Hangover reminds me a movie named Euro Trip. One of my favorite scenes of Euro Trip was that the main character goes to Europe and drinks a lot in a bar. In the morning he wakes up on a bench in front of the bar with drool coming out of his mouth. As he wakes up, first thing he speaks that I am not going to drink again! Ever! Almost 75% people who drink to intoxication, experience hangover. I am sure for those of you who drink regularly must have experienced hangover and it is one of the most terrible feelings. I was looking through the information of natural ways of dealing with hangover rather than popping in an Aspirin or Tylenol. I would like to report reasons behind hangover and then delve into what you could do, when you have hangover.
Well, it may not come as a surprise to you, the exact cause of handover is not known. The most leading theory is that because alcohol is diuretic, which leads to increase of outflow of urine. Thus consumption of alcohol leads to dehydration. It is recommended to drink a glass of water with every alcoholic drink. Another theory on hangover says that alcohol consumption attacks stomach lining and hence cause nausea. Break down product of alcohol metabolism such as Acetaldehyde plays an important role in producing hangover symptoms. Chemicals formed during alcohol processing and maturation known as congeners increase the frequency and severity of hangover.
Common hangover symptoms include dehydration, diarrhea, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, headache, irritability, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, vomiting and weakness. Aversion to alcohol is also common like the Euro trip movie.
How can I deal with hangover by natural ways?
- Honey: Take some honey (teaspoon) and spread it over a slice of bread or crackers. Honey is believed to give fast relief to hangover because honey contains high concentration of fructose that helps in burning off the effects of alcohol quicker.
style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Juice: Drink a glass of orange or tomato juice. Apart from high fructose content, juices contain good amount of vitamin C that can ease your hangover.
- Say no to caffeine: It is recommended that coffee should not be consumed if you have hangover. Coffee will dehydrate you and will make you feel worse
- Water: Drink plenty of water as alcohol dehydrates your system. Make sure that before you turn in for the night, you gulp down plenty of water. Add some lime into glass of soda water or plain water, if you don’t feel like drinking water alone.
- Ginger helps: Ginger has purely a miraculous herb and is one of the most natural ways to cure a hangover. Boil some pieces of ginger in water (about ten minutes). Stain the water and make concoction by adding a little orange juice, lemon juice and a bit of honey. Enjoy this cocktail and get relief from hangover.
- Bananas: I found this as surprising that banana can relieve your hangover. Bananas are rich in potassium, eat one after a night of heavy drinking and see your hangover vanish.
One thing you should avoid is drinking empty stomach, which can affect your stomach lining even more. It is not clear that sugar-containing foods ease hangover symptoms, but sugar and fluids can help overcome hypoglycemia and dehydration, and antacids can help alleviate nausea. Well the best way to get rid of hangover is to quit drinking all together or at the very least limit the amount of alcohol that you drink.