Naturopathic Doctors – Bedford, NS

5 Ways to Support Your Immune System

Although back-to-school can be an exciting time of year, it also means more exposure to illness and infections. Supporting your immune system is a great first-line defense during cold and flu season. Check out these 5 proactive steps you can take this year:

1. Reduce sugar intake. Having a diet high in sugar/refined carbohydrates can depress your immune system. Staying well hydrated and adopting a whole foods diet with limited sugar intake can help support you during cold and flu season.

2. Stress management. Increased cortisol levels can make you more susceptible to illness. Practice regular stress coping techniques to stay healthy this year!

3. Get adequate sleep. See 10 tips for better sleep posted on Monday

4. Support your digestive health. >75% of the immune system originates in the gut so maintaining a healthy GI tract is an important part of supporting your immune health. 

5. Come to our immune system presentation in a couple weeks (stay tuned for details)!

*Chat with your naturopathic doctor for more details!

IV Therapy: What It Can Do For You!

Who can benefit from IV therapy?

Almost anyone can benefit from this therapy! That includes those who feel healthy overall but may want an additional boost for their mood, immune system, or energy. Improvement has also been documented after administration in the following conditions:

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  • Asthma
  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Acute muscle spasm
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Depression, anxiety and the effects of acute and chronic stress
  • Hormonal imbalances

What is IV therapy?

IV therapy involves infusing vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. Administering the nutrients intravenously can achieve serum concentrations higher than what can be obtained through oral supplementation, and for those who have any digestive concerns we don’t have to worry about absorption capacity.

The following are the vitamins and minerals we most often choose from, and the formula and amounts are adjusted depending on the person and the condition:

  • Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
  • Dexpanthenol (Vitamin B5)
  • Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
  • Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12)
  • B-Complex (Mixture of B Vitamins)
  • Selenium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium chloride
  • Calcium chloride

Other nutrients that we use: amino acids, trace minerals, glutathione

How often is it given?

The frequency of treatment depends of the individual and the condition being treated. Typically they are done weekly for five to six weeks. Frequency is typically tapered down as symptom improvement is noted, and monthly IVs can be done for maintenance.

What to expect at your first visit

If you are not already an existing patient at Bedford Naturopathic, your first visit will involve an in-depth look at your health history, medications, supplements, and allergies as well as a few physical exams to determine how to tailor the treatment for you specifically. You will then be able to receive your first IV. This first intake+IV will usually take around an hour, and subsequent IV treatments will be 20-45 minutes. During the treatment you can either read a book, or watch TV in our cozy IV therapy suite. We strive to make it a comfortable, and relaxing experience for you!

If you have any further questions or would like to book an IV therapy appointment please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (902) 835-4907!