IV Nutrition For Athletes
High levels of physical activity lead to higher nutrient requirements due to increases in metabolic activity, losses of nutrients in sweat and increased excretion of nutrients in urine due to exercise-induced tissue breakdown. Failure to replenish these nutrients may lead to delayed recovery time, blunted gains in strength and performance and decreases in the body's ability to perform other important functions such as fighting off infections and maintaining bone mineral density.
IV nutrient therapy is a great way to replenish these nutrients as it bypasses the digestive system, eliminating energy required to digest the nutrients, allows for immediate access and promotes maximal tissue saturation of nutrients.
The IVs used at Stark are packed full of beneficial nutrients for athletes, including but not limited to Vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, zinc and Carnitine.
Vitamin C has been shown to decrease muscle soreness, improve performance in athletes and reduce symptoms of infection. Vitamin C helps decrease muscle soreness likely due to its ability to decrease cortisol, a hormone that is secreted under stress and breaks down muscle. Vitamin C, being an antioxidant, can also decrease free radicals created during exercise, blunting potential damage on muscle tissue.
Intense physical exercise has also been shown to potentially increase one's frequency of cold and flu symptoms, likely because physical activity can temporarily decrease immune function. Some studies have shown athletes who take vitamin C experience less cold and flu symptoms compared to athletes who do not take vitamin C.
Supplementing with minerals like magnesium, which is used to synthesis ATP, the body's main storage form of energy, has been shown to improve muscle strength over a seven week period for individuals weight training. Athletes competing in a triathalon took magnesium for four weeks prior to the event and their cycling, swimming and running times were lower compared to the placebo group.
Some studies have suggested zinc deficiencies can lead to abnormalities in muscle performance and supplementing zinc can increase muscle strength. This is likely due to zinc's ability to decrease oxidative damage to cell membranes, it's role in creating and maintaining proper protein structure and it's function in proper testosterone metabolism.
Calcium helps maintain strong bones and due to the amount of sweating athletes do, it is important for them to maintain optimal calcium levels. For example, college basketball athletes have been shown to lose about 250 mg of calcium per practice. Without proper supplementation, that translates to roughly a 4% decrease in bone density during basketball season. If calcium is regularly replenished, the decrease in bone mineral density is blunted.
In addition to vitamins and minerals, athletes who replenish amino acids such as l-carnitine, can experience a decrease in exercise-induced fatigue, decreased muscle pain and improved muscle power recovery compared to placebo groups.
Regular IV nutrient therapy treatments are an excellent option for any athlete looking to enhance recovery time, gains in strength and performance and proper body functions. IV delivery of the nutrients greatly increases bioavailability and concentrations otherwise not achievable through oral supplementations. To learn more about the advantages of IV nutrition therapy over oral supplementation, visit the linked article below.