Are you suffering from a pounding headache, fatigue, and nausea? It looks like you have all the signs of a hangover. In this post I have few good tips to cure your hangover with some food and drinks suggestions.
The misery that is a hangover has no cure (aside from not drinking in the first place), but there are many at least marginally effective hangover treatments and remedies. As far as we’re concerned, combining forces—advice from several different experts—makes the most sense. So here, we come at the problem of the hangover from several different angles to help you feel better, faster. What happens to our bodies in the morning after a party? Why do we feel thirst and suffer from the headaches so keenly? What are hangover markers? And what do they stand for?
Let's start with the basics and definition of a hangover. In simple terms, a hangover is the reaction of our organism to a large amount of alcohol. Scientifically speaking, it starts when blood alcohol concentration approaches zero, that is, on the morning after the party. Mental and physical symptoms of a hangover include: headache, tiredness, concentration problems, thirst, dizziness, nausea, cognitive impairment, mood changes (very similar symptoms for a PMS). So, if you observe such unpleasant markers after an alcoholic feast, most likely you deal with a hangover. Tiredness and concentration problems can seriously interfere with your work. In turn, nausea, headache, and dizziness can generally put you out of action. Moreover, an alcohol hangover shows similar symptoms that occur in mineral deficient conditions. Not surprising, though! The lack of certain biochemical components always prevents our body from functioning properly.
Scientists and doctors have tried to figure out what exactly causes a hangover—which is more complex than one might suspect. Alcohol’s impact on us appears at least in part to be inflammatory in nature and tied to the chemical effect it has on the brain. The three factors often behind the next-day side effects of a few too many martinis:
Dehydration: Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it increases urine production, and if you’re drinking alcohol, that means you aren’t drinking water.
Poor sleep: Alcohol may initially help you fall asleep, but research shows it causes disruption and inability to reach deep sleep later in the night. We know that sleep is our bodies’ natural reboot. So if we are unable to sleep soundly and our bodies are busy trying to get rid of the alcohol and its byproducts, it can’t do its normal clean-up routine. This may be one reason we feel and look like garbage the next morning.
Toxic build-up: Your body had to metabolize all that booze. Alcohol is broken down in the liver by alcohol dehydrogenase to acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is further broken down by acetaldehyde dehydrogenase and glutathione. When drinking large quantities of alcohol, the liver can’t keep up. So the toxic acetaldehyde builds in the blood while the liver tries to make additional glutathione. Elevated levels of acetaldehyde, over time, may lead to oxidative stress, liver damage, and possibly cancer. Genetic variations within the detoxification process can determine how quickly and efficiently you are able to metabolize alcohol which can further cause issues for those who are slow metabolizers.
Of course, the surefire way to avoid a hangover altogether is…not drinking too much. Organizations like The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and US Department of Health and Human Services recommend that men drink no more than two drinks a day, and that women have no more than one: That one drink is defined as having about 14 grams of pure alcohol—1.5 oz of distilled spirits, 5 oz of wine, or 12 oz of beer. Besides limiting your drink count, here’s what else I suggest for pre-drinking and at the bar:
Hydrate: Seems overly simple, but this is the best way to avoid a hangover. Alternating your alcoholic beverages with a glass of water not only keeps you hydrated, but also slows down your overall consumption.
Eat: Having a full meal—with good quality protein and healthy fats—before you start drinking helps slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream.
Pick your poison: Stick with organic vodka or tequila mixed with soda water and lime. Clear spirits have fewer toxins than darker liquors; and make sure to avoid sugary mixers.
So what kind of food, then, can replenish the empty reserves of trace elements? Such types of nutrients may be essential for beating a hangover:
Hydrating products.: After an alcoholic evening, the first to come to the rescue should not be pills or a new portion of alcohol, but clean water and products that will help restore water balance.
Potassium: Potassium is an important electrolyte that helps the body maintain water balance. Alcohol is very dehydrating, so eating foods with potassium can help you replenish electrolytes that you lost the day before.
Complex carbohydrates: Complex carbohydrates are easy to digest, and in a hangover, your body needs exactly the food that doesn't need to be digested for a long time. For instance, cook a bowl of oatmeal. But remember, fast carbs are not your friends. There are many of them in cookies and glazed cereals.
Protein: Protein is the “building block” of our body, so it is ideal as a hangover savior. Foods high in protein can help slow the absorption of alcohol, make you feel fuller, and restore strength to your body.
Vitamin B foods: Alcohol interferes with the absorption of B vitamins (B6, folic acid, B12), which the body needs to maintain metabolism and provide energy. B’s may be your BFF! One study showed that supplementing with B6 before, during, and after drinking could help reduce hangover symptoms.
Since you know what can be the greatest helpers in fighting immense grogginess, you may start looking for hangover remedies in your refrigerator. To replenish your body's stores and alleviate symptoms of a severe hangover, you should sort the food best suited to your needs.
