Vitamin C

What Can Vitamin C IV Therapy Do For You?

You’re in a hurry before leaving for work, so instead of eating a full breakfast, you grab a few sips of orange juice. Of course, you’re busy the rest of the day, so lunch and dinner turn into fast food. This pattern repeats for a week or so, and you notice you’re tired, and have headaches and cold symptoms every day. How come? It’s possible you have vitamin C deficiency, but there may be a way to replenish it to fit your busy lifestyle – IV therapy.

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, a nutrient that all humans need to survive. Unlike animals, we don’t produce it naturally, so we need to acquire and replenish a stock of it through fruits and vegetables and, in some cases, vitamin C IV therapy.

Vitamin C IV therapy is a process that’s much faster than getting vitamins by eating fruits and vegetables. When you eat, food is digested and eventually converted to energy, which is then distributed throughout your body. But this takes time, sometimes as much as several hours. But with IV therapy, you bypass that process, and instead, liquid vitamin C and other nutrients are dispensed via a needle in your arm, with the needle attached to a flexible hose and a drip bag.

Signs of Vitamin C Deficiency

If you’ve ever heard your healthcare provider mention scurvy, they’re talking about one of the worst-case scenarios you can face due to low vitamin C levels. Scurvy, which primarily affects older adults, is rare in the United States but manifests itself as anemia, general weakness, gum disease, and skin hemorrhages. But there are other warning signs of vitamin C deficiency.

  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of weight
  • Mysterious muscle and joint pain
  • Loose teeth
  • Hair that’s dry, fragile, and corkscrew-shaped
  • Your skin may become dry, rough, and scaly
  • Fluid in the legs
  • Anemia
  • Infections that don’t heal
  • Potential bone growth impairment in infants

Some of these can be treated with supplements, better eating habits, or even ketamine therapy.

According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, anyone can get vitamin C deficiency. Males more so than women, 14% compared to 10%. Men 25 to 64 years old have the highest rate of 17%, males 12 to 17 years old the lowest, 6%. Women 25 to 44 years old have the highest rate for their gender, 12%, and females 12 to 17 the lowest, 5%.

Recommended Amounts

As mentioned before, vitamin C doesn’t happen naturally in people, so we need to acquire it. To help maintain overall health, the recommended amounts are:

  • RDA, or Recommended Dietary Allowance. For adults 19 years old and older, the daily amount is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women. For pregnancy and lactation, it’s 85 mg and 120 mg daily, respectively. If you use nicotine, you need even higher levels and should add 35 mg past the RDA to be safe.
  • UL, or the Tolerable Upper Intake Level. You shouldn’t get more than 2000 mg daily of vitamin C; anything beyond that amount could trigger gastrointestinal distress and diarrhea. In some cases, higher doses may be required for medical purposes as determined by your healthcare provider.

The Benefits of Vitamin C

There’s a good reason for needing vitamin C, whether you get it by eating healthy foods and vegetables, or more quickly through vitamin C IV therapy. This vitamin plays a critical part in controlling infections and healing wounds, and acts as a powerful antioxidant to neutralize harmful free radicals. “Free radicals and oxidants play a dual role as both toxic and beneficial compounds since they can be either harmful or helpful to the body.” 

We need vitamin C to make collagen, a fibrous protein in connective tissue throughout the body – it powers the critical systems: blood, bone, cartilage, immune, nervous, and others. Without collagen, for instance, your skin becomes brittle, and you could lose muscle mass. The vitamin also helps make numerous hormones and chemical messengers used to transmit signals from the brain to nerves throughout your body. If these neurotransmitters are weak or damaged, there could be problems with how you perceive pain, leading to a whole range of mental and physical conditions. Sometimes, ketamine therapy can help repair damaged neurotransmitters.

If you’re feeling tired, irritable, or have problems fighting off cold symptoms, you may be experiencing vitamin C deficiency. Your healthcare provider may recommend different treatment options, including IV therapy.

