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What to Do if You Can't Swallow Pills

What to Do if You Can't Swallow Pills

Swallowing pills becomes a routine task for many as they age. But for a large group of young adults, pills still aren't the easiest to swallow. If you find yourself in this group, but still want to benefit from products like hang/OVER, the following 3 tips will make sure you can get on with your day.

1. Exposure Therapy

The first thing to do is to try to re-train your body and mind that there is no danger behind taking pills, and that it is something that your body can naturally do.

This exposure therapy begins with small, manageable instances of taking pills, working up to the real thing.

Begin by simply mentally visualizing that there is a pill in your hand, move it into your mouth, take a sip of water, and swallow. Do it in one quick motion without faltering or thinking too much.

Next, try to move onto swallowing something you're comfortable with. In most cases, this can be a food item like Boba (tapioca pearl), pea, or rice grain. It can also be something that simply resembles the shape you are after, like a tic tac or m&m. You can even take a bite out of something you're eating and practice swallowing it with a swig of water. Try doing this quickly and without chewing. Practice a few times a week, trying to get 1-3 successful swallows in each sitting before stopping.

Finally, you can move on to the actual pill itself. Try not thinking of the pill and rather visualizing it as one of the food items you're familiar with, and quickly making the motion you've practiced.

2. Tricking Your Brian by Chewing

If the exposure therapy proved too difficult to do, then there is another psychological trick to help you swallow the pills - chewing. When you're brain eats, chewing is a natural predisposition to make sure things are safe for swallowing. It's referred to as a 'safety behavior', and it gives your body the sense that anything you'll swallow wont be harmful as long as you chew. So if you chew on something while having the pill in your mouth, you may find it even easier to swallow everything at once.

One food that makes this easy is gummy bears. Keep chewing on a gummy bear (while making sure not to chew on the pill that should be on the center of your tongue), and then take a sip of water and quickly try to swallow the chewed up gummy bears. You'll find that the pill will generally go along with the rest!

While this is a very effective method for some, it's in your best long term interest to try practicing tip 1. so that you can swallow without relying on chewing.

3. Open the Pill & Mix it

Finally, if all else has failed, it's time to check if you can crush your pill and it eat or drink it. Generally, you cannot do this when pills:

  • Have a time delay for delivery, as crushing it will cause an overdose of the entire contents at once.
  • Your stomach acid could affect the active ingredients from working, or the active ingredients could adversely affect your stomach lining.

But for pills like hang/OVER whose ingredients can be consumed raw, and which does not have a time delay, the pills can be opened and their contents mixed with a drink (milk or juice) or food (apple sauce, yogurt).

While the taste will not be good, this method still allows your body to absorb the ingredients. Just make sure that you mix and consume all of it! 

hang/OVER v1.1 Manufacturing Update

hang/OVER v1.1 Manufacturing Update


Second Wind Nutraceuticals team here.  Just wanted to update our followers that the revised formulation of hang/OVER v1.1 has been submitted for manufacturing. 

The new formulation based on customer feedback will not have Choline and Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) due to the harshness of digesting these ingredients.  Instead of Choline and ALA, we have increased the amount of DHM from Hovenia Dulcis (Japanese Raisin Tree) to 1400mg per serving and included 50mg more Panax Ginseng (Red or Korean Ginseng).  Click here to read about the first round of customer feedback from v1.0 of hang/OVER.   

Furthermore, we have finalized the packaging design (as you can see from the top picture).  We hope you enjoy the designs.  All packaging will be 100% biodegradable and made from recycled materials whenever possible.   

Happy Holidays!

-Second Wind Nutraceuticals 

10 Tips to Lessen Hangovers Backed By Science

10 Tips to Lessen Hangovers Backed By Science


The holiday season is in full swing and with it comes food, family, and parties all within a handful of weeks.  With these festivities comes the dreaded hangover.  We all know it, the symptoms of an upset stomach, nausea, headache, and overall decrease in mood.  Given all this, here are a couple tips to follow so that you can wake up feeling great throughout the holidays.  

1. Pick drinks with fewer congeners. 

Studies have shown a connection between overall hangover severity and the type of alcohol that you drink.  The reason for this is because chemicals called congeners (which are created in the fermentation process of alcohol) are in different concentrations depending on your beverage of choice.  Congeners can be toxic to the body and are one of the main causal factors of a hangover.  When trying to avoid a hangover, choose drinks like beer/vodka/gin and avoid brandy/red wine/whiskey.  A good rule of thumb is to pick drinks that are clearer.

Hydrate before, during, and after drinking.  

Dehydration has been shown to play a role in hangover symptoms like headaches and decreased mood.  Since alcohol acts as a diuretic and increases urination, it is especially important to drink plenty of water before, during, and after a night out. 

3. Eat a hearty meal 

Making sure to eat before drinking has been shown to decrease the absorption of alcohol which reduces the peak blood alcohol concentration attained.  It has been shown that high peak blood alcohol concentrations have been positively correlated with severe hangover symptoms.  

4. Drink less or don't drink

Probably the most boring and least exciting advice on the list, drinking less or completely abstaining from drinking is the most effective way to avoid hangover symptoms.  

5. Panax Ginseng 

Panax Ginseng or Korean Red Ginseng has been shown to reduce overall hangover severity in a crossover study of 26 participants compared to placebo.  The thought is that Panax Ginseng may have an anti-inflammatory effect thereby decreasing some hangover symptoms caused by inflammation.  

6. Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica)

A crossover study of 55 participants has shown that Prickly Pear reduced hangover symptoms like lack of appetite and nausea.  Prickly Pear contains powerful antioxidants which may help protect against some of the negative aspects of alcohol.  

7. Hovenia Dulcis (Japanese Raisin Tree) extract

A recent study with 26 participants found that Hovenia Dulcis extract taken before drinking resulted in a reduction of hangover symptoms.  Researchers found that the Hovenia Dulcis extract decreases the amount of acetaldehyde (a toxin) when ethanol (alcohol) is metabolized in the liver.  Jiang Liang, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles also found that Hovenia Dulcis extract plays a role in preventing alcohol from interacting with the brain's GABA receptors which might play a role in explaining reduced hangover symptoms.  

8. Milk Thistle 

Also known as Mary's thistle, Milk Thistle has been used for centuries to protect the liver.  The active ingredient in Milk Thistle called silymarin has been shown to help with the liver's glutathione levels which is important in protecting the liver from the oxidative stress of alcohol metabolism.  In a rodent study, increased glutathione levels have been shown the protect against alcohol damage.  

9. N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)...don't waste your money 

A recent trend in the supplement industry is the rise in popularity of NAC due to it being linked for its usage in acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdose.  Though, like Milk Thistle, NAC aids in glutathione production, there are little to no studies that have shown NAC's connection towards decreasing hangover symptoms when taken orally.

Specifically, increased glutathione production from oral dosages has been shown to be so small that its almost clinically irrelevant.  In other words, save your money because you would need to take upwards of 50 to 100 times the amount of NAC being advertised right now for any active effect to take place.  

10. hang/OVER by Second Wind Nutraceuticals

hang/OVER is a multivitamin and herbal supplement backed by science and guided with total transparency.  We do not hide behind a 'proprietary herbal blend'.  We provide large enough amounts of active ingredients in order to replicate the studies our claims come from.  Click here to see the customer results of the v1.0 hang/OVER beta release or learn more about hang/OVER.