Restaurant get-togethers, office and family parties are the perfect pretext for overeating and other guilty pleasures! Furthermore, that delectable and convivial nectar, alcohol, is everywhere to warm our hearts and enliven the atmosphere.
Nevertheless, roadblocks will be numerous, and must be circumvented by the use of designated drivers, taxi cabs or Nez-Rouge. What about the metabolic roadblocks of our brain and liver? How do we facilitate hepatic and urinary function and prevent or even avoid the dreaded morning after?
Alcohol is rapidly absorbed by the stomach (30%), the small intestine (60%). The remaining 10% is evacuated through the kidneys, the skin and the lungs and
is what makes the breathalyser respond. Unfairly, differences in body mass and fat cells make women more vulnerable to alcohol!
DAMAGE CONTROL TIPS:
- The liver and brain are the first organs to get intoxicated by alcohol consumption. In order to minimize the ‘morning after’ effects (headaches and upset stomachs), It is highly recommended to consume large quantities of water while drinking alcohol (2 to 1 water/alcohol ratio). This does not reverse the effects of alcohol, yet it does prevent dehydration and hence reduces the negative side effects of dehydration on the body.
- Try avoiding over salty snacks while consuming alcohol, since they accelerate the dehydration process. Substitute with crudités with dip or cheese.
- Avoid caffeine. Coffee is a diuretic and must be avoided while consuming alcohol.
- Don’t forget those indispensible BITTER HEERBS to relieve your digestive system: Artichoke - Milk Thistle - Dandelion - Black radish. Milk thistle is especially recommended for detoxifying and regenerating the liver. Milk thistle or a bitter plant compound should be taken before drinking and again prior to going to sleep and the next morning.
- Lipotropic factors (notably cysteine), protectors of our hepatic cells, help neutralize the toxic substances filtered by the liver.
- Alcohol consumption also increases urinary volume and consequently increases the elimination of B and C vitamins.
- It is imperative to avoid alcohol consumption while taking medication. A simple Aspirin will increase the concentration of alcohol in the blood and harm the liver.
It is recommended to wait 4 hours after drinking to take medication.
Alcohol should be consumed responsibly, however, in instances when it’s not...Drink a lot of water, use bitter herbs and if required, add cysteine, B and C vitamins.
Preventative measures do not interfere with your fun! On the contrary, they will minimize the damage incurred by overdrinking and reinforce your immune system.- Back to previous page -