Alcohol hangovers are usually experienced the night after heavy drinking of alcohol. The effects of a hangover could be physiological or psychological in nature.
Common symptoms of hangover include; dizziness, bad breath, sensitivity to light, lethargy, mood disturbances such as irritability, fatigue, sensitivity to loud sound, body pain, anxiety, vomiting, erratic motor functions, poor or decreased sleep, shakiness, decreased ability to concentrate, thirst, regret, shame, embarrassment, flatulence and rapid heartbeat.
Overconsumption of alcohol could lead to dehydration or even alcohol poisoning which could damage your liver, sensory perception, central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, and your brain.
The body processes alcohol at a certain rate. As such, consuming alcohol at a rate which is more than the body can process would increase the chances of a resultant hangover.
There are several ways to prevent a hangover or, at least, reduce its likelihood of occurring. The best way would be to not drink alcohol. It is as simple as that.
You could also eat food before you start taking alcohol or drink water before you start drinking the alcohol. Also take water between alcoholic drinks.
You should also ensure you rehydrate by drinking sports drinks or non-fizzy drinks to replace salts and electrolytes lost through increased urination that results from drinking alcohol.
A hangover has to run its course in order for it to dissipate as passage of time is the best remedy for a hangover.
Below are 14 home remedies and natural treatments to get rid of hangover;
1. Stay Hydrated
Aim to drink about 10 glasses of water a day. Drinking water is the best way to alleviate hangover symptoms. Water would help rehydrate the body and flush out impurities and toxins gotten from the consumption of the alcohol.
Strive to drink water at intervals to enjoy the full benefits of the water detox. You could also drink fresh fruit juice to help restore your lost body salts and electrolytes also. However, stay away from coffee and other caffeinated drinks as they cause dehydration also.
2. Rest And Sleep
Proper sleep would help provide relief from a hangover. After a hangover night, you tend not to sleep properly. As such you feel foggy and dizziness. To help overcome this, sleep as much as possible the next day. You could listen to relaxing music or darken the room or even take melatonin to help you sleep well.
3. Citrus Fruits
Take citrus fruits such as grapefruit or oranges. You could also take them in their freshly made juice form. Citrus helps counter the effect of alcohol as they detox the body from alcoholic toxins.
4. Soup and Broth
Take hot and spicy soup or broth to help improve your alertness and also nourish your body. Add lots of garlic, ginger and cayenne pepper to help you feel better faster.
Take one or two teaspoons of honey at intervals or dilute honey in water and drink at intervals till the hangover clears. The fructose in honey would aid in the quick metabolism of some of the sugar in the body. Thus, helping to quicken the dissipation of hangover symptoms.
Also, honey has potassium which contributes to the needed electrolyte need by the body after overconsumption of alcohol.
6. Tomato Juice
Mix tomato juice with honey or lemon and drink. The fructose in tomato would help metabolize the extra alcohol in the body. Also, tomato is rich in vitamins and minerals that help restore the body with needed salts and electrolytes for dowsing some of the after-effects of alcohol overconsumption.
Include banana as part of your breakfast after a night of alcohol overconsumption to alleviate hangover symptoms. You could also take banana milkshake.
Banana is rich in potassium and numerous other minerals. As such, eating bananas would help restore potassium and other salts to the body that would have been lost due to overconsumption of alcohol. Banana would also fill and calm the stomach from aches as well as boost energy levels.
Take small pieces of ginger throughout the day or drink ginger tea. To make ginger tea, simmer and strain freshly cut ginger in boiling water. The strained out fluid becomes the ginger tea. Ginger provides sustained relief from some hangover symptoms such as stomach ache, nausea, and vomiting.
Chew peppermint leaves throughout the day. Alternatively, you could sip peppermint tea all through the day. Peppermint is very effective for handling hangover symptoms.
Peppermint provides relief from nausea, vomiting, bloating which are all symptoms of a hangover. Peppermint also improves your appetite and helps in the alcohol detoxification process.
Dilute lemon in water and drink. Lemon helps to stabilize the body, stabilize the body pH levels and regulate the blood sugar levels. Drinking lemon would also help get rid of hangover symptoms such as shakiness, giddiness, muscle aches, and dizziness.
11. ACV And Baking Soda
Dilute a little quantity of apple cider vinegar and sodium bicarbonate in a glass of water and drink. The baking soda would help replenish the electrolytes lost due to the alcohol overconsumption while the apple cider vinegar would help in the body detox process and help flush out some of the toxins in the body introduced due to the alcohol.
12. Oil Pulling
Swish extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil in your mouth and through your teeth for 5 to 10 minutes. Spit out the oil and rinse mouth. Do this before you brush your teeth in the morning.
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic technique that helps detox the body from impurities. This should provide some relief for you from the hangover.
13. Cold Water Bath
Take a cold water bath in the morning after the hangover to help reduce the dizziness and giddiness caused by the excess alcohol consumption. You could also dip a clean cloth in cold water, squeeze the cloth to remove excess water and place this cloth on your forehead or on the back of your neck.
14. Chamomile Tea
Sip chamomile tea throughout the day. Chamomile tea would help with headache, indigestion, and loss of appetite that could be associated with a hangover.
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