A hangover is what some people experience the morning after a night of heavy drinking. Symptoms can include thirst, dizziness, fatigue, headaches or migraines, nausea and loss of appetite.
We get it — whether it’s catching up with friends at an event or enjoying a fun night out on St. Patrick’s Day, we all overindulge now and then. If you want to make the aftermath of an awesome night a bit more bearable, here are 11 of our top tips for preventing hangovers in the first place, or at least making them significantly less severe.
How to Prevent Hangovers
To help prevent even the worst of hangovers:
- Drink enough water: Even if you have to alternate every other alcoholic drink with a glass of water, staying hydrated throughout the day — or night — can go a long way toward preventing a hangover the next day.
- Get enough sleep: Getting plenty of shut-eye after heavy drinking is one of the best ways to help your body recover.
- Eat a greasy breakfast: Fueling up at breakfast time with foods high in fat will help prevent a hangover after an evening of drinking. Fatty foods like avocados delay the absorption of alcohol in the body. After breakfast, make sure you are eating throughout the day to stave off those hangover symptoms later.
- Watch what you’re drinking: By sticking to one drink, you can better keep track of how much you’re consuming. Plus, you’ll be less likely to upset your stomach.
- Avoid congeners and carbonation: Congeners are the compounds that give liquor its color and flavor, and many convert to toxic aldehydes the next day as your body digests them. Stick to alcoholic beverages that contain fewer congeners — these are typically lighter in color, more expensive and highly filtered. Also, try to steer clear of carbonated beverages because the carbonation can cause the surface area of the stomach to expand, which leads to increased alcohol absorption.
- Eat eggs, honey and bland carbohydrates: Bland carbohydrates will combat nausea, provide sugar and help absorb any alcohol left in the stomach. Also, honey is an excellent choice because it’s loaded with fructose, and eggs contain N-acetyl-cysteine, a chemical that helps clear the liver of harmful free radicals.
- Try milk thistle: The active ingredients in milk thistle help detoxify the liver.
- Take Pepto-Bismol: Pepto-Bismol is great for replenishing electrolytes, easing stomach discomfort and relieving heartburn.
- Enjoy some onion soup gratinee: This soup presents the perfect combination of sugar and dairy to prevent a possible hangover. While the cheese will slow alcohol’s entry into the bloodstream, the sugar in the onions will burn the alcohol and speed up the body’s metabolism.
- Drink fruit juices and Pedialyte®: To prevent a hangover after you drink, try drinking some fruit juice. The fructose in the fruit will help burn alcohol. Pedialyte® is also a great choice in that it replenishes electrolytes and sugars.
- Get IV therapy: IV therapy does an incredible job at battling hangovers due to its ability to replenish the body’s lost fluids, especially if you’re contending with nausea that might make re-hydration difficult otherwise. IV therapy will also boost your immune system naturally by using a slow IV push to achieve concentrations of nutrients not otherwise obtainable with oral administration.
Myers’ Cocktail Benefits
At Rocky Mountain IV Medics, our most sought-after IV therapy hydration package is the Myers’ Cocktail. This therapy features a combination of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that are administered via IV to hydrate the body and alleviate symptoms of hangovers, depression, colds, flu, viruses, allergies, fibromyalgia, asthma, chronic sinusitis and more.
IV therapy offers several benefits, including:
- Replenishes lost nutrients and fluids quickly
- Helps alleviate hangover symptoms such as dehydration, migraines, nausea and fatigue
- Aids in increasing energy and restoring balance
- Improves adrenal fatigue
- Helps provide relief from inflammation, anxiety and stress
Depending on your symptoms, one of our paramedics at Rocky Mountain IV Medics may recommend adding other medications to the cocktail. The Myer’s Cocktail costs $175 — included in the price are any travel fees to our service areas.
Battle Hangovers With IV Therapy
At Rocky Mountain IV Medics, our most-used IV therapy, the Myer’s Cocktail IV, includes calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and vitamin C to rehydrate you and relieve common hangover symptoms fast. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable paramedics will come to you so IV therapy can be done within the comfort of your own home. Contact us to learn more about how IV therapy works or to book an appointment today. You can also call or text us at (720) 987-2155 for your hangover relief IV on demand.