Here at Intox-Detox we take a scientific approach to having fun. Most people like to have a few drinks with friends and family. No one wants a NASTY HANGOVER.
The problem is that when it comes to avoiding hangovers, no one can agree on what causes them. And there is a ton of misinformation out there. Everyone has their folk remedy or so-called HANGOVER CURE. But almost no one is actually committed to investing the time to learn what is really going on with hangovers and how you can intervene to fix them. If you want to read about all of the physiological factors involved, which cause hangovers, click here (COMING SOON)
We spent over 10 years researching hangovers. And not just by drinking! We hired some Grade A “smartypants” type of people to plumb all of the scientific research and find ingredients that really help. Here’s the key…
Don’t wait until after you have a hangover!
You need to stop it in its tracks before it ever happens. And I’m about to give you my complete guide to doing that right now. You’re welcome.
7 Simple Steps to Avoiding a Hangover
1. Get Fat
Eat healthy fats BEFORE you go out drinking.
Don’t wait until after the damage is done to have a greasy plate of eggs and bacon. Fats do a handful of good things for you when you are having some drinks. They slow down the absorption of the alcohol, which gives your body more time to process it. The nutrients and antioxidants can also help protect you from the damaging effects of booze, if you pick the right fats. For example, avocado delivers healthy fats and an important amino acid called L-Glutathione. (More on that in a second) My recommendation is to eat a steak salad with avocado, egg, olive oil, onions and a whole mess of greens. All of these nutrients will help your body better process the alcohol.
2. Glutathione Load
Eat foods that contain Glutathione and its precursors.
Glutathione is an amino acid, but it’s also a powerful antioxidant and liver detox ingredient. Your body makes it, but you run out quickly while drinking alcohol. It is crucial to detoxifying alcohol, but it also protects your body from the damaging effects. Some glutathione boosters are eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables – especially asparagus, artichoke, Brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli, collard greens, cabbage, watercress and kale. Others include red meat, whey protein, turmeric (like curry), garlic and onions. Tip: If you work out and keep whey protein in the house, a quick shake before, during or after drinking alcohol will help boost your Glutathione levels. Whey protein is high in cysteine, which is a precursor to Glutathione in the body.
3. Drink with Your Mouth and Your Brain
Choose drinks wisely.
Dark spirits can make hangovers worse. Beer before liquor will make you sicker. Wine and champagne can have nasty effects on some people. Typically, the cheaper the booze, the more hangover-causing impurities. But remember, the highest quality poison is still poison. Any alcoholic drink could potentially give you a hangover. It’s important to know yourself. You know your body better than anyone. If a certain drink doesn’t agree with you, then don’t drink it. Try to avoid mixing many different kinds of drinks. Don’t mix liquor with a lot of carbonation, excess sugar, artificial sweeteners and/or colors and dyes. That’s just a recipe for a nasty hangover.
4. Put the Lime in the Coconut
It’s the easiest thing in the world to do, yet almost no one gets it right. The joke goes like this: It’s impossible to drink 8 glasses of water in a day, but 8 glasses of wine can be done in the space of an evening. People always want to get all fancy with their hydration, whether it be Gatorade, Pedialyte or whatever hydrating drink is in fashion. Pure H2O water works pretty darn well too. And, unlike so many other “hangover remedies” it’s usually free. It’s simple: Just drink 4 to 6 ounces of water between every alcoholic beverage. Load up before you start and again before bed. We really like all natural coconut water because of the healing properties and the high amounts of quality electrolytes like potassium. Try to pick one without added sugar (we love the ones with pulp!). Another great option for replacing electrolytes is to just eat a banana.
5. Sweat and Swell
Get it on!
Exercise is good for you. Okay, that’s not news to anyone. Aside from burning calories, keeping your heart fit and building lean muscle, it also boosts your immune system. One way it does that is by forcing your body to produce more Glutathione. You mean the same Glutathione that is required to break down the nasty toxins from alcohol and keep them from damaging your body? Yup, one and the same. Wait, but I thought exercise could suppress your immune system…what the what? It’s true that one bout of exercise temporarily damages your body, but it’s a good form of damage. It forces your body to recover and rebuild stronger; that’s how muscle is built. People who exercise regularly recover more quickly and produce more Glutathione. In particular, resistance training and intense cardio like Tabata have immense benefits for health and detoxification. Get your workout in first and then go reward yourself with a few drinks. Also, doing some cardio the morning after drinking can help speed up the detox process a bit. You don’t have to go for broke, just get your sweat on for 15 to 20 minutes. (With the help of Intox-Detox, you might even be able to do a more productive workout – read more about that here – COMING SOON)
6. What Supp?
Take vitamins and supplements that help your body detoxify alcohol.
