Ever wondered how to get away with the perfect night out drinking? We did. That’s why we created Intox-Detox, to protect your body from the damaging effects of alcohol while helping you to function the next day and not feel like the gum on the bottom of someone’s shoe. We’ll get to the role Intox-Detox has to play in your heist in a moment.
Why do I call it a heist? Ever noticed how going back to the bar you were at the night before is referred to as “returning to the scene of the crime”? Small glasses of alcohol are “shots”. When you take a pee, you are “breaking” the seal. You often hear people say they were “hammered”, “smashed”, “sh*t-faced” and “slaughtered”. Clearly drinking is a pretty destructive activity. We don’t think it has to be that way though.
If we have one flaw, it is too much passion (bordering on obsession) for the science of getting away with the heist. In the spirit of brevity, and for those who don’t want to read the full dissertation, here are the Cliff’s notes of how to combine Intox-Detox with a few simple tricks to wake up feeling okay after an epic night out.
How to Get Away with the “Heist”
- Avoid dehydration – plenty of water before and after drinking. The rule of thumb about having a water between each drink is a good one. Replace electrolytes after with coconut water, Gatorade or any other hydration drink of your choosing.
- Slow alcohol absorption – eat plenty of healthy fats at the meal PRIOR to drinking, and not after you’re already drunk at the McDonald’s drive thru or hungover the next day.
- Eat greens – asparagus, artichoke, spinach, broccoli, etc… Most greens contain compounds that naturally help detox and protect your body (Knock out 2 & 3 by having a steak salad for dinner before going out)
- Choose drinks wisely – skip the ones that your body doesn’t like. For example, champagne gives me headaches, so I don’t drink much of it. Pick one drink for the night and stick to it. Don’t go from carbonated beverages (like beer) to liquor because it speeds up absorption and creates the “never sicker” effect
- Take natural anti-inflammatories – mitigate the inflammation caused by alcohol intake with supplements/foods like omega-3, turmeric, ginger, boswellia, berries, cherries, etc… Some people take NSAIDs like aspirin or Advil. Avoid Tylenol and/or acetaminophen at all costs – it will damage your liver!
- Take Intox-Detox BEFORE drinking – the only approach that provides the two substances needed to eliminate the acetaldehyde poison from your body faster
- Get adequate rest – at least 6 to 7 hours of sleep to avoid dragging the next day
- Energize wisely – there’s no caffeine in Intox-Detox because the jolt juice is the most popular drug on the planet and is readily available, like pretty much everywhere. Throw a rock and you’ll probably hit a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. (Technically the green tea in Intox-Detox does contain minute amounts of caffeine, equal to about one cup of DECAF coffee)
For those who are in for the long haul and want the more in-depth analysis, read on…
When it comes down to it, what you are actually doing when you drink alcohol is acutely poisoning your body. Luckily for us, our bodies were built with the ability to break down the poison from alcohol, also known as ethanol. If this were not the case, one or two drinks could kill you. Or at the very least, cause you to be violently ill and vomit immediately. That’s exactly what happens with some unfortunate ethnic groups who have a deficient liver enzyme for breaking down the poison. Forgive the brief science lesson, but it’s essential to understand what is happening in your body when you drink. And thus, what you can do to get away with it.
The deficient enzyme in these poor individuals is known as ALDH2. It breaks down a chemical called ALD, or acetaldehyde, which is far more nefarious than the ethanol itself. In fact, some say that ALD is 12 to 15 times more poisonous. And, it accounts for most of the nastier side effects of the “hangover”, for example nausea, headaches and vomiting. A lot of people think that a hangover is just dehydration; that is part of the problem, but it is a significant oversimplification of what is really going on in your body.
Our ability to break down ALD is limited, due to a couple of things that I will revisit in a moment. As the ALD builds up faster than our livers can break it down, it causes all sorts of problems. Acetaldehyde is similar to formaldehyde, another similar and deadly chemical. ALD bounces around and damages tissues of the brain, heart, liver and pretty much anything else it touches. The longer it is in your system the more potential it has for doing damage to your body, and the more terrible you will inevitably feel the next day.
