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Your eyes blink open as your head throbs and nausea grips your stomach. Oof. That was some night… and you’ve got a wicked hangover as a reminder of the beer, wine or liquor consumed.
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The toxic effects of alcohol on your body never seem more apparent than the morning after downing one-too-many adult beverages. A headache, nausea, dry mouth and fatigue all serve as unwelcome symptoms.
What you want and need is a quick-and-easy way to feel like your normal self. Luckily, the internet — helpful place that it is — offers countless “hangover cures.”
Let’s take a look at some of them with emergency medicine physician James Roach, DO.
Finding a solution to a health issue begins with understanding the root cause of the problem. For hangovers, it’s all about your body’s response to alcohol, says Dr. Roach.
Let’s begin with the fact that alcohol is a diuretic, which basically means it opens the floodgates for urine production. That sends a lot of fluid out of your system and sets the stage for dehydration to build restroom visit by restroom visit.
At the same time, consumption of beer and booze slows the release of an antidiuretic hormone (ADH) called vasopressin. This ADH works with your kidneys to keep your body’s hydration levels balanced.
That’s just the start of things getting out of whack, though. Alcohol also:
- Expands your blood vessels, which can lead to headaches. (Headaches are also a byproduct of dehydration.)
- Irritates the lining of your stomach to bring about a general feeling of queasiness. The resulting buildup of stomach acid also can result in you vomiting.
- Depletes your blood sugar levels to make you feel fatigued and shaky.
The more you drink, the more pronounced these issues become, too.
Mix all of these physical responses and realities together and the result is a hangover, which can make you uncomfortable for a few hours or — in some worst-case scenarios — upend an entire day.
So how do you reverse this misery? Let’s look at a few theories.
The ‘Hair of the Dog’ Method
What should follow a night of drinking? According to this legendary remedy, the answer is a morning cocktail. (A Bloody Mary, anyone?)
The idea behind “hair of the dog” is that knocking back another alcoholic drink will help your body reset. (The name, by the way, comes from an old belief that someone bitten by a rabid dog could be cured by drinking a potion containing a few of the animal’s hairs.)
The reality is a drink might take some of the edge off the hangover, but it’s only prolonging the recovery time. “More toxins is not the solution for excess toxins,” says Dr. Roach. “It really doesn’t make much sense.”
Take a supplement
Something on a drug store shelf has to be good for hangovers, right? Various websites tout vitamins and minerals as sure-fire ways to avoid the worst of a hangover. A few studies even offer reason for optimism regarding:
Various pills and patches marketed specifically for hangovers also tout healing powers with their ability to replenish nutrients in your body.
Overall, Dr. Roach is skeptical: “You’re not finding a hangover cure in a pill bottle,” he says.
As for over-the-counter pain relievers, aspirin or ibuprofen might offer some relief for that pounding headache. (A word of caution, though: They could irritate your stomach and worsen nausea.)
Don’t reach for pain relievers with acetaminophen, as it can potentially damage your liver when there’s alcohol in your system.
Eat a greasy breakfast
Getting food in the morning after a night of imbibing is key to boosting blood sugar levels, says Dr. Roach. But filling your already stressed stomach with greasy, heavy food isn’t the best option.
Instead, focus on foods that also might address your hydration needs. Good choices would include water-rich foods such as watermelon, strawberries and cantaloupe.
Toast or a bagel also can pump up blood sugar levels while being gentle on the stomach.
If you’re up to it, scramble up some eggs, too. Eggs contain an amino acid that counteracts some of the toxicity of alcohol. Plus, they’re loaded with nutrients that can help your body rebound.
Find other hangover food recommendations from a registered dietitian.
When it comes to the best thing you can do for a hangover, it’s really quite simple: Drink a glass of water before going to sleep. Do the same as soon as you get up.
Dehydration is at the core of hangover hurt, so focus on replenishing those lost fluids, says Dr. Roach. Don’t overdo it, though. Drinking too much water too quickly (we’re talking gallons) can lead to lead to swelling of the brain, a serious and potentially deadly situation.
Sports drinks also can help you hydrate quickly while simultaneously restoring nutrients and electrolytes.
The bottom line on hangover cures
In the end, there’s only one cure for a hangover: “It just takes time,” says Dr. Roach. “There’s no magic pill, no miracle cure to make a hangover go away. Your body has to catch up and metabolize the alcohol you consumed.”
In other words, sleep it off.
There is one other solution, of course — and this one is guaranteed to work. “The best way to avoid a hangover,” says Dr. Roach, “is not to drink enough to have one.”
The 5 best – and slightly odd – hangover cures (according to Reddit) | The Independent
It was ‘Mad Friday’ last night – the final Friday before Christmas, when many begin their break from work for the holidays and decide to indulge in a celebratory libation, making it one of the busiest nights for pubs and bars in the calendar.
So today, it’s very likely there are a few sore heads out there.
Thankfully, Reddit users have been posting their favourite hangover cures online, and while some make plenty of sense, others seem rather unorthodox.
