1. Hydrate the right way before, during and after.
Pedialyte and sports drinks are not miracle beverages. The best way to hydrate is plain old H2O water. And don't forget that healthy food is also a great source of the water, vitamins and minerals needed to recover from dehydration. A beverage with added electrolyte minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous) can also be helpful before bed and upon waking the next morning. We like Ultima, which is a sugar-free natural powder stick that you can mix with water to help replace the electrolytes.
2. Have a pre-game meal.
There's a reason why it's a tradition in the Mediterranean to chug a shot of olive oil before going out drinking. Gross as it may sound, the healthy fats slow down alcohol absorption, giving your liver more time to cope. Choose foods loaded with natural detoxifiers like L-Glutathione, B vitamins, electrolytes and healthy fats. Snacking on carbs also seems to help a lot too.
3. Choose drinks wisely.
Any alcoholic drink can give you a hangover. Avoid excess sugars, which make hangovers worse. Stick to one kind of drink for the night (or 2 at most). Lighter colored liquor drinks can be better because they have fewer congeners. Liquor before beer. Avoid your "cryptonite". You know what it is, so if it makes you feel bad, don't drink it!
4. Flame off.
Alcohol causes an incredible amount of inflammation in our bodies. Battle inflammation with natural herbal solutions, such as Ibuactin. Some people take OTC pain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen. While these can be highly effective, they put too much stress on the stomach and liver for our taste.
5. Dr. Ethanol and Mr. Aldehyde.
It's a fun little play on words, but it illustrates one of the most important factors: the "Hangover Toxin" from alcohol, known as Acetaldehyde, is up to 30X more toxic than the beer, wine or liquor you originally drank. Side effects of the toxin include nausea, headache and vomiting. Ding, ding, ding! Sounds like a hangover. Acetaldhyde is the reason that it takes so long to feel better because our livers have to recover the ability to break it down before we can feel better. Good news! Products containing a clinical amount of Japanese Raisin (DHM) help the body with the specific liver enzymes needed. Our product Intox-Detox contains both Japanese Raisin and Setria L-Glutathione, both proven to help protect the liver and avoid the misery of the next morning. They do it by improving liver detox and helping to neutralize the damaging Acetaldehyde.