Make Hangover Remedies Work for You
You had a great time last night, but as with all good things, the night has come to an end and you’re now dealing with a terrible hangover. Tom-toms beat vigorously in your head; you walk around holding your head fearing if you don’t do so it will fall off.
The weakness and fatigue you feel indicate you contracted an exotic malady yet to be discovered. You feel crappy and grumpy, and your hangover, the ghost of last night’s merrymaking, sticks close. You need to exorcise that ghost if only to feel human again.
How Do Hangovers Come About?
The kind of relationship your body has with alcohol determines how life turns out the morning after you imbibe the frothy waters. You could be among those who experience a hangover after taking a single glass of wine, or among those who have to down several bottles to suffer a hangover.
Interestingly, there are people who drink gallons and wake up feeling healthy with no sign of a hangover the next day. But a hangover doesn’t have to occur in the morning, it all depends on when you had the alcohol.
Symptoms of a Hangover
- Muscle and body ache
- Halitosis and hypersalivation
- Lethargy or listlessness
- Gastric disturbances such as flatulence, vomiting
- Bloodshot eyes
- Poor memory and concentration
- Memory loss
- Trembling and poor motor coordination
- Dry mouth
In addition to the physical symptoms, you may suffer emotional symptoms such as:
What Causes a Hangover?
Dehydration – When you take alcohol, you have a constant urge to pee too often. This is the diuretic effect of alcohol, where it stimulates your body to produce more urine. Eventually, your body loses too much water through urination and this leads to dizziness, throat-parching thirst, and lightheadedness – characteristics of a hangover.
Irritation of Your Stomach’s Lining – Alcohol interferes with digestion by increasing production of stomach acids. The delay in emptying the stomach causes nausea, flatulence, abdominal pain, and vomiting hours after taking alcoholic drinks. Additionally, drinking on an empty stomach is worse since it hastens alcohol absorption, so you get tipsy faster and the alcohol hits harder.
Inflammation – Your immune system produces agents to fight alcohol’s components. This reaction causes inflammation that manifests as loss of appetite, lack of concentration, lethargy, and poor memory.
Sleep Problems – Alcohol in your system interferes with your normal sleep patterns, and you may sleep more, but less restfully. Eventually, when you get up, you feel groggy and tired.
Low Blood Sugar – Alcohol causes a drop in blood sugar which leads to lack of energy and triggers some negative reactions such as seizures, fatigue, shakiness, weakness, and mood disturbances.
Congeners – Dark alcoholic drinks contain large amounts of congeners that contribute to their flavor. Drinks like whiskey, tequila, dark wines, and brandy contain more of these chemicals which contribute to your nasty morning problem.
Genetics – If your family members or close relatives are alcoholics, you may have a genetically imposed problem on how your body processes alcohol.
Vasodilatation – Your blood vessels expand due to alcohol intake, and this causes headaches.
While you may find that some drugs or homemade remedies might alleviate your hangover, the effects could extend into other spheres of your life, drastically interfering with your performance and the quality of your life. Poor dexterity, memory problems, and poor concentration may lead to:
- Injuries at home, while driving, or at the workplace
- Drowsiness and sleeping, leading to neglect of duties
- Interpersonal conflicts with family members or colleagues
How to Cure a Hangover
Although many hangover remedies exist, their effectiveness depends on the severity of your symptoms. The problem lasts for about 24 hours. If you are wondering how to get rid of a hangover, here are some remedies you can try.
- Eat – Your body suffers from low blood sugar, potassium, and salts caused by alcohol. Eat some bland snacks such as crackers, toast, and down bouillon soup.
- Sleep It Off – If you get adequate sleep, your hangover may slither away before you awaken.
- Drink Up – Not alcohol, though – that will only make things worse. Opt for plenty of water or fruit juices to combat dehydration and its effects. If you drink water as one of the hangover cures, the thirst characteristic of the condition will keep you taking copious amounts of water over several hours as your body demands hydration.
- Take Pain Medication – A pain reliever for your headache will work, but exercise caution with medication while you have alcohol in your system. Aspirin is a great hangover cure but it could irritate your stomach. Some painkillers can cause severe liver damage even in normal doses due to interaction with alcohol.
- Homeopathy – Look into Homeopathy for remedies such as Nux Vomica as an option to help feeling hungover.
Do You Need To See A Doctor?
Some of the symptoms could be signs of alcohol poisoning, a potentially fatal condition which requires urgent medical attention. You should also see a doctor for symptoms such as:
- Irregular or slowed down breathing
- Prolonged vomiting and diarrhea
- Pale or bluish skin
- Being in a daze
- Severe pain especially in the abdomen
Steer Clear of the Pain
You might just decide to throw caution to the wind and enjoy your night out, or you may have faith in the many hangover remedies. Avoid the risk factors mentioned as being the cause of this problem and you will be safe and enjoy more nights out without morbid memories or fears of being a victim.
Before you take that next drink, ask yourself if the side-effects and trauma to your body are worth it. Having one or two drinks may be ok for you but when you get to 3 or more you will most likely get into the hangover syndrome and wish you had re-thought your decision. For some, one drink will be the end of your feeling good quickly.
Consider switching to non-alcoholic beer or drinks after you have had your limit (and know what your limit is). Of course NEVER drink and drive. Uber or a taxi is a much more intelligent choice.
All in all, practice responsible drinking habits, eat well, and drink plenty of water to detox your body after a bout of indulgence. Don’t drink more than you can handle.
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Author: Esateys Stuchiner
Esateys (pronounced Ee sáh teez) is an International Life Transformational Speaker, Author, Master Facilitator, Life Coach and Expert in the Human condition. She is a Nationally and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. For over 30 years, she has practiced, taught and lectured extensively in the allopathic and alternative medicine field.
Esateys is known for her groundbreaking work in the areas of personal empowerment and health restoration using mindset and inner connection as the catalyst for all change.
Esateys describes herself as the ‘Architect of the New You’ and has dedicated her life and professional career to helping her clients create “New Beginnings” by facilitating self empowerment, economic freedom and restored health.
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