Several weeks ago we had a welcome home party for my great friend and her husband, who came back to us from the wilderness of Delaware. It was a super fun party, sandwiched in between a very busy weekend. (Story of my life, I know!) Because we had plans for Sunday, it was important that I manage to avoid my signature 2 day hangover. I had recently been given a code for free Liquid IV, which is really just a re-hydration system, not a tailored hangover cure. It is designed for athletes or illness, as a way to immediately replace electrolytes and provide essential vitamins. Over the course of the last couple of years, I have learned that hangovers and the effects of running a marathon are very similar in terms of depletion, so things that claim to be excellent sources or hydration are usually worth a try as a hangover remedy. Since this post is largely personal experiences and no larger data pools, whenever I have the opportunity for several people to try the same thing after drinking approximately the same amount of the same beverages, I jump at it. Now, I did not count how many beers everyone had the night before, myself included. But I did buy the beer, so I know we were all drinking the same kind, and we all stayed the night, so I can affirm we all drank more than 1-2 beers. In order to mitigate the disaster, I handed out B Complex vitamins and Milk Thistle the night of the party, and encouraged everyone to take it with a glass of water. That alone is enough for some of my heartier friends to sail into Sunday mornings carefree and happy. For me it’s an excellent base, but doesn’t get me all the way home. So, after some amount of beer, no liquor and no wine, I woke up Sunday feeling thirsty, tired and like I might be hungover later. I got ready for our day, we were driving about an hour out to Real Ale for an event, then checking out Jensen Ackles brewery, and heading home. When I got downstairs, my friends Sonia, Michael, and Charlie also came down looking bleary, and my stubborn husband wandered down as well. Myself, Sonia, Michael, and Charlie all drank a liquid IV. The taste was not unlike Gatorade, but it really needed to be very cold, and maybe diluted in 20 ounces of water instead of 16. It says it provides the hydration of 2-3 bottles of water, using “Cellular Transport Technology.” The claim is that due to it’s proprietary ratios of potassium, sodium, glucose and water the liquid can be efficiently absorbed into the upper digestive tract. As someone who suffers from absorption issues, and really should not drink at all, I was especially interested in that claim. Brian, the stubborn, said he did not need that, and I believe instead took a blo-fish. Sonia and Michael went to a family BBQ, Charlie, myself, Brian, and Liam, who does not drink as he is a minor with good sense, all went off to Real Ale. The one thing lacking in the Liquid IV, as far as a hangover cure goes is a stimulant, but it is not designed to be for hangovers, so it kind of makes sense. Besides being tired, my nausea went completely away, headache was gone, skin and eyes didn’t feel dry. It worked for me. Charlie reported the same findings. Once the coffee we stopped for kicked in, we were both fine. Brian, on Blo-Fish, had to stop talking several times because he thought he was going to throw up, and his head never stopped hurting. We tried to rally, but were all kind of over being out in the hot weather after a long weekend of activity, so after a ridiculously delicious grilled cheese and a mediocre beer from Family Business Beer Company, we headed home. Sonia and Michael, coincidentally had left something at our house, and ended up back there the same time we arrived home. They both also reported that their family BBQ was only doable because the liquid IV took care of the hangover, but they were tired and ready to veg out at their new home. I will absolutely buy more of this stuff, it has no harsh chemicals or stimulants in it, and as a sufferer of chronic dehydration, I will use it to survive hot Texas and Florida summers even without drinking! To find out more about it, or order some for yourself, here is the link! Liquid IV
Fun side note, the makers of Liquid IV also include a packet that is supposed to be a sleep aid, I have not tried it yet, but look forward to testing it out while I am in Florida. For some reason, I have a hard time sleeping there. The price point for liquid IV is great too, it’s less expensive than some of my other favorites, and serves more than just one function. My son could take it to the pool, I can drink it after a run, it can keep me alive after a night out on the town, and when I’m in a bad flare it can keep me hydrated. Any UC/IBD sufferers out there may want to give it a try as a supplement. Nuun has been my go to, but I feel like Liquid IV has the edge as far as total hydration goes. If I can get a discount code from them for you all, I will include it at a later time, but in the meantime, it’s worth paying full price for it.
Cheers! And be on the lookout for my spin off blog, Shop The Good Guys, a guide to spending your money on earth and human friendly products, while not going broke or joining a cult! Hopefully coming later today, May 29th, 2019.