Dehydration and Hangovers
The reason we started Intox-Detox was to shine a light on a problem that effects millions of Americans, and billions of people worldwide. It’s a problem that has been around since the dawn of modern civilization. Once humans learned how to make alcoholic beverages, hangovers plagued them. Amazingly, very little research and time has been devoted to the problem.
For this reason, folk remedies and “snake oil salesman” have run the show, rather than real, hard science. And the amount of misinformation broadcast across the internet has become mind-boggling. It’s hard to find “the truth”.
That’s why we did 10 years of research, and continue to explore new solutions to this day. One particular comment that we hear over and over again is that…
Dehydration Causes a Hangover?
But is this actually true? The best easy answer we can give you is – “Sort of, but not really.”
All forms of alcohol are what’s known as diuretics, meaning they increase the body’s urine output. Let’s put it in simple terms: when you drink about 4 alcohol beverages, your body loses up to 1 quart of water. Most people can easily down 6 to 8 beverages in an evening, so it adds up to losing an immense amount of fluids.
More specifically, alcohol inhibits production of the antidiuretic hormone vasopressin. This prevents your kidneys from conserving water and increases urine production. In practice this leads to the “breaking the seal” phenomenon where you keep having to pee large volumes and often more frequently while drinking alcohol.
Symptoms of Dehydration
Common symptoms of mild dehydration are thirst, weakness, dry mucous membranes and dizziness. Sounds like a hangover to me, right?
So to address all of the people who believe that hangovers are just dehydration, it’s understandable why you might mistakenly think that. All of these symptoms are commonly associated with hangovers. Remember though, a square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square.
Moderate dehydration also occurs with going to the beach (sun exposure) and working out. Most of us would agree that those experiences do not feel the same as a hangover. There’s a lot more going on than dehydration. However, it must be acknowledged that dehydration is one physiological factor that contributes to hangovers.
Luckily for us, it’s also one of the easiest things to fix. Just drink water! We recommend increased water intake prior to and during drinking alcohol. One great way to do this is to simply consume 4 to 6 oz. of water between each drink. That will also slow you down, encourage enjoying your drinks and hopefully prevent binge drinking to some extent.
Of course, water is not all that is lost with increased urination. It’s a good idea to replace electrolytes with Gatorade, Pedialyte or by simply eating a banana. We like coconut water because of its healing, hydrating properties and natural mineral content.
You should also drink fluids prior to bedtime and the morning after drinking, as dehydration often persists beyond the alcohol consumption. If you don’t take Intox-Detox (how exactly does it work?) and follow all of our advice, you might wake up with a hangover, which means you might have to deal with increased sweating, vomiting and/or diarrhea. All of these things only make dehydration much worse.
Dehydration is part of a hangover, but not the whole problem. Fixing it is easy. Drink 4 to 6 oz. of fluids between each alcoholic drink. In addition, drink extra fluids prior to alcohol, before bedtime and the next morning. Preferably drink all natural coconut water to include electrolytes. Other options are Gatorade (or other sports drinks) plain old water, Pedialyte or eating a banana.
The BIGGEST factor involved in the nastiest side effects of alcohol is what’s known as Acetaldehyde toxicity (learn more about that here). This is the one that is most responsible for the stomach upset, nausea, headache and vomiting. As we said, mild dehydration can produce some of these symptoms, but nothing like a really bad hangover.
How does Intox-Detox help?
Intox-Detox contains the only 2 clinically proven ingredients for protecting the liver and also avoiding the misery of the next morning. Click here to learn more about how it works…
Why didn’t we address dehydration with our product? Acetaldehyde toxicity is a WAY more difficult problem to solve. Dehydration is actually very simple. You just have to drink water. Since H2O comes out of your tap for free and electrolytes can be found almost anywhere, why would we charge you for that or add capsules to our formula just to solve a problem that doesn’t really exist?
Basically, for the price of a beer you can avoid all of the negative after effects of all the other ones you will drink for the night. And if you find a better deal in life than that, you better take it!
Stay #LIVERSTRONG because #HANGOVERSSUCK!
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