How to Quickly Recover From a Party Weekend

How to Quickly Recover From a Party Weekend

Most of us have been there before — a fun weekend packed with plenty of partying and overindulging. But then Monday rolls around again, and suddenly you have regrets. Too much junk food, alcohol and staying out late is hard on the body, and after a packed weekend of celebrations and other adventures, you may find yourself with a massive hangover by the end. You want to remedy this situation as soon as possible. Thankfully, you can do a few things to feel better. Here’s everything you need to know. 

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Recovering From the Weekend 

If you’ve had a busy weekend of one party after the next, it probably involved some unhealthy eating and plenty of alcohol. Favorite party foods tend to be high in carbs, fats and sugars and low in nutritional value, and can leave you feeling bloated or with heartburn or nausea. And drinking excess alcohol can make your body’s enzymes unable to keep up, so the alcohol may stay in your system longer and lead to headaches, nausea and other not-so-fun symptoms of a hangover. 

Perhaps your weekend also included dancing or other physical activities and adventures that have left you feeling tired and worn out. An irregular sleep schedule can also contribute to the run-down feeling. 

How Many Days to Recover From a Bender?

How Many Days to Recover From a Bender?

If you’re struggling with a monster hangover, it may feel like it’ll never go away. The good news is, even if you’re coming off of a weekend-long bender, most hangovers should go away within 24 hours. You may have heard rumors of hangovers lasting up to three days, but this seems to be anecdotal and lacking adequate proof. The morning after is generally the worst, but symptoms can sometimes hang around for the whole next day. 

A hangover’s severity and duration can depend on a few different factors. Your age and general health play significant roles in how a hangover will affect you. In addition, your hangover severity will depend on how much you drank, how much you ate, how much sleep you got over the weekend, your hydration levels and any medications you may be on. Regardless of all of this, 24 hours can seem like an eternity when you’re experiencing a hangover. Thankfully, you can take steps to feel better sooner. 

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How to Recover Your Body From Alcohol

While some other factors may be contributing to your hangover symptoms — such as overeating, missing sleep and strenuous physical activities — alcohol is to blame for the bulk of your run-down feeling. When you drink too much, your body can’t keep up, and the alcohol left in your system leads to dehydration, headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, irritability and more. 

While there are plenty of hangover prevention tips, those won’t help you when you’re already feeling these effects. Instead of beating yourself up about overdoing it, focus on the present moment and what you can do to get better. Try these tips to help you get back on track quickly.

  • Drink plenty of water: One of the best things you can do right away is to start drinking as much water as possible. Dehydration is a significant cause of hangover symptoms, and the sooner you get to work on hydrating yourself, the better. Stay away from the “hair of the dog” and sugary drinks and stick to plain water. Warm water with lemon is soothing in the morning, and coconut water can help replenish the body with natural electrolytes. 
  • Eat healthfully: While greasy takeout might sound tasty after a night of drinking, it can overwhelm your system even more and contribute to an upset stomach. Steer clear of highly processed foods while you’re recovering and include plenty of fiber and fresh, whole foods. If your stomach feels sensitive, choose easy-to-digest foods like soup or steamed vegetables over rice. Ginger and turmeric can help with detoxing and reducing inflammation. Fresh fruits and veggies like watermelon and cucumber are nutritious and hydrating. Bananas are full of potassium, which can be excellent for hangover recovery. 
  • Include light exercise: You may not feel like getting up and going for a run, but if you can manage, try some yoga or a walk outside. The fresh air can help you feel better, and moving around helps increase blood flow and oxygen where you need it most. 
  • Avoid extremes: If you feel like you need to exercise for hours to burn off those extra calories, or skip eating for the whole day, try to relax a bit. These extremes aren’t necessary, and it’s best to go easy on yourself and restore balance by eating healthy foods and taking care of your body. 

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If you want to supercharge your recovery process, consider using mobile IV therapy to treat your hangover. IV therapy can give you the quick boost of hydration you need to start feeling better. With an IV, you get fluids directly in the bloodstream, instead of having to wait for your body to process drinking water. Additionally, hangover IV therapy can include extra ingredients like electrolytes, vitamins and minerals, anti-inflammatory medications, pain medication, anti-nausea medication and more. These added components can help you get over the worst hangovers much faster than with home remedies alone. 

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When you’re not feeling your best, the last thing you want to do is leave the house. If you could use a boost from restorative IV therapy, but you want to stay snuggled up at home, let us come to you! With Mobile IV Medics, our trained registered nurses bring the IV therapy right to you. You can relax in the comfort of your home or hotel room while you receive your customized IV therapy to speed up your hangover recovery time. Our hangover package includes specially curated vitamins and medications designed to help you quickly get back on your feet and feel like yourself again. Call us at 833-IV-DRIPS for more information or to schedule your appointment right away! 

About the author

Brad
Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D.

Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D. is a licensed pharmacist and co-owner of Mobile IV Medics. With over 16 years of healthcare experience, Brad is bringing his expertise and passion for patient care to the Mobile IV Medics patient population. Prior to Mobile IV Medics, Brad worked in varying areas including both direct patient care and hospital leadership at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, nationwide health system pharmacy consulting for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), and professor of pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy. He holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Arizona, a pharmacy practice residency from USC, and a lean six sigma green belt from Johns Hopkins.