Does good wine leave you with a bad headache or queasy feeling – especially if it’s so good that you have to drink a lot of it? Much of American wine contains sulfites to help preserve the grape. Sulfites are used when grapes are just a bit too young to be harvested. They extend the shelf life and allow wine makers to get the most of their crops. This works in a fast-paced society. But, go to Italy, and you won’t encounter an added sulfite or a hangover as easily.
Buy Organic Wine with No Sulfites Added
Sulfites are a kind of preservative that are found in wine and some foods. During wine production, sulfites – sulphur dioxide (SO) – is added to stop fermentation at a certain time and then works as a preservative to prevent oxidation while the winemaking process goes on.
Organic wine is made from organically grown grapes where no chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or any other synthetic fertilizers are used in the soil or on the grape vines. Although no sulfites are added to this organic wine, some naturally occurring sulfites may still be present. However, their quantity cannot exceed 100 parts per million (ppm).
Beverage depots and organic markets are now offering wine produced without the use of added sulfites. Subtracting the preservative gives the wine a smoother taste and minimizes negative affects on your body. These wines only contain the natural sulfites that are produced during the fermentation process. Both Frey and Our Daily Red are readily available American brands that cost less than $10 per bottle. Whole Foods Market sells both Frey and Our Daily Red wines. ODR is the more popular choice, and will run you a few dollars less.
Try Digestive Enzymes
Digestive enzyme supplements can be taken at every meal or as needed for extra assistance in your digestive tract. Taking them when you drink alcohol with meals helps your body properly assimilate nutrients, and expel waste more efficiently. This does not mean that you’ll be headed for the bathroom after a glass – it just means that your food and drink will spend less time in your stomach deciding where to go. When our meals spend more time being digested, our bodies can mimic hang-over symptoms.
You can find a variety of digestive enzymes in the market that include single and multiple enzymes. A mixed enzyme should be generally good and if you want to be particular about it, you may talk to a naturopath for advice. However, on your own, you must look out for certain criteria while deciding on a digestive enzyme of your choice. For example:
- Don’t just choose the cheapest one, go for a quality one
- Check out the reputation of the manufacturer (actually, you should do it with ALL foods that you consume)
- Check the source of the digestive enzymes – there are three major sources: Fruit sourced, Animal sourced and Plant sourced (Plant sourced are considered the most stable ones, but go with one of your own choice)
- Multiple enzymes with a strong potency (strength) work better than single enzymes
Maybe it’s not that your tolerance for alcohol has waned in your older age. Maybe, additives to the wine and your own body’s ability to digest also play a role in your hang-over.
Gina Laverde is a Chicago-based writer and researcher whose expertise in natural health stems from her experiences with Body Ecology Diet, Blood Type Diet and homeopathic remedies. Gina believes that we’re in the midst of a serious world health crisis, and that the key to survival lies within our guts.