It’s Saturday morning. You wake up and recall the amazing night before when one happy hour quickly turned into an endless Friday night. And, it was dope. You notice there is no stranger in your bed, and you think to yourself – I. Am. Winning.
But, then you sit up. Your head begins to throb, your mouth feels like a desert, your hands are numb, your brain is in a fog, you’re dizzy, and yep…you just might barf. As you summon the gods for hangover help, you wonder WHY do you feel this way??
We might be able to shed some light.
Alcohol consumption can cause a variety of hangover plights, and there are a few factors that go into it. How your body metabolizes alcohol is an important player, but so are nutrients and vitamins. B-complex vitamins contribute greatly to the severity of hangover symptoms, or lack thereof. If you are deficient in some of these vitamins, alcohol can wreak havoc on your morning-after, especially since drinking zaps them even further.
Vitamin B Complex
B vitamins are basically superhero nutrients and maintain the health of many parts of the body, including nerves, skin, eyes, liver, and mouth as well as healthy muscle tone in the GI tract and proper brain function. They act as coenzymes, helping enzymes react chemically with other substances, and they are involved in energy production. They are a team, and they work together – and they are kind of a big deal to your body. When you are depleted in one, there’s usually a B buddy who is also depleted. The Bs are bros.
B1 (Thiamine) and Alcohol
Remember that part of waking up with a hangover – your hands numb and your brain cells on vacation? That could be the shots of tequila that sniper-shot your B1 uptake. Thiamine hydrochloride, or B1, serves many purposes. In the case of drinking, it acts as an antioxidant and protects your body from the degenerative effects of aging, smoking, and – you guessed it, alcohol consumption. If you’re not stocked up on B1, you could suffer those effects in a hangover, like neuropathy and decreased nerve function. The impact on your cognitive function is the brain fog you feel from that dope Friday night of martinis.
B5 (Pantothenic Acid) and Hangovers
No, not the shampoo. B5 is the anti-stress B teammate and plays a huge role in the production of adrenal hormones and the formation of antibodies. So proper stock of this vitamin keeps you chill and helps your immune system. It also converts foods into energy. This vitamin is an essential element of coenzyme A, a vital component in metabolic function – including that of the liver where alcohol is primarily metabolized. So, when you feel exhausted, nauseated, and have a pounding headache after a night of drinking, the lack of vitamin B5 could very well be the culprit.
B6 (Pyroxidine) as a Drinking Buddy
B6 is the heavy lifter of the complex vitamins and involved in more bodily functions than almost any other nutrient, affecting both physical and mental health. Required by the nervous system for normal brain function, it helps synthesize RNA and DNA, activates a ton of enzymes, aids in the absorption of B12, immune system function, and antibody production. Do not leave home without your B6, ok? Especially when you’re about to have some cocktails. Deficiency of B6 can cause a plethora of negative side effects like impaired memory, irritability, vomiting, numbing, tingling sensations and so much more.
The bad news? Alcohol is not a friend of B vitamin absorption. The good news? Party Patch is besties with all three of the above and delivers them while you drink. Woohoo! By applying our adhesive patches to your skin before you begin drinking, these B vitamins soak in through the skin and may help to replenish these lost nutrients. You naturally defend the negative side effects of alcohol from lost B vitamins with our latex-free hangover patch! But, if you wake up with a rando, we claim no liability.
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