So, to briefly summarize the cumulative issues plaguing your body during a hangover, there is dehydration, cellular inflammation, free radicals, glutamine rebound and ALD buildup (we’ll come back to these and provide specific solutions for each). Some of these issues are easier dealt with than others. Okay, so we know what the problems are; let’s talk about solutions. How exactly do we address these issues to “get away with the crime in progress”? Hint: one of the biggest secrets is planning ahead a bit.
- Avoid Dehydration
Hydration is just a matter of drinking water. You can get fancy and use Pedialyte, Gatorade, coconut water or whatever electrolyte cocktail du jour appeals most to you. You should also drink plenty of water before, during and after drinking. Alcohol tricks your body into pumping out more fluid than it is taking in, also known as a diuretic. And, it is probably true that dehydration contributes to fatigue, poor muscle function and even headache. However, this is one of the easiest aspects of the “hangover” to remedy. Just drink plenty of H2O!
- Slow Down Alcohol Absorption
Everyone always talks about eating greasy comfort food after the damage has already been done, the next day when the hangover is already in progress. This might make you feel better psychologically; and it can help replace nutrients and vitamins to recover. But, a far better option is to eat fatty foods prior to going out drinking. Rather than a plate of cheese fries, your best bet would be to have a steak salad. Let’s not get into the “bad” vs. “good” fat debate here; as it’s beyond the scope of this article. For us, the combination of some saturated fat from the steak, healthier fats from olive oil dressing and/or avocado and greens is the perfect combination. The fat slows down absorption of alcohol in the stomach, which helps to give your liver a better chance to keep up with breaking down both alcohol and ALD, the poisonous metabolite of ethanol mentioned above. While we’re on the subject of greens…
- Eat Asparagus, Artichoke and/or Greens etc…
These things contain phytonutrients, antioxidants and amino acids that help the body to upregulate the breakdown of the poison from the toxins. More specifically, many greens contain something called cytochrome P-450, which plays a role in breaking down the poison. In addition, greens, whey protein, curcumin and whole eggs can provide glutathione and its precursors to further boost the process. We’ll tell you a little more about L-Glutathione in just a moment as it’s a key ingredient in Intox-Detox.
- Choose Drinks Wisely
It’s true that not all alcoholic drinks are created equally. Whether it’s sulfites in wine, congeners in dark liquors like whiskey and rum or just mixing a number of different kinds of drinks together, there are many ways to go wrong. Your best bet is to pick a drink and stick with it for the night. Some people just have issues with one particular type of alcohol or another. For example, if wine or champagne is your kryptonite, just toast half a glass and move on to something that sits better with your body. Also, “beer before liquor, never sicker” is a real thing. Drinking beer first, followed by liquor can make you “sicker” because of the carbonation, which expedites inebriation. Over-drinking in general is another big problem. There’s a point at which any number of natural hangover remedies will just do nothing for you. If you are drinking to the point where you need medical intervention, you already have a problem. Slow it down and enjoy yourself. Someone once gave me a great piece of advice and it went like this: tomorrow all the beer breweries, wineries and liquor distilleries will be back to work. The alcohol will still be there tomorrow or next week. Drink moderately and enjoy yourself; there’s no need to conquer the world in one night. Live to drink another day.
- Inflammation Intervention
Drinking alcohol causes cellular inflammation. The free radicals from its poisons attack your body at the cellular level. Inflammation is implicated in many chronic diseases, and in just not feeling so well in general. For this reason many people advocate taking an NSAID like aspirin or ibuprofen before bed, after a night of drinking. We are going to recommend that you NOT do this. Some of these can actually exasperate the damage to your liver. In particular, DO NOT EVER take acetaminophen for this purpose. This drug, more widely branded and known as Tylenol, can damage your liver all by itself in large quantities. Add alcohol to the mix and you are creating a perfect storm for liver disease. The least harmful of these is probably aspirin, but do recall that aspirin is still a powerful drug that kills a lot of people, for one reason or another, each year. Proceed with caution. Another option is to take natural anti-inflammatories before bed, like omega-3, berries – strawberry, blueberry, raspberry – cherries, and spices/supplements such as turmeric, boswellia extract and ginger.
