Never Worry About Hangovers Again
We all know hangovers can be rough: the pounding headaches, the unquenchable thirst and for some of us - the mental confusion. Equip yourself with these science-backed tips to avoid and cure hangovers after a night out drinking. Say goodbye to those unpleasant morning afters and start enjoying your holiday parties again like a pro!
What causes hangovers anyway?
The first step to fighting hangovers is to understand how it actually works. A hangover is basically the result of alcohol withdrawal and it usually sets in a few hours after you’ve stopped drinking. Because alcohol is a diuretic, hangovers occur when you are dehydrated and your body is not able to get rid of the byproducts of metabolizing alcohol.
The unpleasant symptoms of hangover include pounding headaches, dehydration, nausea, fatigue, sensitivity to light and sound, mental confusion, muscle aches, eye redness, and lower blood sugar levels.
How to avoid hangovers
1. Drink lots of water or tea.
Notice how you urinate more when you’re drinking? Drinking alcohol actually inhibits the production of vasopressin, which is a hormone that keeps us from over-urinating. Drinking water or tea between alcoholic beverages will help prevent your body from getting dehydrated. (And slow down your alcohol intake.)
2. Avoid carbonated drinks.
These fizzy drinks actually speed up your body’s absorption of alcohol. Why? The gas from carbonation increases pressure in the stomach and actually forces alcohol into the bloodstream through the stomach lining.
3. Go for clear alcohol.
Darker liquor such as brandy, red wine, whiskey, and dark-colored beers contain more congeners (byproducts of alcohol fermentation) which scientists believe contribute to more severe hangovers.
That doesn’t mean you can go all out on clear alcohol like gin, white wine, vodka, and light-colored beers - you can still get a hangover if you drink too much.
4. Eat something before you drink.
The body absorbs alcohol more quickly on an empty stomach. Try eating foods that are high in fructose, such as honey, broccoli, and peanuts may help metabolize the alcohol faster. Or try foods that are high in carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and nuts will slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol.
5. Take it slow.
Pace yourself when you are drinking. Avoid excessive alcohol intake in a short period of time. Pro tip: Limit yourself to one alcoholic beverage per hour.
You've already got a hangover. Now what?
1. Replenish your potassium levels.
Dehydration causes you to lose essential minerals and electrolytes like potassium, which helps us maintain proper balance of fluids. Grab some bananas or avocados, which are rich in potassium. You can also try potassium-rich herbs like alfalfa, citrus peel and lemongrass.
2. Grab a snack.
Alcohol causes your blood sugar to fall which may cause you to feel tired, weak, dizzy, anxious or nauseous. Try these 4 types of food to help you normalize your blood sugar levels: fiber-rich foods like beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds; cherries and cherry juice, cinnamon, and green leafy vegetables.
Avoid refined carbs like pastries and cookies and sugary drinks, which causes only a temporary spike in your blood sugar.
3. Try herbal tea.
Painkillers can help ease headaches and muscle aches but they may further irritate the stomach and increase nausea and dizziness. Try drinking a cup of soothing cup of herbal tea with herbs that can help ease your symptom.
4. Go to bed.
Make sure you get enough sleep after a night of drinking to alleviate fatigue and headaches. There is a strong correlation between the amount of alcohol consumed and the amount of sleep. In other words, you’ll get a more severe hangover if you sleep less.
Have trouble falling or staying asleep? Try this natural caffeine-free herbal remedy.
5. Drink lots of water.
It will help you recover from dehydration and help flush out the alcohol metabolites that are still in your body. Some people may find drinking electrolyte-rich water helps them recover faster because it helps replenish the electrolytes that you lose when you are dehydrated.
Bonus: Try our herbal tea recipe for hangovers
If you’re looking for a natural way to prevent or ease hangovers, give this herbal tea recipe a try!
Ginger can help ease some of the symptoms of hangovers such as nausea, gas and cramps. A study published in the Journal of Natural Medicines suggests that consuming ginger in combination with citrus peel and brown sugar before drinking decreases nausea and vomiting.
Milk thistle helps prevent and treat hangovers by cleansing the liver and increasing its production of compounds like glutathione, glutathione reductase, and glutathione peroxidase which helps the liver metabolize alcohol.
Milk thistle also contains the compound silymarin which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Hundreds of scientific studies have confirmed the herb can substantially protect the liver from damage. In Germany, it has been used successfully to treat hepatitis and liver cirrhosis (or chronic liver disease).
Peppermint can help ease hangover symptoms such as nausea, digestive discomfort, and fatigue. Research has shown that the herb supports the gastrointestinal tract and helps enhance memory and alertness.
Peppermint is also believed to support liver function by improving the flow of bile to the gallbladder. The liver plays an important role in properly metabolizing alcohol.
Turmeric is one of the most powerful medicinal herbs in the world. Turmeric may help treat hangovers by getting acetaldehyde levels under control by speeding up the metabolism of alcohol.
Turmeric also contains the compound curcumin, which stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile and helps improve digestion. In one particular study, turmeric reduced symptoms of bloating and gas in people suffering from indigestion. The German Commission E (Germany’s equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has approved the use of turmeric for discomfort in the upper abdomen.
Want to try this tea? Try our Hangover Cure Tea which includes the above ingredients.
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