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Hanging with Hangovers
Most people know to drink plenty of water to counter the dehydrating effects of booze. And there are an array of products on the market containing nutrients formulated to restore what alcohol depletes—even tablets of activated charcoal, which is supposed to absorb toxins. Michael Gerber, M.D., H.M.D., of the Gerber Medical Clinic in Reno, Nevada, has some additional advice:Alcohol is an antioxidant and can have beneficial effects. But its breakdown product, acetaldehyde, a cousin of formaldehyde [embalming fluid], can cause free radical damage. Your body deals with this toxin by breaking it down with an enzyme that requires thiamin [vitamin B1], so taking 500 mg of B1 before bed can metabolize acetaldehyde out of the body quickly and help you avoid the morning-after headache. Taking 1,000 to 2,000 mg of vitamin C—the universal detoxifier—before going to bed is also good hangover prevention.If you didn’t take preventive steps the night before, there are several things you can do in the morning. A little buffered aspirin with 1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate [baking soda] in water, taken along with 3,000 to 5,000 mg of vitamin C, will usually relieve your pain. Or you can just try Alka Seltzer Gold with the C. Even better is 1,500 to 2,000 mg of acetyl L-carnitine, which restores memory and brain activity quickly and helps prevent brain damage. If you have access to homeopathic remedies, take Nux Vomica 4X, 6X or 6C every half hour until you feel better. Some people even put Nux in party punch to prevent hangovers.Of course, moderation—which is true prevention—is still the best medicine.
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