For everyone planing a few drinks tonight, here’s how to minimise the hangover, B vitamins and vitamin C help your liver to detoxify alcohol, while the amino acid glutamine can help to repair any damage to your gut.
Before you go to bed, take 2000mg of vitamin C and a heaped spoonful of glutamine powder (approximately 5 grams) in a large glass of water. Do the same when you wake up, and have a hearty breakfast with your daily supplements, including some extra B vitamins in a B Complex formula.
Finally, if you do over indulge to the extent that you’re reaching for the painkillers tomorrow, aim to relieve the discomfort first by drinking lots of water and then eating a meal containing both carbohydrate and protein. Painkillers will only add to the load on your already struggling liver. And if you must give in, best to opt for paracetamol over aspirin or other non-steroid-anti-inflammatory painkillers, as these can further irritate an already fragile stomach.
Shani Shaker BA (hons), dipION, mBANT, CNHC, is a registered nutritional therapist with a focus on regenerative and functional nutrition, disordered eating, addiction and mental health. Based in London her services include one-to-one coaching, group classes and Skype sessions. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: The information provided is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Supplementation should only be temporary. If you’re eating a nutrient-rich diet, extra supplementation should only last for a month or two, just long enough to resolve the deficiency.