After an evening of drinking alcohol, you may find yourself waking up to a throbbing headache, unbearable nausea, excessive thirst, and extreme fatigue. Do not worry, you are hungover.
Hangovers seem to be the body's way of reminding us about the hazards of overindulgence.
Here are 7 scientifically supported methods to help deal with hangovers:
1. Drink Water Or Juice
Alcohol promotes urination because it inhibits the release of vasopressin, a hormone that decreases the volume of urine made by the kidneys.
If your hangover includes diarrhea, sweating, or vomiting, you may be even more dehydrated. Although nausea can make it difficult to get anything down, even just a few sips of water might help your hangover.
You can also replenish your body with fruit or vegetable juices . Alternating one of these with water is one of the best things you can do to cure a hangover. The water rehydrates while the juice gives you necessary vitamins.
2. Eat A Good Breakfast
Eating a hearty breakfast is one of the most well-known remedies for a hangover. One reason is that a good breakfast can help maintain your blood sugar levels.
Although low blood sugar levels are not necessarily the cause of a hangover, they’re often associated with it. Low blood sugar could also contribute to some hangover symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue and weakness.
Although there is no evidence to show that low blood sugar is a direct cause of hangovers, eating a nutritious, well-balanced and hearty breakfast the morning after drinking may help reduce hangover symptoms.
3. Drink Ginger Tea Or Smoothie
Ginger has been proven to help combat nausea. Ginger can aid digestion and in this way can ease stomach upset.
Doctors and nutritionists alike agree that ginger is one of the best natural remedies for soothing an upset stomach, which is often a common symptom of a hangover.
You can enjoy this superfood in many different ways. For soothing an upset stomach, try brewing some ginger tea or mixing fresh ginger into a smoothie.
4. One For The Road
Treating a hangover by having another drink seems paradoxical. All the same, it is a famous hangover remedy.
Drinking to ease the symptoms of a hangover is sometimes called "taking the hair of the dog, or hair of the dog that bit you". The notion is that hangovers are a form of alcohol withdrawal, so a drink or two will ease the withdrawal.
Simply put, drinking more alcohol is believed to affect the metabolism of methanol, a well-known congener found in trace amounts in some drinks.
However, this method is not recommended as a treatment for hangovers, as it can lead to the development of unhealthy habits and alcohol dependence.
5. Get Some Exercise
When even standing seems like a challenge, it takes willpower to get up and move. However, there is some truth to the benefits of a little exercise.
It is not a magic cure, but it can help restore your body and mind. It can also increase your metabolism, ridding your body of the toxins a little faster.
There's no need to work up a sweat, either. A short walk in the fresh air can really do wonders.
If your hangover is at the level where even that is not a good idea, take a few minutes to just sit outside and breathe. A little sunshine and a light breeze have wonderful restorative powers.
6. Get More Sleep
Alcohol can cause sleep disturbances and may be associated with decreased sleep quality and duration for some individuals.
Although poor sleep doesn’t cause most hangover symptoms, it may contribute to the fatigue and irritability often associated with hangovers.
One of the most restorative remedies you can try when hungover is simply to get more sleep. Apparently, getting a sound sleep and allowing your body to recover may help alleviate symptoms and make a hangover more bearable.
7. Take A Shower
Once you have slept as much as possible, take a cool shower. This will not only clean you up, but also freshen and wake up your senses.
Some people like to switch between cold and hot water in the shower, and that's not a bad idea. Don't take this to an extreme as the shock could do even more damage to your system.
Bottom Line: Drink Responsibly.