At IV Hydration of Austin, people come to see us for a variety of reasons. One of the most common is a general sense of fatigue. You may recognize this complaint in your own life. Maybe you have a difficult time getting out of bed in the morning. After the caffeine high from your morning coffee has worn off, nothing may sound better than a nap. And the thoughts that come and go throughout the day feel fuzzy, at best. Here, we take a look at why you may be plagued by fatigue even if you’re considered generally healthy.
The body works on supply and demand. Cells work on an energy supply, which actually comes from within. In some cases, the demand that cells have for energy is simply not met by their ability to produce what they need. The question that we need to ask is why might the cells not be producing sufficient energy. What is depleting the cells of the resources they need? Also, it is critical to ask what can be done to create more energy for proper cell function.
How Cells Make Energy
Energy fuels the body in the form of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate). This tiny molecule has enormous power because it is responsible for intracellular energy transfer. Basically, without ATP, the cells cannot perform metabolic activities. ATP is made in the mitochondria, cells that have their very own DNA and protective membrane. We could call the mitochondria the cells within our cells. Mitochondria can be damaged by the natural aging process, by stress, and even by certain medications such as antibiotics.
If the mitochondria falter in the least, the energy stores of the body can be significantly altered. This manifests as brain fog, physical weakness, and general fatigue. Typically, the body absorbs nutrients from the food we eat and converts the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins from food into ATP for cellular energy. The biomechanical process, however, can be complex. Often, we do not absorb nutrients at an optimal rate. This is why we need help in the form of supplementation.
IV Therapy to Fight Fatigue
For the mitochondria to facilitate the biomechanics of physical and mental energy, they need co-factors. These helpers support the enzymes involved in the making and transfer of energy between cells. What are co-factors and, more importantly, how do we get them?
There are specific co-factors that support energy production in the mitochondria. These include:
- B-complex vitamins, including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12.
- NAD (a derivative of vitamin B3)
- Alpha Lipoic acid
Studies indicate that it can be difficult to obtain the full extent of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants needed to fuel the cells of the body. To boost energy, many people are turning to IV therapy. Whether your struggle with fatigue is new, recurrent, or persistent, IV therapy can offset the energetic output of your cells by infusing the blood with vital nutrients.
Learn more about IV therapy, contact our Austin office at 512.328.4100.