Most of us recognize that when it comes to drinking, the fun doesn’t last very long. A hangover is inevitable unless you take steps to minimize the damage from drinking.
There are a few different reasons you feel hungover, and also a few ways that you may recover more quickly. Below, we’ll cover each of these so you can hopefully get back to feeling normal.
What Causes a Hangover
Hangovers result from the bad effects that alcohol has on the body. You may not be aware that these things are happening because alcohol also dulls your senses.
So while your body may be crying out for you to drink water, eat something healthy, or go to bed; instead you do more shots, dance, and start into savory foods loaded with fats. This all combines to cause the following:
- Mild dehydration – Alcohol affects the production of vasopressin, a hormone that regulates fluid retention; as a result, you urinate more than is necessary.
- Poor sleep – Alcohol makes you feel sleepy, but when you do go to bed your overall quality of sleep is lower.
- Gastrointestinal irritation – Alcohol irritates the inner lining of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, causing an increase of acid and discomfort.
- Inflammation – Alcohol is an inflammatory compound.
- Alcohol metabolism byproducts – Acetaldehyde is a toxic compound created during alcohol metabolism that contributes to inflammation in the liver, pancreas, brain, gut, and other organs.
- Mini-withdrawal – Alcohol helps to dull responses in the body, and when those feelings go away, your brain may respond negatively until you start drinking again. This often goes away during the day if you are not an alcoholic.
With these now affecting you, what can you do? For starters, drink a lot of water and eat something healthy before bed. With that solved, let’s look at how supplements may support the areas of the body most affected by alcohol.
Supplements for Recovery
Here are a few different supplements from Pure Encapsulations and Standard Process that may support a healthy liver, the digestive tract, and provide nutrients that your body needs to function at its best.
Liver-G.I. Detox uses a high concentration milk thistle seed extract that may support healthy liver function and the development of new liver cells.
Milk Thistle Forte also contains milk thistle and detoxifying agents for the liver and gastrointestinal tract.
Nutrient 950 is a vitamin and mineral formula with antioxidants to help support the many functions of the body, as well as helping to remove toxins.
General Health Daily Fundamentals is a whole food supplement with vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids to help fill nutritional gaps that may occur during or after drinking.
Digestive Enzymes Ultra supports the digestion of lactose, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and fiber, which may be useful if you experience digestive discomfort after drinking.
ProSynbiotic help to feed gut bacteria to support healthy levels of gut flora. Alcohol can harm good bacteria and contribute to the overpopulation of bad bacteria, so using prebiotics and probiotics may be ideal for maintaining gut health.
The best way to avoid a hangover is to practice moderation. But if you go overboard occasionally, then a supplement may be ideal for your needs. You may even consider a “quick fix” like PartySmart, that may help you to start feeling an overall sense of wellness the next day.
However, before going overboard with supplements, remember that alcohol metabolism increases liver function and may contribute to irreversible liver damage. Likewise, other compounds that are processed through the liver may also affect liver function and may not mix well if consumed before, during, or after drinking alcohol.
Before combining alcohol with supplements, prescription drugs, or even pain relievers like Tylenol, speak with a doctor about the risks, and consult with a professional if your alcohol use falls into the category of alcohol abuse.