The 7 Myths of Hangover Cures Debunked

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All of those summer party invitations may often result in an abundance of libations, and even more so, the inevitable byproduct of those indulgences. The ‘morning after’ can mean pounding headaches, an insatiable appetite, and an uncontrollable thirst. To alleviate second-day remorse, we turn to the old wives tales of “curing” hangovers. If this sounds familiar to you, keep on reading to find out why these so called “cures” are just myths.

Hangover Cure

MYTH 1: DRINKING COFFEE

With the lack of energy and painful headaches, a cup of joe is not the answer! Sure, since caffeine is a stimulant, it will give you a jolt to combat early-morning fatigue. But, caffeine works as a diuretic just like alcohol, so that morning espresso will just dehydrate your body and may even intensify that headache. In addition, caffeine is a vasoconstrictor— it contracts blood vessels and reduces their size. This actually offsets the impact of alcohol by causing the blood vessel to swell instead, thus contributing to that persistent headache.

CURE: FALSE

 

MYTH 2: TAKING TYLENOL (ACETAMINOPHEN)

Tylenol (generically known as acetaminophen) is commonly used to treat minor headaches, reduce fever, and temporarily alleviate pain. However, when you ingest these pills, they can further damage your liver. Your liver is one of the largest organs in your body, and one of its vital functions is processing toxins for you. While the liver is busy metabolizing alcohol from the night (or morning) before, it breaks down acetaminophen differently to potentially produce harmful by-products. What this means is possible liver damage and cirrhosis.

CURE: FALSE

 

MYTH 3: HAIR OF THE DOG

This quirky expression originates from a Norwegian saying that indicates the best way to treat a hangover is to consume more of the substance (i.e., alcohol). Alcohol will initially lessen that grinding hangover, but as tempting as it may sound, will cause more dehydration. The hangover will ultimately come back to haunt you.

CURE: FALSE

 

MYTH 4: EATING GREASY FOOD

Who doesn’t want an excuse to eat pizza and fries? Still, consuming a fatty meal the morning-after will divert the stomach from absorbing those essential recovery nutrients. Actually, a greasy start to the day might irate your used-and-abused stomach even more. So, instead of munching on that sizzling, evil burger after a night out, try munching on it before the night out to protect the stomach and prevent what could be the worst hangover of your life.

CURE: FALSE

 

MYTH 5: EXERCISING

You know the drill by now—feelings of exhaustion, persistent headaches and even nausea. If you feel like that in the morning, working out may not be the best way to rid the body of toxins. Alcohol is a diuretic, so it makes you urinate, and it will only cause the body to lose water easier, not necessarily the alcohol. An attempt at a major sweat session will only dehydrate the body even more. Hold off on being beautiful until you get your groove back.

CURE: FALSE

 

MYTH 6: SPORTS DRINK

Sports drinks such as Gatorade contain 3 essential components to combat that hangover: (1) electrolytes; (2) carbohydrates (3) water. Electrolytes include sodium, potassium, and chloride and are ingested to restore those that you lost on the dance floor. But, keep in mind that the human body can only absorb a maximum of about one quart of water per hour. So chugging the entire Gatorade bottle will result in the loss of most of its contents, especially that precious water containing the electrolytes.

CURE: SPORTS DRINK MAY GET THE JOB DONE IN A PINCH.

 

MYTH 7: GLASS OF WATER BEFORE BED

It is no surprise that drinking water after a night on the town can help avert that dreadful morning headache. Why? Well, the tissues around your brain consist mostly of water, and dehydration will cause the tissues to shrink. This generates pressure in your head. But, the same explanation for Myth 6 applies here as well: your body can only absorb a certain amount of fluid before it all goes to waste. The water will help, but the more you drink, the more you waste. So, once your tired body reaches your bed, remember that glass of water shouldn’t be too full.

