Alcoholic evening: 5 nutrients to take to protect your liver and limit hangovers

The same alcoholic drink, whether it is a glass of wine or a cocktail, can cause different effects in different individuals. Your weight, muscle and body fat ratio, health status, and even your genes affect how much alcohol gets into your bloodstream. Whether or not you eat also has an impact, since food in the stomach tends to dampen the absorption of alcohol. Surprisingly, even your mood can affect how you feel when you drink alcohol. There is a tendency to accentuate gloomy moods. Your state of mind also plays a role. Research has shown that it is possible to feel ‘tippy’ when drinking a ‘fake’ alcoholic drink.

Alcohol poisoning: signs that you’ve had too much to drink

Here are some of the most common telltale signs of alcohol poisoning:
– Loss of coordination
– Cold and sweaty hands
– bluish discoloration of the skin due to hypothermia
– Repeated and/or uncontrolled vomiting
– Slow or irregular breathing (less than eight breaths per minute or more than 10 seconds between two breaths)
– Seizures
– Confusion, loss of consciousness,
– torpor (conscious person but not reactive), and sometimes coma

Limit the damage of a very alcoholic evening

If you plan to have a few drinks, adopt this natural protocol beforehand which will help you “prepare” your body for “intoxication”:

1. N-acetylcysteine ​​(NAC)

NAC is a form of cysteine, an amino acid. It is known to help increase glutathione production and reduce acetaldehyde toxicity, which is responsible for many “hangover” symptoms. Try taking NAC (at least 200 milligrams) 30 minutes before drinking to reduce the toxic effects of alcohol. If you’re wondering what NAC’s powers are, just know that, like alcohol, Tylenol damages your liver in part by depleting glutathione stores. By maintaining good stores of glutathione, you go a long way in preventing the damage of acetaminophen. That’s why people who overdose on Tylenol are given high-dose NAC in emergency departments. This is to increase the production of glutathione.

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2. B vitamins

NAC is thought to work even better when combined with thiamin, or vitamin B1. Vitamin B6 can also help alleviate the symptoms of a ‘hangover’. Since alcohol depletes the body’s stores of B vitamins, and B vitamins are also essential to eliminate it from your body, taking a B vitamin supplement before drinking, as well as the next day, can s prove useful.

3. Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle contains silymarin and silybin, antioxidants known to help protect the liver from toxins. Silymarin has been shown to not only increase glutathione production, but may also help regenerate liver cells. A milk thistle supplement, taken regularly, can be very helpful. Especially if you know you’re going to have several occasions to drink a few cocktails.

4. Vitamin C

Alcohol can deplete your stores of vitamin C, which is important for reducing alcohol-induced oxidative stress in your liver. Interestingly, an animal study showed that the protective effect of vitamin C on the liver was even stronger than that of silymarin (milk thistle) after alcohol exposure. Make sure you get enough vitamin C. Whether through supplements or your diet.

5. Magnesium

Magnesium is another nutrient that is depleted by alcohol, and which many people lack at baseline. Additionally, magnesium has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce some “hangover” symptoms. If you don’t eat enough magnesium-rich foods, it may be useful to take a supplement before a night out that may be watered.


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