Performance & Wellbeing

Healthspan

While it is unlikely everyone would agree on a single definition, one common definition is that "healthspan is the period of life spent in good health, free from the chronic diseases and disabilities of aging." This definition implies that healthspan is a length of chronological time beginning at birth and ending at some subsequent time when an individual is no longer in good health and/or is suffering from diseases or disabilities of aging. 

Combination Infusion Therapy can help you do this. We prefer to think of this in terms of maximizing our healthspan; rather than helping people live longer, we help people “live younger for longer.”  Sure, with some of these treatments we may add years to our lives (increasing “Lifespan”), but our primary goal is to remain vital, active, vibrant, healthy, and happy for more years than we would have otherwise (increasing “HealthSpan”).

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“I'm not interested in a slow decline as I age - in fading away into the sunset. I want to keep going at full throttle with all of my faculties intact until the day I die.”

—PG

Healthspan

Many athletes experience a notable increase in energy, mental focus, and muscular performance (strength, endurance, reaction speed, etc) from NAD+ infusions.  The process of NAD+ infusion lends itself to an athletes mentality as well.  It should be recognized that NAD+ infused alone is not a comfortable experience.  Your CIT Clinic Physician can best describe the experience and the symptoms, but suffice to say that there can be a malaise, chest fullness, belly fullness, and neck fullness during the infusion.  Rest assured, these symptoms are transient, and not harmful.  But it does take an athlete’s mentality, with a focus on the end goal of getting the nutrient in your system that helps the process.

Typically, our patients elect a regimen of two infusions per month.  One longer NAD+ Infusion, and a separate, faster infusion of IV Nutrients and IV Glutathione.

NAD+ stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, which is an active form of a coenzyme that plays a significant role in the chemical reactions within your cells. NAD+: 

  • Turns carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into usable energy (Krebs Cycle)
  • Regulates your body’s stress response
  • Repairs and synthesizes DNA
  • Regulates your circadian rhythms
  • Promotes stem cell production
  • As you age, your natural levels of NAD+ begin to decrease. If you add sickness, disease, or addiction to the mix, your NAD+ levels deplete more rapidly.

If you are clicking on this FAQ, you may have an interest in the relatively recent phenomenon of “biohacking” ourselves.  There are many intricate definitions of this process to include, “the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you so that you have full control over your own biology.”  At CIT Clinics, we can help you do this. We prefer to think of this in terms of maximizing our healthspan.  As opposed to just helping people live longer, we help people “live younger” for “longer.”  Sure, with some of these treatments we may add years to our lives (increasing “Lifespan”), but our primary goal is to remain vital, active, vibrant, healthy, and happy for more years than we would have otherwise (increasing “HealthSpan”).  

Glutathione is a naturally occurring antioxidant (composed of 3 amino acids) that prevents the damage that free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals inflict on your cells. It promotes a healthy immune system, improves skin texture, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy levels.  Small studies support its use for skin tone, psoriasis, fatty liver disease, peripheral arterial disease, insulin resistance, athletic performance, and Parkinson’s disease.

CIT Clinics also utilizes IV Hydration, IV Nutrient Therapy, and IV Glutathione for patients interested in maximizing their performance and Healthspan.  In particular, Glutathione is a naturally occurring antioxidant (composed of 3 amino acids) that prevents the damage that free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals inflict on your cells. It promotes a healthy immune system, improves skin texture, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy levels.  

Everybody is different, so depending on your current health you could experience noticeable effects for up to 3-4 days after your treatment. Even if you don’t “feel” effects you are likely still reaping the benefits. Patients experience the most long-lasting benefits when they receive Myer’s Cocktails on a regular basis or clustered around physically challenging events (jet lag, after a really hard work out/race, post surgery, recovery from flu/illness, etc.)

Most patients report an almost immediate sense of wellbeing, perkiness and energy within minutes of the the infusion starting. Especially if you have been athletically active, the combination of fluids and nutrients can be felt almost immediately.

This depends on your underlying health status and the condition you are hoping to treat. After a consultation with our medical team, we will determine the most appropriate dose ane frequency of treatments for you.

Resilience & Immunity

The COVID Pandemic has created an appropriate focus on maintaining a resilient and robust immune system.  At CIT Clinics we create a personalized infusion plan that fits your specific goals.  Specifically, for immunity and resilience we usually employ infusions that contain IV Nutrients such as Vitamin C, Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin B Complexes, Vitamin B12, and Glutathione.  
 
Although it has not been explicitly shown that IV administration is superior to attaining all nutrients from a balanced diet, the CDC states that 10% or more of the US Population is deficient in certain vitamins and minerals.  Second, IV administration is superior to oral intake given that 100% of the substrate is delivered to your bloodstream compared to 40% or less, respectively.  Healthy kidneys do an excellent job of filtering any access.  Third, well designed studies have shown that both Vitamin C and Zinc supplementation can shorten the length of an acute illness.  Finally, studies show that a clear placebo effect exists with IV Nutrient infusions.  For us at CIT Clinics, perhaps the best testament to efficacy is that our staff takes these infusions regularly.  Placebo or not, we are more energetic, experience restorative sleep, and feel more vital to ourselves and others around us.
 
