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Athletes: Boost and Restore with IV Infusion Therapy!

IV infusion therapy is becoming increasingly popular among athletes as they often will push themselves to the edge of their endurance. At the end of a training session or an event, the athlete may be dehydrated, experience muscle soreness and fatigue.

Dehydration: Water is enough to stay hydrated when exercising moderately for an hour or less. However, athletes often compete or train for hours and lose zinc, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. Dehydration may cause dizziness, cramps, headache and can decrease performance.

Muscle Soreness: During intense exercise lactic acid is produced in your muscle and can lead to discomfort. It is only a temporary condition, but it can affect the workout.

Fatigue: You might say that fatigue is your body’s defense system which prevents you from performing an exercise to an intensity that will hurt your body. However, loss of minerals or other conditions like lack of sleep or stress can cause early onset of fatigue and affect your A-game.

IV infusion therapy is an excellent option for shortened recovery time and increased endurance. The benefit is that the nutrients are delivered directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestion process which accelerates the effects. Athlete-specific infusion blends of amino acids, electrolytes and multi-vitamins aid in rebuilding, hydration, and flushing out lactic acid.

Essential nutrients for athletes include:

Zinc – Plays a role in hormone production and aids in bone health preventing fractures.

Magnesium – Helps maintain healthy nerve and muscle function and heavily depleted through sweating.

Vitamin C – Essential for promoting a healthy immune system.

B complex vitamins – Micronutrients which convert protein and sugars into energy.

Glutamine – An amino acid that prevents muscle breakdown.

Cysteine – Has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve antioxidant levels.

Whether you are a serious or casual athlete, IV infusion therapy may be just what you need to bounce back to your optimal levels after a rigorous training session or event!

Carolyn S. George, MD, the founder and owner of VIDA Integrative Medicine, is dedicated to providing personalized healthcare by identifying and addressing the root causes of illness through an approach called Functional and Integrative Medicine. Her functional medical approach helps her find answers so she can treat the root cause of disease instead of just treating the symptoms. She works closely with her patients to explore their health and identify areas of improvement with both traditional medicine as well as nutritional support to maximize their health and well being. Dr. George is board certified in Urgent Care Medicine (ABUCM) receiving her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Manitoba. She received her post-graduate training in Toronto at St. Mary’s Hospital and has practiced in both the United States and Canada. Dr. George has spent over 25 years working in the area of Emergency and Urgent care medicine where she observed the long-term consequences of poor lifestyle choices, oversight in management, inadequate patient education and difficult to treat conditions. She realized that her expertise and passion could make a real impact on her patient’s health before irreversible damage has occurred. Since then she has focused exclusively on applying a whole system approach of functional and integrative medicine to her practice. Dr. George believes strongly that patients make better choices about their health when they understand all the relevant factors that lead to their disease.
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