With cold and flu infections affecting 5% to 20% of Americans each year, you may be wondering what is the best way to avoid getting sick. Luckily, there are options available that can not only help you recover more quickly, but also reduce your chances of getting a cold or the flu in the first place. Many patients are turning to IV therapy to prevent cold and flu. Because this therapy delivers vital nutrients, vitamins, and fluids in such a way that allows the body to use them to their maximum potential, IV therapy is an effective option for boosting your immune system and avoiding a cold or the flu. Read on to learn how to determine how IV therapy is not only an effective treatment but also a great preventative measure.
What Is IV Therapy?
IV therapy is a term used to describe the administration of fluids, vitamins, nutrients, or medications directly into a patient’s bloodstream. It is also sometimes referred to as IV hydration therapy or IV infusion therapy. The precise combination and dosage of nutrients and/or medications varies depending on the condition being treated and desired results.
IV therapy is a popular treatment for individuals here in the Granbury, Texas area looking to boost their cognitive function, increase recovery time after exercise, prevent migraines, and much more. Many patients also use IV therapy to prevent cold and flu.
How Can IV Therapy Help You Recover from a Cold or the Flu?
Once you’ve come down with a cold or the flu, it is even more important to make sure you get enough fluids. Symptoms, including fever or vomiting, can cause dehydration. IV therapy replenishes lost fluids and prevents dehydration while you’re recovering from a cold or the flu.
One of the IV’s we offer at Turk Express Care Clinic is our Healing IV Cocktail, which contains several immune system boosting nutrients including zinc, vitamin C, and much more. The human body uses zinc to fight off bacteria and viral infections. Studies have found that taking zinc can shorten the duration of a cold by as much as 50%. Vitamin C is also important for immune system health. Our bodies do not produce vitamin C on their own but need it to fight off infection, facilitate iron absorption, and maintain strong bones. Scientific reviews of clinical trials and various research found that taking 200mg of vitamin C per day cut the risk of getting a cold roughly in half for extremely active people, and reduced the duration of a cold by about one full day in adults with normal activity levels.
Interested in learning more about IV therapy and how it can help you stay healthy? Book a consultation at Turk Express Care in Granbury or Glen Rose. Shelley Turk, FNP-C, or Dr. Turk, MD, can answer any questions you may have and recommend the best IV therapy to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.