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November 08, 2017

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Everything You've Been Told About The Cause of Hangovers Is Wrong

Have you ever had the advice of "take some electrolytes" ?  Well it turns out based on science, it's not that simple!

Wired magazine debunks some common "hangover cures" based on research done by Alcohol Hangover Research Group (AHRG), complied of the world’s hangover researchers.

Here's a few things they found:

  1. Electrolyte levels of hydrated people with hangovers didn't differ much from baseline controls.

  2. Acetaldehyde (toxins) levels are low when hangovers symptoms are the worst.

  3. Glucose and fructose (sugar) doesn't help in the morning, in fact, one study shows high sugar levels can worsen the hangover.

  4. Bourbon drinkers reported significantly worse hangovers than vodka drinkers.

  5. A Korean team noticed that elevated levels of cytokines are associated with hangovers, essentially an inflammatory response from the body.

  6. GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), a neural mechanism in the brain, is thought to be associated with both drunkenness and hangovers because of its sensitiveness to ethanol.

  7. Hovenia and Prickly Pear are reported to reliably help the symptoms of a hangover.

Read the full Wire Magazine story here, Everything Science Knows About Hangovers—And How to Cure Them.

 

6 Ways Your Liver Is Important for More Than Just Drinking

liver health for more than drinking alcoholWhat Many Don't Know What Amazing Things Their Liver Does

We all know our liver plays a big role  in those nights out on town.  One too many drinks and many wish they could supercharge their liver for the dreaded hangover.  Well, the good news is you can, but we'll get to that later in this blog.  What most people don't know is how vital the health of your liver is to the rest of your body, arguably just as important as your heart and brain.
  1. Keeping You Energized Carbs are key to energy.  Once they are broken down in your gastrointestinal tract into glucose, and then straight to your liver.  The liver maintains healthy levels and regulates, as well as storing excess glucose.
  2. Immunity As an organ of the immune system, the liver helps the function of Kupffer cells. Kupffer cells play an important role of capturing and digesting parasites, bacteria, worn-out blood cells, and parasites.
  3. A Vitamin Store For Your Body Just like glycogen storage for energy, your liver stores many of the bodies essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B12, A, D, E, K, iron and copper.
  4. Aid Digestion Through the production of bile the liver plays an active role in digestion. Bile helps to aid absorption of fat and fat-soluble vitamins, and also flush out unwanted substances.
  5. Metabolism Support Hepatocytes of the liver have many of the metabolic jobs that support cells throughout the body. The liver is responsible for metabolizing lipids, proteins and carbohydrates into biologically useful materials for the body.
  6. Detoxification Hub The liver essentially acts as a monitor and remover of toxic substances in the body including waste products, hormones, drugs, pharmaceuticals and other toxins.  Yes, this is the part that plays a big role in alcohol detox too.
Now onto how you can supercharge your liver.  As you can see from the importance of your liver, this is far more beneficial than to just your next night out.  There are particular ingredients almost like superfoods for your liver.  We won't go into detail other than listing them, as we've written on each individually in which you can click the links.  Drum-roll, the three of the most powerful ones are... Prickly Pear, Milk Thistle and Japanese Raisin. References: http://www.innerbody.com/image_digeov/card10-new2.html http://www.loveyourliver.com.au/your-liver/what-makes-it-so-important http://www.loveyourliver.com.au/your-liver/where-it-is-and-what-it-does

Hangover Pills Reviews?

hangover-pills-reviews-cure-fYou're probably wondering are hangover pills as good as they are cracked up to be.   In fact, it doesn't quite matter whether it's hangover pills, a hangover patch, a hangover drink or even powder.  One of the best ways to find out is to research the ingredients and to read the reviews. So where to read the most unbiased reviews? Amazon.  It is definitely the best place to read reviews since most reviews are from people who purchased the products directly.  Amazon is the biggest marketplace online so it also provides the most reviews on any given product. 3 things to look for when reading reviews...
  • How many reviews are there?  (more is better, as it's a more accurate assessment)
  • How authentic and thorough is the review?  (did they give the product a good test, follow directions, and give genuine feedback or they simply praising or bashing without context)
  • Is there a variety of sources to read reviews? (yes amazon is the best source, but it's always good to look for more sources such as blog reviews, social media comments, etc)
Conclusion Amazon is one of the best ways to look for hangover pills reviews.  But make sure to not limit your research to just hangover pills because there's hangover patches, hangover drinks and hangover powders available too.  Last but not least follow the 3 things to look for when reading reviews. What are your thoughts?  

