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Athletic physiology, performance and IV vitamin infusions

Vitamins and minerals, collectively termed micronutrients, play a crucial role as coenzymes in the  body's biochemical pathways.  With higher performing athletes, exercise intensity, frequency,  or duration are higher and  metabolic pathways are more heavily exhausted. This high-intensity training increases the turnover of a variety of micronutrients from the body. As a result, an increased intake requirement of micronutrients to aid in building, repair, and maintenance of lean body mass, as well as optimizing the efficiency of the primary biochemical pathways relied upon during an athlete’s training and competition can be helpful.1, 2  

Most athletes require micronutrient supplementation,  and intravenous (IV) administration of micronutrients is faster and often more effective than oral supplementation. Research shows that IV administration of certain amino acids and their derivatives provide legal performance-enhancing benefit such as.  

  1. Rehydration.
  2. To drive forward the energy (ATP) producing machinery in your cell’s—your mitochondria.
  3. Supports your body’s natural production of growth hormone (GH) from the pituitary gland. Growth hormone speeds up healing and increases lean body mass.
  4. Combats and eliminate soreness and fatigue.

The lab work

To do all this Kate Nicole has created formulas that have the co-factors and micronutrients often burned up during exercise such as: B vitamins like B5, B6, B12 and B complex plus minerals such as magnesium and zinc. All of these micronutrients  are necessary for Kreb Cycle and mitochondria (where ATP is manufactured)  to process energy.

Also added to this Maserati of vitamin infusions is  glycerylphosphorylcholine (GPC)  and the key amino acids (L-arginine and L-glutamine) to naturally stimulate growth hormone production and help with the quality and speed of recovery. Growth hormone stimulation also helps re-build stronger new muscle cells and aids sex hormones like testosterone in this function. L-carnitine, which transports fat into your mitochondria to then be used as fuel for energy production is in there too. This will also help you burn more effectively even more fat post workout.

Finally and importantly, vitamin C and glutathione, which are powerful antioxidants to remove inflammatory products generated during high intensity work outs and tissue turnover.  

Option to have your infusion in a liter volume of 0.9% sodium chloride carrier fluid  to rapidly rehydrate the fluid losses you experience during exercise.

when is the optimal time to get an IV INFUSION?

You may use this IV either before or after athletic events or both!

Kate Nicole Wellness Centre can help you shorten your recovery times  even after the most intense athletic workouts / events thus getting you back on your regimen to reach your goals. Kathleen has spent much time researching the biochemistry of sports physiology and it's by products influencing recovery time and from that formulated an IV specifically designed for athletes to help them improve their performance and maybe even exceed their goals

All ingredients used at Kate Nicole are high quality compounded natural vitamins and nutrients and are not illegal performance enhancers.

This  IV infusion is not just for high performance athletes, but for anyone who is getting into the gym, running, playing sports or working out regularly, and looking to achieve a better, healthier physique ... at any age.

Disclaimer: Intravenous administration greater than 50mL is currently prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which has implications for professional athletes seeking IV therapy from licensed health care professionals. For more information, visit


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  2. International Olympic Committee. Nutrition for Athletes. October 27, 2010. Available at:
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  4. Garvican LA, Saunders PU, Cardoso T, et al. Intravenous iron supplementation in distance runners with low or suboptimal ferritin. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014;46(2):376-385.
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