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A lot of people think that hangovers are "JUST DEHYDRATION", but not only is this not true, it's actually totally ridiculous. Even medical professionals try to sell us that line. I don't believe they are lying on purpose. Just like children, they are repeating what they have heard over and over again.
Why is a hangover being "just dehydration" so silly? All you have to do is think about it...
If you go for a long run, you get dehydrated.
Do you feel sick?
Do you feel like vomiting?
Big maybe...if you're really out of shape I guess, but...
Does it FEEL like a hangover.
Answer - NO!
If you lie on the beach all day, baking in the sun, (not great for your skin), but you do end up dehydrated, right?
Do you feel sick?
Do you feel like vomiting?
Do you feel HUNGOVER?
Answer - NO!
(Unless like me you put down 5 or 6 skinny margaritas, but then again I have a solution for that too!)
In fact, you might get a slight headache from dehydration or nausea, but for the most part, if you get physically ill from dehydration, you probably have heat exhaustion or heat stroke and are possibly close to having a serious medical problem - like DEATH for example.
Dehydration is only one of about a dozen or more physiological effects from alcohol. Yes, it's true that diuretics like ethanol trick our body into pumping out too much water.
But if beating hangovers were as simple as guzzling water or sports drinks, nobody would ever get them!
So why do they keep trying to sell us this BS line over and over and over...?
I'll tell you why... There are HUGE, POWERFUL COMPANIES that want to sell you crap.
What kind of crap?
Powerade, Gatorade, Pedialyte etc...
There's nothing inherently wrong with water, sugar and minerals, but it's not a miracle cure for anything.
In fact, pure H2O and nutritious foods provide all of the hydration you will ever need.
Nothing wrong with drinking these drinks. I do it myself.
Just know that if all you do is chug some Pedialyte, then you are ignoring 95% of the problem.
And worse, you are really only addressing one of the easiest parts of the hangover to solve.
What other kinds of crap do they try to sell us for hangovers?
Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Aspirin etc...
All very safe, miracle drugs that are okay some of the time for most people.
Do they put extra stress on your liver and stomach?
Yes. But for most it's fine.
What do these drugs actually do?
Answer - They decrease INFLAMMATION.
Inflammation is another of the dozen or so physiological effects from alcohol. When you take OTC pain medication, it relieves the inflammation.
After all, what is PAIN? It is an inflammatory signal that triggers the body to heal itself.
All at once.
Does that mean that a hangover is "just inflammation"?
Answer - NO!
Look, I'm no Conspiracy Theorist. I'm allergic to conspiracy theories.
However, I do have a few questions. And you probably will too, after I reveal the main SECRET to beating hangovers.
The fact is that the companies that manufacture those OTC medications make a crap ton of money.
For better or worse, humans love to drink alcohol. That means we get hungover.
And the easiest thing in the world is to pop a few pills and swallow them down with a bottle of G! or P!
But has any of this stopped people from getting hangovers?
If we want to stop hangovers, we have to dig a little deeper.
A good start would be to identify all of the major PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS, which is just a fancy way of saying what the heck is going on inside our body when we drink.
Here are the most common:
Intoxication - Blood Sugar Fluctuations - ***Acetaldehyde Buildup***
Glutamine Rebound (Poor Sleep) - Skin Flushing - Decreased Focus - Fatigue
Stomach Upset/Nausea - Inflammation - Headache - Dehydration (it made the list!)
Blindness - Dizziness - Vomiting - Hallucinations - Death
The last line is just pure binge-style alcoholism drinking. Most of us responsible drinkers don't have to worry about all that.
However, a really bad hangover sure can FEEL LIKE DEATH, right?
And if you've had one or two (or many like I used to), you are no stranger to some of the other effects above.
The funny thing is that most of these symptoms and effects are very EASILY managed.
First of all, Intoxication is one effect we DON'T WANT TO GET RID OF.
What the hell would be the point?
If you just wanted a tingle in your britches, why not have a few cups of strong tea or coffee?
Ideally, a science-based and logical approach to beating a hangover would involve addressing all of these effects that you DO NOT WANT.
In the spirit of that endeavor, let's knock all of those symptoms out real quickly.
Just the low-hanging fruit ones...
Blood sugar/Fatigue/Dehydration - Food, water, sports drinks, possibly including vitamins (B and otherwise) and minerals/electrolytes. For best results take these in before, during and after alcohol consumption.
Focus/Excessive Fatigue - Get more sleep. Consume coffee, energy drinks or other caffeinated products and/or natural nootropics to increase brain function. There are some great ones out there.
