Welcome Back and Happy Holidays …
Last time we discussed how to protect your body from cellular damage caused by alcohol, specifically the harmful effects of estrogen and why …
Now, before we run down my naughty and nice list, ie. the “meanest to cleanest” forms of alcohol to consider if you’re going to imbibe this Holiday …
Be sure to check out The December “Drinker’s” Detox (pt. 1) if you haven’t already …
Again, beer is the #1 worst offender in terms of beating up your body if you choose to have alcohol. That said ...
Wine is the next worst offender. Why?
Besides containing a TON of sugar, most wines - like beer - are also very high in mold toxins and yeast.
In addition, grapes are one of the most heavily herbicide and pesticide sprayed crops around!
Because wine doesn’t go through a purifying distillation process, these contaminants are left in the final product for you to consume.
Red wine, in particular, is unfiltered, meaning there’s far more toxins left in it for your body to filter out.
If you’re really stuck on wine, I recommend a company called Dry Farm Wines that dodges most of these issues. I’ve had it, and it’s tasty!
It’s an amazing feeling to be able to drink clean wine and not feel so beat up afterwards. Also, if you’re social distancing this season, you can find it online.
Ok, so beer and wine are the two worst, but what are the two best?
Vodka and Gin.
Just NOT wheat-based vodkas, which can contain gluten. Look for a potato or grape based vodka, which are gluten free.
The neat thing about this spirit is that it’s highly distilled and then charcoal filtered.
Both of these steps remove almost all of the contaminants, giving your body just one thing to process: alcohol.
Gin is also highly distilled and usually flavored by juniper berries, which contain some antioxidants.
Believe it or not, gin actually got its start centuries ago as an herbal medicine tincture.
Holiday “Bonus” Choices:
A very high-quality tequila is distilled and filtered. The neat thing is that it is a mild nootropic and not a depressant like normal alcohol. Some people swear by pairing it with coconut water.
After this, some whiskeys, which are highly distilled, and some unsweetened spirits like sake can be O.K.
Remember, the general rule is you want the distiller to eliminate the toxins so your own detox pathways, including your liver, don’t have to.
After this, it goes downhill fast; you’re getting into things like sugary white wines and liqueurs.
If you’re not a spirits or wine person and you’re really looking for something to sip on that’s similar to a beer, a very dry cider can be pretty good.
They’re gluten free and avoid the mold toxin problem from grains.
There is also the option of a hard kombucha. This is just kombucha left to ferment so long it makes alcohol.
If you can, find a company called “Flying Embers” - theirs is sugar free, organic and zero carbs.
Now that we’ve run down what to try and what to avoid this season, I want to go over a few cool biohacks you can use to avoid feeling bad the next day if you’ve had too much to drink …
The first actually works in minutes, and I have a funny story about it …
It involves a camping trip on top of a mountain here in Southern California that tops out at 9,000 feet - 2,727 meters above sea level.
Because I live at sea level and was car-camping at this high altitude, I brought along an ozonated water machine so I could drink some extra oxygen.
It helps my body deal with the thin air up there - the view is amazing, but I get bad headaches.
If you didn’t know it, Ozone, or O3, is just an unstable form of oxygen.
Remember all those infomercials for OxyClean back in the day? Same concept..
It’s also why in the 50's and 60's - when social drinking was more common - pilots were required to huff oxygen before flying because it neutralizes alcohol in your bloodstream in less than 10 min.
In fact …
If you drink enough ozonated water while you drink socially, it will sober you up that night - with zero hangover the next day.
The oxygen from the ozone goes right into your bloodstream, where the alcohol is, and reduces it down, neutralizing it so it can be eliminated.
Now, this particular camping trip included my friend John “the Navy guy” who had JUST returned from a six-week training exercise and was really looking forward to blowing off some steam with a few drinks.
Let’s just say he ended up getting fairly intoxicated that night and woke up feeling, really, really badly …
When he wandered over to my vehicle the next morning - where I had the tailgate down and the ozone water machine humming away, bubbling my water - I was already on my third glass.
Not surprisingly, I had woken up with a headache - not from drinking, but the altitude.
After I explained to him how ozonated water detoxes you from alcohol, he tried a couple glasses. Within ten minutes, he started having a profound detox reaction.
In fact, his detox reaction was SO strong that his body eliminated all those toxins - from both ends! I realize this is never fun, but you know what happened afterwards?
He sat down, smiled, and said he felt GREAT!
John’s story is pretty funny but not the recommended way to use ozone. You want to drink it the “night of” for it to be most effective.
Still, it’s a graphic example of how well ozone works to rapidly detox you from alcohol.
It also works for a TON of other things, but this is already enough to think about, for now.
If you are interested in an ozonated water machine, I own the SOTA Instruments one which I feel is an excellent value and has a good reputation going back decades.
Because this is not the most practical solution - just the most effective - I want to give you some very quick, simple “night of” options to detox from alcohol …
So tune in next time when we cover my Top 6 Detox Strategies for eliminating a Holiday Hangover …
‘Til then … Have a Happy AND Healthy Holiday! Theo