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April 24, 2015

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Ancient Egyptian Hangover Remedy Discovered


It's not what you'd think.

In a 1,900-year-old text written in Greek, wearing a leafy necklace of Alexandrian chamaedaphne (danae racemosa) was revealed as a “drunken headache cure”.

Not exactly known for its medical properties, the plant was actually used in Greek and Roman times to crown distinguished  athletes, orators and poets.  Whether wearing leaves of the shrub around your neck was an effective hangover remedy or not is unknown.

The papyrus is part of half a million such documents found in the ancient Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus, now housed at Oxford University’s Sackler Library.


Sources:
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/papyrus-reveals-ancient-egyptian-hangover-cure-150422.htm
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/weird-science/hangover-remedy-discovered-ancient-greek-texts-n345671
April 17, 2015

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Posted in alcohol, body, brain, drinking


What Happens to Your Body and Brain When You Drink

1. Alcohol in Your Tummy
Alcohol goes down your throat to you stomach where about 20% is absorbed, and then the remaining 80% is absorbed into the small intestines.  

2. Flowing Through Blood
After alcohol is absorbed it makes its way into the bloodstream.  The circulatory system is fast, leading you to have a buzzed or drunk feeling.  When alcohol is taken in faster than being released, BAC goes up.  A breathalyzer tests the blood alcohol level coming from your lungs.

3. Liver's Work
Your liver starts to kick in to detoxify and metabolize the alcohol, which the efficiency doing so depends on how much you consumed, nutrition, heredity, etc.  Two enzymes are involved in breaking down alcohol—alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH).

4. Result of Toxins  
First alcohol is metabolized into acetaldehyde and then acetate, which then can easily be eliminated.  However acetaldehyde, a highly toxic carcinogen, is a major culprit of hangovers.  Your liver, stomach lining, and brain are not a fan, thus some of the feelings of nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and headaches.

5. Effects on Body
Although the bulk of alcohol metabolism is done in the liver, small amounts metabolizes in the pancreas, brain and gastrointestinal tract.  This exposes those tissues to acetaldehyde’s damaging effects.

6. Pee Break
In an effort to aid the liver, the kidneys out the bladder, hence the reason for many pee breaks in a night.  This is also what can make you dehydrated.

7. Brain Waves
Neurotransmitters in the brain, glutamate and GABA, are messed with by alcohol.  This of course ties in with emotions, actions, and motor skills.

 

References:

https://www.scripps.edu/newsandviews/e_20020225/koob2.html

http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AA72/AA72.htm

http://www.mydr.com.au/gastrointestinal-health/liver-and-alcohol-breakdown

http://www.brown.edu/Student_Services/Health_Services/Health_Education/alcohol,_tobacco,_&_other_drugs/alcohol/alcohol_&_your_body.php

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-your-body-processes-alcohol.html

http://matterdome.com/post/2884-every-time-you-get-drunk-this-is-what-happens-to-your-body-and-your-brain/pages/1/

http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/alcoholism3.htm

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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
June 27, 2014

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Posted in Health, Recovery Patch, side effects


Are There Zaca Patch Side Effects?

Zaca Patch Side Effects - GRAS Approved IngredientsThe ingredients infused on the Zaca topical patches are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).  GRAS is a United States of America Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements.        

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?  

Are Zaca Patches Gluten Free?

Gluten-free-zaca-hangover-patches Yes. Zaca Recovery Patches are Gluten free!  Whether you have celiacs disease or you just are sensitive to gluten, the patches are safe to use either way.  Not one of the 11 ingredients contains gluten. "Be nice to your body" is how we like to live, and we firmly believe cutting out gluten and/or minimizing it is best for your body.  Mostly due to the highly processed foods that are made today.  Eating bread 100 years ago wasn't so alarming. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.