We’ve all been there: waking up after a night out with that familiar dry mouth, seasickness and a headache from hell. The older we get, the worse the symptoms of a hangover become, until the promise of a great night out is outweighed by the pain and sickness of the following day.
When a hangover is in full force it’s enough to make us vow to never ever drink again. But the good news is that with the right combination of vitamins, minerals and superfoods this dreaded morning after the night before feeling can be well avoided.
One way to keep the bad head at bay is with the amla berry; a superfood that’s been revered throughout India for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. In fact, just one 100g serving of these delicious berries - also known as Indian gooseberries - contains nearly the same amount of vitamin C as 20 oranges.
Amla berries are round, bright yellow/green and found on flowering trees throughout India. Their flavour is famously tart and sour, so eating them raw is not for the faint hearted but they make an excellent addition to pickles and baked goods, as well as working well in juices and smoothies.
These powerful little balls of goodness have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries due to their high vitamin C content and antioxidant properties. Enthusiasts believe that amla berries can help with all sorts of health conditions, from diabetes to indigestion, skin conditions to IBS. They’re also said to help improve eyesight, level out blood sugar, boost immunity and help fight against dementia. Because of their ability to restore vitamins and flush out toxins, amla berries are believed to be a great weapon in the war against hangovers too.
Alcohol is a diuretic, which is why a night out can often mean several urgent trips to the bathroom. All this flushing out of fluid leaves the body short on essential vitamins and minerals, so a boost from something as powerful as amla berries can help restore the right balance quickly and efficiently.
Amla berries also contain lots of flavonoids; chemicals that are considered to help with cognitive function, such as improved memory and concentration. If you’ve ever experienced that muggy, fuzzy, can’t-remember-anything head you’ll understand why anything that can boost brain power is a must for the morning after a few drinks.
Of course, the best way to prevent a horrid hangover is by being sensible and not overdoing it, which is just one of the reasons why we never recommend binge drinking. But if you do find yourself sub par, you can set yourself on the road to recovery by taking After Party, our unique combination of carefully chosen vitamins, minerals and other hangover busting ingredients including - you guessed it - amla berries.
To find out more about our full range of products and their ingredients, visit the Potion Life website today. And remember - drink safely, look after yourself and have fun!