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Vitamins For A Hangover Cure

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Headaches, sickness, fatigue and overall mood, decline. Everyone has had days where these feelings leave us desperately searching for a cure…  

Daily vitamins might be one of the last things you might think to try, but research suggests they could be exactly what the doctor ordered. (1) Supplements can help to replenish all the essential nutrients and electrolytes that your body has lost under the influence of alcohol.  

Want to know more? Here are our top tips for feeling your best the morning after.   

In this article, you’ll find: 

  • What Causes a Hangover? 
  • Top Tips to Ease Hangover Symptoms 
  • What Vitamins Should I Take for Hangover? 
  • Things To Avoid During a Hangover 
  • How Can I Prevent a Hangover? 

What Causes a Hangover?

If you wake up the following morning not feeling like yourself, it’s probably because of your hangover! Frequent hangovers can decrease your performance and have a huge impact on your work. Unfortunately, hangovers can last up to 24 hours and the more alcohol you drink the night before, the worse the hangover is going to be. They are very common in people who drink excessively and in one study, researchers found that 75% of people who drank the night before reported a bad hangover (11). 

A group of unpleasant signs and symptoms that develop after drinking too much alcohol, a hangover has a variety of factors contributed. Unluckily, drinking this heavily directly impacts your body and can cause dehydration – causing thirst and fatigue, personal characteristic changes, low blood sugars – causing sweats and hunger and headaches. 

Top Tips To Ease Hangover Symptoms

1. Get A Good Night’s Sleep  

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High amounts of alcohol can disrupt sleeping patters and leave you feeling exhausted in the morning. Fatigue can cause irritability and headaches, making your hangover even worse.  

Our Relax Gummies are a Blackcurrant flavour blend of vitamin B6 to support psychological function (12) and vitamin E to help protect cells from oxidative stress (13). We’ve also added herbal extracts including chamomile, lemon balm and L-theanine. These delicious gummies are suitable for vegans, making them the perfect plant-based addition to your daily routine.

If you struggle to feel well rested after a night out, you might want to increase your levels of energising nutrients the next day. Myvitamins Energy Capsules are a convenient source of magnesium to fight fatigue, (2) biotin to support normal energy-yielding metabolism (3) and zinc to support cognitive health, (4) letting you focus on your goals all day long.  

2. Stay Hydrated

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One of the best things you can do to ease that hangover struggle, is to stay hydrated. Everyone knows the pain of breaking the seal. When you are drinking a lot of fluids, you are probably also using the toilet a lot more, meaning you are losing a lot of water whilst you drink (7). Keep a water bottle close to you and ensure you are continuously drinking water throughout the day! 

3. Eat A Healthy Breakfast

Although you might not feel like it, eating a healthy breakfast the morning after alcohol is a good idea. Low blood sugar can add to feelings of fatigue and nausea, so it’s important to eat a nutritious meal to keep you going.  

4. Take Some Vitamins

When we are drinking alcohol, our body loses a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. This is due to alcohol affecting the functionality of antidiuretic hormone which helps our kidneys absorb water for the body, causing us to urinate more and in turn we get rid of important nutrients in our body (6). This is why it is crucial to top up your vitamin intake before and after a heavy night of drinking! 

What Vitamins Should I Take For A Hangover?

Although there is no cure for hangovers and Myvitamins are not making any medical claims, vitamins have, for some time, been used to help cure hangovers. Their benefits help to restore the health and energy in you and are a crucial part of your recovery journey.

Vitamin B

A group of vitamins rather than one singular one: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9) and cobalamin (B12), vitamin B is vital for your body, metabolism and digestive system to function properly. They are water-soluble vitamins, meaning they are readily available for your cells to take up; however, many of these are lost when you consume alcohol.

An essential nutrient that supports energy production, vitamin B can help fatigue, weakness and emotional disturbances (14). To help aid your hangover symptoms, it is best to take the vitamin before the symptoms have even set in, or at the very latest, after your last drink.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can help to combat your hangover symptoms, whilst also reducing fatigue. It helps neutralise free radicals, supports the liver and helps produce energy. It also helps recover your skin’s glow and supports collagen production. On top of that, it encourages a healthy immune system which is something you want after a boozy night.

Taking two Chewable Vitamin C Tablets the morning after can help to protect the body against the oxidative stress caused by alcohol toxins.

Zinc

Like vitamin C, zinc plays an important role in supporting your immune system. It acts as an antioxidant, helping reduce the damage to your cells caused by oxidisation (15).

