Get Rid of Hangover Safely and Naturally
Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Eng, Lynn, Nuance and 1 other
Partying all night long can be a killjoy the morning after when you wake up with a hangover. A hangover is set of nasty physiological symptoms experienced after too you've consumed too much alcohol the night before. While studies will tell you that about 25-30 percent of drinkers are already immune or resistant to hangovers, there are more of the unlucky ones who need to be on guard against it. Who said anything about not partying or not drinking? Moderation is the easiest solution, but so is learning about different home remedies for hangover. Before experimenting on remedies, however, first understand what a hangover is and what exactly causes it.
The Dreaded Symptoms of a Hangover
A few hours after drinking, you start feeling the manifestations of a hangover. These are:
- A splitting headache
- Nauseous feeling
- Sensitivity to light
- Irritability to noise
- Loose bowel movements
- Extreme desire for liquids
- Intense dehydration
- Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar level
- Despair and fretfulness
- Episodes of vomiting
Learn the Causes of a Hangover
If you are old enough to drink, you are old enough to understand the effects alcohol will have on your body, and try to avoid hangovers. If you do, you can enjoy parties and other social activities, without paying the high price the next day. If you want to know why hangovers happen, here is what Educalcool has to say about it: "Excessive drinking assaults just about every part of the body; and every organ is under attack has to defend itself. These bodily defense mechanisms lead to dehydration and low blood sugar. That shortage of water and sugar are what explain the particular discomfort of a hangover."
- 2Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. Alcohol is a toxic beverage that over-works the liver as it tries to flush it out of your system.Advertisement
- 3Sleep deprivation and disturbance.
- 4The liver's acetaldehyde production.
Risks and Complicating Factors
Aside from the fact that some people are resistant to a 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. This is because people tend to react differently with different kinds of risk or complicating factors such as:
- 1Congeners and Impurities. Hangovers 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.
- 2Psychological Susceptibility. There is a hypothesis that psychosocial factors can influence the severity of hangover. There are studies conducted by Harburg et al. (1993) 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.
- 3The Dangerous Mix Of Alcohol And Tobacco. There are strong associations between smoking and drinking alcohol. Even occasional smokers can feel the urge to smoke at social functions that include drinking. This phenomenon may be explained by the pharmacological interaction between smoking and alcohol. The combination will make the symptoms even worse.
If there is one smart and viable solution to stop a hangover, it's to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. This can be extremely hard to do, especially during special occasions. If you understood the discussion above, you already know how important it is to:
- 1Stay hydrated. This will restore sleeping patterns. Drink a glass of water between every alcoholic drink you consume. Drink more water before going to bed.Advertisement
- 2Consume a balanced healthy meal. Make sure you include enough carbohydrates or sugar.
- 3H22. Replenish your body with water as well as juices from fruits or vegetables to help address dehydration.
- 4Catch some ZZZZZzzzzzs. 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.
- 5Avoid caffeine. It is another diuretic that will only add to the dehydration in your body. Keep away from it, even though it's common for people to try sober up their friends by giving them coffee. It's 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 hangovers, and are generally perceived to be safe.
Natural Ways to Beat Hangover
Quench Your Thirst
- 2Lemon 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 sour taste of tomato can help relieve hangovers.
- Mix 2 teaspoons of lime water, 1 teaspoon of sugar and ½ cup of water.
- Drink it slowly upon waking up to help diminish hangover.
- 4Sip hot soup.
- 5Fruit smoothie. Smoothies made from fruits are fantastic options to treat hangover.
- Mix banana, kale, lemon, and blueberry, and then add a spoonful of honey. It can relax your stomach and nerves.
- The honey helps replenish the lost blood glucose.
- The fruits restore the essential nutrients and minerals that the body lost.
- 6Healthy green tea. If you have a headache and you feel nauseous, drink a cup of sugarless green tea.
- 2Naturally sweet honey. Honey not only increases the diminished sugar level in the blood, but it also contains high amounts of potassium and antioxidants.
- 4Gingery treats. Fight your 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.
Relax that Body!
- 1Take 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.
- 2Break into a sweat. Move your body.
- 3Massage 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 - get pampered by getting yourself a conventional spa massage using eucalyptus oil. This will work on your circulation and detox the alcohol in your body, but be aware, the smell of the alcohol seeping through your pores will not be very pleasant for the person giving you the massage.
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Recent edits by: Nuance, Lynn, Eng