Physiological Causes of a Hangover
One of the biggest problems we see among the drinking population is a total lack of understanding of what really causes hangovers. How are you ever going to prevent a hangover if you have no idea what really causes it in the first place? Also, most people only start to address the hangover after it’s already here, when they are desperate and they feel terrible.
A far better approach is to find out what the root cause of your suffering is and do everything in your power to take preemptive measures to avoid it. It’s true that there is no “hangover cure”. Anything that is a “cure” would have to be a drug, as defined by the FDA. And we all know how awful drugs can be. There’s literally one for everything. Because if everything’s a disease then they can sell you a separate drug for each of your aches and pains. In the case of the hangover, you did it to yourself by drinking too much of a poisonous substance. FDA defines that as a “disease state”, but for that matter, stupidity should also be considered an illness.
With a little bit of basic knowledge, the average person can understand what the root cause of hangovers actually is and plan accordingly to mitigate the effect. Don’t ever let them fool you into believing that it’s too complicated for you to understand. We did all the hard work for you.
We maintain that the #1 cause of the nastiest hangover symptoms – nausea, vomiting, dizziness and headache – is accumulation of the poisonous metabolite of alcohol known as acetaldehyde. That is specifically what Intox-Detox was formulated to address. And based on the science behind the ingredients, it does an incredible job of it.
However, acetaldehyde is only one of the physiological factors contributing to feeling terrible the next morning. So, we thought, why not create a series of blog posts to discuss each of the factors believed by the prevailing science to be implicated in the dreaded hangover. Then we’ll give you a quick solution for addressing that root cause.
Cellular Inflammation and Hangover
Ever wonder why NSAIDs help you feel better when you are sick, or in this case hungover? When we drink alcohol, the toxins create free radicals in our bodies, these cause cellular inflammation. Inflammation is a natural process in the body. Actually, it’s part of our immune response, allowing the body to heal. Since drugs that are anti-inflammatory stop inflammation unnaturally, do they also slow down the healing process? The answer is yes. It’s a trade off between managing pain and promoting healing.
Free radicals roam around like bored teenagers and cause trouble. They literally pluck electrons off of your cells and damage them. More specifically, they often damage your DNA, which can gunk up your body’s ability to repair itself, copy cells and regenerate. If that sounds like the big C (that ends in “ancer”), then you’re not far off. Many believe that free radicals and inflammation can play a big role in developing tumors.
The super heroes on the cellular level are known as antioxidants. They actually roam your body donating electrons to free radicals in order to neutralize them. Kind of like getting a juvenile delinquent a job or mentoring him or her to take up a hobby or get passionate about sports. Examples of common antioxidants are Vitamins C, E and D. Many natural substances that are “good for you” contain various antioxidants. This is one of the reasons that Intox-Detox contains Green Tea, Panax Ginseng, Japanese Raisin extract and Setria L-Glutathione. They are all powerful antioxidants, but especially for battling the toxins from alcohol, according to clinical research.
Glutathione in particular has been called the “master antioxidant” for the body – by The Doctors TV show – because it neutralizes particularly nasty free radicals and helps to recharge other antioxidants while enhancing the immune system. We added Setria L-Glutathione to our formula because it’s clinically proven in humans to increase blood levels of this important antioxidant. Glutathione is also intimately involved in protecting the body from alcohol’s toxins and helping to break them down.
So, Intox-Detox does much to counter free radicals and the cellular inflammation that they cause. With the right nutrition, you can do even more.
Most people wait until after the damage is done, in the morning when they are already hungover. The first thing they do is pop a few Advil, Tylenol, Aspirin or their off-brand equivalents. While these do help to deal with inflammation, as powerful drugs they have their own risks. In particular, acetaminophen (branded as Tylenol) is particularly dangerous with alcohol because of the undue stress it adds to the liver.
A better approach is taking an aspirin before bed to preempt the inflammation. Anecdotal reports suggest that this method is highly effective for helping to prevent the hangover. But even aspirin can be dangerous for certain people, so check with your physician first.
While Intox-Detox is not entirely opposed to OTC drugs being used properly, we are always searching for natural alternatives. So, what else can you do to counter cellular inflammation when drinking alcohol?
Addressing Cellular Inflammation the Natural Way
Here are a list of natural anti-inflammatory foods and supplements that you can take before, during or after alcohol consumption to help keep cellular inflammation at bay. Some of them are as effective as drugs, without any of the side effects of NSAIDs and other OTCs:
-Omega-3 from fish oil or eating salmon, mackerel, tuna or sardines. For vegetarians, check out chia seed, flax seeds/oil or Ahiflower from Clean Machine.
-Greens like kale, spinach, broccoli and asparagus are high in antioxidants that also help. If you hate eating greens consider a “greens powder” – supplements that blend many greens and antioxidants together in one convenient scoop. Chug it down in a few seconds and you’re done. No need to eat your greens. Some of them actually taste pretty decent. Check out Greens+ Superfood Wild Berry (bonus you get berry, cherry and superfruit extracts with it)
-Garlic and onions work like Mother Nature’s NSAIDs, containing quercetin and sulfur-rich compounds that can exert powerful effects in the body.
-Supplements like ginger, turmeric and boswellia are very powerful anti-inflammatory substances.
-Healthy fats – extra virgin olive oil, avocados, raw natural almonds and other nuts and seeds
-Colorful foods – In particular, berries – blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, blackberries and raspberries – exert powerful effects. In addition, consider purple corn, beets, apples, oranges, cherries, especially the tart variety, etc. If it’s bright-colored, it probably contains powerful phytonutrients that fight inflammation and disease. This includes the “superfruits” like acai berry, macqui, pomegranate, goji etc…
It’s simple. Add these ingredients to meals prior and during alcohol consumption to help contain cellular inflammation. If you’re as lazy as we are, consider the concentrated supplement forms of these things or a superfood powder that covers many of these bases like Greens+.
Supercharge your anti-inflammatory strategy by adding Intox-Detox. Our formula contains 4 powerful ingredients that fight free radicals and inflammation while helping your body eliminate acetaldehyde, the deadly metabolite of alcohol.
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To read a summary of all the physiological effects of alcohol on the body and how to counter them naturally, click here (COMING SOON).