Social Survivor

You wake up in the morning, and the first thing you notice is your pounding head. Next are the waves of nausea rippling through your body. Your mind is foggy, and your memory is spotty, save for those rounds of shots and slices of pizza at your favorite spot.

There’s no doubt about it - you’ve got a hangover. And we have the solution: Social Survivor.

This IV infusion is formulated to first and foremost replace those lost fluids and reverse the dehydration that is the hallmark of a hangover with a plasma-compatible saline solution. We then add Zofran to offset nausea and Toradol to relieve your painful headache. Finally, we replenish the B vitamins and minerals you likely lost from being over-served.

With Social Survivor, you’ll be back on your feet in no time, all while getting replenished from the comfort of a recliner.

INGREDIENT LIST

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5-MTHF (active form of folate)
5-MTHF (5-methylenetetrahydrofolate) is the active form of folate. When folate is consumed, it is converted into 5-MTHF.

It is 5-MTHF that is responsible for the vital roles folic acid/folate play in the body, namely DNA synthesis, new cell formation, amino acid metabolism, and healthy homocysteine and cholesterol levels, blood vessel dilation, and energy and stamina.

Nearly 10 percent of all people have an MTHF-reducatase enzyme defect, which prevents them from properly converting folic acid into 5-MTHF. This can put them at increased risk for heart disease, fertility issues, and brain-related conditions.
B-Complex
Vitamin B complex is a group of separate, water-soluble nutrients: B-1 (thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3 (niacin), B-5 (dexpanthenol), B-6 (pyridoxine), and B-12.

Antibiotics such as sulfa drugs and tetracycline can interfere with the production and absorption of B vitamins. If you are taking these medications, you may need to increase your intake of these nutrients. Take B vitamins during the day, rather than at night, as they can be too stimulating.
B1 (Thiamine)
Thiamine (vitamin B1) is necessary for the health of the brain and nervous system, supporting mood, mental function, and energy production. It also supports the health of the heart, helps maintain blood sugar levels, protects vision, and promotes healthy detoxification, particularly of alcohol.
B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) balances the adrenal system to enhance energy and stamina. It is also critical for body growth and red blood cell production. Plus, riboflavin has been shown to promote detoxification, support vision, and ease headaches and migraines.

Riboflavin deficiency is often marked by cracks around the side of the mouth, a purplish-red or magenta tongue and vertical cracks on the lips.
B12 (Cobalamin)
Vitamin B12 is necessary for the production of healthy red blood cells. It also helps to maintain healthy homocysteine levels, and arterial function supports normal cholesterol levels and blood vessel dilation and is involved in DNA synthesis. It also plays a role in energy production.

Only bacteria are capable of synthesizing B12, and as such, it is found almost entirely in animal food products due to animal-bacteria symbiosis.
Magnesium
Magnesium is a mineral that plays many important roles in human health. It is important for bone health, synthesis of DNA and RNA, and hundreds of metabolic reactions.

Magnesium also assists in calcium absorption and prevents calcium-containing kidney stones from forming. It also improves energy production in the heart, dilates coronary arteries, supports blood pressure, reduces the risk of blood clotting, and even helps in the synthesis of glutathione, which plays a key role in detoxification.

The adult body contains about 25 grams of magnesium, with more than 60 percent of total body magnesium found in bone, and about 27 percent in muscle.
Toradol (Ketorolac)
Toradol is a potent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) used to ease moderate to severe pain. It reduces inflammation, swelling, pain, and fever. It is intended for short-term pain relief and not for long-term pain management. Side effects, though rare, include nausea, GI upset, and dizziness. More serious side effects include kidney damage and allergic reaction.
Zinc
Zinc is an essential mineral, meaning your body does not produce. It is critical for cellular metabolism and supporting the activity of 300 enzymes. It is also required for a proper sense of both taste and smell.

Your body cannot store zinc, which means that daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state within your body.
Zofran (Ondansetron)
Zofran is often used to offset nausea and vomiting. It’s more common application is to prevent and treat side effects from chemo and radiation. It blocks the neurotransmitter serotonin, which triggers vomiting. Rare, mild side effects include constipation, headache, and dizziness. More serious side effects include chest pain, changes in heartbeat, and allergic reaction.

THE NITTY GRITTY

Overindulging leads quickly to depletion. Therefore, the key to getting back on your feet is to first and foremost replace what your body has lost, namely of fluids and key nutrients.

Saline solution not only replaces the fluids to offset the dehydration that occurs with excess alcohol intake but also restores the electrolytes your body lost through both alcohol and frequent urination. Next, additional minerals such as magnesium and zinc help support electrolyte function.

Magnesium, in particular, can help to ease the headaches that often accompany a hangover. In fact, research shows that magnesium not only helped reduce the frequency of migraine attacks,1-2 but was as effective as the migraine medications flunarizine and amitriptyline in the relief of a migraine.3

Zinc is another key mineral that supports one particular aspect of overconsumption: digestive upset. Specifically, zinc has been shown to alleviate diarrhea. In a review of nine randomized, placebo-controlled studies, researchers found significantly lower incidences of diarrhea in people who either took zinc or had adequate levels of the mineral.4 They also learned that zinc was beneficial in treating both acute and persistent diarrhea.

In addition to replacing key minerals and fluids, it is important to also replenish the water-soluble B vitamins. Overall, B vitamins support energy production and cardiovascular health.

This is particularly relevant for that hangover, due to the fatigue and headache that often accompany overindulgence, as your capillaries often constrict due to excess alcohol - leading to a screaming headache and fatigue. In addition to the entire B complex, folic acid and B12 are especially beneficial for healthy arterial function and dilation of blood vessels, as well as boosting energy and squashing fatigue.

B2 (riboflavin) is also well-studied for treating headaches,5-7 while B1 (thiamine) supplementation has been shown great for detox. One study, in particular, found that B1 improved lipid levels and markers of kidney function in people with type 2 diabetes.8

Lastly, including a couple of safe, effective medications for pain (Toradol) and nausea (Zofran) ensures that you can start functioning at your best, even after feeling at your worst.

References:
1. Peikert A, et al. Cephalalgia. 1996;16:257-63. 2. Demirkaya S, et al. J Headache Pain. 2000;1:179-86. 3. Pfaffenrath V, et al. Cephalalgia. 1996;16:436-40. 4. Black RE. J Nutr. 2003 May;133(5 Suppl 1):1485S-9S. 5. Boehnke C, et al. Eur J Neurol. 2004 Jul;11(7):475-7. 6. Mauskop A. 2012 Continuum (Minneap Minn). Aug;18(4):796-806. 7. Pringsheim T, et al. Can J Neurol Sci. 2012 Mar;39(2 Suppl 2):S1-59. 8. Al-Attas O, et al. Clin Med Insights Endocrinol Diabetes. 2014;7:1-6.

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