It’s safe to say that most adults have experienced the after-effects of having overindulged in alcohol, aka a hangover. The physical symptoms vary but include headache, nausea & vomiting, fogginess, fatigue, body aches, lethargy, propensity to order greasy take-out. But the less talked about side-effects are those we experience mentally & emotionally. Often the experience of anxiety & depression becomes heightened or exacerbated in the days after drinking. Some people call it the “downs” or “drinking blues”. But what contributes to this experience? 🎄
Alcohol, despite what one may assume by observing the dancefloor of a club, is actually a depressant. This means that alcohol impacts the central nervous system by impeding its function. Additionally, alcohol disrupts the microbiome in the digestive tract, which we know from the previous post houses a large concentration of serotonin, our happy hormone. Similarly, alcohol can induce anxiety or worsen its symptoms. 🎄
To reduce the impacts of alcohol on mental health, do the following:
1. N-Acetyl-Cysteine: NAC helps the liver to clear alcohol more efficiently. So take 500mg before AND after drinking to mitigate alcohol’s toxic effects. Want even more benefits? Include the following foods before & after your drinking activities: free-range chicken, grass-fed beef, broccoli, garlic and yogurt. Yum!
2. Curcumin: Touted for its anti-inflammatory effects, this active compound found in turmeric & curry mixes also supports the liver & protects other systems from damage. Choosing healthy, anti-inflammatory hangover foods is extremely important. Plan ahead & have us deliver your hangover day meal to help your body (& brain) recover faster!
3. Water & B-vitamins: Sound familiar? We mention this winning combo again because it’s so imperative. Take a good B complex (@aorhealth
) before AND after drinking, along with a healthy chug of water. Take one again in the morning, but make sure to take that guy with food.
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