As we settle into the near perfect weather of the high season here in the Coachella Valley, we often find ourselves picking up the pace with obligations and events, both professional and for fun. The more we do, the more we burn through our bodies’ resources which can leave us feeling depleted and fatigued.
This is even more important and pronounced for those indulging in our world-renowned music festivals during the month of April; “fueling for fun” becomes a necessity to avoid dehydration, fatigue and the pains of overindulgence. The following tips will prepare you for thriving during a full weekend of great live music.
What to pack:
- Sun protection – mineral sunscreen, brimmed hat, sunglasses, chapstick.
- Earplugs – excessive loud music causes ringing that can prevent sleep, and over time, can contribute to hearing loss. (You’ll be surprised how much you can still enjoy the show with ear protection).
- Hand sanitizer and wet wipes – you’ll need these to survive the port-a-potty situation.
- Medications – if you have a prescription, it must be brought in a properly labeled container with your ID.
- Bring an empty water bottle or hydration pack that can be easily accessed and refilled.
- Pack electrolyte packets to add to your water throughout the festival. LMNT is a great zero sugar option. Liquid IV contains too much sugar for daily use, but for a festival weekend, we can make an exception.
- Match any alcohol consumption with water consumption, and make it a goal to practice moderation (e.g., waiting until sunset to indulge and not surpassing one drink/hour).
- At the Polo Grounds, you aren’t allowed to bring outside food or beverages into the venue, so starting your day with a balanced and nutritious breakfast will be key; think protein, healthy fat and veggies.
- Keep your blood sugar balanced and avoid crashes by aiming for nutrient dense meals inside the festival. Avoid carb and starch heavy foods like plain French fries and desserts to prevent crashes.
Swollen feet and body aches:
- Sit down and take stretch breaks between sets. (Trust me, it will be far from the weirdest thing people see that day).
- Avoid wearing new or fashionable shoes and pick a pair in your closet that is tried and true.
- At the end of each night, practice legs up the wall for 5-10 minutes to allow for better blood flow; this will also allow your nervous system to calm down and promote more restful sleep.
- Book an in-office or mobile IV therapy service in advance to replenish your body’s resources and allow for a quicker recovery.
- While oral supplementation can be a powerful tool, IV therapy allows for nutrients to bypass the gastrointestinal tract and travel through the bloodstream to where they are needed most.
- Targeted IV therapy allows for better hydration, electrolyte balance, B-vitamins for energy, glutathione for antioxidant and liver support and medications as needed for those who had difficulty practicing the above suggested moderation.
By practicing these self-care tips before, during and after, the memories of the weekend can be all about the music and fun.
Dr. Delaney Quick is a primary care naturopathic doctor at Live Well Clinic in La Quinta. The clinic offers B vitamin injections, IV nutrients and functional lab testing for a personalized health plan. For more information, call (760) 771.5970 or visit www.livewellclinic.org.