- Detox, Recover, Protect with Intox-Detox
This is where Intox-Detox comes in and really takes the “heist” to the next level. Everything up to this point has been pretty much common sense, mixed with a little bit of folk remedy and basic science. Intox-Detox takes the science to a whole new level. The combination of Japanese raisin, Setria L-Glutathione, Green Tea and Panax Ginseng specifically targets ALD for breakdown, as much as 65% faster than usual. L-Glutathione neutralizes ALD in the bloodstream, marking it for detoxification in the liver. Japanese raisin increases the amount of the ALDH2 enzyme in the liver, to break down the poison and get it out of Dodge before it does too much damage. Green tea and Panax ginseng provide antioxidants and help to detox the liver, specifically further targeting ALD for elimination from the body.
- Adequate Rest
The Glutamine-rebound phenomenon we referred to above is a little complicated. Let’s simplify and give you the very basic explanation. Poisoning yourself with alcohol (drinking heavily) uses up the amino acid Glutamine (different than Glutathione, but equally important). To catch up, your body proceeds to over produce glutamine to make up for it. Glutamine excites the brain and disrupts GABA receptors in your noggin that allow you to get deep sleep. The result is that intoxicated sleep never achieves the deep REM cycles of normal rest. You either toss and turn or “pass out”; both result in low-quality sleep, which leaves you tired and poorly rested the next day. Intox-Detox actually helps to prevent the GABA disruption, allowing for better quality sleep. Don’t get us wrong; if you stay up all night drinking and only get 3 or 4 hours sleep, you will feel tired. Intox-Detox will help you sleep deeper, just make sure to get at least 6 or 7 hours, so that you are adequately rested when you wake up.
Coffee or tea can help you get going the next day. We didn’t add any stimulants to Intox-Detox because they are very easy to find all around you. You probably have coffee in your house right now; and unless you live in a shack in the middle of the desert, odds are there’s a Starbucks within a mile or two. Every gas station has at least 5 different energy drinks that will get you going. A lot of people think we put ginseng and green tea in Intox-Detox for energy, which is not entirely untrue. However, this misses the point. The amount of green tea in the product provides amounts of caffeine equivalent to a cup of decaf coffee. It’s true that ginseng contains natural energy promoting chemicals and acts as an adaptogen to normalize body functions. Still, the primary reason for choosing these ingredients was to detox, recover and protect.
So, there you have it. Your best bet for getting away with the heist are the tips listed above. Hell, you might feel so good that you want to return to the scene of the crime tomorrow. Combine the above with a serving or two of Intox-Detox and you can HAVE FUN TONIGHT and FEEL GREAT TOMORROW.
Did I say “a serving or two”? Yes I did. Intox-Detox is all natural and safe to take in larger amounts than one package. While we would never recommend drinking excessively, we also understand that moderation is a relative term. What’s moderate to me may not be your definition of MODERATION. Also, for better or worse, some of us get carried away at a wedding or catching up with old friends and lose track of time and drinks, resulting in less moderation than we had planned for. For example, on a bourbon night, CEO Andy Bennett will often take a package of Intox-Detox prior to drinking, and then another before bed. That strategy combined with the tips above will go a long way toward “getting away with it”!
Forgot to take your Intox-Detox last night? It still works in the morning. Wake up and take the full package with water and you can expect to start feeling a bit better in as soon as 45 minutes to an hour. That’s how powerful this product is! Remember however that it’s always better to take Intox-Detox prior to drinking alcohol because then you can benefit from the liver-protective effects of the ingredients.
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