“Never again.” That’s what you tell yourself after a night of drinking and partying. No longer can you deal with the throbbing headache, nausea, indigestion, brain fog, and irritability. But then you go out with friends the next night. It’s as if you’re trapped in a never-ending hangover. So you go online and see which hangover cures really work. There’s a good chance you will find a bunch. In this blog post, we will go over some of the more common “cures” that don’t actually work.
- Chugging water – Elizabeth Narins of Cosmopolitan explains that alcohol inhibits a hormone that regulates water balance. So if you’ve wondered why you go to the restroom more frequently when you drink, this is why. As a result of all that water being sucked out of your cells, you may experience headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, and fatigue. The natural reaction is to want to chug water. However, the main cause of hangovers is a combination of congeners, acetaldehyde, prostaglandins, and the fact that alcohol throws off your sleep cycle. So no, don’t expect water to prevent you from waking up and feeling like you were hit by a truck.
- Consuming top-shelf liquor – It’s no secret that lower-quality wine and liquor often contain more impurities than pricier alcohol. Those ingredients can lead to hangovers. Still, don’t forget that all alcohol is toxic. Whether you’re drinking the cheap stuff or high-end stuff, you may not feel so hot the next morning.
- Eating a lot of carbs – Remember in college when you thought eating pizza after having one too many would prevent a hangover? Well, here’s the truth: Anything you eat before, during, and after drinking will reduce the rate at which alcohol hits the bloodstream. Therefore, the type of food doesn’t really have an impact. Just try to steer clear of foods that are particularly acidic, spicy, or salty. These foods may be tasty, but they can also trigger heartburn and indigestion.
- Drinking coffee – Many people struggle with symptoms of caffeine withdrawal the morning after drinking. Be aware, however, that coffee may worsen a throbbing headache since caffeine reduces swollen blood vessels while the alcohol simultaneously raises your blood pressure. That’s not exactly a great combination.
- Eating a greasy breakfast – What fun would a night of drinking be without a greasy breakfast the next day? Granted, nothing beats a burrito packed with cheese, potatoes, eggs, and bacon. But such a meal has indigestion written all over it. As an alternative, opt for fruit and toast instead.
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication – You have a brilliant idea. To eliminate any sort of hangover in the morning, you take a few OTC painkillers just before going to bed. It sounds great, right? The only thing is that most painkillers only last a few hours. So by the time you wake up, the effects have worn off. Not to mention, alcohol increases the secretion of gastric acids, which can wreak havoc on your stomach. Experts recommend waiting until morning to see how you feel. If you have a pounding headache, choose Alka-Seltzer instead.
- Staying in bed – Sometimes, the best medicine for a hangover is rest. But avoid sleeping the day away. Believe it or not, moving a bit can do wonders. Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. On top of that, exercise increases circulation, which helps oxygen get to your cells and improves your mental outlook.
How IV Therapy Can Help
Unfortunately, there is no magic potion for curing hangovers. With that being said, you don’t have to let those nagging hangover symptoms ruin another weekend. At Elevation Hydration, we offer several IV therapy hydration packages geared toward recovery. One of them is called “The Hang(Over).” For just $99, this IV vitamin therapy package includes a mix of B-Complex vitamins, Toradol for headaches, and Zofran for nausea. We infuse all of this into one liter of hydration. In no time, you will be back to feeling like yourself.
See what IV fluids can do for your next hangover. Call Elevation Hydration to book your appointment.