When you ask someone what they remember most about a legendary night out with their friends, they may give you any number of answers. But oftentimes, the hangover is what stands out the most. Even though having a blast can be very memorable on its own, nothing compares to the massive headache, dizzying spins, and inconsistent nausea that people are forced to  endure after a night of overindulgence. Life, unfortunately, has a dark and poetic way of “balancing the scales” after a long night of fun. 

The causes of a hangover are still poorly understood. However, there are a number of contributing factors that are believed to play a role in the eventual outcome. Some of these include: 

  • Dehydration
  • Changes in glucose metabolism
  • Increased cardiac output 
  • Changes in vasodilation 
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Malnutrition 

Hangovers make it difficult to concentrate, take a major toll on our coordination, and can also cause lethargy. As a result, following the fun, most people resolve to stay in bed or on the couch for most—if not all—of the day in order to properly collect themselves.

Throughout history, there have been many remedies and “folk cures” suggested to aid in preventing or curing a hangover, but the majority are not supported with any scientific evidence. Seemingly everything has been suggested, from ingesting herbs and drinking different types of liquor in a certain order, to more spiritual treatments. None of these methods are guaranteed to work, though, and some are just downright silly. There is only one simple and reliable way to prevent a hangover: avoid drinking alcohol completely, or drink in moderation to avoid inebriation. And while, of course we recommend drinking in moderation always…we also understand that those “big deal” party nights happen: girls’ night out, bachelor and bachelorette parties, weddings, and other major celebrations. Sometimes the hangover is inevitable.

The biggest problem when we’re hungover is that it may be more difficult to drink the recommended 6-10 cups of water we are supposed to imbibe each day. At this point, the dehydration caused by alcohol inhibiting the kidney’s hormone production is just salt on the wound. Therefore, it becomes unusually difficult to relieve the effects of a hangover.

In recent years, IV Hydration therapy has risen in popularity as a treatment for relieving these kinds of hangovers. This treatment is radically different from most in that it’s an intravenously delivered solution, rather than a pill. Of course, this means the solution is 100% bioavailable, which leaves nothing behind from digestion. This makes IV Hydration a perfect candidate for hangover treatment since it delivers hydration through the veins—skipping the digestive tract—which, let’s be real, isn’t very fun to use when you’re hungover, anyway.

According to the claims, through the administration of a hydration solution (which is oftentimes combined with vitamins and other minerals or medications), a person may recover or forgo the ill effects of a hangover in record time. While there has not been any significant evidence suggesting otherwise, the benefits of introducing additional water, and essential vitamins and minerals into the body following a reduction makes complete sense. This has led to its quick adoption nationwide—starting on the west coast, and now making its way across the east coast, and right here to our Charlotte, NC wellness center and IV hydration lounge.

As long as you aren’t squeamish with needles, receiving IV Hydration therapy is very simple. If you are curious about these treatments and want to skip the hangover next time, consider contacting our wellness center. Each session is quick and painless, and will leave you feeling healthier.

Elev8MD is Charlotte’s leading ketamine clinic and holistic health & wellness center. We offer ketamine treatment for depression, major depressive disorder, postpartum depression, PTSD, and chronic pain. In addition, we also offer various health and wellness services such as massage therapy, acupuncture, IV hydration, Reiki, and psychiatric counseling.