we offer:

  • Vitamin C infusions to help support a healthy immune system
  • Vitamin B complex infusions to help improve energy levels and optimize your metabolism
  • Hydration infusions to give your body the fluids it needs for optimal wellness and functioning

In addition, we also offer the Myers cocktail, arguably one of the most well-known IV infusions, which contains a proprietary mix of B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium in proportions focused on optimizing physiological functions. 

Developed in the 1970s, the Myers cocktail is used to help support the immune system, prevent illnesses, improve energy, and relieve symptoms of chronic problems, such as fibromyalgia, asthma, and allergies.

During your infusion, you recline while the IV does its work. Most infusions take 30-60 minutes. Afterward, you can go about your normal routine, and no downtime is needed.

Can I get the same effects with a multivitamin?

No, you can’t get the same effects with a multivitamin for two primary reasons. 

Broad coverage vs. targeted coverage

First, a multivitamin provides broad coverage. It’s not designed to address your specific needs for your health, age, goals, and lifestyle.

IV therapies, on the other hand, use combinations of nutrients based on your health profile, so you can make sure you’re replenishing the nutrients your body needs most.

Oral vs. injection

Second, multivitamins and other oral supplements are taken by mouth, and that means they need to travel through the digestive system before they can make it to your bloodstream. As they travel through your digestive system, acids, enzymes, and the digestive process can break down the micronutrients and diminish their beneficial effects before they have a chance to enter your circulation and get where they’re needed most. 

Plus, if you have an irritable stomach or another digestive problem, such as irritable bowel syndrome, the nutrients contained in an oral supplement may be absorbed at even lower levels.

IV infusions, on the other hand, bypass the digestive system entirely. Instead, all those vitamins and nutrients go directly into your bloodstream, so they can quickly travel to the areas that are in need of replenishment and repair.

IV infusions can be a great choice for most people who want to replenish lost nutrients. The team at Essential Medical Clinic can help you decide if an infusion is right for you. To find out more about the Myers cocktail and other IV infusions, book an appointment online or over the phone with Essential Medical Clinic today.

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