Coconut water, a beverage naturally full of vitamins and minerals, is a popular cure for hangovers.
Coconut water is known for offering a variety of health benefits, but can it really alleviate hangover symptoms?
Here’s everything you need to know.
Benefits of Coconut Water
Coconut water is the liquid found in young, green coconuts that haven't yet fully ripened. As the coconut matures, some of the liquid remains, while the rest turns into solid white coconut meat. Coconut water is not to be confused with coconut milk, which is a blend of coconut water and grated coconut.
Coconut water contains 94% water and almost no fat, carbs, or calories. Besides, it is a good source of several nutrients, including magnesium and potassium.
Magnesium supports metabolism, allowing your body to convert food into energy. A one-cup serving of coconut water contains 60 mg of magnesium, which is about 14% of the recommended daily intake.
Your body uses potassium to maintain the electrolyte balance that your cells need to function properly. This mineral also helps remove extra sodium from your body through the urine, lowering blood pressure. A serving of coconut water has 600 mg of potassium or 13% of the recommended daily intake.
Due to its high electrolyte and fluid content, coconut water is beneficial for rehydration after fluid losses due to illness or exercising, for example. But can it be also used as a hangover cure?
Does Coconut Water Help With Hangovers?
A hangover is the body's natural response that occurs during the process of metabolizing the alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic that causes the body to flush out fluids, leaving you dehydrated. When you’re hungover, your body needs hydration as well as electrolytes that were depleted by the toxins from alcohol.
Because coconut water is a good source of minerals, it can effectively replace some of the nutrients that you lose while drinking. Besides, coconut water is naturally isotonic, which means that it contains similar concentrations of salt and sugar as your body. This allows it to be absorbed faster and more efficiently than many other, non-isotonic liquids, helping you get rehydrated and easing your headache and nausea.
However, although coconut water is commonly used for reducing hangover symptoms, there is no reliable scientific evidence to prove that it can effectively cure hangovers.
Other than coconut water, there are several other liquids that can help you fight a hangover.
Other Liquids That Are Good for Hangovers
Water is the easiest way to hydrate when you have a hangover. You should drink water both between alcoholic beverages, before you go to bed, and throughout the day after drinking. Drinking sufficient amounts of water is vital for preventing dehydration.
Lemons contain over 100% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C which not only has energy-boosting properties but also supports the detoxification process by reducing liver inflammation. To make lemon-infused water, simply squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a glass of water.
Sports drinks such as Gatorade and other beverages that contain electrolytes can help maintain hydrations and relieve some side effects of a hangover. You should keep in mind, however, that the sugar and calorie content in these drinks can be relatively high.
Research shows that certain teas, such as honey chrysanthemum tea or fennel tea, may help the body process alcohol and prevent liver damage. You should try to avoid caffeinated teas because caffeine is a diuretic and may dehydrate you even more.
Ginger lemon tea
Ginger is known to help alleviate nausea, while lemon protects your liver which is working hard to metabolize the alcohol. To make ginger lemon tea, boil some water and add fresh slices of ginger and the juice of half a lemon.
Bone broth contains L-glutamine, an essential amino acid that supports the health of your small intestine, as well as glycine, a building block of proteins that protects the liver from the harmful effects of alcohol.
Miso (fermented soybean) soup is a good option if you’re a vegetarian. Miso contains probiotics and antioxidants that help soothe digestion after drinking alcohol.
Intravenous therapy is the most effective and fastest way to fight a hangover. Here’s how it works.
How Can Reset IV Help Your Hangover?
Reset IV offers a wide range of IV packages for hangovers. Each formula consists of a specially designed combination of hydrating fluids, vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-nausea and anti-heartburn medication to help you recover from a night of drinking. Because the nutrients that you receive intravenously bypass the digestive system, they reach your bloodstream immediately and have a 100% absorption rate.
Our hangover packages include:
- Hydration package. The normal saline fluid helps restore a healthy balance of fluid and electrolytes in your body while boosting your energy levels.
- Pre Game package. This package contains a normal saline solution that recharges the fluids necessary for normal body function and a B-vitamin complex that will replenish the nutrients you lost while drinking.
- The Baller package. You can choose between anti-nausea, pain relief, and anti-heartburn medication, in addition to a multivitamin cocktail. The solution contains Modified Myers Cocktail to speed your hangover recovery.
- Still Spinning package. The package consists of a base of electrolytes and your choice of anti-heartburn medication to help with acid reflux symptoms, nausea medication to calm your stomach, or pain relief medication to help get rid of headaches.
- Defcon 1 package. This package offers a choice of anti-nausea, anti-heartburn, and pain relief medications, in addition to a liter of fluid and electrolytes.
Reset IV is an on-demand concierge service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You don’t need to leave your home to enjoy the benefits of our hangover treatments. We will typically be at your door within an hour of booking, depending on availability.
For more information on Reset IV hangover treatments, feel free to call us at (833) 737-3848 or contact us online.