For the rock stars among us: Alkaline water detox for hangovers
Alkaline water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but what about those times when you overindulge?
Can it help you recover from a hangover? Yes, an alkaline water detox can help you recover from a hangover because it supplies two important benefits: Hydration and alkalinity. The painful headache caused by a hangover comes from dehydration, and the sick feeling of a hangover comes from the high levels of toxins in the intestines and bloodstream that come along with a hangover. Alkaline water will help with both, and even better it may help you avoid the hangover in the first place.
What happens when you have a hangover
Drinking too much has consequences, the morning after is marked by an upset stomach, headaches and a general feeling of nausea, commonly referred to as a hangover. The symptoms of a hangover are the result of the body’s effort to detoxify itself. Alcohol is broken down by the liver in a two stage process; first, alcohol is converted into a toxic substance called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is then converted to a non-toxic substance called acetate. When you drink too much, your liver is not able to keep up, and toxic acetaldehyde builds up in your system, this contributes to the nausea, sweating and vomiting that accompanies a hangover.
Excessive alcohol consumption also causes the body to become dehydrated and dilates the blood vessels in the brain; the result is a throbbing headache. The stomach suffers as well; alcohol causes inflammation of the stomach lining, and stimulates excess acid production which furthers feelings of nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.
How an Alkaline Water Detox works
Doctors in the emergency room treat alcohol poisoning by performing a procedure called alkaline diuresis. The doctor gives the poisoning victim an intravenous bicarbonate solution. It saves the patient’s life by quickly raising the urine’s pH, that helps the kidneys excrete toxic acids more efficiently.
An alkaline water detox is a milder form of the alkaline diuresis procedure used by doctors. Just like alkaline diuresis, this helps the kidneys excrete acidic toxins more efficiently. Alkaline water also hydrates better and faster than plain water, which helps correct the dehydration caused by drinking too much. the water’s alkalinity also helps balance out excessive acidity in the stomach, easing the upset stomach of a hangover. Drinking alkaline water can make a noticeable difference. It will help the symptoms of a hangover go away sooner, and leave you feeling better faster.
An alkaline water detox also helps the liver break down hydrogen peroxide, which is the byproduct of the detoxification process used by the liver to break down alcohol. Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidant, excessive levels of hydrogen peroxide in the liver damage the liver. In a study performed on mice, alkaline water was shown to significantly reduce the oxidative damage done to the liver by the breakdown of alcohol. While this study needs to be confirmed by further research, it’s findings suggest that alkaline water may be an effective means of preventing or reducing the damage done to the liver by alcohol consumption.
Alkaline Water may also help prevent a hangover
Drinking alkaline water while you’re drinking alcohol may also help prevent a hangover. Alkaline waters antioxidant potential may help the liver detox alcohol more efficiently, and it would also dilute the concentration of alcohol and it’s digestive byproducts in the digestive tract. Staying properly hydrated is key to avoiding a hangover, and the best hydration comes from alkaline water.
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