Did you know that a few glasses of wine can affect us differently as we age?
The older we get, the more we can feel the negative after effects of a night out on the town. Somehow, the fun from the night before no longer outweighs the nagging headaches, nausea, and fatigue the following day brings.
In general, changes at the cellular level are responsible for why our bodies are less capable of tolerating alcohol as we get older. Research shows that telomeres—DNA that protect our genetic data—get shorter as we age. This explains why as every year goes by we become more susceptible to disease, environmental factors, and effects of alcohol.
Another common explanation for why our hangovers become worse with every trip around the sun is because your liver is no longer able to metabolize alcohol as effectively. In fact, studies show that your liver volume and blood flow could decrease by between 20-40% as you get older, making it more difficult to process a few cocktails.
The good news is IV nutrient therapy helps minimize the unwelcome toll these substances can have on your health. These natural treatments deliver concentrated levels of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids directly into the bloodstream, allowing for 100% absorption in comparison to supplements. Plus, the benefits of treatment are endless. IV nutrient therapy can increase energy, improve mood, jump start your weight loss journey, provide relief for migraines, stress, and allergies, restore and strengthen muscles & tissues, and so much more.
The next time your body needs a reset after a night of drinking, give IV nutrient therapy a try.
Though the reason for your hangover could stem from a variety of different factors, here are five ways nutrient IVs can give your body a much-needed boost after one too many.
1. It detoxifies your liver
Making sure your organs are healthy at any age is key to achieving great quality of life. Your liver plays an important role in identifying and filtering out toxic substances from our bodies. In addition, it also decontaminates our blood and works tirelessly to metabolize nutrients that provide the body with essential proteins. IV nutrient therapy supports liver function by supporting the enzymes and cofactors the liver needs to process excessive alcohol and toxin build-up that often occurs after drinking.
Vitamins like glutathione, L-carnitine, and vitamin C, work together to join oxidative free radicals and effectively rid them from the body.
2. It breaks down acetaldehyde
Alcoholic beverages are usually combined with tasty, sugary mixers to mask the pungent taste of liquor. But, at its core, alcohol is a toxic substance that must eventually be broken down and excreted.
In fact, acetaldehyde is the toxin that is responsible for contributing to many symptoms that you collectively recognize as a hangover. As your body begins to rid itself of alcohol, acetaldehyde is produced as a byproduct. And even though this compound is broken down naturally by the body, the process can be uncomfortable—resulting in sweating, nausea, and vomiting.
In many cases, getting a nutrient IV packed with vitamins such as glycine, glutathione, magnesium, B2, and B6, supports the liver, gut, and kidneys and can help break down high levels of acetaldehyde and provide quicker relief for negative symptoms associated excessive libations.
3. It rehydrates your body
Many individuals attribute feeling “hungover,” in part, to being dehydrated. Alcohol consumption depletes water stores in the body by suppressing the release of vasopressin. Vasopressin is an antidiuretic hormone that is responsible for telling your body to hold onto excess water.
When levels of vasopressin are low, your body redirects water to the bladder to be released. The more you drink, the less vasopressin is produced, and the more water typically exits your body.
As a result, to compensate for being dehydrated, your body tries to evenly redistribute water to areas that may need to be replenished. This is the reason why it’s possible to sometimes develop headaches (when water is taken from the brain) and sore muscles (when a lack of water results in low levels of fluids and electrolytes).
4. It improves your circulation
Adequate circulation is necessary for the body to perform optimally. Because of this, blood flows throughout all corners of the body, providing every cell and organ with the proper amount of nutrients.
IV nutrient therapy enhances this natural process by supplying hydration to cells to replenish the body.
5. It boosts your energy levels
Mitochondria are the powerhouses of cellular function, which provide us with ample energy to perform regular bodily functions.
IV nutrient therapy feeds the mitochondria by ensuring each has adequate levels of glutathione, selenium, carnitine, and to use as body fuel.
- As one of the body’s most powerful antioxidants, glutathione plays an important role in fighting free radicals that can devastate and lay-waste to cells in the body. Ensuring mitochondria have enough glutathione helps to eliminate brain fog and keep energy levels high.
- Selenium is responsible for helping to keep the immune system healthy by fighting off unwelcome bacteria, viruses, and parasites. In addition, it helps regulate proper thyroid function, which allows your metabolism to operate the highest level.
- Carnitine acts as the transportation system that brings fatty acids into your mitochondria. From there, the mitochondria use these acids as the source for producing energy.
By using IV nutrient therapy to increase energy levels, you can rest assured that your body receives enough of the right vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to get over the hangover hump in no time.
IV nutrient therapy is the ultimate hangover treatment
We understand that a night out with your partner or a group of friends is food for the soul! Just make sure you drink responsibly and when you need us, our IV lounge is here to put you on the road to hangover recovery! We offer a full menu of IV formulas designed to replenish your body in under an hour. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
Spark Health Integrative Medicine is located in Solana Beach, San Diego County, CA. Founded in 2013, we take a collaborative approach to natural medicine, partnering with patients to help them achieve their unique health and wellness goals. If you would like to perform better in the areas of life that matter most to you, book a consultation with one of our doctors today.
Article written by Shannon Vogler