It is needless to say how any of us ended up with a hangover, and why, but it is important to say what happens with our organism and why do we have a hangover.
Can we really cure a hangover? No, not really. We need to wait for our body to flash out all the alcohol toxins we consumed. However, while we wait, we can ease the symptoms and speed up the neutralization of the toxins with certain food and drinks.
Well-known symptoms of hangover are headaches, stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, and irritability and so on. The more important question is why we experience these problems. Headaches, for instance are the result of the release of a toxic substance into the bloodstream. Stomach pains and nausea can result from the irritation of the inner lining of our stomach. Irritability and the feeling of nervousness is a result of sedative characteristic of alcohol and a consequence of dehydration, because alcohol is a dehydrating drink. Alcohol, in general, increases the acidity in our bodies and destabilizes our nervous system.
Before we get more familiar with fast natural cures, we need to highlight what food or drinks we should avoid after partying all night.
Greasy food is better at preventing a hangover than curing it. Greasy food can help insulate the stomach, thus prevent alcohol from being absorbed into the stomach lining and bloodstream. If you use it to cure a hangover, it will only irritate your stomach more.
Coffee is a diuretic, so coffee cannot help you. Caffeinated drinks can only make you feel worse because they will make your body even more dehydrated. Coffee will also cause your blood cells to swell, so you can end up having even worse headache.
Sugary drinks will speed up the absorption of alcohol, so simply avoid them, even the day after.
What Drinks Help Us Ease The Hangover?
Water is mandatory for relieving the symptoms of hangover. Since dehydration is one of the consequences of excess alcohol intake, we need to hydrate our body quickly. Alcohol is diuretic, and it pushes liquids out of the body. When drinking a lot, the body will draw water from any available sources in the organism, including brain, thus the headache is one of the first symptoms. Drinking water before going to bed can prevent some nasty headaches; moreover, drinking water the next day will be also very beneficial.
Remember: Drinking a lot of water without any electrolytes can lead to a condition known as water intoxication, which is potentially fatal.
Peppermint and ginger tea are one of the best herbal teas that help ease the hangover. Peppermint tea ease stomach pain and decrease nausea (well-known morning sickness remedy for pregnant women), while ginger tea reduces the motion sickness. Ginger is a natural painkiller and an antioxidant.
Pickle juice, being sour and salty, replenishes electrolytes and sodium levels in the body. Drinking 2 ounces in the morning can help you ease the nausea and overall feeling of tiredness and exhaustion.
Sport drinks and coconut water can help restore electrolytes levels as well. If you have to choose between sport drinks and coconut water, opt for the coconut – this drink has five of the electrolytes found in the human body.
Apple or cranberry juice can help with the recovery process. The fructose gives the body the energy very fast, and boost metabolism, thus help get rid of those alcohol toxins.
Tomato juice contains lycopene, an antioxidant that reduces the inflammation in the body. Due to the vitamin C and fructose, tomato juices are great liver—boosting drinks.
What Foods Help Us With Fast Recovery?
Chicken noodle soup can restore the level of sodium and water. Chicken and other vegetables contain cysteine, which helps liver recover the energy.
Although it may be the last thing you want to eat, Miso soup is a great morning remedy that boosts sodium levels and rehydrates the body quickly. Miso soup also helps with digestion.
Bananas are prevention aid. Due to the rich content of potassium, bananas are the perfect food before you hit the bar. However, bananas are also great the morning after. The complex carbohydrates in bananas help you recover very fast and boost your body with the energy. Kiwi and spinach will help with boosting the energy as well.
Having a common breakfast – eggs, freshly squeezed orange juice and toasted bread – will energize your body and rebuilt your strength very quickly. Orange juice, due to the vitamin C, will help with nausea and rehydration. Boiled eggs, rich in amino acids, will boost liver function. The proteins from eggs help the liver filter the toxins of alcohol faster. Toasted bread can prevent bloating and vomiting.
Honey replenishes the blood sugar due to the sugars, minerals, and vitamins. Fructose will help the body burn off the alcohol quicker. Honey, lemons and hot water, replenish fluids and sugar. The fastest hangover cure is to boil 1 cup of water and mix with honey and lemon to taste.
Oats, due to the B-complex vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and iron, can neutralize acids in the body and raise the blood sugar levels, resulting in an instant boost of energy.
Curing A Hangover With Vitamins And Exercising
High doses of vitamins (Vitamin C and B vitamins) can be beneficial in the morning. An excess alcohol intake also flushes out the vitamins from the body, so we need to restore the optimum level.
Although the hardest of the hangover cures, mild exercising like yoga, or walking, helps get rid of those toxins in the body faster. Before exercising, make sure your body restored the adequate level of electrolytes and that is well hydrated.
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