“I don’t remember much and, to be honest, I felt terrible the next day,” Will says. “If it’s a particularly big night, you should remember to take a pink capsule before bed, which I consider a bit of a chore. I think having something like this makes you more aware of what you’re consuming, and for that reason alone, I think it’s positive.”
“These capsules contain a variety of ingredients to help protect the body from excess alcohol, including milk thistle, choline, and vitamin B6,” says Briens von Melle. “This is a great formula and my only doubt as a purist is that I’m not the biggest fan of the anti-caking agents found in some nutritional supplements.”
£12.99 ($15.75) per pack.
What about the other rugby players in our experiment?
Nathan Steele, who drank absolutely nothing before bed, not even a sip of water, quite predictably reported that he felt “absolutely awful” the next day. Meanwhile, Trevor “Smax”, who was allowed to drink before bed, told us that he “needs to drink plenty of water before bed and again in the morning to feel adequately hydrated.”
Finally, Leo, who took the bag Dioralite rehydration salts before bed, said that in the morning he felt that he “needed much more than a glass of electrolytes to deal with such a hangover.”
Of course, there are many factors such as age, body weight, ethnicity, biological sex, and even your DNA– which affect how people metabolize alcohol and therefore experience hangovers, which in turn affects the effectiveness of these pills and potions. With that in mind, WIRED openly admits that we had some (ok, a lot) fun doing our “hangover” experiment, so we raise our hands and admit that these results are very subjective and cannot be judged scientifically. We would also like to emphasize that unless you want to end up feeling as bad as Smax, Leo and Will, you should always drink responsibly.
How to get rid of a hangover!
Briens von Melle offers a few basic tools that we hope will help the body when drinking alcohol:
1. The intestines are exposed to the same load as the liver, so there is enough fiber on the day. cruciferous vegetables and fermented foods. Eggs, in particular, are great for extra choline, as your liver will use your choline stores to mitigate the damage from drinking alcohol.
2. Antioxidants and Additional Antioxidants Are Important to Eliminate free radicals released when alcohol is consumed. It can be supplemental vitamin C (1000 mg), glutathioneor even chaga mushroom extract.
3. Take 300 to 400 mg of magnesium as alcohol depletes magnesium. Magnesium found in dark chocolate, lentils, peanuts, cashews and more.
4. Take collagen and/or bone broth. Gycine the amino acid found in bone broth helps reduce lipid peroxidation and depletion of antioxidants in the liver. Both chlorella and milk thistle are good for recovery.
5. To combat fatigue and help with stress on the body (and nervous system), use vitamin B12 or a whole complex of B vitamins.
6. Remember that alcohol dehydrates the body, so try to drink one glass of water with every drink. Adding a pinch of good quality sea salt to your water is helpful to keep you hydrated, which is an easy way to keep your electrolyte levels up.