About Our Vitamin D IV Drips
Our vitamin D is made in Australia to the highest standards, and it must be administered as a deep muscular injection (deltoid, or, ideally gluteal), and not as a drip. This is because it is an oily product and should ‘not’ be given into the vascular system. One injection shall adequately last 6 months, and this may potentially be extended to 12 months depending on overall levels/ health status.
Given that around 25-50% of the population in developed countries is considered to be deficient in vitamin D, quick and easy supplementation with our injection is handy! Once deposited, it shall act as a depot (reserve) and slowly get released into the body.
As per best practice, we recommend that patients get their vitamin D level checked and provide us with proof of deficiency. This is best done by a general practitioner who can assess over health and keep records of all tests.
- As people age, the ability to make vitamin D, decreases.
- Vitamin D is actually a fat-soluble hormone and not a vitamin!
- It is usually ‘endogenously’ produced, i.e. made by the body, when people are exposed to the sun.
- Dietary supplementation is possible by eating more oily fish and cheese.
- Those with some bowel disorders, such as Crohn’s disease, my have reduced ability to absorb fatty foods.
- Unfortunately, too much time indoors and the relentless message to use UV-blocking sunscreens all the time, along with more people becoming vegans, has caused a very significant percentage of the population to not produce enough vitamin D.
- Those with darker skin types, need more time in the sun in order to produce vitamin D.
- Vitamin D may also be taken as tablets, and there are two types: D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). It is better to consume D3, but even that is slow at raising levels.
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally speaking, you first need to expose a sufficient amount of skin to sunlight in order to maintain healthy vitamin D blood levels. For example, wearing a tank top and shorts for about 10–30 minutes three times per week can be sufficient for most lighter-skinned people. Those with darker skin may need longer exposure times.
Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain caused by a condition called osteomalacia in adults.
- Spend time in sunlight. Vitamin D is often referred to as ‘the sunshine vitamin’ because the UV rays in sunlight stimulate the skin to make vitamin D.
- Consume fatty fish types (such as salmon and mackerel), red meat, mushrooms, egg yolks, almond milk, and some fortified foods.
- Take an oral supplement or injection.