The Hangover Pre-Detox: Do This Before Drinking
A great example confirming the validity of this “detox before you drink” approach that you might relate to is if you ever took vitamin C prior to going to the dentist who gave you a local anesthetic to numb your tooth before dental work. You would most likely have noted that the anesthetic did not work at all, took a much larger dose, or wore off quickly. This is because vitamin C accelerates your liver's ability to detoxify it.
Alcohol is a different animal, though, and since it impacts your body on such a wide scale, the more steps you take to circumvent the ill effects, the better. If you know you'll be having a few drinks, take this natural protocol beforehand to help 'pre-tox' your body:
1. Amino Acids
Amino Acids known to help increase glutathione and reduce the acetaldehyde toxicity that causes many hangover symptoms. Try taking Amnio Acids (Found in Last Night’s Mistake) 30 minutes before you drink to help lessen the alcohol's toxic effects.
If you're wondering just how powerful Amino Acids can be, consider that, like alcohol, one way that Tylenol causes damage to your liver is by depleting glutathione. If you keep your glutathione levels up, the damage from the acetaminophen may be largely preventable. This is why anyone who overdoses on Tylenol receives large doses of NAC in the emergency room -- to increase glutathione.
2. B Vitamins
Amino Acids are thought to work even better when combined with thiamine, or vitamin B1 and Vitamin B6 may also help to lessen hangover symptoms. Since alcohol depletes B vitamin in your body and they're required to help eliminate it from your body, a B-vitamin supplement taken beforehand, as well as the next day, may help.
3. Vitamin C
Alcohol may deplete your body of vitamin C, which is important for reducing alcohol-induced oxidative stress in your liver. Interestingly, one animal study showed that vitamin C was even more protective to the liver than silymarin (milk thistle) after exposure to alcohol. Just as with a dental anesthetic, vitamin C will also help detoxify alcohol, so make sure you're getting enough vitamin C, either via supplements or food, before indulging in alcoholic beverages.
Practical Tips to Avoid a Hangover
The pre-tox measures above are important for supplying your body with the vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients to protect your liver and assist in the breakdown and removal of alcohol from your system. Other practical measures that may help include:
Stay Hydrated: Drink a glass of water along with each alcoholic beverage to help prevent dehydration. At bedtime, drink another large glass of water or two to help stave off hangover symptoms in the morning.
Eat Beforehand and During: If your stomach is empty, it will speed the alcohol's rate of absorption into your body. It may also cause more severe stomach irritation. Make it a point to eat a meal before you drink alcohol and nibble on satisfying snacks (such as cheese) while you drink.
Replenish Electrolytes: Try drinking Last Night’s Mistake before you go to bed to help reduce hangover symptoms in the morning.
Stick with Clear Alcohol: Generally, clear liquors (vodka, gin, white wine) will contain fewer congeners than darker varieties (brandy, whiskey).
Stop Drinking When You're Buzzed: When you feel buzzed, it's a sign that your body's detoxification pathways are becoming overwhelmed. Take a break from drinking, or quit for the day entirely, to allow your body to metabolize the alcohol effectively.
You're Hung Over… Now What?
Ideally, the steps above will help you to avoid a hangover, but keep in mind that if you drink excessively, there is virtually no foolproof way to prevent all the ill effects. If you find yourself feeling hung over after too many drinks, don't try the "hair of the dog" remedy of drinking more alcohol – this will only prolong your reaction. Also avoid taking acetaminophen (Tylenol), which will only further tax your liver. Instead, try these hangover remedies to feel better faster
Exercise: If you can manage it, a short bout of high-intensity exercise may help you to sweat out some of the toxins. Be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid becoming even more dehydrated.
Try a shot of Last Night’s Mistake: Caffeine, B Vitamins, electrolytes, Amino Acids, everything you need to pre detox and detox afterwards!
If You Drink Alcohol, Keep It in Moderation
If you're using the hangover pre-tox or remedies above, hopefully it is only for the very occasional use. While an infrequent drink here and there is not likely to cause too much damage, especially in combination with a healthful lifestyle, it's important to realize that alcohol is a neurotoxin that can poison your brain and disrupt your hormonal balance.
When it comes to alcohol, remember that using it in moderation is key and excessive use is virtually guaranteed to damage your health. You can generally define "moderate" alcohol intake as a 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce beer, or 1 ounce of hard liquor with a meal, per day. As you progress further into reaching higher levels of health, I do recommend eliminating all forms of alcohol.