Alcohol Toxicity and Hangovers

Alcohol Toxicity and Hangovers

We asked Dr. Richard Ash about the science behind a hangover—and why drinking too much can make you feel so terrible. As he explains, “Hangovers are really about the toxicity of the alcohol breaking down in your body that thus causes bi-products that create inflammation,
drops in blood sugar levels and acidification. The combination of these bio-chemical events cause the “hangover” symptoms that consist of headaches, nausea, fatigue, etc. When you are faced with the situation of having had more to drink than you anticipated or are going to have an evening where alcohol is involved, there are key factors that will boost your odds of alleviating symptoms and getting your body back to normal as quickly as possible.”

Dr. Ash’s Hangover Tips

1. Hydration

Keep hydrating yourself with alkaline forming Italian sparkling mineral water, i.e. Pellegrino. Alcohol is a diuretic, which increases urination and is dehydrating and acidifying. Minerals are alkaline forming and will help replace mineral deficits caused by alcohol consumption. Remember not all waters are created equal so choose carefully.

2. Eat Protein

Eat properly before and after your evening by including protein and low glycemic index foods (solid fruits, watermelon, etc ) to counteract the sugar depletion caused by alcohol. This is important to do especially before going to sleep to prevent hypoglycemia, where you have drops or volatility in blood sugar causing headaches, jitters, heart palpitations, anxiousness, night sweats, shakiness. This usually occurs when you are not eating properly and is most common when you are not sleeping. The perfect protein drink to ingest before bed would be Nutritious and Delicious—15 grams of protein, 2 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrate no gluten, no soy.

3. Take Vitamin C

The best nutritional solution for treating pain and inflammation caused by an evening of alcohol consumption is taking a buffered, fully reduced, pharmaceutical grade quality, powdered Vitamin C such as the one made by Pure Essentials when combined with Ultra Quercetin (a bioflavonoid) can be a safer alternative to 2 Anacin or 2 Excedrin before going to sleep, as it is an alkaline-forming way to markedly reduce the inflammation which causes the major pain component of the hangover. Take 1/2 tsp Vitamin C mixed with 8oz of Pellegrino and 6 Quercetin before going to sleep and upon rising.