IV therapy is more accessible than ever
In recent years, IV therapy has become quite the hot topic in the health and wellness world – and for good reason! But, providing fluids and essential nutrients via an IV drip is not a new concept or technology and is frequently used in emergency rooms and hospitals to help treat severe dehydration and an array of other conditions.
While IV drips are traditionally used to administer fluids and medications to patients in hospitals, IV therapy has gained interest and popularity outside of hospitals in the last decade or so. With the goal is promoting growth, healing, and recovery, IV therapy can promote health and wellness through the administration of essential vitamins, minerals, and biologics.
In our years of providing IV therapy to folks, we get lots of common questions about the treatment, but one of the most common is whether IV therapy can provide fast relief for things like hangovers and dehydration. The answer? Yes! And here’s how.
What is a hangover anyway?
Before we dive into how IV therapy can help hangovers, we need to understand what a hangover really is. If you drink alcohol (or have in the past), you’ve probably experienced a hangover at some point in your life, but, other than knowing that they are simply not a fun experience and can knock you out for an entire day, lots of people don’t know what a hangover really is, what causes it, and what the path to recovery is.
In the simplest terms, a hangover is any combination of symptoms that happen after a night of heavy drinking and could include headache, nausea, fatigue, and irritability, to name a few. Hangovers are experienced differently by every person, and that has a lot to do with how efficiently and effectively your organs function.
What causes a hangover?
While every person experiences hangovers differently depending on the makeup of their body, the causes are pretty much universal: dehydration, inflammation, and exposure to Acetaldehyde, a toxic byproduct of your liver metabolizing the alcohol you consumed.
Alcohol is a diuretic substance, so it triggers your body to remove fluids from your bloodstream via organs like the kidney and bladder at a much faster rate than it does normally (this is why you use the bathroom more often when you’re drinking!). Additionally, alcohol can cause inflammation throughout your body, and Acetaldehyde produced by your liver as it metabolizes alcohol can increase the toxin level in your body.
How does IV therapy help hangovers?
The core way IV therapy can help a person recover from a hangover is by reintroducing fluids and electrolytes directly into the bloodstream. With dehydration being one of the most common causes of hangovers in the first place, replenishing liquids and electrolytes can rehydrate your body.
But, if fluids and electrolytes are what your body ultimately needs, wouldn’t drinking water or a sports drink accomplish the same thing? Well, consuming nutrients orally is much less efficient, because those nutrients and fluids must go through the digestive system before they enter your bloodstream. By receiving fluids intravenously, your body can immediately start using any vitamins, nutrients, and electrolytes, promoting a quicker recovery.
Additionally, clients can reap even greater benefits from IV therapy by utilizing 10X Health’s highly customized treatment plans, which are designed to address a person’s specific needs. In the case of treating a hangover, your IV drip may also contain antioxidants to clear toxins from your body faster or pain medication to help with inflammation or body aches.
While there are a variety of benefits clients can gain from including IV therapy as part of their regular wellness regimen, IV therapy can be a fast and easy way to replenish essential nutrients in your body and can be a much-needed boost for your system after a night of drinking.
Ready to restore, replenish, and rehydrate your body? 10X Health is now booking IV drips in Scottsdale, AZ, and Aventura, FL! Book your appointment online, and let our 10X team bring the vital minerals and nutrients your body needs, right to the comfort of your home.