Before listening to this podcast I thought I would get some new tips to avoid the dreaded hangover. I didn’t – Drink water, line your stomach and don’t smoke were some of the recommendations. However, what was the most significant help to me and what made me take action is understanding WHY these tips or hacks make sense. Having a deeper understanding of what alcohol does to the body now helps me understand why these tips may help and if nothing else, has raised my awareness when drinking. I hope you find it as useful as I did – thanks for sharing your expertise Adam!
Podcast Name: Health Hacker with Adam Macdougal
Episode Name: Top 5 Hacks to Avoid a Hangover
Episode Length: 26:45
Episode Link: Click Here
Date: 3 December 2017
Or for those who prefer to read, below is a short summary we have put together for you…
We often use alcohol to help us feel cooler, abandon our inhibitions, and even deal with social situations. But we all know what it’s like to go out and have one too many. The resulting hangover may make you want cast off alcohol forever, but these hacks from Adam Macdougal will help you look after yourself before and after the drink.
According to Macdougal, the key to avoiding a hangover is dealing with Acetaldehyde, the toxin compound created by alcohol that attempts to poison our bodies. Acetaldehyde irritates your stomach lining, irritates your lower esophagus, and causes inflammation. Your body recognizes that you’re being poisoned and produces Cytokines, which normally help you to fight off infections; in such high doses, however, Cytokines also leave you with hangover symptoms: headache, nausea, fatigue, and even memory loss.
The biggest challenge is that besides being a toxin, alcohol is also a diuretic that dehydrates. For every glass of alcohol you drink, you actually lose 4 times that in urine loss. That means you need to be drinking 4x as much water as alcohol! With all these cards stacked against you, Macdougal’s 5 Hangover Hacks will help get you from first drink to morning after.
Hack #1 – Head Off the Hangover
Try Adam Macdougal’s Pre-Tox Hangover Mix before you start drinking: vitamin B complex + milk thistle + magnesium + vitamin C + NAC (amino acid). This mixture will flush out the toxic alcohol and replenish your body. You can find the ingredients at your local health food store. Take it 30 minutes before your first drink and down it with a ton of water.
Hack #2 – Fill Up Your Guts
We all know not to drink on an empty stomach, but what you eat is just as important. Line your stomach with good, healthy fats like avocado, salmon, and nuts. Or do like the Greeks, and down a tablespoon of olive oil before you start drinking.
Hack #3 – Drink The Good Stuff
The cheaper the alcohol the more impurities – like Congeners – that cause hangovers. These are most common in dark liquors like bourbon and whisky, so stick to clear liquors like vodka instead. Steer clear of bubbly drinks like champagne and diet soda mixers, since those are a sure fire way to land yourself a headache.
Hack #4 – Avoid Sucking Back the Darts
Combining alcohol with nicotine is almost guaranteed to give you a hangover. A study by Brown University found that nicotine increases the amount of Cytokines released, and therefore your chances of hangover skyrocket astronomically. This is an easy one: don’t light up if you’re on the drink.
Hack #5 – Refuel
If, despite your best efforts, you still end up with a hangover, you need to refuel with Adam’s Hangover Breakfast Burger. The recipe is packed with amino acids, protein, potassium, and key enzymes that help break down the alcohol.
* Eggs – they are packed with amino acid called cysteine. It is good for hangovers because it mops up all the headache causing toxins in the body
* Bacon – protein in the bacon can help the neurotransmitters in our brain to get back up to speed after a big night on the drink
* Spinnach and Avocado
* Asparagus – boosts the key enzymes which break down alcohol after you drink heavily
* Sourdough Bread – it has been fermented, gives more energy over a longer period of time and can help stop our blood sugar levels from crashing
* Drink = Sprite. Research in China found that Sprite helped break down alcohol enzymes faster than other soft drinks.
Check out the podcast for more insights into each hack. You can also find out more at Adam’s website http://www.adammacdougall.com.au