If you’re like me, I LOVE SUMMER!
The heat, the farmers market, gardening… and more social time with friends and family.
Social time also usually includes alcoholic beverages – the topic of this post.
Lately, I seem to be getting a lot of requests, for tips to avoid hangovers. So I thought I would share it!
After all, IT IS SUMMER and it’s fun to have a few drinks with friends and family!
If you know you’ll be having a few drinks, you can enjoy your alcohol by taking this natural protocol beforehand which will help “pre-tox” your body, thereby minimizing the damage associated with alcohol consumption.
Just beware that this protocol will NOT make you less susceptible to alcohol poisoning or other acute adverse events associated with binge drinking, so please use common sense and drink responsibly.
Try these 3 Steps to Minimize Damage And Enjoy Your Alcohol
Step 1: Drink ‘Clean’ – choose from the ‘best sources’ below:
Best sources (lowest toxins):
- Vodka (potato or grain)
- Gin, tequila, whiskey
- Organic dry champagne, organic red or dry white wine
Worst sources (highest toxins):
- Red wine, non-organic
Step 2: Protect Your Liver –
Take either N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) at least 200 milligrams, or Sulforaphane Glucosinolate.
This helps to enhance the synthesis of glutathione, along with 1000 mg of Vitamin C as extra antioxidant protection. Both before you begin drinking and after you finish drinking for the night.
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC): NAC is a form of the amino acid cysteine. It is known to help increase glutathione and reduce acetaldehyde toxicity that causes many hangover symptoms.
If you’re wondering just how powerful NAC can be, consider that, like alcohol, one way that Tylenol causes damage to your liver is by depleting glutathione. If you keep your glutathione levels up, the damage from the acetaminophen may be largely preventable. This is why anyone who overdoses on Tylenol receives large doses of NAC in the emergency room — to increase glutathione.
Sulforaphane Glucosinolate (Broccogen caps): Sourced from broccoli sprouts, Broccogen has been identified by many scientists as the strongest known inducer of Phase 11 enzymes, which neutralize chemical toxins protecting the body from free radical damage. I like the Newco Brand.
B Vitamins: NAC and Sulforaphane are thought to work even better when combined with Vitamin B1 (thiamine). Vitamin B6 may also help to lessen hangover symptoms. Since alcohol depletes B vitamin in your body, and the B vitamins are required to help eliminate alcohol from your body, a B vitamin supplement taken beforehand, as well as the next day, may help.
I like the ‘active’ form of B complex commonly referred to as the ‘methylated’ form for highest bioavailability. I like the Genestra Brand.
Milk Thistle: Milk thistle contains silymarin and silybin, antioxidants known to help protect your liver from toxins, including the effects of alcohol. Not only has silymarin been found to increase glutathione, but it also may help to regenerate liver cells. A milk thistle supplement may be most useful when taken regularly, especially if you know you’ll be having cocktails on more than one occasion.
I like Liv Complex by Genestra, which contains milk thistle and other liver supportive plant compounds.
Vitamin C: Alcohol may deplete your body of Vitamin C, which is important for reducing alcohol-induced oxidative stress in your liver. Interestingly, one animal study showed Vitamin C was even more protective to the liver than silymarin (milk thistle) after exposure to alcohol.
Making sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C, either via supplements or food, is another trick to use prior to indulging in alcoholic beverages. Vitamin C is actually such a powerful detoxifier that if you take large doses prior to receiving dental anesthesia, the anesthesia will be significantly weakened and may not work.
Look for one from a NON-GMO source and with additional bioflavonoids.
Magnesium: Magnesium is another nutrient depleted by alcohol, and it’s one that many are already deficient in. Plus, magnesium has anti-inflammatory properties that may help to reduce some hangover symptoms. If you don’t eat a lot of magnesium-rich foods, taking a magnesium supplement before an evening involving drinking may be helpful.
If you are prone to ‘kidney stones’, choose the ‘citrate’ form of magnesium.
Step 3: Soak up the toxicity
With each drink, take 1 activated charcoal (I like the Innovite Brand found at your local health food store). Activated charcoal works by absorbing toxic chemicals when taken right after exposure to poisonous agents (great to keep on hand for food poisoning too).
Please share this post with anyone who wants to likes to enjoy the occasional drink too! I would also love your comments with how it worked for you:) Cheers!
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