What Are Vitamins, Minerals, Nutrients and Antioxidants and Why Should You Get Them Through an IV?

The health and fitness industries are filled with phrases like “take your vitamins”, “essential nutrients”, and “foods high in antioxidants”, and that’s just to start. Throw in phrases like “keto diet” and “interval training” and it’s hard to understand what you really need to do to stay healthy and fit. We want to help you make sense of some of that jargon, preparing you to make better decisions and live a better, healthier life. 

What are Nutrients and Why do We Need Them?

Let’s start with nutrients as that’s really the beginning. Nutrients are substances found in nature and include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, carbohydrates, protein, fat, water, and others. Nutrients are essential for our bodies to perform their basic functions. They are used to produce energy, breathe, grow, reproduce, and all our other bodily functions. Unfortunately, our body doesn’t naturally make these compounds, so we must get them from other sources. Typically, we obtain these nutrients from our diet. 

How do Vitamins and Minerals Help Keep Us Healthy?

So, why is “taking your vitamins” so important? Simply put, vitamins and minerals are responsible for helping the body function better. B vitamins help release energy from the food you eat. So, increasing B vitamins makes you feel less tired. Vitamin C helps heal wounds. Vitamins A, D and K, work in concert with Calcium, a mineral, to build bones. Other minerals like sodium, chloride, and potassium help to maintain the proper balance of water in the body. Iron helps transport oxygen through the body which prevents fatigue. These are just a few of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function on a healthy level. Clearly, vitamins and minerals are “essential nutrients”.

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are also important as they fulfill a much-needed role: preventing or delaying some types of cell damage. Cell damage has been linked to cancer and other diseases.  So, eating “foods high in antioxidants”, like Vitamin A and Vitamin C, can help prevent cancer. 

What Benefit Do You Get from Receiving Your Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidants from an IV?

The normal way we obtain these nutrients is by eating. Our digestive system breaks down the food and extracts those vitamins and minerals out of the food. This is an imperfect process, though. Your body absorbs anywhere between 10-90% of a given nutrient. That’s a huge range! There are many factors that influence this, but the main point is that you could be losing a lot of essential nutrients that your body needs. A more effective method is to get those vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants injected directly into your bloodstream with an IV. The process is simple and fairly painless. We have many different IV Therapy formulas to choose from. Find out more here.

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