CURE: PREVENTION

 

THE TAKEAWAY

Let’s just take a moment to give you a pat on the back. You made it through your hangover (and helpful article) promptly and effectively. But despite the many years of experience you may obtain, drinking can have life-altering consequences. Your health and productivity may not be so great after binge drinking, and the absence of sleep you acquire on the weekends may increase your risk for developing depression (and overeating— yikes!).
Instead, drink in moderation, choose your libations wisely, and take care of yourself. One way to take care of (and reward) yourself is to come in for a drip at the Hangiver Bar! The “Hair of the Dog” drip is perfect to restore lost electrolytes and vitamins, and helps appease those hangover symptoms.

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You will first meet with the physician to get cleared for your drip, once cleared you will experience IV hydration therapy!
See you at The HangIVer Bar!

Benefits of Vitamin B12

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Benefits of Vitamin B12

You have heard of Vitamin B12, but do you know what it actually is?

Vitamin B12 is a natural compound obtained from animal products in our diet. It is crucial to the proper functioning of every cell in our body, but it is mainly utilized by the brain and nervous system, blood, and it is very important for the manufacturing of DNA.

B12 is normally absorbed from our daily diets, however our bodies do not always absorb nutrients maximally, thus reducing our body’s ability to perform at its best. Vegetarians and vegans specifically, are prone to B12 deficiencies since they do not consume the animal products that B12 is naturally found in. These people require B12 supplementation in order to prevent medical illness.

When it comes to B12 supplementation, not all B12 is created equally. There are two forms of cobalamin: cyanocobalamin and methylcobalamin. Cyanocobalamin is not found in nature and as such is not as usable in our bodies.

Methylcobalamin however is a much more active and usable form of the vitamin B12 found in nature. At the HangIVer Bar we only use Methylcobalamin in our infusions, this differentiates us from many other IV infusion spas that favor the cheaper, less effective cyanocobalamin.

Benefits of Vitamin B12

Now that you know what Vitamin B12 is and what it does, you’re probably wondering how can a B12 injection benefit you? Vitamin B12 has numerous benefits but most notably it is associated with improved memory function, an elevation in mood, and it is widely considered to reduce fatigue.

With all of these benefits, why not give B12 and the HangIVer Bar a try? We offer both transdermal B12 patches as well as intramuscular B12 injections. Both are very effective in delivering the revitalization benefits of B12 therapy.

Authored by Kyle Bowers M.D. & Uhuru Smith M.D.

Hydration Therapy – Oral Intake vs IV Therapy

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Hydration Therapy

Dehydrated? Reconsider chugging water or a sports drink to try and hydrate.

First what exactly is dehydration?

Dehydration is defined as using or losing more fluids than your body takes in in-order to maintain normal functioning. Dehydration can be a result of a multitude of causes, however here in Florida environmental exposure alone can lead to dehydration.

Hydration Therapy – Oral Intake vs IV Therapy

When we consider the route of rehydration we have two options: either orally or intravenously. With oral intake your body only absorbs 10-20% of what is actually taken in and often times the electrolytes and fluids come disguised in sugary and unhealthy forms.

Oral rehydration also takes time as the body takes several hours to properly digest what is taken in. With intravenous rehydration the body compensates immediately since the fluids and electrolytes are placed directly into the circulatory system. This route bypasses the digestive tract and delivers nutrients maximally to the tissues resulting in immediate revitalization.

Historically, intravenous fluid and electrolyte replacement has been utilized in medicine as a means of immediate resuscitation for those suffering from the signs and symptoms of dehydration.

However, there are many drawbacks to receiving this rehydration therapy in the emergency room. For one, you’re surrounded by sick people, the wait time can be very long and the visit can be quite costly (usually around $1,500).

At the HangIVer Bar we offer a serene, spa like setting that allows you to relax and rehydrate in a fraction of the time that an ER would take and also for a fraction of the cost associated with an ER visit. We offer a range of intravenous infusions that will replenish your body with all that it needs to function at its best.

 

Written by: The HangIVer Bar medical team