Essential nutrients are those nutrients that are vital for your health, but you must get them from foods or supplements because they cannot be produced in your body. There are five groups of essential nutrients including; water; vitamins; minerals; amino acids (from proteins); and fatty acids (from fats). Carbohydrates, frequently listed as an essential group of nutrients, are NOT essential. Your body can synthesize all carbohydrates it needs, including glucose, from proteins and fats.
Antioxidants are substances that are capable of counteracting the damaging, but normal, effects of the physiological process of oxidation. Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as enzymes (proteins in your body that assist in chemical reactions). Oxidative stress occurs when the production of harmful molecules called free radicals is beyond the protective capability of the antioxidant defenses. Antioxidants block oxidation reactions and reduce, neutralize, and prevent the damage done to the body by free radicals.
There are many different types of antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants can be classified into vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, enzymes, coenzymes, amino acids, hormones, metabolic factors, and byproducts. Our IVs include the following antioxidant ingredients:
Alkalinity: Alkalinity refers to a solution’s ability to neutralize acids in the body. When discussing “Alkalinity”, the terminology is confusing, and it is necessary to understand the difference between pH, Alkaline, and Alkalinity. PH is about hydrogen concentration, alkaline refers to any solution with a pH above 7, and alkalinity is the body’s ability to buffer acids. It doesn’t matter whether or not a solution has a high pH to begin with, if it does not have buffers/minerals, it cannot neutralize the acids in the body.
Neurotransmitters: Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body. They relay signals between nerve cells, called “neurons.” The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest. They can also affect mood, sleep, concentration, weight, and can cause adverse symptoms when they are out of balance.