5 Steps To Immediately Ease Hangover Symptoms | Smart IV Clinic Miami
If you are reading this, I’m sure you have either personally experienced or have seen someone going through this scenario: Fictional character Lylla, the quintessential life of the party, wakes up 3 and a half hours after returning home at 4am from a party. She wakes up with an insane hangover that is a straight 100 on the scale: absolutely pounding headache, extreme sensitivity to sight and sound, a churling stomach that feels like it will force her morning to be spent with her head over the bowl, a perpetual dense sweat alongside the smell of yesterday’s bottle of rose, and her mouth as dry as a bone. BUT, that CANNOT and WILL not stop her as she needs to be in top form for the afternoon brunch she is hosting in 5 hours at a cute bistro down the street.
In the unfortunate event that you do develop a hangover, here is how to ease the symptoms of a really bad hangover
- Start rehydrating as soon as possible: According to the Cleveland Clinic, The best thing you can do after a night of drinking is drinking a glass (or more) of water before going to sleep, and another as soon as you wakeup the next day. Given dehydration is the primary cause of hangover pain, replenishing the lost fluids as early as possible will support the rehydration process
- Drinking sports drinks and hydration fluids may help you rehydrate quickly while restoring nutrients and electrolytes: The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggests that sports drinks contain minerals called electrolytes — such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium — and a redesigned to help you replenish lost nutrients and quickly rehydrate
- Take B vitamins and zinc: The Journal of Clinical Medicine concludes that food and beverage consumption of greater amounts of zinc and B vitamins have less severe hangovers
- Get more sleep: The Mayo Clinic notes that it’s believed that many hangover symptoms are due to poor sleep after drinking alcohol. One of the most restorative hangover remedies you can try is simply to get more sleep. “Alcohol initially can make you feel sleepy; however, it affects sleep because those who consume a lot of alcohol do not get into a deep sleep that is restorative,” says Shilpi Agarwal, MD, a family medicine physician in Washington, DC.
- Consider higher absorption options such as at home or mobile IV hydration: In a 2002 review, Alan R. Gaby, MD, a past president of the American Holistic Medical Association, made the assertion that the Myers Cocktail; an IV formula of magnesium, calcium, B-vitamins and vitamin C, developed following the research by John Myers, MD, was effective against acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue, and other conditions. In the event you are faced with a hangover, Smart IV Clinic, your friendly neighborhood in home IV clinic, offers an at-home or mobile IV hydration service directly to your door. We send a licensed registered nurse directly to your home to administer the nutrients and minerals that your body is desperately in need of, to help you hydrate faster and more vibrantly from a hangover, so that you, like our socialite Lylla, can hydrate quickly enough to continue with your busy schedule. To learn more about our list of treatments and to make your booking, visit us at smartivclinic.com or call us at 800-801-6617
Read on to learn about the science behind a hangover and how to prevent them from occurring
Main causes of a hangover
Infographic on the chemistry of a hangover as captured from https://www.distillerytrail.com/blog/chemistry-101-hangover-infographic/ It is apparently shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence
A hangover is the body’s response to the effects of (excess) consumption of alcohol.
- Ever wondered why you seemingly always need to go to the restroom once you’re a few drinks in? “Alcohol itself is a diuretic, meaning that it causes you to urinate more,” says Shilpi Agarwal, MD, a family medicine physician in Washington, DC. When you pee, fluids exit your system, leading to dehydration. “It does this by suppressing certain hormones (ADH) that help the body hold on to fluid, and therefore you are losing fluids by urinating.” Lower ADH reduces your kidneys’ ability to keep your body’s hydration levels in balance.
- According to Harvard Medicine, “drinking interferes with brain activity during sleep, so a hangover may be a form of sleep deprivation. Alcohol scrambles the hormones that regulate our biological clocks which may be why it feels like jet lag and vice versa”
- Dr. Bhatt, MD, asserts that inflammation is a complication of alcohol consumption “because it binds to different chemical enzymes in the body”, changing the way they act
- According to the Cleveland Clinic, additional impacts of alcohol consumption include reduced blood pressure due to expansion of blood vessels which leads to headaches, and irritation of the lining of the stomach, leading to nausea. The buildup of stomach acid associated with the irritation can result in vomiting and finally, it can deplete your blood sugar levels leaving you fatigued and shaky. The worst hangover symptoms according to experts, occur when blood sugar levels drop to zero
- Additional symptoms include extreme sensitivity to light and sound, fatigue, thirst, anxiety, and irritability
- And THAT’S NOT ALL, the more you drink, the more pronounced the side effects become! It’s of course no secret that after a particularly heavy drinking episode, the resulting hangover will leave you uncomfortable for either a few hours or even an entire day.
Infographic on prevention of dehydration captured from https://www.fix.com/blog/how-to-avoid-a-hangover/
Best approaches to prevent a hangover
- Drink in moderation (1-2 drinks per hour depending on gender and size)
- Drink slowly
- Choose wisely: According to Cleveland Clinic, “Lighter-colored drinks such as vodka, gin, light beer and white wine typically result in less severe hangover symptoms. Darker-colored drinks with high levels of congeners, such as bourbon, scotch, tequila, brandy, dark beers and red wine, cause more severe symptoms.”
- Replace alcohol with water
- Eat before and after consuming alcohol
- Pace yourself
- Avoid “hair of the dog” – while having a drink while nursing a hangover may reduce the immediate pain, it only drags on the hydration process for the body
Lady with bad hangover eMediHealth
Take The Next Step
If you would like to embrace the benefits of hangover targeting IV hydration treatments and live in Miami, FL, consider booking “The Recovery” our favorite hangover treatment here at Smart IV Clinic. The treatment will supply you with your hydration liquids as well as the vitamins and minerals your body will need to fight your handover. Smart IV Clinic is a mobile IV hydration therapy clinic which dispatches highly-trained nurses directly to your preferred location, for no travel fee. Our nurses will confirm that the treatment you have selected is appropriate given your medical background, and can be at your location within an hour.
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