You know you have a hangover when you have a headache, nausea, intestinal upset, and perhaps diarrhoea, aches in the muscles and joints, and fatigue. Now let’s look at some prevention techniques and remedies.
Hangovers are no fun, so you really need to know what to do.
Do not go out drinking with an empty stomach, or you are setting yourself up for a drunken night to be immediately followed by a hangover morning. The food you eat before drinking alcohol will help to soak up some of that alcohol that you will be pouring into your body. If you have nothing in your stomach, the alcohol will go straight into your system getting you drunker faster.
Almonds – American Indians claim that eating 6 raw almonds before imbibing helps prevent intoxication.
Bifidus powder – Put a teaspoon of bifidus powder in a glass of water and drink before going to bed. Bifidus is the “friendly” bacteria that detoxifies acetaldehyde, a digestive by product of alcohol that is a major cause of hangovers.
Evening primrose oil helps prevent hangovers.
Peanut Butter – Eating peanut butter before drinking is an African remedy.
The morning after:
1. Hydrate and replenish
To help the detoxification process along. Before going to bed, try to down two big cups. In the a.m., as awful as it may seem, hydrate again. Water is great, but tomato juice with cayenne pepper, sugar, and lime should also be added to the hydration options as the concoction helps replenish electrolytes and get blood sugar back on track. No tomato juice in the house? Try a glass of water with a dash of salt and sugar both before bed and immediately upon waking up.
One of the quickest ways to cure a hangover is to make a banana milkshake sweetened with honey. The banana helps calm the stomach, and with the honey, builds up the depleted blood sugar levels. The milk soothes the stomach and rehydrates your system. Bananas are also rich in the important electrolytes, magnesium and potassium, which are severely depleted during heavy drinking.
3. Try Tiger Balm to Help the Headache
Tiger Balm, a popular topical used traditionally in Asia as a multi-purpose remedy, is blended from camphor, menthol, cajuput oil and clove oil and known for its analgesic and blood flow promoting properties. It may not be made to mitigate hangovers, but it is one of the best topical headache cures around. Dab the potent, eye-stinging salve on the back of your neck and temples, massage it in, and wait a few minutes until your headache seemingly melts away.
4. Soak in Epsom salts Stimulate Detoxification
As much as a third of toxic body waste is cleared through the skin. So doesn’t it suddenly make complete sense to soak in a tub of toxin-purging Epsom salts. They have the ability to increase blood circulation through the organs and promote oxygenation of the cellular tissue, helping to clear cells of metabolic waste.
5. Make a Mustard Bath to Flush out Alcohol
Because of its noted ability to increase circulation and draw toxins out from the organs, mustard has become a little-known hangover-healing health secret. Once the organs are flushed, they naturally are replenished with clean and vital blood.
6. Rub Your Hangover Out of your Feet
Reflexology is a known remedy for a slew of ailments?hangovers included. To rub your aches and pains away (while assisting to speed up liver detoxification) stimulate the outer edge area on the right foot, about halfway between the middle of the foot and the little toe. This is the reflex to the liver. You may notice some “crunchy” texture—which is a sign that there is some congestion in the area associated with that spot.
Exercisewill help get rid of your hangover by helping the body rid itself of toxins. The increased circulation gets blood and oxygen to your oxygen-starved brain.
A good, brisk walk will also increase circulation with the results mentioned above.
Another “morning after” remedy is to take a probiotic supplement, such as acidophilus, to help restore the flora balance in your stomach.
9. Activated charcoal
Take one tablet of activated charcoal per drink while you are drinking. The charcoal absorbs the impurities in the alcohol which are the cause of the hangover. The charcoal also absorbs important nutrients, so if you are a heavy drinker, don’t use this remedy daily as you will end up with nutritional deficiencies.
Eaten on an empty stomach the day after drinking is an effective remedy.
Take the vitamins before you go to bed and let them work their magic while you sleep. If you forget, take them immediately upon arising. B-Vitamins are important in aiding the carbohydrate (alcohol) metabolizing process and in dilating blood vessels. B-vitamins will help restore your energy level. You will need to take a high-potency B-complex supplement for this remedy to work (50-75 mg of B-complex twice a day, hopefully once before bed after indulging).
Take 2-6 teaspoonfuls of honey every twenty minutes upon awaking, depending on the severity of the hangover. Continue with the honey until you start to feel better, then take four teaspoonsful with your first meal. The potassium in the honey helps counteract the effects of the alcohol and will decrease the cravings for it. Alcoholic drinks are acidic in reaction and satisfy your natural desire for an acid, the same as coffee and tea do. If you have an alcohol problem, check your body chemistry and make appropriate changes in diet and supplementation. In addition, honey contains fructose, a type of sugar that helps your body metabolize alcohol more quickly.
Add the juice of one lemon to a cup of black coffee and drink it unsweetened and without milk.
As soon as you wake up on the “morning after” add two teaspoons of fresh lime juice and a teaspoon of sugar to 8 ounces of water. Drink it slowly. This concoction will help stabilize your blood sugar, which will be low after imbibing.
15. Tomato juice
In addition to being a prevention remedy, tomato juice contains fructose, a type of sugar that helps your body metabolize alcohol more quickly. This is probably why the morning-after Bloody Mary seems to work.