I’m no scientist, so I’m not going to delve too deply into glutathione, but I wanted to learn a little bit more about it after hearing about it on The Joe Rogan Experience. One of Joe’s guests–Dr. Mark Gordon–was talking on the podcast about glutathione and its effects on the body when consuming alcohol. This is what appealed to me about taking glutathione.
Glutathione is an antioxidant. It is produced naturally in the body and is not considered to be an essential nutrient, which means our bodies don’t need to obtain it through eating food. That being said, a wide range of factors can impact how much glutathione our bodies produce. A poor diet, stress, age, and medications can all affect how much glutathione our bodies create.
Glutathione is helpful because it will “grab” free radicals (created when the body is exposed to toxins, such as alcohol) and it will dispose of them naturally via our bodily functions. When our bodies are overwhelmed with too many toxins, our glutathione levels become depleted.
Dr. Mark Gordon said that taking glutathione will help reduce hangovers. Taking some after a night of drinking before you go to bed could reduce the effects of a hangover significantly. Someone who Dr. Gordon knows said they took glutathione after a night of drinking and actually found it difficult to get drunk again the next day.
Obviously there are a few things to be cautious of with glutathione. It shouldn’t be taken to sober you up quickly so you can drive. Don’t think about taking it a few hours before attempting to drive home. That’s not what it’s for and shouldn’t be used in that way, nor would I suggest driving at all after consuming any amount of alcohol.
Glutathione is a molecule that can benefit us in a number of ways, and reducing hangovers is just one of the positive effects it has on the body. If anyone has had any experience with glutathione, I’d be interested to hear your feedback, especially in regards to how well it worked to reduce your hangover after a night of drinking.
There are a number of glutathione supplements available on Amazon. I’ve heard that the powder form of it isn’t absorbed into the body that well, so if you’re looking to try this for yourself, I’d start with the capsule versions first.
Yesterday Aubrey Marcus, co-owner of and the brains behind Onnit Labs, was on Joey Diaz’s podcast The Church of What’s Happening Now and he was dropping knowledge. I wrote in an earlier blog post about what you could do to cure a hangover, but it was mostly about what foods to eat and what to drink. Ever wonder what someone like Aubrey does when he’s hungover or suffering from jetlag?
Not surprisingly, Aubrey’s hangover cure—which he also uses for jetlag—includes a cocktail of Onnit products. He said that if you’re a man, try taking the following with a tall glass of water:
Unfortunately he didn’t specify what to try if you’re a female, but maybe cut down on the Alpha Brain and Shroom Tech Sport. Not that it would hurt to try that exact recipe, since nothing is a medication of any sort, but simply supplements crafted from natural ingredients.
Aubrey went on to say that the Alpha Brain works to support your neurotransmitters, the Shroom Tech Sport’s adaptogens help your body adapt to stress, the New Mood will kick start your 5HTP, and Shroom Tech Immune provides your body with zinc and other essential vitamins and minerals.
If you’ve got the Onnit products in your cupboard, give this recipe a try the next time you experience jetlag after a flight, or when you wake up hungover after a night on the town.
Sunday morning after having a few too many rum and cokes the night before while watching the UFC, I started to wonder if there was anything I could do that would help prevent a hangover, or at least reduce the symptoms. As I get older I find that my hangovers are getting worse. No longer do I wake up with a mild headache after a night of pounding back beers. Now the whole next day could be a write-off as I lay in bed sleeping the day away, vowing that I’ll never drink like that again.
Of course I’ll drink like that again, but I’ll take some preventative measures, such as drinking more water. Everyone knows that a large part of the hangover is the dehydration from the alcohol. By having a glass of water in between each of my alcoholic drinks, I reduce the amount of dehydration. I’ll also chug back a couple more glasses right before bed and hope for the best.
I used to reach for sports drinks like Gatorade the next day, but coconut water–such as Joe Rogan’s favorite C2O coconut water–provides the same benefits while being much healthier for you. Coconut water is comprised of (surprise!) mostly water, it’s low in calories, full of minerals our bodies need, and balanced out with electrolytes. Having a few cans chilling in your fridge for the next day will not only make you feel better, you can recover while knowing that your body is taking in vitamins and minerals that it needs rather than corn syrup, chemicals, and food dyes it doesn’t require.
That covers the hydration part of a hangover, but I also wake up starving. I’m usually craving pizza which works for me because it’s salty so it helps me retain water, lots of meat on top will provide me with protein, and it’s got a lot of carbs to raise my blood sugar to help reduce that groggy feeling. These are the three things you should consider when choosing a hangover meal: salt, protein, and carbs. Fortunately, there are a lot of delicious things that hit all those bases, so just remember to hydrate, eat, and you’ll slowly start to feel better.
What’s the one so-called cure that doesn’t work? Drinking more alcohol. Don’t do it! It will only make you feel worse and dehydrate you further.