This high production of Glutamate is what prevents the drinker to be able to achieve deep, restful sleep, and is why a lot of people wake up super early after a night of binging.
Extreme Glutamate rebound results in anxiety, tremors and restlessness.
As you drink, the toxic byproducts of alcohol prevent the production of glucose.
This results in low blood sugar when you wake up, attributing to the feeling of weakness and fatigue.
Glucose is also the main energy source for the brain so when this is low your brain sucks.
Well lets think of it very simply.
We know what the main causes of hangovers are, so logic says if we can prevent each one of these things, then we can avoid a hangover.
This one is easy.
If you drink a lot during the night, it is common knowledge that you should drink water between each drink. But who are we kidding, no one does that.
I’m not about to be drinking water in between each game of flip cup when i’m trying to get in some girls pants.
So what can we do?
Drinking water at the end of the night helps, but its not the best.
One thing you could do is drink coconut water before you go to sleep. The Vita CoCo brand, pineapple flavor, is delicious.
Coconut water is one of the most hydrating liquids you can drink. It contains more electrolytes than sport drinks, has more potassium than 2 bananas and much more. It tastes good if you buy the right one too, so another thing you could do is make mixed drinks with it. You are hydrating while getting drunk!
Also, you could buy some dehydration sachets and take them before sleep, with water or w.e is recommended.
Then when you wake up, have another Vita Coco or dehydration satchel.
Like I said, dehydration, easy.
This one is a bit tougher, but I think I have found a worthy opponent to the nasty toxin. NAC or N-Acetyl-Cysteine.
In simple terms, NAC helps destroy Acetaldehyde, and it does it well.
So is NAC enough to do the job?
If you are going to take NAC you also need to take Vitamin C with it to keep the NAC working. The Vitamin C is kind of like the NAC’s motivational workout instructor and without it the NAC just doesn’t kick as much ass and is pretty much a waste.
Then you need to add Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine) to the mix to seal it all up. Thiamine also has a direct effect on NAC and the combo of these three will be the most effective on destroying Acetaldehyde faster than it can be produced.
Also DHM, a product which we go more into below, has been shown to be very effective at speeding up the removal of Acetaldehyde. It can actually prevent you from becoming drunk if you take it before and while drinking. But taking it at night has been proven to reduce hangover symptoms, speed up detox and help in other areas. Read more about it below in the reduce Glutamate rebound section.
So how much do you need to take?
I have found that a good dosage without going overboard is 600mg of NAC, 1000mg Vit C, and 100mg of Thiamine.
Take this half an hour before you drink, then every hour, then before you go to bed.
Yes, you will have to carry a little baggie with pills but who cares if you feel great the next day.
This is a real tough one.
There is not much information on this on the web but I have my own theories that I am going to test.
My thought process is as so. If your bodies production of Glutamate shuts down when you’re drinking and rebound after because of it, then you should be able to supplement with L-Glutamine (a precursor to Glutamate) throughout the night to prevent this rebound and avoid a hangover.
L-Glutamine is a widely available amino acid that can be purchased at a cheap price. Its very same to take by the recommended dose, and if it doesn’t help your hangover it will help you recover from your workout earlier that day.
***Update – Since having this article live almost a year, a lot of new science on how to avoid a hangover has come out. A new product called DHM has had some really successful studies done showing its ability to stop the effect alcohol has on Glutamate and GABA.
This prevents the GABA from crashing and the Glutamate from spiking after boozing, and can go a long way in the fight to avoid a hangover.
The first thing you can do is eat a big meal before you start drinking.
The even better thing you can do is eat a big meal before you go to bed.
The meal should primarily made up of simple carbohydrates and healthy fats which promote a healthy blood sugar level. This is why you feel better when you pig out on McDonald’s before you go to sleep. Try a glass of OJ before bed and when you wake up too. That will raise glucose fast, but can also cause a drop later on. (See below)
In the long term – eating foods high in sugar will not help your blood sugar stabilize. So instead of the McDonalds or OJ, you can eat eggs or foods high in healthy fat and low in sugar. This will intern keep your blood sugar level even and stop the ups and downs.
“L-Cysteine, beta carotene, vitamin E, and BHT (a preservative/anti-oxidant found in health food stores — Twinlab sells it). When I was bartending after college in downtown Chicago, there was a medical convention and 2 surgeons were sitting at the bar. They were taking all of these vitamins and I asked them what they were. They told me they were l-cysteine, beta carotene, vitamin E, and BHT. They told me they prevent hangover and that they take them because they might have to perform surgery the next day after drinking.”“
I do not have any experience with BHT but this is the one that stands out to me here.
There is some strong research and claims on the web that BHT can eliminate a hangover completely.
There is also some evidence that BHT may cause cancer, so I am hesitant to test it out. But if I do you will be the first to know.
So if you implement each one of these things, even if the L-Glutamine one isn’t solid yet, you should reduce your hang over by over 50%.
If you do everything listed above you are way ahead of the game.
But you can help yourself even more by choosing the right drinks.
Its a known fact that certain alcoholic beverages have more hangover affects than others. This is due to the amount of toxins in these drinks.
The alcohols below are listed from best to worst for avoiding a hangover. Stay towards the top of the list and you will be better off.
1) Grain Alcohol
2) Clear Liquor (Vodka, Gin, Etc.)
3) Dark Liquors ( Rum, Whisky)
7) High Sugar Drinks
**High quality Liquor over low quality Liquor
So when your out on the town your best bet is to stick with clear liquors.
The darker liquors contain more congeners, which produce hangovers.
Beers contain plenty of toxin and are much harder for the body to expel.
Then come sugary drinks. The high sugar content causes an even worse blood sugar affect the next morning, causing an even worse hangover affect.
Also stick to the higher quality alcohols. Shitty quality and cheap alcohols are less pure and contain more toxins for your body to fight off.
Big meal, 1200 mg of NAC, 1000 mg of Vit-C, 100 mg of Thiamine, (**Optional 600mg of DHM), 1 Vita CoCo.
Drink some high quality Vodka or Gin:
Avoid mixing drinks with large amounts of sugar. The cleaner and purer it seems, the better.
600 mg of NAC, 1000 mg of Vit-C, 100 mg of Thiamine, (**Optional 600mg of DHM). Water would help too.
Big meal ( simple carbs ), 1200 mg of NAC, 1000 mg of Vit-C, 100 mg of Thiamine, 600mg of DHM 1 Vita CoCo.
600 mg of NAC, 1000 mg of Vit-C, 100 mg of Thiamine, 1 Vita CoCo.
Repeat every hour if you still feel like shit.
**Note: Taking DHM before and while you drink will actually stop the alcohol from affecting GABA, which is what makes you relaxed and drunk. This is great for poker players who want to seem drunk after 10 beers – but not for guys who want to go out and melt their brains. The DHM will still be effective to take at night to help speed up the removal of toxins and stop a huge Glutamate and GABA rebound. Up to you.
1) Drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.
2) Any supplements and information I listed here are just my opinions and in no way am I a doctor. They all are safe but take them at your own risk.
3) If you get blackout drunk, you probably will still be hungover. Nothing will save you from that. But this will help you a lot if you don’t drink to an extreme excess.
4) I am not a doctor. Consult your doctor before trying any of these hangover cures or even partaking in drinking.
4) Have fun! and I hope you can beat you hangovers!
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