THE HANGOVER CURE
Added on: 1st Jan 2015
DON'T GET YOUR HOPES UP
The only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness
the morning after is to drink in moderation, or to stay
away from alcohol entirely. But it’s often easy to overindulge.
Alternating your drinks with water or another non-alcoholic
beverage can help you slow down and stay hydrated. If you
still wind up with a hangover, you may be inclined to try one
of the many supposedly tried-and-true remedies.
However, traditional hangover remedies are often
ineffective, and some of them may actually make you
HAIR OF THE DOG
Even though the thought of a Bloody Mary may appeal to you,
a Virgin Mary is a much better choice the morning after.
The worst thing to do is to have another drink.
The alcohol may temporarily help your symptoms
but could hurt in the long run. Hangovers make you feel
horrible because alcohol is toxic and you need to give
your body a chance to recover. That morning drink could
lead to an even worse hangover the following day.
There’s no scientific evidence that a heaping helping of bacon
and eggs will ease hangover anguish, even though many
people swear by it. "Greasy food is just going to give you
heartburn, sticking with easy-to-digest foods such as
toast or cereal as you need to get calories back into your system."
Eat light and stay hydrated, no specific foods are recommended,
although honey sandwiches are helpful to some people.
Alka-Seltzer turned 80 in 2011, and the famous fizzy medicine
has probably been used to treat hangovers for nearly that long.
In 2001, the company even introduced a Morning
Relief formulation specifically for hangovers.
All Alka-Seltzer varieties contain sodium bicarbonate
(also known as baking soda), which will help settle a queasy
belly by neutralizing stomach acid. Still, other ingredients,
notably aspirin and citric acid, may irritate your stomach after
a night of heavy drinking.
There are lots of hangover "cures" in a bottle out there but very
little evidence to back up claims. "Hangover pills that have been
studied are not effective, or only help against a few complaints but
Take a multivitamin instead to restore the nutrients that your
body may have lost during a binge.
If you’re a regular coffee drinker, skipping a cup when you’re
hung over may—or may not—be a good idea, You may wind up
layering a pounding caffeine-withdrawal headache on top of your
hangover woes when you miss your regular morning fix.
That said, caffeine narrows your blood vessels and boosts
blood pressure. "Both of these may make the hangover worse.
If you drink coffee regularly, you might try a very small amount in the
morning. Wait 30 to 60 minutes and see how you feel.
WATER AND SPORTS DRINKS
Conventional wisdom holds that the dehydration caused by
heavy drinking is what makes you feel so sick the next day.
In fact, experts actually know very little about what causes a hangover.
Potential culprits include disrupted biological rhythms or even
alcohol withdrawal, and research suggests that the toxic substances
found in alcohol, especially dark liquors such as whiskey
may also play a role.
Nevertheless, replacing the fluid you've lost will likely help you
feel a little less miserable. "Juice, water, all those things,
they're going to make you feel better.
A gentle workout could help you feel better, if you
can manage it (and that's a big if).
"Remember: If you've been drinking heavily, you could be
a little dehydrated, you could be metabolically behind on your
nutrition, and exercise is going to require hydration and nutrition.
People sleep poorly after a night of drinking. Alcohol will put
you to sleep quickly, but when it begins to wear off several hours later,
the withdrawal your body feels can disrupt sleep and jolt you awake.
Although sleep deprivation won't by itself cause a hangover,
it definitely can make the symptoms feel worse.
If you have the luxury of "sleeping it off" the next day, do so.
Your foggy brain and achy body will thank you. The body’s got an
amazing capacity to heal on its own.
In the end, the only sure fire treatment for a hangover is time.