Chicken Noodle Soup (or Tomato bisque): The hot broth starts the body's work. When you eat, you begin to sweat, which means that the body has turned on, began to process the acetic acid remaining after alcohol, and expel it outside. Chicken noodle soup is ideal since it contains protein, sodium, and easy-to-digest carbohydrates. Chicken soup will satisfy some of your needs while you're drunk, just as it will when you're sick. Depending on your taste, it can also be replaced by tomato bisque. To clarify, only the broth itself is important to eliminate the symptoms of a hangover. Eat very little noodles and meat from this soup, since these are ingredients that are heavy enough for digestion.
Banana: If you're feeling weak or unbalanced, it's possible that you're deficient in potassium. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium. They're also simple to digest so that they won't cause a churning tummy. In this sense, avocados are just as good.
Sweet Potato: Sweet potatoes are substantial in complex carbs and a good source of potassium, which can help regulate electrolyte levels after drinking alcohol. Sweet potatoes can also assist in the moderation of blood sugar spikes and crashes, which may help to lessen appetite and prevent overeating caused by alcohol consumption.
Porridge: Porridges are a nutrient-rich snack containing the B vitamins we lose in the metabolism of alcohol, and zinc, which we likewise require morning-after. On the off chance that your glucose is low (and it runs low from drinking), a bowl of porridge is a perfect hangover cure.
Watermelon: Watermelon is also on the list of hangover foods. Since headaches in this condition are usually caused by dehydration and decreased blood flow to the brain, watermelon may be a lifesaver. This summer food is rich in Array, a nutrient that can improve blood circulation.
Dairy products: Many of the chemicals included in milk products help to eliminate toxins from the body. As a result, dairy products are thought to be highly beneficial for a hangover. Fermented milk products (yogurt, kefir, etc.) have the strongest effect.
Drinks are just as important, if not more important, in the fight against hangovers. Alcohol is a potent diuretic. It flushes out fluid stores from the body. To restore them, refer to the list of thirst-saving beverages we have prepared.
Green Tea (helps to restore water balance and can be indispensable for a hangover). Herbal tea (also helps to dehydrate the body. For cooking herbal tea, you can take plants such as rose hips, yarrow, ginseng, hops, etc).
Mixed fruit and vegetable juice (pear juice, green grape juice, and keiskei juice - an unusual combination that actually is an effective treatment against a hangover).
Water (drinking as much water as possible will most likely be the first instinctive reaction of your body, but do not forget about it throughout the day).
Pickle juice (the salt in pickle juice is meant to help you rehydrate after a night of drinking. Pickle juice will help you retain electrolytes, but you should also drink enough water and get plenty of rest).
A Big Glass Of Coconut Water What can better work for a hangover than water? Only coconut water! Coconut water is recognized as the best way to rehydrate the body. It’s a natural drink that contains some essential minerals. Coconut water has no artificial additives and is high in electrolytes.
When it comes to hangovers, the toxic byproducts of drinking can “cause your body to take a beating.” Some good tips for your acupressure points that will provide relief:
For your headache: There is a pressure point on your hand, in the fleshy area between the pointer finger and thumb, known as LI 4 in acupuncture. It’s the gate to the large intestine, and applying pressure to it can help with headaches, as well as with constipation, which sometimes accompanies a hangover. To begin, rest your left hand on a table, making an L-shape with your pointer finger and thumb. With your opposite thumb, apply pressure and massage between the web of your thumb and pointer finger, in small circular motions. The trigger point is up where you feel your pointer finger bone. Apply pressure for 10-20 seconds at a time, on each hand.
To stem nausea and overheating: This next acupressure move is called as “opening the tap.” The idea is to “move energy away from the mind and help open the stomach meridian, supporting oxygen and blood flow.” So, bend your right knee to ninety degrees, and with your right index finger, feel the outside bone by your knee (the fibula). Tracing below your kneecap, move your finger about an inch inward, and you’ll feel a dip (at the proximal tibiofibular joint). Press into this dip with your right index and middle fingers. You can sometimes feel your pulse at this spot. Apply pressure for 10-20 seconds at a time, and doing a few times on both knees.
Calming mind and body: The “gallbladder point,” is between the fourth and fifth toes, a few fingers up from the fifth toe, at the tendon when you flex the pinky toe. The gallbladder point is connected to decision-making. Sometimes, after a night of drinking, some self-doubt, negative self-talk, and/or paranoia can set in with a hangover—did I say the wrong thing last night? To help ease the mind chatter, put pressure, and focus on this spot (same time guidelines as above). This point is also connected to your shoulder, so applying pressure here can help with discomfort around the shoulder and neck as well.
* Drink as much water as you can stand. Rehydration is the vital thing that will help you feel better.
* Learn what nutrients and minerals your poor body may be lacking. Find meals that match your symptoms. Don't be afraid to try unexpected food combinations.
* Vegetarianism will not stop you from quickly recovering from a hangover. You don't have to cram in fatty broths to get fresh.
* A hangover can affect your physical and emotional well-being. Therefore, do not dwell on your bad mood and general weakness. These can disappear after a quality breakfast.
* Try to go with different meals and start treatment as early as possible. Better yet, consume alcohol in moderation to keep your body healthy!
The information written in this blog post is for informational purposes only, even if and to the extentthat this article features information about physical and medical advice. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.