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Drinking too much alcohol often leads to fuzzy memories, lapses in good judgment, and a morning-after sensation that’s less than pleasant. The metabolites of the alcohol are the cause of the nausea, fatigue, and headaches, as well as the general sense of slowing. Plus, alcohol is a diuretic and makes you urinate out more fluid than you actually take in. That can lead to dehydration, which makes the alcohol metabolites stay around longer in your system and make the hangover worse and last longer.
You’ve heard about several ways to make yourself feel better - but what really works? Find out which remedies you should try - and which ones are a waste of time.
Eat Some Asparagus //
The Journal of Food Science has revealed that this spring vegetable might be the cure for your post-partying pain. A study from the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in South Korea tested the effect that eating asparagus has on hangovers. The results showed that amino acids and minerals found in the vegetable can protect liver cells from toxins. This process can help prevent nausea, fatigue, and headaches.
Increasing Water Intake //
Drinking plenty of water or other hydrating fluids is a simple way to treat hangovers. While it won’t offer a complete hangover cure, it definitely helps. Alcohol thins the blood, which is 70 percent water, so it can affect the fluid balance. Drinking water helps restore necessary fluids and can help the bloodstream and circulatory system carry nutrients and oxygen to the tissue and remove the wastes from a night of excessive consumption.
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Nibbling Toast With Honey //
This is a traditional method used to treat hangovers, but evidence suggests that any high-carb, high-sugar snack might give you only a temporary boost. Excessive alcohol consumption can negatively affect the metabolism of glucose, so having a snack like this that is high in carbs and sugars (the fructose in the honey) can help elevate blood sugar and provide some immediate energy.
Guzzling Sports Drinks //
Here again, the extra electrolytes - really just salts and sugars - found in sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade might give them an edge over plain old water to treat a hangover. Sports drinks will elevate blood glucose and can elevate sodium levels, which helps muscle cells uptake and use water, leading to quicker re-hydration.
Loading Up on Vitamins and Minerals //
Vitamin C and magnesium can help the body break down alcohol and eliminate it from the body, making these two supplements a viable hangover remedy. One of the most absorbable forms of nutritional magnesium is magnesium citrate powder, which can be taken with hot or cold water.
Sipping a Cup of Joe //
The caffeine found in a classic cup of coffee can give you a short-term boost, but its dehydrating effects could limits its effectiveness as a hangover cure. Caffeine, which could wake you up, can also dehydrate you, potentially making the situation worse. Though having coffee has only temporary and limited effects, it remains a popular way to initially ease a hangover.
Wolfing Down Greasy Food //
A greasy breakfast for a hangover remedy may give your body a short-term boost. Besides glucose, alcohol reduces the amount of circulating free fatty acids in the bloodstream. A breakfast high in carbohydrate and fat content can help to elevate blood glucose and free fatty acid levels in the short term. However, for the long term, it’s not such a good idea.
Pushing Through a Workout //
Of all the possible and popular hangover cures, experts say that this one works the best, improving circulation and pumping up your mood-boosting hormones. The only hurdle is talking yourself into doing it. Exercising during a hangover should be limited to low-to-moderate intensity exercise, since the hangover will negatively impact cognitive ability, motor control, and coordination.
By Imran A. Khan, SHMS |