Inflammation/Nausea/Headache - Over-the-counter (OTC) medications or their natural alternatives (A combination of Ginger, Turmeric, Boswellia and other herbs can be as effective as the drugs, minus the side effects. See a product called Ibuactin)
Now that I solved ALMOST ALL of the hangover problems above, allow me to read your mind...
"NO SH*T, DUDE! We ALL already do all of the above."
And that's why you're all still HUNGOVER in the morning.
Because you don't know ANYTHING about how to get rid of the TOXIC ACETALDEHYDE.
It's called the "Hangover Toxin" for God's sake! And I'll prove that with 2 examples in just a second.
To understand the chemical Acetaldehyde, you have to know the basics of ALCOHOL METABOLISM.
Yes, even nurses and doctors, who administer drugs to patients all day, don't understand this.
(Probably because they did one chapter on it about a half century ago. They have important and stressful jobs and a lot more important things to worry about most of the time. I salute them for their service and hard work, but stop telling me that it's "just dehydration")
Real quick... Learn this and you'll know something 90% or more of people don't know...
ALCOHOL METABOLISM 101
You see, our livers are really STUPID by design...
No, I take that back. Our livers are miraculous wonders of nature. They are like the MAGICIANS of your body and can literally turn anything into anything else.
As a filter for your blood, not only do they have to metabolize your martinis and Coors Light, but they purify our life essence all day every day 24/7/365 to life.
Sounds like a prison sentence, but they do it with ease most of the time and rarely complain.
When it comes to alcohol, they save your life by doing something a little DUMB...
They take mildly toxic ETHANOL and turn it into something far more toxic, and even DEADLY...
Dun, dun dun! That's ACETALDEHYDE.
Anything that ends in "aldehyde", you better watch out. Like formaldehyde. Might help you look presentable when you're dead, but if you let much of it into your body, you will very much FEEL LIKE DEATH and soon actually be dead.
So, Acetaldehyde is up to 30 times more toxic than what you drank. Let's see how it works in...
2 Stages of Alcohol Metabolism
1. Ethanol (beer, wine, liquor, mead or Four-Loco) meets the liver enzyme ADH to make Acetaldehyde (ALD for short)
2. Acetaldehyde (the "Hangover Toxin") meets with the ALDH2 liver enzyme to make Acetic Acid. That stuff is basically a harmless vinegar-like substance that's excreted or used for energy.
That's it. That's how it works.
There's a slightly different pathway in the brain and other organs, but by far the majority is handled in the liver.
A. Ethanol (mild toxin) - B. Acethaldehyde (deadly toxin) - C. Acetic Acid (benign vinegar-like substance)
The faster you can go from point A (alcohol) to point C (vinegar), the better you will feel.
That's because the primary cause of the WORST SIDE EFFECTS of alcohol is Acetaldehyde.
There I said it!
(Notice I didn't say "all", but rather "the worst". I never want to oversimplify something so complex - like so many people do - but I also don't think you need to research for 10 years like I did or take a chemistry class right now. Nobody likes chemistry! However, it can be quite useful...)
I'm about to tell you how to beat the toxic Acetaldhyde, but for the holdouts, let me prove that it causes the majority of the "HANGOVER-LIKE FEELINGS" with 2 very simple examples.
1. Alcohol Flushing
Some people have more powerful livers than others. You have heard of "intestinal fortitude" right? You may also remember gangsters in the Wild Wild West calling cowardly sissies "Lily-livered". It's a thing. When it comes to processing toxins like alcohol, we are not all created equally. I'm sure you all have that one friend that drinks you under the table and never gets a hangover. Well, I dated her and it was a living Hell because I didn't know this back then. They are super-livered super humans. Lucky as they are, they may be doing a lot of damage without knowing it.
The opposite of the genetically strong-livered person suffers from Alcohol Flushing. They have a genetically mutated or modified version of the ALDH enzymes. Yes, that's the one that breaks the deadly "Hangover Toxin" Acetaldehyde down into that harmless Acetic Acid stuff. Without the ability to metabolize the ALD, their bodies try to eliminate the toxin through other pathways. One place that can happen is the brain, so they might get very intoxicated, very quickly or suffer from a headache. The ALD toxin is actually highly intoxicating and addictive, which might explain why some sufferers get drunk easily and may spiral into addictive alcoholism.
Less severe versions of the condition simply make the skin flush red. Our skin is one way to flush out toxins, albeit not very efficient compared to the liver. When the ALD rushes to their skin it irritates the cells, making them turn bright red. Remember that ALD damages everything it touches because it is so toxic. Usually, this results in the skin of the face turning bright red. It's highly embarrassing and may make the person look as though they are quite inebriated, even if they have only had a drink or two.
Oddly enough, our SECRET helps these people avoid flushing when they drink. More on that coming...
