Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it increases your urine output when consumed. When we drink alcohol, it inhibits the hormone vasopressin which is an antidiuretic. This hormone acts on your kidney’s collecting duct by adding channels which allow reabsorption of water from urine into your blood, making your urine more concentrated. Without this hormone, your body starts losing a lot more water in your urine meaning you need to pee more frequently, hence the term breaking the seal. Alcohol also delays stomach emptying, making your feel the need to be sick - this being another major cause of dehydration. Staying hydrated whilst your drink, as well as being properly hydrated before and after is really important. It will avoid getting too drunk too quickly and ensure you can recover better in the morning.
Rehydrating the morning is vital and the best way to do this is refuelling your body with not only water but electrolyte solutions. Electrolytes are minerals like sodium potassium and magnesium that help maintain the balance of water in your body along with a lot more important functions. By also increasing electrolyte intake, you increase the amount of fluids your body is able to absorb also. This is why our own “Reset” is a great way of fuelling your body the morning after a big night, it contains not only all the electrolytes you need to rehydrate, but also contains so much more to help your body recover faster. It contains milk thistle, which helps increase the function of your liver whilst it breaks down the alcohol from the night before. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine which helps to reduce your blood pressure and nausea, as well as vital vitamins like B and C to help your body return to normal as quickly as possible.