HANGOVER REMEDIES (B1)
|Did you have a little too much to drink last night? Do you have a headache? Do you feel weak? Are you sick? Dizzy?
You’ve probably got a hangover. Hangovers are caused by drinking too much alcohol at one time and it depends on each person’s tolerance level for alcohol. It can be based on height, weight, and the genetics of a person. There is no cure for a hangover but there are a few simple home remedies that can help make you feel better. Thankfully, hangover symptoms last only about 24 hours.
The main symptom of a hangover is dehydration and that can be minimized by drinking plenty of water. A headache is a symptom of dehydration and may be eased with pain relievers and by drinking water.
Home Health Remedies:
· Do not have an alcoholic drink in the morning as a cure for a hangover. Another drink does not help and may only make your hangover worse.
· Some people think that having a cup of coffee will help to drive away your hangover. NOT TRUE. Avoid coffees and any other caffeinated beverages as they can cause you further dehydration.
· Take Vitamin C as it may increase the rate of alcohol breakdown in the body.
· Alcohol causes dehydration, so drink plenty of water. Also drink fruit juices and tomato juice.
· Soup or sports beverages (i.e. Gatorade) may help replace depleted salt and potassium.
· Try a cold pack to relieve headache pain.
· For a headache, take acetaminophen unless you have known liver disease or drink heavily and, therefore, may be at risk for liver disease.
· Alcohol consumption can irritate your stomach lining so avoid aspirin and ibuprofen since they may only serve to increase this irritation.
· For an upset stomach, try an over-the-counter antacid. Peppermint and chamomile tea may also help.
Prevention of the hangover in the future
· Never drink on an empty stomach. Food helps to absorb some of the alcohol and aids the body in digesting it faster.
· Try to eat starchy foods to slow down the alcohol absorption.
· Limit yourself to less than 1 drink per hour.
· Try to alternate your alcoholic drinks with nonalcoholic beverages such as water.
· Stick to non-carbonated drinks as carbonation can speed up the alcohol absorption.
· Try to avoid sweet drinks while you drink. The sweet taste of the drink can make it difficult for you to judge how much alcohol you’re actually drinking.
· Drink lots of water before you go to bed.
· Get plenty of rest.
DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER HOME REMEDY FOR HANGOVERS? DOES IT WORK?