It’s a good bet that as long as we’ve had alcohol, humans have wished for a hangover solution. And we’ve all heard the wives tales about cures using Bloody Mary’s, raw eggs, pickle juice, etc. Many of us have tried a hot cup of coffee and two aspirins the next morning. But do any of these really work?
If you follow the rule of thumb… one drink per hour, you’re probably going to be fine. But when you’re having a good time with friends, it is so easy to drink faster. And all of a sudden, we’re exceeding the body’s capacity to metabolize alcohol. I’ve got my own personal ‘scoring’ system for things that I can do to avoid the worst hangover symptoms. I score from negative 5 to plus 5.
What does NOT help
[-3] Aspirin: surprisingly, something that is good at alleviating headache symptoms could make your hangover symptoms worse. Aspirin can cause stomach pain. And if it’s your regular go-to, it can cause long-term liver damage.
[-3] caffeine: Another surprise. That cup joe may temporarily perk you up. But the caffeine is also a diuretic so now you are more dehydrated.
[-5] Hair of the dog. It might alleviate symptoms for a bit. But now you’re drunk in the morning. And the symptoms will come right back. It’s only delaying the inevitable.
[-1] raw egg. Ummm, no. And Yuck. Unless your Rocky Balboa, then [+1].
What may help
[+2] Eating something before drinking can help slow down the rate that the alcohol hits your bloodstream.
[+4] Water, water, everywhere. Alcohol is a diuretic, forcing you to go to the bathroom and drying you out. Dehydration makes you feel awful. Drinking water before, during, and after drinking alcohol is widely regarded as helpful. You may substitute or complement with sports drinks such as Gatorade as long as they don’t have caffeine. But seriously, how many of us remember to continuously chug water while we’re out drinking?
[+2] Good sleep. A restful sleep without interruptions will contribute to you feeling alright in the morning. The key here is UN-interrupted. Alcohol tends to make you fall asleep but you wake up before you’re fully rested.
[+2] Vitamins. Since alcohol gives you the urge to go to the bathroom a lot, you’re flushing out a lot of vitamins and nutrients. Replenishing these helps with immediate symptoms and long-term balance.
Power Defender is formulated with ingredients known for their effect on reducing concentrations of two specific toxins in the body, ammonia, and acetaldehyde. How bad are these toxins?
Ammonia attacks the glial and nerve cells of the brain. High levels of ammonia in the body have been known to contribute to hepatic encephalopathy. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has listed acetaldehyde as a Group 1 carcinogen.
Power Defender contains two amino acids, L-ornithine and L-arginine [+5 each] that are key components of a bodily process called the Krebs Cycle that allows the liver to convert ammonia into urea that can be flushed out by the kidneys. Dihydromyricetin [+4] comes from the Japanese raisin tree and is an anti-oxidant that supports the rapid elimination of acetaldehyde.
Happily, Power Defender has no caffeine. But it does provide a boost that won’t keep you from falling asleep. L-arginine is a precursor to nitric acid. In 1998, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded for a study showing that nitric oxide increases blood flow. Many users report a temporary performance boost followed by a better night’s sleep. In a sense, you can have your cake and eat it too!
A few more special ingredients. Power Defender includes Taurine [+3] that may allow a better sleep through the night. Additionally, Taurine may counteract the fat build up in the liver brought on by drinking, which is good news for preventing liver disease in the long term.
Milk Thistle [+3] has been used to treat liver maladies for centuries. It has antioxidant properties, and herbalists claim this helps your liver to regenerate. Power Defender finishes out with vitamins [+2] including Vitamin B supplements. For good measure, there are 27 types included [+2].
A note on cigarettes contributing to hangovers:
Smoking cigarettes [-4] while drinking results in a worse hangover.
One theory is that both alcohol and smokes affect your sleep, and poor shut-eye may make you feel even crummier. Unfortunately, manufacturers lace cigarettes with ammonia to boost the nicotine impact and we know that high levels of ammonia in the body can be dangerous.