The human brain is both complex and undoubtedly remarkable. It’s responsible for an endless number of processes such as; controlling our physical movements, vital functions like breathing and circulation, storing memories, and managing our thoughts and emotions. It’s safe to say that your brain really runs the show!
But what happens when this neurological command center is under chronic stress?
Unfortunately, a chain-reaction occurs in the body creating what is known as the stress response. This phenomenon burns out our cellular function, affects our hormonal regulation and causes both mental and physical fatigue. Lower levels of key nutrients are both the cause and effect of many stress related mental conditions such as anxiety and depression. When the body is not provided with adequate nutritional supplementation, the stress response is triggered and cellular damage occurs. Additionally, high levels of stress can deplete key vitamins that are essential for healthy nervous and circulatory systems.
Many people don’t consider the health of their brain until this stress response is activated and unwelcome symptoms such as anxiety and fatigue are already happening. The good news is that you can reduce this stress response with vitamins, minerals and amino acids that specifically aid in maintaining a healthy nervous system. Because our foods are less nutrient dense now than ever before, nutritional supplementation via intravenous therapy becomes of the best ways to shield your body from this stress response and boost brain health.
Why Intravenous Therapy?
While it’s true that we obtain nutrition through our diet and daily supplementation, the truth is our digestive system does not fully absorb all of the vitamins and minerals that we need for optimum health. Only about 10-15% of essential vitamins and minerals are absorbed in our gut, and variables such as general health, inflammation, age, genetics and metabolism may further decrease this percentage. Luckily, intravenous therapy allows for 100% absorption directly through the vein to boost vitamin and mineral levels in the bloodstream. This increases the strength of body systems, and improves overall health.
During an intravenous therapy session at OWM Wellness, vitamin IV bags are catered to the needs of each individual for optimum health. To specifically address brain health and reduce mental fatigue, OWM Intravenous Therapy infusions contain the necessary supplementation to aid in cognitive function and stress reduction.
What Nutrients Are In The Bag?
Most people are not properly hydrated, which has a negative impact on not just vital organs – but also the mind. Brain cells lose viability when water balance is not maintained, and the body is unable to absorb essential nutrients. When hydration levels are low, production of this serotonin is decreased. In addition, dehydration increases the stress hormone cortisol, which can create harmful physiological changes in the body such as raised blood pressure and damaged arteries. Other symptoms associated with dehydration include:
- Negative Feelings
- Lack of Concentration
- Muscle Fatigue
- Memory Loss
- Increased Heart Rate
Magnesium is crucial for normal brain function, but an estimated fifty percent of Americans are deficient in this essential mineral. In humans, magnesium aids in cognitive function and brain development by monitoring NMDA (N-Methyl-D-aspartic acid) receptors on brain cells. When magnesium is low NMDA receptors may be stimulated more often than necessary, causing damage and inflammation to cells. When magnesium levels are adequate, the release of stress hormones are suppressed and inhibited from entering the brain. Supplementing with magnesium also reduces inflammation, which is a major cause of chronic disease including mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Nootropic supplements enhance many aspects of cognitive function and are also neuroprotective and nontoxic. Peptides are highly efficient proteins that optimize several bodily functions. Cerebrolysin is a peptide and powerful nootropic that offers a plethora of benefits to brain health such as:
- Promotes formation of new nerve connections
- Repair of existing nerve connections
- Reduces brain inflammation and oxidative stress
- Helps to lower anxiety
- Improves memory and learning
- Increases metabolism and protein production in brain cells
Known as “the building blocks of life”, amino acids are essential compounds required for adequate function of the nervous system. In the brain, amino acids assist with the production of neurons, neurotransmitters, and connective tissue.
Taurine – helps to produce energy in the brain and utilization of critical nutrients.Potent antioxidant properties reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.Encourages brain cell growth and helps with the formation of new nerve connections.
Glycine – active in the hippocampus and assists with memory and cognitive enrichment. Improves attention span, decreases inflammation and boosts energy production.Helps with sleep quality.
Proline – plays an important role in immune function and repairs oxidative stress.
The antioxidant glutathione is commonly referred to as “the mother of all antioxidants”. Glutathione has many crucial functions such as repairing DNA and regenerating vitamins C and E. It’s composed of the amino acids glutamine, lysine, and cysteine. Adequate glutathione levels are essential for cellular detoxification of brain cells and the lowering of oxidative stress in the body. As you may already know, high levels of oxidative stress can significantly contribute to chronic illness and disease, including a decline in mental health. As a matter of fact, some studies have shown that a large number of individuals who experience depression also have low levels of glutathione.
Vitamin C is another powerful antioxidant. You may already know that Vitamin C is an important immune booster, but it’s also vital for brain health. As an antioxidant, Vitamin C has the ability to neutralize free radicals and reduce toxic buildup in brain cells. Vitamin C also plays a significant role in neuron development and the formation of the myelin sheath that protects nerve cells. Low levels of Vitamin C have been scientifically linked to conditions affecting mental health such as fatigue and depression.
Since your body cannot make Vitamin C on its own it must be supplemented. Along with boosting immunity, Vitamin C supplementation is important to help lower stress levels and increase an overall sense of well-being. Also, high doses of Vitamin C can cause stomach distress due to poor absorption through the gut. Therefore intravenous therapy is the superior method of supplementation.
Brain Spa by OWM
The body has the incredible power to heal itself, and the brain influences much of this healing ability. Brain Spa by OWM is a restorative experience created by Dr Kaplan, board certified in Physical Medicine and Pain Medicine. Our treatment includes; brain enhancing intravenous therapy, virtual reality guided meditation, ceremonial cacao elixir, and rehabilitating Normatec® compression therapy. These four essential elements produce a sense of calm and relaxation both mentally and physically.