The Hangover Series: Part 1

You’re barely even awake and already your head is throbbing…
Your heart feels like it’s pumping at 200 beats per minute…
It tastes like something nasty died in your mouth…
It feels like your lips are covered in cobwebs…
Self loathing kicks in as you try to remember how many tequila shots were consumed…

 

The dreaded hangover – we’ve all been there! But what is this hideous feeling and how can you make it stop?!

 

Well, the obvious (and much healthier) option would be to drink a lot less, but it is the silly season after all, and sometimes we simply get carried away. I get it! In these situations, party people, it’s important to have a few tricks up your sleeve to bring yourself back to life – and more importantly, good health – as quickly as possible.

 

Before we get in to that though, let’s have a closer look at four big contributors to the infamous H•A•N•G•O•V•E•R:

 

• Acetaldehyde – let’s call this guy ACE – is a product of alcohol metabolism that is created by enzymatic activity in the liver. Excessive drinking = excessive levels of ACE which is more toxic than the alcohol itself!

 

• Glutathione – one of the enzymes responsible for breaking down ACE – runs out quickly when large amounts of alcohol enter the system. This results in a build up of ACE, leaving you all kinds of toxic while your body frantically tries to create more Glutathione.

 

• If you’ve ever been drunk, you know all about the term “breaking the seal”.
Yes; this is partly to do with excessive amounts of liquid entering your body, but there’s actually some science behind this one as well:
Alcohol inhibits ADH (anti-diuretic hormone), which is responsible for helping your body retain fluid. Lower levels of ADH = more trips to the bathroom, resulting in significant electrolyte losses – particularly salt, potassium and magnesium. Deficiencies in these contribute to that dreaded weak and nauseated feeling the next day.

 

• Alcohol inhibits Glutamine – one of the body’s natural stimulants. When the time comes to stop drinking and call it a night, the body tries to make up for lost time by upping Glutamine production which stimulates the brain while you try to sleep. This increase in Glutamine keeps you from reaching that much needed deep, healing kind of shut eye causing you to feel incredibly sluggish the day after. The Glutamine rebound is also a heavy contributor to those post-bender shakes, and (in severe cases) anxiety and restlessness. Yuk!

 

We’re only just scraping the surface here, but it’s pretty easy to see that there’s a bit going on when the drinks start flowing, right?

 

Coming up next in The Hangover Series are some of my all-natural and super effective hangover prevention and redemption remedies. Stay tuned, Favourites – you might be needing a few of these in December!

 

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