This is also not only about short term illness and stress, as the NIH has well documented that long-term stress has major effects on the body that not only increases the risk of viral infections but also increases the possibility of developing chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, and cancer.  Your personalized infusion plan from CIT Clinics can provide a short term immunity boost while subtly increasing your resilience to combat your life stressors.  We encourage you to book an appointment with CIT Clinics and be your own judge.  Simply stated, mere words are less convincing than trying it yourself.   We look forward to treating you at CIT soon. 
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“Combination Infusion Therapy is an integral part of my "fight the bad bugs early and hard" strategy. Whenever I feel a bit rundown from travel or long work hours I give my body the nutrients and building blocks it needs to not get sick. I haven't had the flu in years. I intend to keep it that way”

—KC

Resilience & Immunity

NAD+ stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, which is an active form of a coenzyme that plays a significant role in the chemical reactions within your cells. NAD+: 

  • Turns carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into usable energy (Krebs Cycle)
  • Regulates your body’s stress response
  • Repairs and synthesizes DNA
  • Regulates your circadian rhythms
  • Promotes stem cell production
  • As you age, your natural levels of NAD+ begin to decrease. If you add sickness, disease, or addiction to the mix, your NAD+ levels deplete more rapidly.

Glutathione is a naturally occurring antioxidant (composed of 3 amino acids) that prevents the damage that free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals inflict on your cells. It promotes a healthy immune system, improves skin texture, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy levels.  Small studies support its use for skin tone, psoriasis, fatty liver disease, peripheral arterial disease, insulin resistance, athletic performance, and Parkinson’s disease.

The Myers Cocktail (named after the late Dr. Myer) consists of an IV formulation of B Vitamins, Vitamin C, and other minerals.  It has a significant  anecdotal following for boosting immunity and the treatment of Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, Aging, Fatigue, Brain fog, Depression, Anxiety & Stress,  and Addiction & Withdrawal.  The primary benefit is guaranteed, reliable delivery of multivitamins to optimal concentrations unrivaled by oral medications or a balanced diet.

Any condition associated with excessive oxidative stress, inflammation and free radical damage (which includes most major conditions) could theoretically be helped by intravenous glutathione. The best-studied uses are for Parkinson’s Disease and side effect reduction associated with conventional cancer treatments. Other potential uses include conditions such as multiple sclerosis, progressive neuropathy, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and hypertension.

Athletic Performance

IV infusion of NAD+ is gaining popularity among athletes due to the observed mitochondria ATP production that follows.  Improvements in endurance, strength, stamina and athletic performance have been observed. Therefore, NAD+ is rapidly becoming a favorite especially for individuals looking to improve mitochondrial energy production.

Treatments with combinations of vitamins and other nutrients by the intravenous administration is becoming increasingly popular in the athletic community. IV administration offers some distinct advantages over oral vitamin and nutrient supplementation since the bioavailability of IV nutrients is much higher. 

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“I can go for longer; recover faster; sleep better and best of all, I don't feel so exhausted after my workouts. The key is the combination of NAD with the fluids and vitamins - it's the best biohack I've ever experienced.”

—BG

Athletic Performance

Many athletes experience a notable increase in energy, mental focus, and muscular performance (strength, endurance, reaction speed, etc) from NAD+ infusions.  The process of NAD+ infusion lends itself to an athletes mentality as well.  It should be recognized that NAD+ infused alone is not a comfortable experience.  Your CIT Clinic Physician can best describe the experience and the symptoms, but suffice to say that there can be a malaise, chest fullness, belly fullness, and neck fullness during the infusion.  Rest assured, these symptoms are transient, and not harmful.  But it does take an athlete’s mentality, with a focus on the end goal of getting the nutrient in your system that helps the process.

Everybody is different, so depending on your current health you could experience noticeable effects for up to 3-4 days after your treatment. Even if you don’t “feel” effects you are likely still reaping the benefits. Patients experience the most long-lasting benefits when they receive Myer’s Cocktails on a regular basis or clustered around physically challenging events (jet lag, after a really hard work out/race, post surgery, recovery from flu/illness, etc.)

Most patients report an almost immediate sense of wellbeing, perkiness and energy within minutes of the the infusion starting. Especially if you have been athletically active, the combination of fluids and nutrients can be felt almost immediately.

If you are clicking on this FAQ, you likely have some interest in “biohacking” yourself.  There are many intricate definitions of this process to include, “the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you so that you have full control over your own biology.”  NAD is present in every cell in your body.  It is how every cell makes ATP – the energy needed for that cell to “do its job.”  Thus, NAD+ stores are important for your muscle cells, and neural cells that control those muscles.  At CIT Clinics, we practice what we preach and take NAD+ infusions ourselves.  There is a notable increase in energy, mental focus, and muscular performance (strength, endurance, reaction speed, etc).    

Cognitive Performance

Stress, aging, addiction, mental health disorders all decrease NAD+ levels. 

One can think of it as if our bodies are NAD+ gas guzzling machines.  Anything that revs the engine up to intense levels or steady usage over the long term, depletes our endogenous stores of NAD+.  If we're not careful, this depletion can lead to chronic fatique and mental fog.

NAD+ is used by every cell in the human body - it's how every cell makes ATP, the energy store of the cell.  Thus NAD+ is critical to every cell “doing its job.”  This goes for our brain cells too.  Because the brain is so intertwined with what humans consciously do, most note significant changes in their cognitive performance following NAD+ Infusions.

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“By combining NAD with Ketamine I can get through the discomfort easily and quickly. It's like a vacation for my body and my mind”

—SAH

 NAD+ is used by every cell in the human body, including our neurons (brain cells).  As we perform cognitive tasks (reading, writing, articulating ideas, etc.) our brain is consuming about 20% of the overall energy consumption of our entire body. Our brain is a highly energy-intensive organ. This means that every brain cell needs optimal stores of NAD+.  Because the brain is so intertwined with what humans consciously do, most patients experience significant changes in their cognitive performance following NAD+ Infusions.

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