You don’t have to become a “pill-popper” to get the benefits of vitamins and supplements. Rather than rattling off a huge list of supplements and vitamins to take before drinking, let’s keep it simple. Anything that is an antioxidant is going to help, but some are more helpful than others. That’s why we did all the hard work for you. We looked at the research and created Intox-Detox with ingredients that are clinically proven to both protect the liver (and body proper), as well as help to avoid the misery of the next morning. Setria L-Glutathione and its precursors helps to neutralize the damaging effects of alcohol’s dangerous metabolite ACETALDEHYDE (ALD). It acts like a bouncer helping to escort a troublemaker from a crowded night club. Japanese Raisin extract actually fortifies the liver so that it can more quickly detoxify ALD, and it also adds its own liver-protective effects with antioxidant properties. We added Green Tea and Korean Panax Ginseng because they have been shown in preliminary research to help detox the liver, especially that nasty ALD SOB. Take Intox-Detox, preferably BEFORE drinking, or with your first couple alcoholic beverages. For best results, an additional pack may be taken before bed.
Also, many of the Glutahtione-boosting foods listed in Step 2 can be obtained in supplement form. Here’s a few shortcuts to get all of the benefits without popping dozens of pills. Take a multivitamin and B complex with your pre-game meal and/or before bed. Add a greens powder to your regimen to cover all of your bases. Not only will this give you more greens than you could ever eat but, you will also get things like chlorophyll, superfoods, fruits, probiotics and herbal detox ingredients in many of these formulas. I recommend Greens + Organics Wild Berry Superfoods. Try a serving before drinking and another before bed. As mentioned above, whey protein is also a good idea because it contains L-Cysteine, the precursor to Glutathione. Taking it before, during and/or after drinking can be very helpful as well. Many people wonder… What about milk thistle? Milk thistle can be great for regenerating damaged liver cells, but it does not work nearly as well for preventing the misery of tomorrow. Milk thistle and liver detox products can be taken as well, if you feel that you need a more comprehensive liver cleanse.
7. Flame Off
Fight cellular inflammation, preferably the natural way.
Alcohol causes inflammation, especially that pesky ALD metabolite we mentioned. It bounces around in your body and causes trouble. There are many foods that naturally prevent inflammation, including fruits, greens and fatty fish. Spices like cloves, cinnamon, oregano, sage, thyme, turmeric, ginger and rosemary can also be helpful. Powerful natural supplements like tart cherry fruit extract, aged garlic, ginger, turmeric, white willow bark, omega-3, green tea extract, boswellia serrata and capsaicin (chili pepper extract) fight inflammation. Many people choose to use NSAIDs, aspirin, Advil or Tylenol for this purpose. NEVER use acetaminophen (Tylenol or equivalent) because it alone can stress the liver. These can all be potentially dangerous drugs for some people, especially if taken on an empty stomach. If you choose to go the OTC route, aspirin is your best bet. Swallow it down before bed with some coconut water, greens drink or whey protein. Natural alternatives are highly recommended, some of which have proven to be as effective as the drugs, but without the negative side effects.
You can have fun with a few alcoholic beverages without feeling terrible the next day. Some of these tips are just common sense. Others of them can help you address the root causes of your hangover and preempt the damage and misery with real science-based action. What if you do all of these things and still wake up hungover?
Chances are that you over-drank. There’s only so much that natural approaches can do. Alcohol is poison. And everyone’s body is a little different. You may just have to re-evaluate how much you drank and make better choices. That being said, an additional pack of Intox-Detox can be taken in the morning to help your body detox faster. Or maybe you forgot to take Intox-Detox altogether. Anecdotal reports suggest that taking Intox-Detox the next morning can help you to feel better within 45 to 60 minutes.
Stay #LIVERSTRONG because #HANGOVERSSUCK!