Despite scientists’ claims that there is no such thing as a hangover cure, almost 1,800 people who commented on the thread believe there are ways to diminish a hangover, delay it or at the very least, prepare for it.
Here are five of the best:
Replenishing electrolytes and vitamins through an IV drip was the number one most-voted-for hangover cure.
Since dehydration is the biggest cause of a hangover, restoring your body’s natural balance of electrolytes and vitamins directly through the blood stream seems to be the quickest route to feeling normal again.
Reddit user InspireHD wrote: “There is a thing called a Banana Bag. It’s basically a yellow solution in an IV bag that people are given when they have a high dependency on alcohol.
“I once saw a guy who was completely incoherent, basically in and out of consciousness, BAC around .38 per cent, given the solution through an IV and within about 10 minutes he was awake, alert, and functional. It wasn’t a cure but it sure did work!”
A ‘Banana Bag’, also known as a rally pack, contains IV fluids with vitamins and minerals that are used to replenish nutritional deficiencies or correct chemical imbalances in the body, particularly magnesium deficiencies, which can be caused by excessive consumption of alcohol.
Many users also suggest making friends with EMTs, for easy access to IV drips.
According to several Reddit users, pickle juice is one of the best hangover cures to ever grace a refridgerator.
“My Polish uncle swears by drinking a jar of pickle juice as the best cure for a hangover,” wrote user dyaknowhatimean. According to Oprah Winfrey’s favourite doctor, Dr Mehmet Oz, pickle juice contain salts that “help replenish your electrolytes and put your body back in balance”.
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Some users swear by Pedialyte, a hydration formula intended for children.
“Pedialyte is the drink they give kids when they’re sick and need to replenish electrolytes. A hangover is essentially an extreme state of dehydration… Gatorade is okay for this purpose but it’s more sugar water than anything else, Pedialyte is actually recommended by doctors to perform this function when you’re sick,” wrote user sheridork.
Pedialyte appears to know quite well how the product is used as a hangover cure, launching a campaign in May this year targeting hungover adults.
One Reddit user confirms its use: “Yep, I lived with an alcoholic bartender and she bought Pedialyte in bulk every week.”
Beloved Scottish soft drink Irn-Bru got a shout out on the thread by user ZamrosX: “F****N IRN BRU!”
As a carbonated drink packed with iron, Irn-Bru is a popular hangover cure in Scotland. One user mused: “If the Scots thinks it helps the morning after, they’re probably on to something.”
Drinking during pregnancy
One commenter swore they had discovered the hangover cure to beat all hangover cures – snow.
“If available, shove some snow in your mouth. I was so hungover every time I ate I threw it up. On the way home from the cabin we were at we had to stop so I could throw up in the blizzard.
I shoved snow in my mouth, holy shit I was good as new. The water hydrated me, the cold cleared my sinuses and helped with the nausea. 10/10 would frantically eat snow to heal my body,” user Ice_C wrote.
Ice lollies were widely agreed upon as a similar cure, as the slow intake of water and sugar to rehydrate the body appears to help with nausea.
The Best Hangover Cure 2019
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Let’s get this out of the way. There is no such thing as a hangover cure. In fact, when I asked the founder of the Alcohol Hangover Research Group, the only group of academic experts dedicated to demystifying the science of hangovers, to weigh in on the science behind various hangover pills and patches, the professor responded with a single line: “Currently, there is no hangover treatment available of which the effectiveness (or safety) is scientifically proven. ” Part of the reason for the lack of a reliable hangover cure is because scientists still aren’t totally sure what a hangover is. “It’s not a headache; it’s not nausea. It’s this whole host of symptoms that we loop into one category as hangovers,” explains Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, a board-certified family-medicine doctor in New York City (a.k.a. Instagram-famous Dr. Mike). He adds, “There’s one surefire hangover cure, and that’s time.”
But that doesn’t mean hangover “cures” are all a total scam. When we talk about these pills and patches and even scary-sounding IV drips that people swear by to stop feeling nauseous after drinking or to soothe their headache, what we’re really talking about are hangover treatments that will mitigate those symptoms you feel after a night out.
And though there is some science to back up the claims of these hangover remedies, with so many options on the market, it can be hard to know which of these hangover cures is the right fit for you — and which ones will do the least damage. So to help you make a better decision about the best way to fight your hangover (and figure out what you might be putting into your body), we took a deeper look into some of the most popular hangover cures on the market today.
Treating Hangovers Since: the 1980s.
Preventative or Palliative? Preventative.
Who Should Use It: anyone who worships at the altar of Moon Juice.
Directions: Those who swear by activated charcoal as a hangover remedy will often take two capsules before drinking.
CPH (Cost Per Hangover): $0.14, when you buy a bottle of 100 capsules.
Hangover-Busting Ingredient: activated charcoal.
Similar To: nothing. It’s in a class all its own.
How It Works: The idea is that the activated charcoal will filter out the toxins from your body, and that will, in turn, mitigate your hangover — and it’s not like that theory is totally without a scientific basis. There are articles in the scientific literature that date back to the 1940s, examining the absorption power of activated charcoal, and activated charcoal is still sometimes used in emergency rooms to absorb specific poisons and deal with certain types of overdoses.
