How To Get Rid Of Your Hangover
Hangovers are characterized by a range of unpleasant symptoms including headaches, dry mouth, nausea, and exhaustion. These symptoms are caused by the various ways in which alcohol affects the body.
Get Ahead Of The Hangover
To lessen the severity of a hangover, eating a substantial meal before drinking is advisable, as the food will slow down the absorption of alcohol in the stomach. While there is no definitive cure for a hangover, there are several ways to alleviate the symptoms.
Hangover Headache Cure
For a headache, which is believed to be caused by the dilating effect of alcohol on the blood vessels, taking aspirin (not acetaminophen or ibuprofen) can help, although it is not clear if taking it the night before will have any benefit. Caffeine can also help to constrict blood vessels and provide a temporary boost of energy, but it should be noted that caffeine can also contribute to dehydration.
Re-hydrate With Minerals And Fluid
Drinking plenty of water can help to alleviate dry mouth and thirst, which are caused by alcohol's dehydrating effects. Sports drinks such as Ion Hydrate Series can also be helpful, as they contain minerals and sugar that can help to replace depleted minerals and improve your body’s fluid balance. Other options include bouillon, fruit juice, or pickle juice, and bananas, which contain potassium that counteracts alcohol's diuretic effect.
Ginger and lemon are both commonly used to help alleviate nausea. Ginger has been traditionally used for centuries as a natural remedy for nausea and is thought to work by blocking certain signals in the brain that trigger nausea and vomiting. Some people find that consuming ginger in ginger tea, ginger ale, ginger candies, or ginger supplements can help reduce nausea. Lemon, on the other hand, is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help to soothe the digestive system and reduce nausea. Some people find relief by drinking lemon water or sucking on lemon slices. Other options for incorporating lemon into your diet to help with nausea include adding lemon juice to tea or adding lemon zest to food. It is important to note that these remedies may not work for everyone and it is always best to consult with a healthcare professional if nausea persists or is severe.
For exhaustion, the best course of action is often to simply go back to bed and rest.