Vitamin C IV Therapy Benefits

In this post I'm explaining what a vitamin C IV is and how it may be helpful in your journey to getting healthier!

Vitamin C IV (also known as vitamin C therapy) is one way to boost your immune system and possibly aid you in your journey to better health. I’ve long wanted to have one of these IV’s after reading about all of its benefits, and last week I found myself at a health and wellness center getting one- which was a first for me! I have since then had another one and have felt its benefits as well. In this post I’ll explain what it is and how it may be helpful in your journey to getting healthier.  

Why Vitamin C IV?

Many of you know that I have struggled every few years with things like adrenal fatigue, heart palpitations, anxiety, and panic attacks. Thankfully I have learned how to mostly get my health back on track with herbal remedies at home, but a few times I’ve needed the help of my natural doctor (I go to a Doctor of Chiropractic [DC]). In my recent visit I found that I’m deficient in magnesium (even though I take it at night in powdered form almost every night. I learned at this visit that our bodies can handle a lot more magnesium when we use it topically or intraveneously), I have adrenal fatigue (surprise, surprise….this is something I battle every few years and really need to get in the habit of supporting my adrenals better every day!), and I’m anemic (no wonder I feel like I need a nap in the afternoons!). On a side note about the anemia. You can be anemic even if your blood work shows that your iron count is OK. We can be low in our ferritin levels, which means we may have enough in our blood but don’t have enough iron in our body. So if your doctor tells you that your iron is fine but you are fatigued and know something is wrong, ask to specifically have your ferritin levels checked. MDs are not taught to check these levels and that may be something that needs corrected. More about this in another post! 

Here is my recent experience with this IV. I walked into my doctor’s office unable to walk straight and my head was very dizzy. It felt like it had a rubberband wrapped around it. I had felt this way in my head for 6 days straight 24/7, but was trying to do things at home to destress. However, when I woke up this morning of the IV, I was unable to walk straight or function like I needed to and I knew I needed some professional help. I walked out of my doctor’s office later that same day running to the car (because it was raining-which I could not have done before the IV) and the dizziness and rubberband feeling was completely gone! During the last 15 minutes of the IV I could feel my nervous system relaxing and a calm came over me because my body was getting nourishment that it was so deficient in.

Here are some reasons you may want to consider a vitamin C IV (my IV had added magnesium and B vitamins as well), especially if you are dealing with immune problems, infections, or a lot of stress. Our body becomes really deficient in vitamins and minerals when we are over busy and/or over stressed.

Here I am SO happy to be feeling better!

IV Vitamin C Therapy Benefits

  • Vitamin C reaches much higher levels in the body when taken intravenously than by mouth. You can only take vitamin C by mouth according to bowel tolerance, which is much less than through an IV.
  • When taken by mouth, vitamin C is not completely absorbed by the body. When it’s delivered by IV, it’s 100% bioavailable.
  • Supports adrenal glands
  • Helps energy levels – a 2012 study showed that intravenous vitamin C gave a reduction of fatigue and oxidative stress for 24 hours after treatment. [3]
  • Improves skin
  • Boosts the immune system and fights against bacteria [4] and viruses [5]
  • Used as part of a cancer healing protocol by its ability to fight cancer cells.
  • Makes side effects of chemotherapy and radiation less severe
  • Helps body recover from great amounts of stress
  • Helps extreme fatigue [3]
  • Boosts collagen production for stronger bones, blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, and thicker skin

I am not against medical doctors and do go to them when needed, but when it comes to dealing with anxiety, heart palpitations, panic attacks, etc., prescription drugs are just not for me. I recommend a natural doctor or DC. When we deal with these symptoms, our body is crying out for help and letting us know that something is wrong. If we take prescriptions that only deal with the symptoms, we are supressing our body’s cries and not dealing with the problem, but are actually making things worse. It’s always best to find out WHY our body is going haywire and deal with it at the root so we can HEAL!

