Get Rid of Hangover Safely and Naturally

Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Eng, Lynn


Partying all night long can be a killjoy the morning after as you wake up with a hangover. It is a set of nasty physiological symptoms experienced after too much alcohol has been consumed the night before. While studies will tell you that about 25-30 percent of drinkers are already immune or resistant to hangovers, there are the unlucky ones who need to be on guard against it. Who said anything about not partying or not drinking? Moderation is a good solution, but so is learning about different home remedies for hangover. Before experimenting on remedies, however, first understand what a hangover is and what causes it.

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The Dreaded Symptoms of Hangover

A few hours after drinking, you start feeling the dreadful manifestations of hangover. These are:


* A splitting headache
* Nauseous feeling
* Sensitivity to light
* Irritability to noise
* Exhaustion
* Loose bowel movements
* Extreme desire for liquids
* Intense dehydration
* Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar level
* Despair and fretfulness

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Take Time to Know the Causes of Hangover

If you think you are old enough to drink, then perhaps you are also old enough to understand the effects of alcohol in your body to the effect of being able to prevent the party pooper hangover. If you do, you can enjoy parties better and have great days when you wake up. If you want to know why hangovers happen, here is what Educalcool[1] has to say about it:

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"Excessive drinking assaults just about every part of the body; and organs under attack have to defend themselves. But the body's physiological defense mechanisms lead to dehydration and low blood sugar. That shortage of water and sugar are what explain the particular discomfort of a hangover."

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    Drinking excessive ethanol, which is diuretic, can make you pee more; this can result in dehydration. Thus, the body instinctively draws water from any source, and that includes the brain. This will cause the brain to shrink a bit causing headaches. Dehydration also causes one to lose electrolytes that triggers muscle cramps and pains.
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    Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
    Alcohol is a toxic beverage that is actively flushed out by the liver.
    A busy liver cannot perform its usual function, which is to produce glucose. Thus following a drinking spree, expect the alcohol to go low on glucose. Glucose is the primary source of energy. With hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, expect the body to feel tired or weak and the brain to feel dizzy, restless, depressed, and have difficulty focusing, thinking and seeing with clarity. The body shifts to fatty acids as a source of energy; this causes other hangover symptoms.
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    Sleep deprivation and disturbance.
    Alcohol makes you sleepy because it can alter your sleep pattern or cycle. Sleeplessness can also affect the cognitive functions of the brain. Consequently, after heavy drinking, one struggles to get a good sleep, feels tired and has weak control of their cognitive capacities.
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    The liver's acetaldehyde production.
    The liver needs to produce the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase to process the alcohol and transform it into acetaldehyde, an extremely toxic substance. This makes the body sweat, becomes flushed, the heart to beat faster, and it makes you nauseous and vomiting. Can these similarities between acetaldehyde effects and those of alcohol hangover, be a direct result of the metabolism of alcohol by the liver?
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Risk and Complicating Factors


Aside from the fact that some people are resistant to hangover, it is also notable that the intensity of the symptoms of hangover greatly vary from person to person even when two people consume the same amount and kind of alcohol.

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This is because people tend to react differently with different kinds of risk or complicating factors such as:

Congeners and Impurities

Hangover may also be triggered by the congeners and impurities found in the alcoholic beverage. Congeners are chemical compounds normally mixed in alcoholic drinks, such as histamine, methanol, or polyphenols. On the other hand, impurities or preservatives that may bring on hangover include zinc and other metals added to alcoholic drinks as sweeteners and/or flavor enhancers. That's why it is better to mix fresh fruit extracts and juices to alcohol than artificially sweetened drinks.

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Psychological susceptibility

There is a hypothesis that psychosocial factors can influence the severity of hangover. There are studies conducted by Harburg et al. (1993)[2] that shows significant relationships between drinkers' psychosocial state and the intensity of their hangover symptoms. An experiment backs up the hypothesis that feelings of guilt about drinking, neurosis, anger, depression or negative life events can actually make hangover more severe.

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The dangerous mix of alcohol and tobacco

There are strong associations between smoking and drinking alcohol. Even erstwhile smokers can feel the urge to smoke when there are drinking occasions. This phenomenon may be explained by the pharmacological interaction between smoking and alcohol[3]. The combination can even make the symptoms worse.