OCD

Can OCD Cause Depression?

Of the millions of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, many are also diagnosed with depression. It’s a double whammy that many are challenged by, and a common question arises as to whether the first is caused by the second.

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is mostly known for patterns of unwelcome thoughts and fears (known as obsessions) that force you to perform repetitive behaviors (known as compulsions). Each of these – obsessions and compulsions – can interfere with daily life and lead to significant distress.

Trying to ignore or halt your obsessions isn’t a good idea, as that kind of strategy only boosts distress and anxiety levels. Eventually, you feel compelled to do compulsive acts as stress relief. They’re relentless, even with efforts to ignore or rid yourself of troublesome thoughts or urges. But more ritualistic behavior happens, reinforcing the dangerous cycle of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fear of pollution or dirt
  • Problems with uncertainty
  • Needing things arranged and symmetrical
  • Handwashing until the skin becomes red
  • Checking doors constantly to ensure they’re secured
  • Checking lights repeatedly to make sure they’re off
  • Counting in specific patterns

What is Depression?

Depression (sometimes referred to as clinical depression or major depressive disorder) is a widespread – affecting more than 17 million U.S. adults – but grave mood disorder. For someone with depression, it’s not uncommon for the most severe symptoms to affect how you feel, your thoughts, and how you deal with daily chores like sleeping, eating, or going to school or work. Diagnosis depends on the symptoms being present for two or more weeks.

Typical symptoms may include:

  • Sadness or experiencing a depressed mood
  • Lack of interest in something you once enjoyed
  • Changes in eating habits and weight loss or gain not linked to dieting
  • Problems with sleeping
  • Low energy or more fatigue
  • You do more purposeless physical actions (for example, you can’t sit still, your pace, or wring your hands constantly) or have slower movements or speech – all severe enough to be observed by someone else
  • You feel worthless or guilty
  • Problems thinking, focusing, or making decisions
  • Preoccupation with death or suicide

OCD and Depression

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is one of the most widespread psychological disorders and among the most individually distressing and potentially disabling. OCD can be chaotic for interpersonal relationships, restrict leisure activities and school or work obligations, and generally affect how satisfied you feel about your life. In many cases, OCD is often linked to depression.  

Yes, OCD is a depressing issue, and it’s plain to recognize how you could be diagnosed with clinical depression when daily life is filled with unwanted thoughts and urges to perform irrational and excessive behaviors.  Medicine and science tell us this to be true. Studies suggest that 25% to 50% of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder also fit within the diagnostic criteria for a major depressive episode. This includes continually low moods for a few weeks or longer, problems with once-enjoyable activities, self-isolation, having trouble with eating, sleep, intimacy, and more crying, hopelessness, and worthlessness.  

Most people diagnosed with OCD and depression report that their issues with OCD began before their depression symptoms, suggesting that depression happens due to the suffering and devastation linked to OCD.  Less frequently, depression and OCD start simultaneously – meaning that depression occurs right before the onset of OCD.

People with both conditions may be perplexed, which is understandable. What’s the importance of having depression and OCD together? As it turns out, severe depression significantly interferes with the power of the most successful treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder – different kinds of psychotherapy such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and, in some cases, ketamine therapy.

Diagnosis & Treatment

If you think you have OCD, depression, or another mental health issue, the first step in getting treatment is to see a healthcare provider for a diagnosis. Determining if you have either condition depends on a physical examination, a psychiatric assessment, and reviewing diagnostic criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Either examination aims to discover the cause for your symptoms – such as personal or family mental health issues, illness, a medical condition, thoughts, behavior, or feelings – and decide on different treatment options.

To treat OCD or depression, your healthcare provider will consider many factors which could affect the outcome and present the best course of action. Treatment may include different kinds of psychotherapy, antidepressants or other medicine, diet or lifestyle changes, or even ketamine therapy.

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