The Best Supplements to Prevent Hangovers
So you decided to get a little rowdy last night? All good. We’re not judging. We’re here to help you feel a little better next day.
If you’re anticipating a potential hangover and wanna prep to make sure it’s not nearly as horrid as we all know it can be, here are some vitamins and supplements you can take before drinking.
First things first.
Why do we get hangovers?
We won’t go too deep into the complex biology behind why we feel like shit after a night out, but it comes down to 3 main factors at play.
Inflammation. Alcohol is broken down by the liver. If you overload that bad boy by drinking faster than your liver can process the alcohol - it creates a buildup of acetaldehyde. That acetaldehyde reacts with the cells it comes into contact with causing inflammation and damage.
Dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic and causes you to produce more urine than normal. That makes you dehydrated.
Poor sleep. Alcohol prevents your brain from going into the deeper stages of sleep which reduces your quality of sleep. That’s why you may not feel very rested even after sleeping for a considerable amount of time.
What are these vitamins you speak of?
One of the reasons you may feel so crappy the day after drinking is due to loss of vitamins and minerals in your body. You’re likely urinating more than usual and along with water, your body also pulls certain vitamins from your tissues too.
Here are 4 supplements you may find in your cabinet that can help you feel better.
Vitamin C. If you have some of this stuff lying around, take some now. Vitamin C is a super strong antioxidant that helps your body speed up alcohol metabolism and protects your body from the toxins in booze. It’s also a superstar in boosting your immune system! Take it before drinking, after, or best of all - both.
Magnesium. Magnesium is excellent for helping you sleep and feel less jittery. It’s a mineral rather than a vitamin and helps support your body to break down and eliminate the bad stuff.
Milk thistle. This plant is commonly used to protect your liver and some studies show - even repair existing damage. Milk thistle’s anti-inflammatory properties can also help negate the free-radical damage associated with alcohol and help the liver to metabolise toxins. It commonly exists in tea and pill form (the active ingredient is called silymarin).
Potassium & Sodium. Very commonly found in sports drinks - these electrolytes are vital to your body. When you drink, the constant urination also pulls salt & potassium from your tissues and is one of the key reasons behind weakness & fatigue the next morning.
All of the above are also great vitamins & minerals to take even if you aren’t planning to drink.
But if you are, Smart Drinking made it super easy. Smart Drinking supplements contain not only all of the above, but also ingredients like NAC, sulbutiamine, and liposomal glutathione - all clinically proven to prevent hangovers and make you feel up to 88% better the next day. And we put it all into our easy to use supplements.