- Mineral replenishment
- Neuro protective components
- Stimulating / back to work components
[NOTE: These nootropics are not meant for daily use to offset treating your body poorly. Instead, they are tools to make occasional partying less impactful on the body in a negative way. There is also scant laboratory research regarding these substances and alcohol, so there will be personal info plus anecdotal consensus.]
Optimal Mineral Replenishment
Partying typically includes a lot of dancing, moving, and sweating. For people like me who love to dance (especially with electronic dance music) and naturally sweat a lot, magnesium is one of the most important micronutrients. After vitamin D, it is the second highest deficiency in the world and replenishment is key.
By taking a magnesium supplement, you can provide your body with the raw materials to create new mitochondria and churn out more ATP (energy). When sleep deprived, getting an extra boost of energy is exactly what is needed. Make sure you take bioavailable forms of magnesium including glycinate. If you think you have low magnesium, use an EXA test because serum tests only look at 1% of your total magnesium. You need 400 mg per day normally. After raves you need even more and food doesn't have a lot.
All of the B vitamins (including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, B6, B12) are essential for optimal human performance. When partying and consuming other substances, absorption of these vitamins is minimal. Most people are depleted of these essential nutrients, which is why a B complex is a perfect option post-party.
For alcohol drinkers, B vitamins and zinc are a couple major concerns (aside from water). Alcohol inhibits zinc absorption. There are several types of zinc, but zinc glycinate (contained in our sleep complex) and zinc citrate are the best of the common forms (others being sulfate and gluconate).
Choline deficiency is a nutrient deficiency that up to 90% of Americans struggle with.
Neuro Protective ComponentWhile replenishing vitamins and minerals is a necessary first step for improving cognition after parties, taking modern nootropics can alleviate some of the neurological damage done by the substances and abuse. Many of these substances are anecdotally known to improve cognition the day after a party.
Back to Work Component
For busy professionals and students, a day of partying can't interfere with work the next day. Getting back to work requires a few nootropic stacks or supplements that can stand alone to improve work flow and manage sleep deprivation.
Caffeine + L-Theanine This is one of the most basic stacks for cognitive enhancement, but it works. Compounded caffeine consumption can't fix a poor sleep schedule, but it will wake you up after a night or two of sleep deprivation. Adding L-theanine to the mix is a perfect addition so that you can more readily focus on your work. Use a 1:2 ratio of caffeine to L-theanine and note that a typical 8 ounce cup of coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine.
Rhodiola rosea If you want an anti-fatigue agent that will keep you going longer after a rough night, rhodiola rosea is a perfect as-needed option.