Monthly Archives: June 2013

Healthy Drinking – How to Avoid a Hangover

Some studies show that moderate alcohol consumption is beneficial for long-term health.  In fact, moderate drinking, defined as one to three drinks per day, is associated with the lowest mortality rates in alcohol studies.  This gives us all another reason to have an occasional drink (or two) and enjoy a rich social life.  With that in mind, below are some simple ways to minimize any potential negative effects of alcohol consumption:

> Step 1: Choose a clean alcohol source with the least toxins.  Selecting an alcoholic drink wisely should mean a good time tonight and less of a hangover tomorrow.  The list below ranks alcoholic beverages in order from best (cleanest) to worst (most toxins):
=> potato vodka (least toxic), grain vodka, gin, tequila, whiskey, other distilled spirits, champagne, dry white wine, white wines, red wines, dessert wines, beer (most toxic).

> Step 2: Block the conversion of alcohol into aldehyde.  Aldehyde is the most potent hangover-causing metabolite that may also increase the signs of aging (especially in the skin).  To block this toxin take: a.) Vitamin C (250 mg), along with b.) N-Acetyl Cysteine (500 mg) before each drink.

> Step 3: If you want even more protection, add c.) Vitamin B1 (100 mg) and d.) R-Lipoic Acid (100 mg) before each drink.  Or, you can take this nutrient combo before your first and after your last drink.  For a final layer of protection you can supplement with e.) Liposomal Glutathione (2 mL).  This supplement is expensive, but very useful as one of the most powerful whole-body detoxifiers available (Bulletproof Glutathione is recommended).

> Step 4: Absorb any toxins with a binding agent.  To bind toxins in the digestive tract take 2-4 capsules of f.) Activated Charcoal after you’re done drinking.  If you chose beer or wine, you may want to take 1 capsule with each drink.  Activated charcoal works like a sponge to bind toxins, including aldehyde, in the intestines so they don’t absorb into the blood stream.

So enjoy the summer, drink in moderation, and have good tomorrow.  Cheers!