People who drink too much alcohol will, undoubtedly, experience a hangover the next day. The good news is that there are a number of effective remedies, some of which are listed below:
Lack of sleep is a side effect of a hangover. Studies have shown that people who drink alcohol usually have poor sleeping patterns.
- Easy to digest foods
According to folklore, greasy foods are the best cure for a hangover. However, this is untrue according to medical experts. All that eating greasy foods will do is cause heartburn. The best thing to do is eat foods that are easy to digest, like cereal or toast.
This is the most basic requirement for life, as a large part of the body is made up of water. Alcohol is a known diuretic so, when consumed in excess, it causes dehydration. To prevent this from happening, it is suggested that you alternate between alcohol and water if you are drinking. However, if you do get a hangover, it is important to drink a lot of water to replace the lost fluids.
If you can manage it, you should do a workout when you have a hangover. However, this is only recommended for those who already have a good level of fitness.
- Sports drinks
Sports drinks are an alternative to water. They have the same effect and function, but also the added bonus of being able to replace the electrolytes that are lost. The only down side is that sports drinks are more expensive than water.
- Hair of the dog
Hair of the dog means drinking another alcoholic beverage on top of the ones you consumed the night before. For instance, if you have a hangover from drinking too much whiskey, the next day, you could try drinking a Bloody Mary.
Ginger is known as a natural remedy for seasickness and nausea. Having a hangover is similar to being seasick, so ginger is also a good remedy for a hangover. There are many ways to use ginger. You can drink it in the form of ginger ale, or you can use fresh ginger to make some tea. You will get the same results from both.
- B vitamins
This is another good hangover remedy. B vitamins are vital for good health as they help metabolize carbohydrate, as well as dilate the blood vessels. They also restore your energy levels. For best results, take a B vitamin complex before going to sleep, in order to prevent a hangover.
Bananas are rich in potassium. Drinking too much alcohol leads to the loss of electrolytes, such as potassium, so it is important to replace them. This makes bananas an ideal hangover cure.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C stimulates the liver to break down alcohol. However, if you take too much vitamin C, it can lead to diarrhea and stomach problems, so stick to the recommended dose.
Honey, like bananas, contains potassium so will re-balance the body’s electrolytes, as well as decrease any cravings for more alcohol. The fructose in honey also helps to break down the alcohol and get it out of the system.
Although coffee is a well-known hangover cure, it can cause further dehydration, so only drink a small amount, and make sure you drink plenty of water as well.
You can try any of these hangover cures, but it will be trial and error because the effects will be different for each person. The best thing is to understand what causes a hangover, and to know all the different remedies you can try to get rid of it.
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