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Probiotics may be the Key to Easing Your Hangover

If you drink regularly, you may be able to help your body recover from the direct and indirect negative effects of alcohol faster by taking probiotic supplements.

Research shows that the presence of certain strains of probiotics is associated with the restoration of the microbiome and greater improvement in alcohol-induced liver injury than with standard therapy of vitamins and abstinence. Scientists enrolled sixty-six adult Russian males with alcoholic psychosis into a prospective, randomized, clinical trial in an effort to study the effects of alcohol and probiotics on the gut biome and alcohol-induced liver injury. After five days of therapy with probiotics or standard therapy, those taking probiotics had significantly increased numbers of beneficial bacteria in their stool. They also had better results on liver enzymes, which is a type of blood test that measures liver function.

Alcoholics tend to have lower levels of the gut bacteria Bifidobacteria, Lactobacilli, and Enterococci, as compared with those who do not imbibe. After taking a short 5-day course of probiotic supplements, however, the levels of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli rose. Probiotic supplementation even improved liver enzymes; high liver enzymes may indicate liver inflammation.

We’re not saying that probiotics are the antidote for alcohol abuse, or that they mitigate the long-term effects of drinking, however there is evidence to suggest that the secrets to quick relief from a hangover may involve the beneficial microbes living in your gut; so make sure you feed them well – a little strategic probiotic supplementation might go a long way after a long night!

Credit to: natren.com