2. The Drug Antabuse
This drug was created as an Aversion Therapy to treat alcoholics. It's brutal and in my opinion barbaric medicine at its worst. What does it do? It causes an INSTANT HANGOVER, if you drink. Even one or two light beers can very quickly cause nausea, headache, vomiting and extreme sickness. The method of action for this drug is blocking the ALDH2 liver enzyme that breaks down Acetaldehyde. So it builds up even quicker than an Alcohol Flusher might experience and makes you feel like DEATH! The hope being that the drinker feels so ill that they will not try to imbibe alcohol again any time soon.
So maybe, you have half a brain and just started wondering...
Is there anything in nature that does the opposite?
We know that Acetaldehyde is SUPER TOXIC and makes you feel sick.
We know that Antabuse makes it worse by blocking the key liver enzyme needed to remove the ALD.
So, what if there were a way to speed up the function and activity of that enzyme in the liver?
That was the thought that captivated me about 15 years ago.
Have you heard of DHM?
If not, you will. We stumbled upon it and started using it over 5 years ago. And yes, we created a product that I am going to try to sell you. However, for now, it's just important to understand what this stuff is and how it works.
You don't have to buy it from me. I'm just trying to do the world a favor by explaining how hangovers really work and what you can do to help avoid the misery.
Keep in mind that when we started our business, there were about 5 companies using it. Now there's easily over 40. Honestly, I've lost count.
DHM stands for dihydromyricetin. It's similar to the dietary supplement quercetin. And it's found naturally in a handful of plants. Some sources are better than others and we prefer the Japanese Raisin or Hovenia dulcis plant because of other beneficial effects on the whole body.
Here's what we know...
It's been used in most traditional medicine systems of Asia for a VERY LONG TIME.
It's the most popular "hangover remedy" in South Korea (ever partied with Koreans? Then you know!)
It's very safe and considered FDA-compliant and GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe)
If you take the right dosage with alcohol, you will feel MUCH BETTER.
Based on existing research (more is coming all the time) it seems to impact the ADH and ALDH2 liver enzymes to improve alcohol metabolism and detox in the body. To such an extent, in fact, as mentioned, that it helps people avoid alcohol flushing.
Perhaps most exciting of all is that it also exhibits hepato-protective effects.
That's just a fancy way of saying it could PROTECT YOUR LIVER.
It makes total sense, when you think about it because the faster you remove the deadly ALD toxin, the less damage it can do. If it lingers around, it literally pickles your body from the inside out.
Bottom Line: the stuff is amazing and from personal experience, there is nothing like its effect.
Drink all the G! or P! Or P-lyte you want...
Drink all the alkalized water you want...
Chase a few hairs of the dog...
Swallow all the OTC pills you want...
Take a B vitamin, get an IV, eat a greasy cheeseburger...
Do anything else that you want.
None of it compares to this. The science shows it, but there's nothing like feeling it for yourself.
You can still do all that silly stuff above if you want. I like cheeseburgers and hairs of the dog.
However, even if you don't try our stuff, and opt for another brand, make sure you take the clinically proven amounts of DHM and at the right time.
A lot of companies are rushing in with very weak formulas to capitalize on the hype.
What hype? You say.
Thrive/Cheers was on Shark Tank playing their elitist Princeton card
Morning Recovery raised a ton of money advertising about the CEO being a former Tesla engineer
A new product pops up on my FB feed every other day
I'm just an average Irish bourbon-loving supplement nerd, who got lucky
Companies are rushing in to take advantage, but very few of them play by the rules and do things the right way.
I'm here as an advocate of the growing industry.
The science is real and if you are a responsible social drinker, DHM is your new best friend.
Here's where my tone turns back toward CONSPIRACY...
Why haven't you heard about DHM (and Glutathione/NAC - more on that to come) before?
Why isn't it making national headlines?
I think we all know that the Media is fully aligned with the big corporations.
Even with all the money Morning Recovery and Cheers have raised, I don't really hear the National Mainstream Media talking about it.
Could it be that all the big names - G, P, T, A - just have too much to lose?
I think they do.
Do you know how many billions of dollars in productivity are lost because of hangovers?
Kick your hangovers' butts by educating yourself and taking action.
Those are the facts about the Science of Hangovers.
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PS: I didn't even begin to talk about L-Gluathione and the beneficial effects of boosting your body's Master Antioxidant. The Cliff's Notes? It's a required co-factor to break down the Acetaldehyde and it helps neutralize the damaging toxins from alcohol to further protect your liver and vital organs. Bonus long ass Glutathione explanation about why you should give an F--- about L-Glutathione below at the bottom of the page...