A hangover is a self-inflicted condition including the symptoms of a headache, nausea, moodiness and overall tiredness. Hangovers are caused by dehydration in the body, intoxication, hypoglycemia and an overall lack of the vitamin B-12. The bad news is, a hangover cannot be cured. If you do not want a hangover, then do not drink to excess. If you do drink to this extent however, there are some ways you can minimise the damage.
Before Drinking Hangover Advice
Supersaturate your body with a Fat Metaboliser supplement, this will enhance your recovery through improved liver function. Saturation would be defined as taking more than the manufacturers recommended dose, in this case. Be careful though, as once you achieve this point of saturation, you can experience diarrhoea. Once this diarrhoea is reached, the goal then is to reduce the dosage so you hover prior to this symptom.
Before Bed Hangover Tips
- After Drinking Alcohol, rehydrate with water or an electrolyte drink before you turn in to get some much needed sleep. Have some more of this beside your bed to help you rehydrate during the night too. This will not only re-hydrate the body, but help with the excretion of toxins and metabolic by products resulting from alcohol consumption. It is also beneficial to have carbohydrates before going to bed to prevent overnight dips in blood sugar levels causing hypoglycemia and dizzyness upon waking.
- Have a Protein Shake Before Bed. This will reduce the rate of catabolism, and ensure you get some much needed protein that may have been neglected whilst you were consuming the empty calories, as discussed above.
- Take a B-Complex before you go to bed, so that it can work its magic while you sleep. If you forget, take it immediately upon arising. B-Vitamins aid the carbohydrate (alcohol) metabolisation process, as well as helping restore your energy levels.
The Morning After Hangover Tips
- 45 minutes - 1 hour before breakfast: take a serve of a ZMA supplement, and 5-10 grams of glutamine. The ZMA will raise your depleted testosterone levels, and the glutamine will help stop catabolism.
- Have a good solid breakfast filled with protein-rich foods with calcium, phosphorus and iron. These nutrients will be depleted from the night before and need to be replenished. When you eat a meal high in saturated fat, it causes the effects of alcohol to peak earlier, and last longer than in diets with high polyunsaturated fat.
- A Multivitamin should already be part of your diet. If not, there is no better time to take one to get the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals.
- Vitamin C stimulates the liver to break down the alcohol. Take 2-10 grams per day. Start at 1,000 mg an hour and build up to your level of tolerance. Excess vitamin C can cause diarrhoea, and since you probably have stomach distress you wouldn’t want this as well.
- Magnesium. Excessive alcohol intake can reduce magnesium levels, as well as depleting zinc and other minerals. As zinc and magnesium increase testosterone levels anyone who wants to increase muscle mass would not want to decrease levels of these minerals. People with lower magnesium levels can experience more severe hangovers.
- Avoid painkillers if you've had a drink within 12-14 Hours as painkillers and alcohol don’t mix. Combining alcohol and the painkiller Ibuprofen has side effects including a bleeding stomach, inflammation, even ulceration. As alcohol remains in the body for 24 hours after consumption, wait as long as possible, ideally 12 hours or so, before consuming pain killers.
Minimise Hangover Pain With Supplements
As discussed, prevention is better than the cure when it comes to hangovers, but if you must indulge, there are ways that supplements can help you minimise the after effects of excess alcohol consumption. By supersaturating with a fat metaboliser which increases liver function leading up to the celebrations, you can take a pre-emptive strike against the effects of a hangover. Before going to bed, have a protein shake and rehydrate with water or an electrolyte drink, with a B-complex. It may also be beneficial to consume some carbohydrates to prevent hypoglycaemia. In the morning, take a serve of ZMA, glutamine, a multi, vitamin C, and magnesium to make up for the vitamins and minerals depleted from the big night out.