Baobab Powder - The Natural Hangover Cure?

Baobab Powder - The Natural Hangover Cure

Chances are you've had one of those mornings: You wake up and find yourself having a terrible headache and an even worse stomach ache which makes it all the way harder to get out of bed. The reason? Last night's cocktails. Or was it the beer? It couldn't be the wine, for sure.

No matter the reason, you're stuck feeling nauseous which, according to old-school wisdom, can be fixed with a greasy breakfast, lots of water and pills. We don't know how you feel about choking down painkillers, fatty sandwiches and gallons of water all at once, but such combos are not our thing.

Instead, our counteroffer involves yummy drinks or snacks which will have you up on your feet in no time. Wanna know the secret? Baobab powder. This African superfood is here to alleviate post-party symptoms in the tastiest way possible. But, let's see what science has to say.

What Happens to Your Body When You're Hungover?

Between nausea, a pounding head, fatigue, achy muscles and decreased motor skills, a hangover can be quite an issue the morning after. According to one report, chemical irregularities in the human body causes all these symptoms. Let's just say that alcohol-induced toxins and hormones don't get along.

  • Dehydration

Dehydration

If we could describe hangover in one word, that'd be dehydration. Consuming excess alcohol messes with vasopressin secretion, an antidiuretic hormone which regulates fluid balance in the human body by promoting water retention. 

Once intoxicated by alcohol, your body holds back on vasopressin production. That means that as long as your body is under the influence of alcohol, it's not capable of retaining water. In fact, vasopressin shortage forces your kidneys to send water straight to your bladder rather than absorbing it. That explains the frequent bathroom visits.

  • Upset Stomach

Upset Stomach

Upset stomach is one of the most common hangover symptoms and for a good reason. Booze has its way (not in a good way) with cytokines, a bunch of proteins which promote the communication between body cells and are, unfortunately, susceptible to alcohol-induced inflammation (gastritis).

So, that's why most experts recommend anti-inflammatory pills for those post-party mornings. Alcohol also increases the secretion of gastric acid which makes things even more uncomfortable.

  • Mental and Physical Fatigue

Mental and Physical Fatigue

Have you tried concentrating at work the day after a hard party? It's impossible. And not just because your body is desperate for a solid 8-hour sleep, but mainly because your brain has seen better days.

According to one study, alcohol drinks lead to lactic acidosis, which is the increase of lactic acid in your body. In its turn, lactic acidosis fiddles with glucose metabolism, meaning your body doesn't utilise glucose as efficiently as it should.

Plus, feeling nauseous doesn't help with your appetite and keeps you from restocking on glucose. Meanwhile, your brain and cells run on glucose. So, it's no wonder you're feeling sluggish during a hangover.

What is Baobab Fruit Powder?

baobab fruit powder

Given the overwhelming variety of superfoods crowding supermarket aisles these days, it's no wonder some of them don't get enough credit despite their jaw-dropping nutritional profile. That is the case with baobab fruit powder.

This superfruit which comes straight from Africa is a nutritional goldmine whether you're an athlete and need an energy boost or somewhat older and want a natural way to shield your body against various diseases.

Wanna know some of the nutrients hidden in a scoop of baobab powder? Let's find out:

  • Vitamin C (6 times more than oranges)
  • Fibre
  • Potassium (6 times more than bananas)
  • Antioxidants
  • Calcium (2 times more than a glass of cow milk)
  • Iron
  • Magnesium

Talk about a superfood! No wonder it works miracles on hangover symptoms.

How Baobab Fruit Powder Alleviates Hangover Symptoms

Hangover cures are as old as alcohol itself. However, most of them come from common practices rather than scientific research. Baobab powder may be here to change that. Even though further research is necessary, this African superfruit proves that the ultimate hangover cure lies one scoop away.

  • Antioxidants

woman jumping

According to one study, alcohol disrupts the balance between your body's pro- and anti-oxidant systems, resulting in reactive oxidative stress. Thanks to its high content in antioxidants, Baobab fruit powder is one of the most effective ways to restore oxidative balance in your body after a night of heavy drinking. Goodbye, headache!

  • Reduces Gastric Inflammation

baobab and water

It's true that without vitamin C, our health is as good as nothing; especially if we're under the influence of toxic substances such as those found in alcohol. However, we have some good news and some bad news.

The bad news is that we can't synthesise vitamin C on our own. However, the good news is that baobab powder covers more than 100% of our daily nutritional needs with just 40g.

baobab juice

What does this have to do with your hangover? One study suggests that vitamin C is likely to improve gastritis symptoms, a.k.a. gastric inflammation. Now, such inflammation is usually the side effect of excessive alcohol consumption.

So, long story short, this study suggests that vitamin C-rich baobab powder may be the solution to alcohol-induced symptoms.

  • Restores Electrolyte Balance

baobab detox water

We're pretty sure you've heard of electrolytes before but do you know how they can help you cure hangover symptoms? After one too many cocktails, your body gets dehydrated, and electrolyte balance is messed up.

Electrolytes are minerals which produce an electrical current when dissolved in water. Some of these electrolytes are calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Wait, all of these nutrients are part of baobab superfruit powder.

So, all it takes to cure a hangover is a smoothie or snack that's chockful of baobab powder? Well, yes!

Final Thoughts

We understand. Drinking a couple of drinks more after a hard week's work is your way of blowing off some steam. And you deserve that! But, still, reaching for the hair of the dog the morning after is not the healthiest way to get back on track. That's why keeping some baobab powder in your kitchen cabinet is one of the wisest decisions you could make.

 

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