Nothing ruins a night out drinking quite like that thumping headache that will never go away. The kind that relentlessly pulsates and intensifies whenever you move your head, let alone try to dance!
We all know that alcohol and headaches often come together, but have you ever thought that there was more to it than just that? Getting a headache after drinking alcohol could actually be an Asian flush headache instead.
This particular Asian glow / Asian flush headache is the direct result of exposure to a toxin from the metabolism of alcohol called acetaldehyde and is usually accompanied by a host of other symptoms like a red face, elevated heartbeat and restricted breathing.
Forget the other symptoms for a moment and let's just focus on the headache. It's no surprise that getting a headache from drinking alcohol has consequences beyond just the pounding pain in your head. This is because alcohol is the ultimate drink for good times, fun, bonding, courting and celebration!
Yep, we really did luck out on that one. It's precisely in these moments that we want to be feeling clear, composed and in good spirits - not feeling like our heads are on the brink of implosion.
If you're nodding your head because you know what we're talking about then keep reading. We've come up with a list of tried and tested ways to stop a headache from alcohol so that you can better enjoy those good times in life without feeling uncomfortable.
Ok, let's get this started:
Tip #1 - Stopping your Asian flush headache before it happens.
You can do this by using a high-quality N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) based Asian flush supplement like Sunset Alcohol Flush Reduction.
The reason why NAC supplementation is so effective is that it ensures the body can produce enough of a powerful antioxidant called glutathione that helps keep acetaldehyde levels low.
To learn more about why having low acetaldehyde levels is important for avoiding a headache from alcohol, check out our article titled: The Ultimate Guide to Asian Flush and Asian Glow.
Otherwise, take our word for it and get yourself a reliable high-quality NAC based Asian flush supplement to take before you go out drinking. Not only will it keep acetaldehyde levels low enough to avoid the Asian flush headache, but it will also reduce flushing and other symptoms so you can better enjoy alcohol consumption like everyone else.
One reason customers keep coming back to buy Sunset is that we've gone the extra mile to truly make Asian flush headaches a thing of the past. Along with ample amounts of high-quality NAC, Sunset is the only Asian flush supplement to also contain precisely the right amount of L-theanine to supercharge the effectiveness of its NAC and stop alcohol-related headaches in their tracks.
If you would like to learn more about how Sunset's proprietary formula can stop your headache from alcohol, check out our article titled: The Science of Alcohol Red Face & How to Cure it!
Otherwise, you can head on over and grab yourself some Sunset Alcohol Flush Reduction today while stocks last.
Tip #2 - Making sure you are adequately hydrated.
According to the National Headache Foundation, ethanol can have a dehydrating effect on the body. In particular, it affects the fluids around the brain and causes a fall in blood pressure and blood flow to the brain.
If you are already dehydrated before you begin consuming alcohol then these changes could easily cause the onset of a headache on their own, not to mention exacerbating the severity of an existing Asian flush related headache.
As for how much water is required to ensure that you're hydrated enough to consume alcohol? According to Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, "one size doesn't fit all". She emphasizes that your size and general level of activity affects how much water you need to drink to stay adequately hydrated (i.e. the larger and more active you are, the more you need to drink).
One slightly off-putting yet highly useful indicator of how hydrated you are is the color of your urine. The darker the color, the more dehydrated you probably are. So to reduce the severity of your Asian flush related headaches make sure that your urine is a light color before consuming alcohol.
Tip #3 - Stopping alcohol headaches with heart burn medication.
Whilst listed here as a "Tip", we must make it clear that we do not recommend taking any medication for a purpose otherwise intended by the manufacturer. In fact, in our article titled "Effect of Pepcid AC, Zantac and Zyrtec on Asian Flush" we talk about the various dangers associated with the off-label use of heart burn medication for Asian flush.
That said, this method warrants a mention because of its popularity. It is common practice for a lot of Asian flush sufferers to use heart burn medication to prevent the onset of their symptoms - including the Asian flush headache.
The problem is that the antihistamine effect of the heart burn medication masks the symptoms of Asian flush and does nothing to prevent the acetaldehyde toxicity that is causing it. It should be noted that this has very serious health implications for people with Asian flush, as discussed in our article: Debunking the Asian Flush Cancer Risk.
Tip #4 - Reducing your alcohol headache by drinking more slowly
Yes, that's right. The rate at which you consume alcohol can dramatically affect your body's ability to metabolize it correctly. Especially for people like us with Asian flush, our deficient metabolic enzymes need all the help they can get.
One of the most effective ways of avoiding an alcohol-related headache is to drink very slowly. For example, taking 30 to 40 minutes to finish one standard drink allows your body more time to deal with the toxins that are causing your Asian flush headache.
Whilst effective, this method can get a little annoying when all you want to do is down a cold beer quickly on a hot summer day. It's times like those that you'll need to use the methods discussed in Tip #1 above.
Tip #5 - Using Vitamin C to reduce your Asian flush headaches
There are some studies that have demonstrated a negative correlation between vitamin C levels in the body and acetaldehyde concentration in the liver. In other words, the more vitamin C you have in our body when you drink alcohol the less acetaldehyde there will be in your blood to cause your Asian flush headache.
Another key benefit of supplementing with Vitamin C is that it acts as an essential cofactor in the enzymatic reactions that prevent alcohol flushing. It is essential for the proper breakdown of NAC into Glutathione (as discussed in Tip #1) and also improves the effectiveness of other compounds, such as Thiamine, in controlling acetaldehyde accumulation.
Achieving the right balance of Vitamin C is vitally important for Sunset to fight Asian flush headaches as effectively as it does - and is a key detail often overlooked by other supplement makers.
Asian Flush headaches are real
In the largest ever survey on Asian Flush, the results showed that 50% of responders experience headaches after alcohol, the second most common symptom. Flushing is the only symptom that occurs more frequently in Asian Flush sufferers, with 98% of responders reporting to experience that symptom.
In addition, many Asian Flush sufferers reported that they experience both flushing and headaches together when they drink alcohol. It's easy to understand why Asian Flush and these uncomfortable symptoms can easily ruin your night out.
Headaches after drinking - Now what?
Severe and reoccurring headaches are a serious business, so make sure to seek medical attention if your headaches become too intense. As always, ensure to drink responsibly and use the best techniques for you to help reduce your Asian flush headaches.