It is not a secret that alcohol is unhealthy. The liver, pancreas, stomach, bowels and heart are just a few vital organs that are negatively affected by excess consumption. We have previously discussed the health ramifications of booze, but we have yet to examine the specific deficiencies that need to be topped up in the wake of a night out.
Magnesium is merely one such vitamin. In a normal person, it contributes to high energy levels, healthy hair and strong muscles. When suffering from a magnesium deficiency, a person can become depressed and exhausted. As a diuretic, alcohol is a heavy contributor towards the loss of magnesium. In academic terms: ‘Studies historically have shown that alcohol consumption markedly increases magnesium excretion in the urine and may affect magnesium levels in other ways as well.’ (page 87).
Alcohol also hits the Vitamin B complex particularly hard. When the liver metabolises an alcoholic beverage, it can become damaged to the point where it struggles to store B12. Alcohol can also lead to glutathione depletion, which inhibits the body’s production of B12 and B2. Research has shown that Vitamin B deficiency is often seen in alcoholics, and it is responsible for diseases relating to the nervous system and gastrointestinal system, among others. If you fancy, you can grab all 8 of your B vitamins from foods like avocados or almonds.
Chronic drinking can further damage the body’s ability to absorb things like Vitamin C, due to its effect on the pancreas. Doctors recommend topping up your Vitamin C after consuming alcohol to avoid chronic depression and fatigue, as well as the dreaded scurvy. In theory, the standard diet should provide enough Vitamin C to keep your body happy; however, when depleted by alcohol, additional measures may need to be undertaken.
Notably, alcohol affects the mood, both in the short-term and when consumed over longer periods of time. As a depressant, it saps the brain of dopamine and serotonin in the long-term, meaning that your headache and upset stomach aren’t the only reasons for your morning-after slump.
Overall, the Survivor blend targets a number of natural functions relating to normal hepatic, cognitive and metabolic function in the human body – all of which can be affected through elevated blood alcohol levels. It directly addresses the depleted stores of vitamins and nutrients outlined above. The 19 ingredients include Vitamin C, Vitamin B Complex, Magnesium, Chromium, Iodine and Copper. Although Survivor certainly isn’t a substitute for sobriety, we do aim to top up these much needed nutrients at the point they are needed most.