According to scientists, there is no cure for hangovers and the only option is to drink alcohol in moderation or not to try it at all. Yeah, right! But anyone who has ever been drunk knows that this is meaningless. In fact, there is a wide variety of reliable, safe and empirically tested hangover cures.
The hangover is a common phenomenon characterized by side effects after heavy alcohol consumption.
It may also be the result of the ingestion of large doses of drugs and is determined by factors such as the physical condition of the person, whether the person has eaten before drinking, his mental state, and age of the person concerned. People are different and although two drinks can negatively affect a person, someone else may experience a hangover only after drinking more than five drinks. Some people do not experience this condition even after a large consumption of alcohol.
The effects of a hangover are, as a rule, dehydration, loss of concentration, headaches, irritability, sensitivity to sound and light, as well as fatigue and dizziness. The most serious effects of the condition are nausea, diarrhea, flatulence, and vomiting. Some people may also experience erratic motor functions, anxiety, and depression, which are physiological effects of excessive alcohol intake. The dry mouth is also very common that makes people have a need to keep their throat and wet tongue. People with a hangover can wake up with puffy or red eyes.
A hungover person usually feels terribly sick and desperate. Home remedies for hangovers are easily accessible, cheap and very effective.
Here are some of the best measures to treat hangover symptoms:
1. Vitamin C
You can take it as orange juice or effervescent tablets dissolved in water. Studies (and by that, we mean studies of actual anecdotes from friends, not those carried out in laboratories) also indicate that the beneficial properties of vitamin C are further enhanced with the addition of two Nurofen. Strange, but true!
2. Drinking water
A hangover causes dehydration and so it is best to consume water to retrieve lost fluids. You should try to take a couple of glasses of water before going to bed and another glass after getting up.
Although you might not be hungry, try breakfast to help eliminate the toxins from your body. The best foods to combat hangovers are eggs, bananas, tomato juice and asparagus.
On a normal day, a concoction of sugar, carbon dioxide, and brown coloring is not ideal for the body, but in a morning hangover, our guts that are flooded with alcohol say a thank you in relief.
5. Just coffee
Adding sugar to a coffee is as good as coca-cola. It must be taken hot, of course. If you are nervous or upset, it is best avoided.
Stay in bed. It’s amazing how good it feels to rest after eight hours. Rest is one of the best remedies for a hangover, either in bed or on the couch watching an old movie.
7. Cold shower
A cold shower will stimulate your blood circulation and help your body recover.
If you have nausea, ginger can stimulate your digestive system but never take it on an empty stomach. You can take it as an infusion or pills if you do not like the taste.
Bananas contain antacids and potassium that help relax blood vessels and eliminate nausea. This is one of the best home remedies that not only help us to cope with headaches and nausea but also replace lost potassium and fructose. Eat the fruit as soon as you wake up first thing in the morning to quickly replace lost minerals.
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10. Lactobacillus Bifidus
The Bifidus, used in some products such as probiotics, contains good bacteria that help in detoxification of acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is a byproduct of alcohol that acts as a toxin in the body. Take a teaspoon of the powder and add it to a glass of water before drinking. It is best to take this remedy before going to bed so that you wake up without the negative effects of drinking too much.
Honey contains potassium and high levels of fructose, elements that the body loses when you get too drunk. This combination makes it a very effective treatment for hangovers and that counteracts the effects caused by alcohol. Take several teaspoons as soon as you wake up in the morning. The dose depends on the severity of the hangover
Mint has properties that help eliminate gas in the intestines and also calms the nerves. Mint relaxes the intestines giving space for toxins to be expelled. The herb can be used to make tea or you can chew the leaves to give faster relief. Boil a cup of water and add the herb, let it stand for about 15 minutes before straining. Drink the mixture as soon as possible to begin the process of treatment. If possible, take two cups of the infusion
Thyme has laxative properties that help soothe and relax the body eliminating the effects of hangovers quickly and effectively. Thyme leaves can be used to make tea. After placing a pair of leaves in water, let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Then strain and drink the liquid.
The minerals found in chocolate help increase the level of sugar in the body allowing the digestion of alcohol faster and thus, also the elimination of toxins. Melt a few squares of dark chocolate in water or coconut water and then drink the mixture. Water is necessary because it helps hydrate the body promoting digestion and a smooth bowel movement. Coconut water has five essential electrolytes: potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, and magnesium, making it perfect for rehydrating the body during a hangover
15. Lime or lemon juice
Lemon juice is known to have laxative and essential properties in the treatment and prevention of the effects of excess alcohol. This remedy can be termed as the simplest treatment for hangovers. Drink 8 ounces of water and add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice. Then add a teaspoon of honey. This mixture should be drunk slowly.
In conclusion, any of these remedies will provide relief for the many symptoms of a hangover. However, the best medicine is always to drink in moderation.