Just a quick update on last weeks blog, the full “10 Best Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk” one-sheet is now available HERE.
Now, to our story.
It’s 4am, and you wake up in a state of panic to what you thought was a cat that pooped in your mouth, but is actually a severe case of dry mouth.
You stumble to your fridge and grab some water to chug, only to realize that now you have the spins. Stumbling around your apartment, bumping into walls, knocking chairs over to wake your fiancée up. She then hears screaming coming to the other bathroom.
She comes in to realize that this is not just screaming, it’s scream-puking. She finds you face deep in the toilet praying to the porcelain gods. After a mixture of vomit and dry heaving for the next 20 minutes while she strokes your sweat stained back, you turn to her:
“This is going to be the worst hangover of my life.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m a total wuss when it comes to hangovers.
Having the addict gene in my family (insert debate here), I can definitively say if it weren’t for hangovers I would probably be in rehab.
Before we dive into some of the best, off the wall, hangover cures, let’s get into the physiology of a hangover.
Your brain “off” drugs
First off, let me say I don’t condone excessive drinking. But, like a parent supplying their underage kids drinking alcohol at their own house, if you’re going to do it, I would rather you be smart about it.
The day after you get drunk can be a nightmare, and here’s why:
1. Dehydration – “The Cat Poop In Your Mouth Effect”
Alcohol has a diuretic effect, meaning that it will increase the amount you pee. Because of the suppression of the hormone “vasopressin,” water is not reabsorbed into the kidneys, causing you to excrete it in the urine. If you vomit, sweat, diarrhea, or all of the above (which I’ve actually seen before -yuck), you will loose even more fluids and electrolytes.
– Hypoglycemia and Acidosis – “Low Blood Sugar and High Lactic Acid”
Accumulation of lactic acid and decrease of blood sugar are a direct result of the metabolic pathway involving NAD+ and NADH. When this pathway is disrupted, the ratio of NAD+ to NADH is disrupted.
– Disturbance in the GI Tract – “Case of The Fire-shits”
Alcoholic drinks with less than 20% volume of alcohol stimulate the production of stomach acid. Alcohol with more than 20% irritates the stomach lining, leading to inflammation.
– Altered Circadian Rhythm – “Sleep Patterns Off”
Ever notice that parts of your hangover feel a lot like jet log? Because so many hormones are changing while you’re drunk, your day-night cycle is completely thrown off. Your body temperature is also dropped during inebriation, which will provide no restorative value to the sleep you actually did get.
So now that you know what’s happening during a hangover, here’s the top 3 craziest hangover cures and why they actually work:
1. Activated charcoal
You mean the same stuff you grill your meat on? Yes. However, the harmful compounds that are formed when meat is cooked over charcoal is not from the charcoal itself. This charcoal actually acts as a mop and takes waste products out of your system faster.
So all the aldehydes, ethanol, etc that are swimming around in your system are taken out of the body in an expedited fashion. This will decrease the amount of effect on your hormones changing, dehydration, and disturbance of the sleep pattern.
I first heard of using activated charcoal from the bulletproofexec.com Dave Asprey. This is to be used the night of your drinking. Asprey recommends taking 1-2 tablets per drink.
2. Vegas “Hangover Heaven”
If you’ve been to Vegas, you’ve probably heard of the nurses that come to your hotel room to pump you full of fluids and anti-hangover meds. If you haven’t, yes, this actually exists.
The company, “Hangover Heaven,” is a fast growing company and it’s no wonder why. It costs a pretty penny, but this stuff actually works. Here’s what you get:
- IV 750 ml of hydration
- IV Anti-Nausea meds
- IV Headache Meds
- IV Vitamins and Antioxidants
- IV Anti Heartburn
- IV Electrolytes
- 30 minutes of oxygen
The best part about their service is they have a free shuttle that takes you to them, which is actually cheaper. If you’re a big baller or borderline dead, you can have them come to your hotel room.
You basically get a liter of water injected into your system, meds that will take away any headache, nausea, or heartburn, vitamins to speed up the recovery process, and some much needed oxygen.
If you follow my blog, this comes at no surprise to you. Cryotherapy is great for recovery, and even better for hangovers. It’s typically my go-to for hangovers because of it’s ease of use and only takes 3 minutes. You are literally getting frozen, which will decrease the inflammation in your gut and body from the alcohol. Also, you are stimulating your rest/digest nervous system response, which will help you recover faster.
I hope you have a happy and healthy New Year. And if you are celebrating, please do so responsibly.