It’s January 1st 2020.
OH BABY, can you smell that?
That fresh new scent of a year. The year of winning, for all of us here.
Anyways, instead of doing the typical ra ra new year motivation like most “guru’s” I’m here to give you some real value: How to recover from your alcohol infused night.
Some of you, may have brought in the new year sober. Other’s not so much. I decided to have a few drinks and loosen up to bring in 2020, but I’m kick ass right away. I want you too as well.
Why lose the first day of the year to a hangover when we have the Ultimate Alcohol Recovery Plan? A little forethought and strategy can allow you to party down on December 31st and still get up on January 1 feeling like a champ.
Pissing like a racehorse depletes not only your water stores but the electrolytes in them, contributing to the headache and general malaise of a hangover.
The solution: Hydrate in advance of your binge and keep the water coming as often as you can through the night.
The next morning, add five grams of Himalayan salt to a liter of natural spring water and drink it all up within two hours of waking. The salt packs trace minerals that help boost electrolyte levels.
Keep drinking water regularly until you urinate at least two times during the day—this is a sign that you’re restoring the body’s water/electrolyte balance.
#2 Stop Acetaldehyde
Two of the best-known minerals, calcium and magnesium, with two important trace minerals, iodine, and molybdenum, to support total body health.
When your body has to metabolize alcohol, it creates a toxic byproduct called acetaldehyde.
Molybdenum is an essential mineral that helps the body produce chemicals that assist in regulating acetaldehyde, but its levels are depleted with the dehydration that comes from boozing.
If you crave foods like burritos, nachos, or hummus when you’re hungover, it’s actually your body’s way of telling you it needs molybdenum.
Reach for a molybdenum supplement, which will give you a concentrated dose without extra calories.
Take it at the end of your bender before you go to bed, and then again the next morning.
#3 Drink Tea
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter that slows the brain down.
It’s critical for relaxation. As alcohol is classified as a depressant drug, it increases your brain’s production of GABA, leading to the chilled out, sometimes disoriented feeling you get from drinking.
The counterpart to GABA is glutamate, another neurotransmitter that excites the brain and promotes alertness.
After the GABA bath your brain takes from excessive drinking, the body releases a flood of glutamate in an effort to restore balance, and this is the reason you wake up easily, sleep badly, and feel anxious the night of and day after getting wasted.
L-theanine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in green tea, and particularly matcha (a more potent type of green tea).
It mimics the effects of GABA, and studies have shown that, when combined with caffeine, it can help you stay focused without the jitters you might get from caffeine alone.
Bonus: Take A Shot
Glutathione is a molecule that promotes cellular health, and it plays a big role in fighting acetaldehyde. It’s present in food, but stomach acids largely boil glutathione away, preventing its absorption in the body.
The most effective way to boost your intake is with an injection straight into the veins. To combat future hangovers, look for an IV vitamin therapy clinic in your area that can hook you up.
While they can be pricey (treatments can cost several hundred dollars and last under an hour), they often offer all-in-one cocktails of vitamins and minerals that—because they bypass the digestive system—can have you feeling better in minutes.
As a bonus, the extra saline solution is also incredibly rehydrating.