Some people go out for some drinks with friends on the weekend; sometimes even on a Sunday night. The worst thing is when they’ve taken more than they can handle; the more alcohol taken, the worse hangover may be expected. Monday comes and they’ve got a real bad hangover to deal with on the job. The hangover symptoms are the products of dehydration, hypoglycemia, and the poisonous side effects from toxins in our drinks; more so, when you take TOO MUCH than your body could handle.
“So, what’s the best remedy for a hangover?” I asked a friend who drinks regularly.
“Don’t drink, plain and simple” he said. Lol!
But seriously, he did tell me that the best and only real cure is t-i-m-e; that his hangover generally ends after eight hours and lasts longer depending on how much alcohol he took into his body.
However, basing from the experiences of people who had gotten real drunk, there are some things which can be done to somehow relieve them of the most bothersome symptoms.
- Drink lots of water to rehydrate your parched body and make you feel better. Drinking as much water as possible over the course of the evening and before you go to bed will help to relieve a great deal of the hangover symptoms caused by dehydration. (Yes, alcohol dehydrates you.) Some people say they find better relief drinking Gatorade or other electrolyte drink. Avoid coffee, if you can, but if you can’t, at least, use a decaf. Caffeine will only leave you more dehydrated. The faster you’ll try to restore proper fluid balance, the sooner you’ll feel less parched and less groggy.
- Pamper yourself with a hot bath. It’s no cure, but it may relax you more, says my regularly-intoxicated friends.
- Go, get physical to speed up exit of toxins from your cells and tissues by shedding through sweat. But first, make sure to hydrate yourself well before you do some sweating-it-out stuff. Do some light exercise or a few minutes of brisk walking to increase circulation; not heavy workouts please because that might dehydrate you further and make your hangover symptoms worse.
- Sleep, sleep, sleep ! Limit hangover-inducing activities to Friday and Saturday nights, so you get a day to sleep away your post-party pain. If holiday parties or impromptu celebrations land on a “school night,” perhaps you can try to set aside extra hours in the sack.
- Have some “eggies” the next morning. Eggs contain cysteine, which breaks down acetaldehyde in the body; so eating eggs the morning after a ‘drunken master’ night might help remove the hangover-causing alcohol metobolite toxin from the body.
- Have Sex. “What???” You sound surprised; but yes, sex releases oxytocin, which somehow increases your threshold for pain, plus — as another form of exercise, you’re sure to burn off some calories from your drinking spree. Just make sure your dearie will find you fresh-smelling and not alcohol-scented. Lol!
- Take Your Vitamins because alcohol is said to deplete your stock of vitamins, especially B6. Depletion could intensify your hangover blues. Take some vitamins after a drunken night such as B vitamins (B6, B-complex, Vitamin C and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) which can be particularly helpful the morning after because it increases levels of glutathione, which is a powerful detoxifier for the liver. For an extra boost of vitamin C, wash down your supplements with some orange juice which helps hydrate your muscles and organs, aid in flushing out the toxins while replenishing your body with missing sugars, too.
- To relieve dry mouth and nausea, take some prickly pear extract (available at health-supplement stores) to help reduce inflammation caused by impurities formed during the fermentation process of alcohol.
- Eat light food such as easily digestible fruits like bananas (to replenish the potassium and lost electrolytes), some toasts or muffins; or go for some bouillon soup which can help replace salt and potassium lost from your alcohol indulgence. Green tea and fresh carrot juice are also recommended.
- Pain Killers to ease a pounding head ? Some of my drinker friends rely on some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen for their hangover headaches; others rely on Tylenol which is an acetaminophen. While all those are fine for headaches, make sure NOT TO TAKE acetaminophens (like Tylenol) because when taken while your liver is working overtime to metabolize the consumed alcohol, it may cause liver damage, irritate the stomach lining, cause bleeding or be a deadly threat.
This reminds me of my brother-in-law who died of cirrhosis at the age of 26 and who happens to be a regular drinker of both — alcohol and some pain reliever drugs (the next day). His liver was severely damaged and it was too late for any kind of treatment. (Am I scaring you? ^_^)
Well…just trying to say that if you do get drunk once in a while, make sure not to OVERLOAD; because the more you drink, the greater your risk for a big-bang hangover!