Why A B Vitamin Injection?

Spring is a good time to try something new. Why are vitamin B and vitamin B12 injections are helpful?

Vitamin B12 is hugely important for cellular metabolism, energy (and red blood cell production) and a co-factor in many important processes in the body.

3 reasons why is doing an injection is helpful:

  1. An injection of vitamin B12 gives high doses of HIGHLY available vitamin B12 in the form methylcobalamin. Because of its capability in your body, you can store Vitamin B12 over longer periods of time (than many other water soluble vitamins).

  2. Vitamin B12 can be hard to absorb. Because B12 specifically (not other B vitamins) requires an extra step of activation in the digestive process, it can be difficult to ensure you are getting adequate. If you have any digestive issues (bloating, gas, pain, indigestion, heartburn) its likely you are not absorbing vitamin B12 effectively.

  3. Taking an injection bypasses digestion and ensures high doses of vitamin B12 and other vitamins into circulation (via intramuscular injection). You can rest easy knowing you are getting highly active vitamins at generous doses directly into the blood stream to be utilized almost immediately.

Other B vitamins are essential (Vitamin B1, B6, B9) to aid in the stress response. Increased stress (physical and mental) burn through your resources/stores faster, which can lead to fatigue over time (being in a deficiency). Injecting high doses of these can bring an almost instant boost to get through stressful times.

In addition to B vitamins, sometimes amino acids and co-factors can be easily injected in a combo with B vitamins to give a compounded effect.

Reasons not to injection:

  1. You have an underlying allergy or metabolism issue with Vitamin B12 or other injections.

  2. You are unsure if this is right for you. Ask the doctor any concerns or questions you may have when you book an assessment.

IV Therapy for Immunity

As we approach weather changes it is important to consider factors of immunity.

  • Cold and Flu season

    • Are you or everyone you know getting sick? It is important to know that it is not only GERMS that can affect your chances of getting sick.

    • Drastic weather changes can dramatically change your immune response. This affects your chance of coming down with a cold or flu, and also impacts how quickly you will be able to recover.

  • Factors that affect immunity

    • Diet and nutrient intake, stress, sleep, medications, other health conditions.

  • How can IV therapy help?

    • High dose vitamins and minerals such as: Vitamin C, Zinc, Selenium, L-Taurine, full spectrum B vitamins and Magnesium.

    • Can increase energy and recovery. Supports ability to heal in acute and chronic situations.

    • Reduces physical stress on the body and supports hydration.

  • Used for prevention and treatment of ongoing symptoms.

Treatments start at $70+

Chinook Headaches?

Do you get Chinook Headaches?

Chinook headaches can be caused by a variety of reasons from chronic neck/shoulder tension, dehydration and sinus related issues. All of which can be aggravated by sudden pressure changes.

There are many effective treatment options that can prevent and reduce the severity of these headaches. Some of which include trigger point injection therapy, nebulized treatments, nutritional considerations and a variety of adjustments.

Learn more effective strategies to manage your symptoms and prevent the suffering!

LOW BACK INJURY PREVENTION & TREATMENT

Low back pain is the 2nd most common reason people seek medical advice. And 1 in 3 people will suffer from some form of back pain in their lifetime. That is a lot of people!

Simple strategies to prevent and treat low back pain

 

  • Know Which Injuries You Are Susceptible To

Do you sit all day? Stand? Lift? Knowing what tissues and structures you could injure is the first step in preventing them. 

  • Strengthen Weak Tissues

Activate and strengthen core muscles to support the lumbar spine, pelvis and stability. Include exercises like planks, bridges, single leg lifts, and many others. If you're not sure how to activate the core muscles get some advice from a medical professional.

  • Treat the Cause

Okay, so you hurt yourself. Darn. First and foremost the important step is finding out what the nature of the injury is. Muscle? Joint? Ligament? Tendon? Imaging such as MRI, ultrasound or X-ray can be beneficial but nothing beats a thorough physical assessment. 

  • Consider Other Treatment

Have you completed conservative treatment and still have pain? Acute injuries should resolve within 2-3 months if given the proper treatment. If your pain continues into a chronic issue maybe the underlying cause hasn't been addressed or there are physical factors that need to be considered. Consider therapies such as  prolotherapy or PRP for issues that stem from instability. It is also important to consider inflammatory or nutrient deficiencies that can contribute to pain. 

Have more questions? Low back pain can be a complicated condition to treat and doesn't get fixed overnight. Book a consultation to see how I could help.

Yours in health,

Dr. Kristy Gottselig

 

WHY ARE WE WORRIED ABOUT VITAMIN D IN THE WINTER?

Vitamin D

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Are You Getting Enough?

Vitamin D can be tough to get adequate levels of during the winter months. This is because of lack of sunlight, specifically UV or ultraviolet rays. Because your body is not capable of producing the active form of vitamin D on its own, it needs activation in the form of UV rays. The ultraviolet rays convert Vitamin D precursor (7-dehydrocholesterol) to Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), which is then activated by the liver to form 25-hydroxyvitamin D3.

In the winter months even with sun exposure, UV rays are not adequate to make this conversion.

A very good way to know if you're getting adequate amounts is by getting testing done. Contact your doctor (or me) to find out more. 

Is there food sources of Vitamin D?

There are very few things that truly contain Vitamin D3, including some fish and few meat sources. Even with regular consumption the levels are not adequate to support healthy levels. Fortified foods which have Vitamin D3 added as a supplement source are more readily available, and regular consumption is needed.

How else should I get Vitamin D3?

Regular supplementation with a high quality Vitamin D3 product will slowly raise Vitamin D stores. Another great option is intramuscular Vitamin D3 injection. Injection bypasses the digestive system and ensures high doses of Vitamin D, which can be stored over a longer period.

 

Curious about supplementation or injection of Vitamin D?

Call me to book an appointment or to get testing done! 

 

 

Yours in health,

Dr. Kristy Gottselig ND