Healthy Minimalist


Naturopathic Medicine, Health, Spotlight SeriesAnnie CannonComment

Intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy is the delivery of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other substances directly into the bloodstream. 

Why would we give nutrients intravenously instead of orally?

IV administration leads to greater concentrations of nutrients bathing the cells. This means faster healing so you can return to your daily life.

How does IV therapy do this? By by-passing the digestive system and the liver...

The digestive system

There is only a certain amount of a nutrient that the gut can absorb at one time, which is why it is recommended that water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C be taken in divided doses when taken by mouth.

Also, many people suffer from digestive conditions like IBS, Celiac disease, and others, which further decreases the amount of nutrients absorbed from the digestive tract.

Third, some nutrients, namely vitamin C and magnesium, can cause diarrhea at higher oral doses. By circumventing the digestive tract, we minimize this reaction.

The liver

Once nutrients are ingested and absorbed, they then must pass immediately through the liver in what's called "first-pass metabolism", before they can go on to the rest of the body. Here, they can be metabolized and altered, decreasing the concentration that makes it back into the bloodstream to go to our cells. Intravenous administration allows the nutrients to reach most of our cells before getting to the liver.

IV therapy is great for...

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Frequent colds and flus
  • Migraines
  • PMS
  • Mood disorders such as anxiety and depression
  • Acne
  • Any digestive issue such as IBS, Celiac, Crohns, ulcerative colitis, where absorption is more difficult
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Hangovers
  • Preparing for or returning from travel


IV's can be customized based on your individual needs.

Call Complete Health to book your initial assessment and set up your first IV!

See my IV menu here.

- Dr. Annie