Just about all events involve or move around libations in some capacity. With the holidays or a social occasion, you'll find yourself compelled to attend. 'Well maybe just one' you think. Then one turns into too many. As you get caught up with friends or people you haven't seen in a while, things get carried away. So what's the fastest and best way to cure a hangover? First, it's based on individual circumstances.
The ability to recover quickly depends on many factors. We all have different diets and lifestyles. Age, weight, gender, genetics, and whether you ate before all determine the severity of symptoms. As we age, body chemistry changes making us less tolerable to alcohol's effects.
The human body consists of approximately 60% water. Muscle contains more water than fat. That ratio shifts with age. No one said life is fair. It's more than likely the body is not getting enough water. For those over 40, don't expect to pull off liquid gymnastics like your 20s. Here's why. Around the mid 40's, the human body produces less glutathione. This is what your liver needs to detoxify and fend off free radicals. It also boosts your immune system.
Of course, the biggest culprit is the type of drink consumed and how much. Compounds called congeners also play a role. Congeners occur naturally during fermentation but are higher in darker drinks. The body is adverse to these impurities in large quantities.
Some people are more adept at metabolizing and ridding them. One rule of thumb is the more expensive the spirit, the less of these impurities but not always. In darker liquids they're more prevalent. Secondly, carbonization increases absorption. As the body metabolizes ethanol, it converts it to acetaldehyde and then once more to acetate. This is what causes a headache.
The fastest way to cure a hangover depends on the time to restore biochemistry. This in turn corrects your physiology (normal functions) so you can return to feeling optimal. How long this takes depends on the severity of the symptoms. On average, a hangover lasts 24 hours and upwards of 72 hours in more extreme cases. Scouring the "internets" (intended misspelling), I've read the best hangover remedies. Without further delay, learn how you can regain your super hero powers.
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Staying in bed until 4 pm only prolongs suffering. Secondly, greasy food is a myth. Forget what you've been told. Follow the step by step guide for the fastest way to cure a hangover. Start ridding nausea or that pounding headache.
STEP 1. RE-HYDATE. The first step is to address dehydration ASAP. Skip coffee if possible.
a. Drink water throughout the day. Try not to drink too much at once to avoid overwhelming the liver. Consume just enough to combat thirst; 1 to 2 glasses. Oxygen water is optimal as it speeds up removal of alcohol molecules.
b. Replenish lost electrolytes by making your own home remedy drink.
- 1 cup of Orange Juice
- 1/4 cup of Lemon Juice
- 2 cups of Spring Water
- 1/8 tsp Himalayan Salt
- 2 tbsp's of Honey
Short on time? Grab an electrolyte drink from the drink section below.
c. Supplement with Kombucha. Grab GT's SYNERGY from Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.
STEP 2. INFLAMMATION. That headache or nausea you're feeling is due to inflammation.
a. Take aspirin or ibuprofen. Stay away from acetaminophen which is found in Tylenol and known to cause liver problems if your'e still intoxicated. Stomach ache? It means the stomach acid is out of balance. Stay away from greasy foods. For an upset stomach, mix 12 ounces of water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Alka-Seltzer is a combination but contains citric acid which may upset your stomach.
STEP 3. FOODS.
Stay away from fast foods. Complex carbs are best to start. (see below).
A. For nausea, get some toast or something dry to soak up the acid. If you can't handle the toast, substitute yogurt if agreeable.
B. Eat eggs which contain cysteine and taurine; amino acids helps out your liver.
C. Fatigue. This indicates hypoglycemia or what's known as low blood sugar. Complex carbs are ideal with some honey. Nuts, whole grains, greens are examples.
D. Drink a smoothie to ease inflammation. This is also great after exercising.
- Almond Milk, 2 Cups, un-sweet
- Banana, 1 Whole
- Celery, 1/4 Head
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- Pineapple, 3/4 Cup Fresh
- Baby Spinach, 2 Cups
F. Make sure to get protein in once recovery is underway.
Not feeling the above? Go to a restaurant for a breakfast burrito.
If you've got a slight one, watermelon is great. It contains a lot of water content and will detoxify. It also contains Lycopene an antioxidant with higher levels than tomatoes. It also contains vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A, magnesium, and B6 according to website Mercola.
STEP 4. VITAMINS.
Alcohol, like coffee, depletes vital nutrients and vitamins from the body.
A. Take a B-complex which includes B6 and B12 - must haves to restore balance.
B. Next, take Emergen-C with water to supplement.
C. Magnesium Citrate. It helps regulate nerve function and relieves tension.
STEP 5. EXERCISE.
Light to moderate exercise can do wonders for energy and mood by releasing endorphins. Get the blood moving and kickstart your metabolism by increasing oxygen levels. Start with a 15 minute walk.
Gotta be somewhere? If there's no time to lose, the following hangover drinks are recommended to start the process. If you're a regular coffee drinker, a headache may intensify due to caffeine withdrawal. If it gets worse, take a small amount. 1/2 of a 12 ounce at most. Drink lots of water to lessen dehydration.
To restore electrolyte balance, visit a health food store or super market to buy the following:
1. Vitamin Squeeze. Powered water enhancer contains vitamins B complex and C. One of the new kids on the block. This is very convenient in lieu of supplements. vitaminsqueeze.com
2. Electrolyte tablets. Several options.
Nuun Citrus Electrolyte Tablets is about $7 for 10. They even have one with caffeine. It's more cost effective than Pedialyte.
3. Kombucha. A detoxifier, it contains a B-complex with probiotics. Be advised it does contain a small amount of alcohol. Grab GT's SYNERGY which also contains ginger and helps nausea. Trader Joes' or Whole Foods has it.
Recommendation: Choose either option 1 or 2 and supplement with Kombucha.
First, go through the steps above. Experiencing food cravings? It means your body is looking for energy. Now, before you get into further trouble, understand this. There will be an instinctive desire to reach for simple carbs. Don't.
If you eat simple carbs, they'll turn to sugar. You'll get a quick surge but you'll take a dive in the 3rd round. A greasy breakfast will be heavy and will be difficult to digest also leading to fatigue. It's also likely to upset your stomach.
The best foods to cure a hangover contain complex carbs & the amino acid L-cysteine. This is the what to eat. Fiber and starches is what the body needs to restore potassium and magnesium.
- Fruits (apples, bananas, pineapple,watermelon)
- Vegetables (greens, potato, corn, carrots)
Food that contain amino acid L-cysteine
- Seeds (Watermelon, Sesame, Chia)
- Whole Grains (rice, oatmeal, oat bran)