Do you always experience hangovers after a night of drinking sessions? Well, check out the tips here on how to cure hangovers.
One of the reasons why I’m an occasional drinker is that I have a very low tolerance for alcohol. I’ll be tipsy in just two bottles of San Mig Light and might throw up after a few more.
Another reason is that when I got hangovers, I literally suffer. My world spins and hard headache is up during such situations. If I don’t do something about it, my body will take a whole day to nurse it. And, I don’t want that to happen as to my age — career and work are important.
Because I don’t want to spend the day with a hangover, I researched the things we need to do to cure it and it also involves food and drinks. Of course, I’m happy to share it with you guys. Some of the foods and drinks enumerated here are based on my experiences while some are based on pure research.
What Causes Hangover?
A hangover is caused by drinking too much alcohol. The effect of alcohol vary — some people easily get hangover while some can engage in binge drinking without experience side effects.
A substance called congener is a product of the fermentation process, which gives that smooth taste and aroma of most alcoholic beverages. This is also tapped as one of the primary contributors to a hangover.
Symptoms of Hangover
When you had drinking time with your friends the night, you may experience the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle aches
- Dizziness – the room appears spinning
- Increased sensitivity to lights and sounds
If you experience some of the above-mentioned symptoms, then you are experiencing a hangover. The tips below will be helpful.
Water is Your Best Friend
Water is best to prevent a hangover and as a cure when you are experiencing one.
Drinking lots of water before the drinking session will help you prevent a hangover. This method will eliminate excess alcohol in your body by means of urinating. This will also prohibit alcohol from mixing with your blood.
The next day, when you experienced a hangover, drink lots of water so you’ll urinate more. This will help your body cleanse itself. This will also help in taking away alcohol inside your body and most importantly, will prevent dehydration.
Eat Pineapples Or Drink Pineapple Juice
I discovered this as an accident. One time, the morning after a drinking session with my college mates, I had a hangover. My mother then offered some fresh pineapple and for her not to notice, I took some and ate them. Apparently, my hangover is gone in a few hours.
The liver is one of the most affected organs in the body when you consume alcohol. Pineapples contain the enzyme called bromelain, which eases digestion, thus, decreasing the pressure on the liver.
Pineapples are also good in replacing the electrolytes and other nutrients you lost.
Alcohol beverages are diuretic and will make you urinate more. During the process, your body will lose electrolytes and other essential nutrients. Coconut juice is rich in electrolytes, potassium, and other nutrients.
So, a trip to the market and buying a whole coconut will help you replenish. It will also give you the energy to continue with your day.
Tomatoes and Tomato Juice
One buddy advised that eating tomatoes will help you cope up with a hangover. Being the trusting one (despite he looked joking), I followed. Surprisingly, I felt lighter a few minutes after eating several pieces of tomatoes.
Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin A, C, beta-carotene, and many more — all are good cleansing agents of the body.
Eating a salad with lots of tomatoes or gulping a glass of tomato juices will cleanse your body for a faster way to eliminate hangover.
Since I love cabbage, I experimented with it one time. In just a few hours after eating, I felt my hangover is diminishing.
Later, I found out that cabbage takes away chemicals called congeners. This is also high in fiber, which absorbs the alcohol acetaldehyde. It can also relieve headaches and cramps by eliminating lactic acid, which is found in alcoholic drinks.
In Greece, people boil cabbage and will keep the juice for drinking.
A slight exercise can help in eliminating the excess toxins and substances in the body. This also includes the substances you consumed when you drink that night.
However, exercise is not recommended when you are experiencing a severe hangover because you might end up getting dehydrated. Experts noted that you can work out or exercise a few hours when you are hydrated enough and feeling better.
Exercise is like the TKO of your boxing match against hangover.
In order for the liver to breakdown alcohol well, it needs an enzyme called thiamine. You can get this from protein-rich foods such as beef, chicken, eggs, and oranges.
Research also noted that alcohol prohibits the body from absorbing several types of amino acids, which composed proteins. This impairs the body from functioning well. So, eating a steak or a scrambled egg will help you nurse a hangover faster.
Sleeping while nursing a hangover is also effective. Though it’s hard to do because you need to stay hydrated, sleep will give your organs, particularly the liver, to perform their respective tasks.
In order for us not to have too much hangover, drink moderately, and stop when your body asks. Drinking sessions, which are considered bonding times are fun. However, it should be limited.