Myvitamins Zinc is a source of an essential mineral that you need to support multiple, important bodily functions. They ensure that you are kept feeling and looking healthy the morning after.

Magnesium

Magnesium is vital to your body as it encourages sleep and boosts energy production. However,the consumption of alcohol leads to a reduction in magnesium in your body.

Whilst you are suffering your hangover symptoms, taking magnesium can actually help alleviate symptoms by supporting the dehydrogenase enzyme found in alcohol. Magnesium also helps relax neck and head muscles thus reducing hangover tensions.

Myvitamins Magnesium Tablets are designed to reduce feelings of tiredness by supporting your energy metabolism and maintaining our psychological function. They can also be taken before or after consumption of alcohol.

What To Avoid When You Have A Hangover

Greasy Food

While many people swear by a full English fry up as their hangover cure, greasy foods high in saturated fat can make a hangover worse. These fatty foods can irritate your stomach, making you feel nauseous. 

Instead, we would recommend opting for foods that are high in nutrients to help you recover. According to Healthline, (1) alcohol prevents your body absorbing amino acids, and can even cause amino acid deficiencies. Protein is an essential nutrient which is broken down into amino acids. Support your levels with our Collagen Pancakes – a low sugar blend with 25g of protein per serving.

If sickness remains an issue, small snacks throughout the day can help. Try our Peanut Butter flavour Energy Bites. These high protein, high fibre snacks are enriched with vitamin B6 to maintain energy levels, (11) as well as natural extracts maca and guarana.

Caffeine

After drinking, the body becomes dehydrated. Caffeine can also cause dehydration, so although you might feel the need to reach for a cup of coffee or a caffeine boost, it’s best to avoid it. While it might have a short-term effect on your energy levels, it will probably leave you feeling worse later on. Instead, try a natural energy booster like vitamin B. (11) Find out more about this essential nutrient in our blog: 

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While many people swear by a full English fry up as their hangover cure, greasy foods high in saturated fat can make a hangover worse. These fatty foods can irritate your stomach, making you feel nauseous.  

Instead, we would recommend opting for foods that are high in nutrients to help you recover. According to Healthline, (1) alcohol prevents your body absorbing amino acids, and can even cause amino acid deficiencies. Protein is an essential nutrient which is broken down into amino acids. Support your levels with our Collagen Pancakes – a low sugar blend with 25g of protein per serving. 

If sickness remains an issue, small snacks throughout the day can help. Try our Peanut Butter flavour Energy Bites. These high protein, high fibre snacks are enriched with vitamin B6 to maintain energy levels, (11) as well as natural extracts maca and guarana.  

Orange Juice 

We know that orange juice seems like the best cure to freshen you up after a long night of drinking. Despite the benefits of natural sugars, the acidity of orange juice can have the opposite effect on your stomach (10). 

How Can I Prevent A Hangover? 

There is no one way to prevent hangovers as every person’s body reacts differently to substances. But, to decrease the symptoms, there are a few things you can do. 

Plan Ahead

Planning your evening can prevent you from making bad decisions! It’s extremely important to understand how much alcohol you think you can intake and be sure to set a limit on how much you are going to drink (3).  

Eat Before You Drink

Everyone has made the mistake of not eating or eating too little before going out to drink and we bet you paid for it the morning after.

Stay Hydrated When Drinking 

The main cause of a hangover is dehydration, so keeping a glass or a bottle of water close to you while you drink can really ease the symptoms the morning after as you will be less dehydrated. 

Talk To Your Doctor 

We are in no way promoting excessive alcohol consumption, this article is for informational purposes only. If you feel your symptoms are worsening, please consult your doctor or GP for professional medical advice.  

FAQs

What causes hangovers?

The combination of dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes and improper sleep, are all reasons why you get that horrible feeling after a few too many drinks the night before. 

What should I avoid during a hangover?

Although it is tempting, try and avoid greasy food as your body will struggle to digest it at the same time as all those drinks you had last night. 

How can I prevent getting a hangover?

Maintaining your hydration as you drink and topping up on your vitamins can reduce that horrible feeling you have the morning after. 



Katie Lambert

Katie Lambert

Writer and expert

After studying History at The University of Leeds, Katie moved back to her home town of Manchester to start a career in content writing. Katie has a passion for health and fitness and enjoys running in her spare time. Her favourite topics to write about include healthy recipes, performance strategies and general wellbeing.