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Create Your Own Hangover Survival Kit

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Millions of people are going to wake up the following Saturday and Sunday morning hungover. Many will be nauseated to the point they throw up. Many will have throbbing headaches that a hefty dose of Advil can’t handle. Others experience crippling fatigue, and some suffer from anxiety.

What’s baffling is that most people accept that there is nothing they can do about their hangover symptoms. After all, why would anyone subject themselves to pounding headaches, extreme nausea, draining fatigue, and anxiety if it were easily preventable?

The simple truth is this, hangovers can be not only treated, but also prevented. Hangovers are the result of specific biological processes in your body. By understanding these processes and targeting them, it becomes very easy to prevent and treat hangovers. All you need is a hangover survival kit.

The goal of any hangover survival kit should be to help make the morning after a heavy night of drinking feel like any other morning. To reach this goal a hangover kit must include items which:

  • Help prevent hangovers by targeting their main causes.
  • Help you get a good night's sleep.
  • Treat any remaining hangover symptoms you might have when you wake up.

Items Which Prevent Hangover Symptoms

By using the following items properly the night after drinking you can greatly reduce your hangover symptoms the next morning.

Step 1: Drink your first bottle of water halfway through the night.

Alcohol is a “Diuretic”, meaning it promotes the production of urine. On average for every 1 gram of alcohol you consume, urine excretion increases by 10ml. A single 12oz beer or 1.5 oz shot contains 10 grams of alcohol and equates to approximately 100ml of additional urine excretion.

One drink (12 oz beer or 1.5 oz shot) causes your body to produce an additional 3.3 oz (ounces) of urine. This means for every 3.5 beers you have, your body produces an additional beer's worth of urine.

For arguments sake, let's assume you consume 10 alcoholic beverages tonight, resulting in an additional 1000ml (1 L) of urine production. This means the additional dehydration caused by 10 shots or beers could be completely recuperated by drinking just two average sized (16.9 oz, 500ml) bottled waters before bed.

Of course, everyone’s body is different, and alcohol affects some people differently. This is why I recommend you drink a minimum of 2 bottled waters, spaced out through the night. If you don’t, you may become dehydrated which can lead to headaches and fatigue, two major symptoms of hangovers. Drinking water is key to preventing hangover symptoms.

Step 2: Drink your second bottle of water, take 1-2 Dihydromyricetin capsules, and take 2 electrolyte tablets approximately 1 hour before bed.

You already know why water is important to preventing the symptoms of a hangover, but you may not know the important role Dihydromyricetin and electrolytes play.

How do electrolytes prevent hangovers?

When alcohol is dehydrating your body it is also draining your body of electrolytes. An electrolyte is any compound which ionizes when dissolved in certain solvents such as water. It is very important not to deplete eletrolyte levels too much. Nausea, muscle weakness, diarrhea, and fatigue are all symptoms of electrolyte imbalance.

Taking a couple electrolyte tablets an hour before bed will ensure you have sufficient electrolyte levels when you wake up, which will reduce the severity of many hangover symptoms.

How does Dihydromyricetin (DHM) prevent hangovers?

Dihydromyricetin (DHM) is a flavonoid extracted from the Raisin Tree - Hovenia Dulcis. It has been used for centuries as a hangover cure by the Chinese. Recently, an abundance of research has shown that DHM not only has hepatoprotective properties (meaning it can prevent liver damage caused by alcohol consumption) but it can also counteract the effects alcohol has on the brain.

Consuming large amounts of alcohol stimulates “GABA receptors” in your brain. These receptors are used by many of your brain cells to regulate certain feelings such as anxiety. When alcohol stimulates your GABA receptors you feel relaxed, your reaction time slows, speech can become slurred, motor control decreases, and your inhibitions disappear. In order words, GABA receptor stimulation is what makes you drunk.

When you stop drinking, your body must return your GABA receptors to their normal state. If you drank too much, and over-stimulated your GABA receptors, this process of setting them to default is going to be painful. Headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light, muscle weakness, and brain fog are all common symptoms.

By taking DHM before bed, you can soften and shorten this painful process. DHM counteracts the effects alcohol has on your GABA receptors so well, research has shown it may successfully treat alcohol withdrawal syndrome, and alcohol dependence.

It is also important to observe the effect Alcohol and Dihydroimyricetin (DHM) has on the liver.

When alcohol is ingested and hits your stomach, it is quickly absorbed into your bloodstream. Since the liver receives the majority of the blood flow from your digestive tract, it is tasked with breaking down the alcohol. As your liver breaks down alcohol it creates a toxin called acetaldehyde. Your liver must also break this toxin down. If you drink too much alcohol too fast, the acetaldehyde will build up causing headaches and vomiting.

Have you ever been so hungover in the morning you spent it over the toilet? The culprit is excess acetaldehyde. Research shows DHM improves your liver’s ability to breakdown alcohol and acetaldehyde. Taking it approximately one hour before bed means the entire time you are asleep, your liver will be churning through alcohol and acetaldehyde. When you wake up, there will be less in your system, and you will be less hungover.

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Items Which Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep

  • Sleeping Mask
  • Good Earplugs

Alcohol is known for disrupting sleeping patterns. Though you will likely pass out quickly at night, you are more likely to wake up after only a few hours of sleep if you have been drinking. Furthermore, if you were drinking somewhere other than your house, it could be noisy or bright. Having ear plugs and a sleeping mask handy will help you get back to sleep if you wake up earlier than expected.

If you wake up after only a few hours of sleep, try to fall back to sleep. Being sleep deprived won't cause a hangover by itself, but it will exacerbate any existing hangover symptoms.

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Items Which Treat Hangover Symptoms

  • Ibuprofen Pills - Treats headaches / muscle pain
  • Pepto-Bismol Tablets - Treats Nausea
  • Coffee - Treats Fatigue

If you have followed the steps outlined to prevent hangovers, and have gotten a good night’s sleep you are probably feeling pretty good the next morning. But maybe you partied a little too hard, and you are still experiencing hangover symptoms when you wake up. By keeping the items listed above handy, you can treat any headaches, nausea, or fatigue you may be experiencing the next morning.

Warning: Do not use Tylenol or other painkillers containing acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen. Acetaminophen is processed by your liver in a way that puts extra strain on it, and should be avoided while drinking and the morning after drinking.

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The Entire Hangover Survival Kit

  • 2-3 Bottles of Water
  • Electrolyte Tablets
  • Dihydromyricetin Pills
  • Sleeping Mask
  • Good Earplugs
  • Ibuprofen Pills
  • Pepto-Bismol Tablets
  • Coffee

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