Every now and then, you may find yourself having a little too much fun. Perhaps you have gone to a party or met friends for drinks, and everything is going so well that before you know it, you have drunk more than you should have. Of course, you are responsible, and you will take a cab home or find a sober driver, but that will not prevent you from the pain you will inevitably feel in the morning.
According to Wikipedia, “A hangover is the experience of various unpleasant physiological and psychological effects following the consumption of ethanol, as found in wine, beer, and distilled spirits. Hangovers can last for several hours or for more than 24 hours. Typical symptoms of a hangover may include headaches, drowsiness, concentration problems, dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress (e.g., vomiting), absence of hunger, depression, sweating, nausea, hyper-excitability, and anxiety.”
Although the exact cause of hangovers has yet to be found, it seems to be true that too much alcohol over taxes the body, and leads to detox symptoms the next day.
Spirulina is a blue green alga that is great for detoxification. This is the reason why it can actually be great for relieving a hangover.
Alcohol consumption takes a toll on your liver and plays a large part in hangover symptoms. Spirulina is great for supporting liver health. In an Egyptian study published in a May 2011 edition of the journal Nutrition, researchers investigated how spirulina might protect the liver’s health. They found that spirulina:
• functioned as an antioxidant
• helped scavenge cell damaging free radicals
• chelated harmful metals
• prevented liver damage induced by a well-known liver toxin (carbon tetrachloride) (1)
Whereas, another study from 2010 found that spirulina has protective properties for the liver. (2)
Not only is spirulina great for your liver, it is full of other vitamins and nutrients such as some B vitamins, zinc, manganese, copper, iron, selenium, and iron, as well as protein, and antioxidants that can help to heal your body from a night of indulgence.
I have noticed as I get older my body does not recover as well from things as it once did. In my twenties, I could stay out all night, have a little too much to drink(all in the name of fun), and get up the next day with no problems. I gradually began noticing that when I tried to imbibe the same amounts, I would wake up to a splitting headache, a sick stomach, and no energy. Once I started to take spirulina on a daily basis, I realized that my symptoms were not quite as bad after a night of too much fun, and now I make sure to take a bit extra spirulina before, and after a night of drinking, and I no longer suffer from any ill effects!