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Prevent Hangover


If there is one smart and viable solution to stop a hangover, it is to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. This can be extremely hard to do, especially during special occasions. Practically, if you understood the discussion above, it is sensible to stay hydrated, to restore sleeping pattern, and to consume a good balanced meal with enough carbohydrates or sugar.

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Replenishing your body with water as well as juices from fruits or vegetables can help address dehydration. Resting and sleeping can help your body recover the disrupted sleep cycle. Call into work and say you're sick. It is best to stay at home in bed. While at home, have enough protein-rich meals and lots of orange juice rich in vitamin C.

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Meanwhile, avoid caffeine. It is another diuretic that can continue to dehydrate you and keep you away. Both are counterproductive when recovering from hangover. You must also avoid taking pain relievers. You do not want to overwork your liver that has been processing excessive amounts of alcohol. Aspirin or Alka-Seltzer are common meds for hangover that are generally perceived to be safe.

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Here are Natural Ways to Beat Hangover

Drink Up

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    Plain water.

    Nothing beats a hangover better than drinking water. Drink up a glass of water before bedtime and upon waking up. Stay hydrated to ease episodes of hangover.
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    Lemon Juice.
    A tall glass of chilled lemon juice fresh is a popular home remedy for hangovers. You can opt to add it to tomato juice for more flavor. The sourish taste of tomato can help relieve hangover.
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    1. Mix 2 teaspoons of lime water, 1 teaspoon of sugar and ½ cup of water.
    2. Drink it slowly upon waking up to help diminish hangover.
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    Sip hot soup.
    Sipping hot and delicious soup made from bacon and egg is a good way to fight dehydration while filling you up with loads of nutrients. Miso soup is a Japanese home remedy for making people with hangover feel better. Miso soup is not only hydrating, it also replenishes the lost electrolytes and other essential nutrients.
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    Fruity smoothie.
    Smoothies made up of fruits are fantastic options to treat hangover.  
    1. Mix banana, kale, lemon, and blueberry, and then add a spoonful of honey. It can relax your stomach and nerves.
    2. The honey helps replenish the lost blood glucose.
    3. The fruits restore the essential nutrients and minerals that the body lost.
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    Healthy green tea.
    If you have a headache and you feel nauseous, drink a cup of sugarless green tea.
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    If you feel weakness in the muscles or you are suffering from cramps, your body must have lost a lot of electrolytes. Gatorade can quickly restore the electrolyte imbalance.
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Eat it Up!

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    Good banana.
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    Bananas are rich in potassium and can help battle the electrolyte imbalance by consuming 1-2 pieces of bananas.
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    Naturally sweet honey.
    Honey not only perks the diminished sugar level in the blood, but it also contains high amounts of potassium and antioxidants.
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    An apple a day.
    Cure hangovers deliciously using apples. You can eat it straight or mix it up in a salad.
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    Gingery treats.
    Fight hangover by drinking a cup of medicinal ginger tea or chew small bits and pieces of ginger. This can relieve nausea and vomiting as well as improve the digestion of alcohol as it soothes the stomach.
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    Spicy Peppermint.
    If you feel discomfort because of gas caused by drinking excessive alcohol, peppermint is the perfect herb to use. You can either chew it or add it up to your tea. Peppermint works like a carminative that effectively eliminates gas from the digestive system.
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Relax that Body!

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    Take a shower.
    Freshen up and wake up your senses. You can also try switching between cold and hot water to feel the tingling sensation on your skin.
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    Break into a sweat.
    Move your body.
    Go for a long walk or go for short sprints to break into sweat. Alternatively, you can also try any sport you love – rugby, basketball, swim, ride a bike, or mow the grass in the lawn. Do something to start sweating. That will make your mind and body feel better.
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    Massage with Eucalyptus Oil.
    If you can hardly lift your arms and legs, how can you get moving? You can alleviate a hangover in a very relaxing way - be pampered by getting yourself a conventional spa massage using eucalyptus oil. This will work on your circulation and detox the alcohol in your body.
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