The Benefits of Mineral Water for a Hangover

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When one suffers from a hangover, it’s most likely that dehydration is to blame. In addition, another coexisting culprit is that the person in question may have a mineral deficiency, where important minerals such as magnesium and potassium are not sufficient enough for the body.

At Mitte, we’ve written about the perks of mineral water for mental health and the benefits of mineral water in adulthood. As we are in the midst of the holiday season, our team wanted to focus on educating people about ways to improve their mornings with mineral water, since November, December and January incorporate many festivities that typically involve alcohol.

But first: what exactly is a hangover?

This term comes from the unpleasant experience(s) that follow from alcohol consumption.

It is usually associated with the excessive consumption of alcohol, such as beer, wine and distilled spirits. However, one or a few drinks may also result, as intoxication levels (and resulting hangover impact) depends on a variety of factors, such as age, gender and weight.

The feelings of a hangover are physiological, as well as psychological, and can include: headache, drowsiness, problems concentrating, dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue and anxiety.

And mineral water is involved how?

Well, it has to do with specific minerals, such as magnesium.

“Alcohol depletes a broad range of vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, proteins and minerals from your body. The kingpin to this depletion is magnesium which is the anti-stress mineral that most people with a hangover are deficient in. This mineral regulates over 800 enzyme actions in the body,” writes the Nutritional Magnesium Association.

While you may have heard about drinking water in between alcoholic drinks, you might want to update that insight to include mineral water that has high levels of magnesium. This is helpful before, during and after alcohol consumption, and will help aid the enzyme actions.

Can anything else help?

While the aftermath of drinking (aka, hangover) is still not completely understood, there are still scientists looking into the matter. Earlier this decade, a team of Chinese researchers claimed that one of the best cures for a hangover is carbonation.

They note that acetaldehyde, a product of alcohol consumption, is actually responsible for hangovers. This is created in the liver when the alcohol is broken down. Acetaldehyde is then turned into acetate, which does not cause hangovers but actually has a benefits to the body.

The question was then: how can acetaldehyde be turned into acetate as soon as possible?

The answer: carbonated water, which increases the production of ALDH, an enzyme which boosts the time it takes for acetaldehyde to turn to acetate. Better yet, carbonated mineral water high in magnesium would appear to be just what the body needs to get back on course.

By Mitte Team — Dec 13, 2019
The information contained in this article is provided for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as health or nutritional advice.

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