Bachelorette Party Survival Kit

Bachelorette Party Survival KitIf you've been to a bachelorette party (or two, or many) in the past, you're probably aware that having bachelorette party survival kits are not optional, but a necessity!  It is fun to have some bags for everyone with unique, fun items.  But if you do it right, it also allows you to actually ENJOY the next day reminiscing about the night before over brunch. Here's 10 reason you should include Zaca Recovery Patches in your bachelorette party survival kit.
  1. Nothing is simpler to use.
  2. Milk thistle can do wonders for your liver.
  3. You can show it (somewhere sexy), or hide it (under your dress).
  4. Add Zaca to your "must do" list for the night and make it fun. (ie: patch up the cutest guy)
  5. Vitamin B's are always good for a big night out.
  6. Easy to travel with, even through airport security.
  7. Usually the most talked about item in party survival kits.
  8. Natural, unlike most other options.
  9. No caffeine!
  10. Everyone will thank you in the morning.
Contact us for special bulk pricing for your bachelorette party kit!
October 22, 2013

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How Much Does a Hangover Really Cost You When Traveling?

Fotolia_34221650_XS Not only can a hangover effect a day of planned fun, what most people forget is how it can effect your pocket book. Whether taking a trip to Denver for a skiing winter vacation, going to Miami to soak up some sun or having a business convention in Las Vegas, on both business and pleasure trips you typically want to let loose a bit.  And that may mean a few nights out longer than expected.  But how much are those nights out costing us? We decided to do some investigation and research to find out what a hangover really costs us when we're traveling.  In terms of a day's worth of pleasure or business, we want to measure how much money we wasted by missing out on a day worth of things we were supposed to do because of suffering a hangover.  Of course the severity of your hangover is a big factor, however, a typically one can drastically effect a full days productivity, and so that's an assumption we made. The main cost we factored in the infographic was the average cost of a hotel broken down daily, added with the average cost of a domestic flight in the US (which is $378.62).  The more nigths you stay lowers your cost as the flight expense is spread out between more nights.  You'll also find some overlooked expenses that may occur on your trip as well. We picked some the of the top destinations for Americans in this infographic and a few international.  Keep in mind, your travel costs could vary plus or minus based on where you live and fly from as these are just averages, and the columns show what the cost is to lose out on just ONE day. The costs that the research shows is very revealing of the true cost of a hangover. cost of a hangover when traveling    

Why the Orient Has Been Using Japanese Raisin With Alcohol For A Millennium

Even before coffee and other types of medications to counter the hangover were discovered, the relief from hangover remained a big mystery in the Orient. Some people in the past were wondering why most of the people from the Orient don’t suffer from serious hangovers after taking tons of alcohol. This secret lies behind the Hovenia Dulcis or the Japanese raisin tree. So what are the health benefits that you can obtain from a Japanese raisin tree and how can it treat hangovers from too much drinking?

As of today, Japanese raisin is still unpopular. Despite the health benefits that it offers, only a few people know about its existence. Based on the research done by a lot of scientists, it helps reduce the timeframe of hangover on a drunken person. The natural chemical known as Ampelopsin or Dihydromyricetin (DHM) found in Hovenia Dulcis is the main reason. This compound is known to have antihepatotoxic properties, which is said to protect the liver from damage. It means that aside from reducing the hangover, it can also protect your liver from damage caused by alcohol. If you are always drinking alcohol, whether it is moderate or hard, Japanese raisin can significantly reduce the stress or damage caused by alcoholic drinks in your liver.

Though DHM is the main ingredient found in the Japanese raisin, it also contains a second chemical known as Quercetin. Based on preliminary research, it has antiviral and anti inflammation properties. It is also known as an effective bronchodilator that will help reduce the release of histamine in the body and all the other allergic chemicals on your body. It is also known as a good treatment for eczema and Fibromyalgia. It means that taking Hovenia Dulcis can also help relieve a lot of body ailments like eczema, asthma and more.

Since it has anti-inflammatory effects, some people say that it can relieve high fever. It also shows success as an antispasmodic remedy for gastrointestinal problems. It also helps in the treatment for different kinds of digestive diseases and conditions. It calms the stomach intestines and the bladder, and it helps reduce swelling and flush out all the toxins from your body.

As you can see the Japanese raisin tree is more than just your typical raisin. It has been used as a Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, and the health benefits of this type of raisin was only found out recently. This factual information led to the development of different products with Japanese raisin ingredient. You can now find this type of raisin as whole fruit, extract, juice and supplements as well. You can now enjoy the benefits offered by this Japanese raisin without the need to go to the Orient.

Dr Oz discusses the benefits of Prickly Pear Cactus (Nopal cactus)

Dr Oz talks about how Prickly Pear has tons of fiber beneficial to your health and how researchers are showing it may be effective to treat diabetes.  Nopal cactus is the technical name of prickly pear.