As St. Patrick’s day approaches, so does the looming threat of the hangovers that might darken March 18th. If you’re of a certain age, you might even fear Saturday’s whiskey shots spoiling not only your Sunday, but spilling over into Monday morning– the dreaded two day hangovers of your thirties. Recovery can be daunting. Fortunately, recreational oxygen might offer some much-needed hangover relief.
To fight a hangover, you need to know the ingredients that make up those waves of nausea, pounding headaches, and brain fog. Other than alcohol, of course. A hangover is more than simple dehydration. It’s also made up of a splash of hormone imbalances, a dash of toxin buildup, and a heavy pour of blood sugar crashes.
What Causes a Hangover
Scientists now think that a big component of hangovers is a buildup of acetaldehyde, which tends to be more common in whiskey, Scotch, and bourbon than in clear liquors like vodka, light beer, or white wine. Acetaldehyde is a byproduct of what happens when you liver breaks down an alcoholic beverage, and it can also produce some of a hangover’s worst symptoms, including a racing heart, the sweats, and even the pukes.
On top of your acetaldehyde drama, you’ve also got the hormone fluctuations caused by imbibing too much. The brain fog and gloomy feeling aren’t just because you’re trying to piece together what happened the night before or feel anxious about whether you texted your ex something embarrassing. Drinking too much can throw off your serotonin– the chemical behind happiness– and histamine– which is why your skin can get blotchy when the alcohol hits your system.
Throw in a blood sugar rollercoaster caused by spikes and crashes as your sugary bourbon gingers and boilermakers hit and then are metabolized. Not to mention alcohol withdrawal, an upset stomach, and a bad headache from dehydration. Ugh. No wonder hangovers are the worst.
So what are you supposed to do other than hope the luck of the Irish helps you dodge the consequences the day after?
Recreational Oxygen Can Help Ease a Hangover
Oxygen can help you bounce back a few different ways.
First off, oxygen can help you feel more alert and focused. That can help you clear your head and get to the kitchen for a big glass of water, or to your favorite brunch spot for something good and greasy to soak up the last of the previous night’s libations.
Oxygen can also help improve your blood flow and metabolism, processing the leftover alcohol and acetaldehyde faster so you can move on with your day. With increased energy from inhaling oxygen, you might also find yourself with more get-up-and-go, further helping you metabolize the chemical detritus from your fun night out by going for a run, walk, or bike ride. Even if it’s the last thing you feel like doing, physical activity will help you clear the way for a new day.
While a lot more research needs to be done on the cause and cure of hangovers, anecdotal evidence and some studies suggest oxygen may be part of an effective hangover remedy. In addition to drinking plenty of water, popping a B-vitamin, eating healthy foods, and getting some light exercise, you might be able to reduce the amount of time spent regretting your decisions. Instead of spending the day in bed, enjoy some Boost Oxygen (it even comes in green!) and get back outside doing the stuff you love best.