    Resources:

  1. “High Dose Vitamin C IV.” IV For Life, https://www.ivforlife.com/treatments/high-dose-vitamin-c-iv/.
  2. “IVC Protocol Vitamin C Research.” Riordan Clinic, https://riordanclinic.org/research-study/vitamin-c-research-ivc-protocol/.
  3. Suh, Sang-Yeon, et al. “Intravenous Vitamin C Administration Reduces Fatigue in Office Workers: a Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial.” Nutrition Journal, BioMed Central, 20 Jan. 2012, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22264303.
  4. Helgadóttir, Saga, et al. “Vitamin C Pretreatment Enhances the Antibacterial Effect of Cold Atmospheric Plasma.” Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Frontiers Media S.A., 22 Feb. 2017, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28275584.
  5. Hemilä, Harri. “Vitamin C and Infections.” Nutrients, MDPI, 29 Mar. 2017, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5409678/.

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's an easy, healthy chickpea cookie recipe full of plant-based protein and without flour or sugar!

 I have to admit that I wasn’t too keen on making these cookies when I first saw the recipe on this websiteHow is it at all possible for chickpeas to be appetizing in a cookie?   

I then began loving the possibility of finding another tasty, healthy cookie that contained no flour or sugar. And after reading so many positive comments about how good the cookies are, I decided to give them a try. 

I have to say that I was surprised when I tasted the cookie! I could not taste the chickpeas at all. I found them delightfully good.  There’s no guilt when eating these!  

I have a few quick tips: 

  1. These ARE healthy cookies. Don’t expect them to taste like the ones your mom bakes on Christmas morning. ;) If you want to eat sweets that are good for you, this is one great way to do that.
  2. Using a food processor to blend these is essential! It’s possible that a really high speed blender would work. The cookies taste much better when the ingredients are thoroughly blended without a chunk of chickpea anywhere. This is the food processor that I use.
  3. Make these without telling your kids that they have a ton of chickpeas in them. That can kind of mess with their mind and affect their taste buds. ;)

Here's an easy, healthy chickpea cookie recipe full of plant-based protein and without flour or sugar!

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Ingredients: 
  • 1¼ cup cooked or canned chick peas 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of peanut butter 
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips 
 
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend all but the chocolate chips in a food processor until smooth.  
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
Optional: To make them more chocolaty, add 2 tbsp. of cocoa powder! 
 
Have you ever made cookies with an ingredient replacing the flour?
Updated from the original publishing date of October 25, 2013

Healthier Easter Basket Ideas

Here are a few healthier Easter egg basket ideas for your kids to enjoy!

I have fun putting together an Easter basket for my girls every year – even for my teenagers! They never get too old, do they? Or perhaps I never feel too old to make one up for them. ;)  Holidays are always an excuse for me to make things a little special for them. I don’t, however, like to fill their baskets with a bunch of unhealthy treats. 

Here are a few ideas to make Easter baskets not quite as unhealthy.

Healthier Easter Basket Ideas

1. Stevia Soda

I always buy them stevia sweetened soda as a treat. Our favorite is Zevia. There are different flavors such as Cola, Orange, Grape, Black Cherry, Ginger Root Beer, Cream Soda, and more. One thing you will notice about these sodas is that they all are clear in color even though the flavors are diverse. That is because there are not unhealthy colors added to Zevias like traditional soda.

2. Healthier Candy & Snacks

There are different options for healthier candy to choose from, but a few that I am using this year are:

3. Herbal Starter Plants

This year I am assigning each of my girls an herb to grow themselves in a large container. They have to learn all about caring for it and how to use it in food and medicine. Their Easter basket is a perfect place to give them their assigned herb.

4. Spiritual Books

I bought each of my girls a book to help them in their spiritual walk. Our main focus at Easter is the Resurrection of Christ, so I thought it a great excuse to give them each a good book! We love to all read at my house so what better time to splurge on this and add to our collection of good books. (We typically get most books through the library.)

Here are the books I bought for each:

5. Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Eggs don’t have to be dyed with unhealthy dyes! You can use things like onion skins, turmeric, red cabbage, lavender flowers, etc. instead! Find out how in this post.

I would love to hear some of your healthier Easter basket ideas!