One of the most commonly cited studies of activated charcoal’s ability to soak up excess booze is a 1981 study called “Effect of activated charcoal on ethanol blood levels in dogs,” in which six laboratory dogs were given alcohol, followed by activated charcoal. The researchers found that the charcoal prevented the full absorption of the alcohol into the dogs’ bloodstreams, and the logic extended to humans.
Efficacy: dubious, at best. As Dr. Mike explains, activated charcoal won’t actually prevent alcohol from being absorbed into the body. “Alcohol, once you drink it, it enters your bloodstream roughly in about an hour’s time and begins to get processed. It doesn’t sit around in your stomach for a long period of time.” He’s also skeptical that alcohol binds to charcoal. “There’s no proof. I guess you can say if you’re actively drinking alcohol, and you don’t want to absorb some of it, you can take charcoal along with your alcohol — but then why are you drinking?”
Bottom Line: There’s no evidence that activated charcoal works to absorb alcohol’s toxins, but there’s no evidence that it will hurt you either.
Treating Hangovers Since: 2010.
Preventative or Palliative? Palliative.
Who Should Use It: People whose main hangover symptom is a headache, or who didn’t plan on getting drunk the night before and don’t have time to sleep it off.
Directions: When you wake up with a hangover, drop a tablet of Blowfish into a glass of water and drink.
CPH: $0. 95, when you buy a pack of 12.
Hangover-Busting Ingredient: a combination of aspirin and clinical-grade caffeine.
Similar To: regular aspirin tablets and a cup of coffee.
How It Works: Blowfish is designed to treat the symptoms of a hangover, especially the headache and fogginess that often come the morning after. “What seems to be going on with a hangover is that your body actually generates an inflammatory response, similar to a flu or a cold, so that’s why you have the achiness, the headache,” says founder Brenna Haysom. The aspirin, then, is meant to combat that. (The inclusion of aspirin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, is also why this is the only hangover treatment listed here that’s actually been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.)
The caffeine, about as much as a half-cup of coffee per tablet, both helps the aspirin work better and wakes you up, since chances are good that you didn’t sleep too well. “You might be getting to bed late because you’re out drinking, but also the quality of that sleep is poor,” says Haysom, adding that this caffeine will be gentler on your stomach than a cup of coffee, which can stimulate stomach acid and make you feel more ill. There’s also a benefit to taking the aspirin as an effervescent tablet rather than a pill. “Effervescent tablets have been shown to work twice as fast as pills; they obviously also have the added benefit of helping you hydrate because you’re sort of forced to drink water with them. ”
Efficacy: Blowfish has not conducted any clinical trials about its product’s efficacy, and Haysom warns that this might not be the right fit for you if you’re super sensitive to caffeine or your main hangover symptom is nausea. But in general, “the day after drinking, probably not the worst thing to have a cup of coffee” for the caffeine, says Dr. Mike.
He adds that taking aspirin, or another NSAID like Tylenol or Motrin, might also be able to help you if you’re struggling with a headache — though it shouldn’t become a regular habit. NSAIDs can be tough on your stomach, especially in combination with alcohol, over the long term. “But, then again, you have to weigh that with the risk versus benefits,” he notes. “If you have something very important going on, taking an aspirin or Motrin or Advil, whatever NSAID you want to take, is probably not going to kill you.”
Bottom Line: a good pick-me-up if you wake up feeling crunchy, as long as you’re drinking water with your caffeine and not combining alcohol and NSAIDs on a regular basis.
Treating Hangovers Since: 2011.
Preventative or Palliative? Preventative.
Directions: All you have to do is place the patch on your body — ideally somewhere that’s hair-free, like the inside of your forearm, because it is sticky and will pull out your hairs — about 45 minutes before you start drinking. Leave it on overnight, and remove it the next morning.
CPH: $4, when you buy a pack of five.
Similar To: a vitamin-B-complex supplement or multivitamin, or NutriDrip, but without needles.
How It Works: When you drink alcohol, your body gets depleted of vitamins, especially vitamins B12 and B1, also known as thiamine — and according to Shvarts, this lack of vitamins “is what makes us slur, makes us tired, makes us unable to function.” The idea, then, is to quickly replenish these nutrients in your body, to prevent that hungover feeling; that’s why, Shvarts continues, “A lot of times when people overdrink and they go to the hospital, they get an IV, which is primarily of B complexes. ” [See NutriDrip, below.]
So in theory, Bytox is a way to get those essential vitamins back into your bloodstream as quickly as possible without the assistance of a medical professional — and without the side effects of taking a vitamin-B-complex pill, which can include nausea. (If you throw up because you drank too much, any pills you took beforehand probably won’t be absorbed at all. The patch, on the other hand, will keep on pumping vitamin B into your bloodstream, no matter how much you puke.)
One cosmetic caveat about Bytox: “There is this vitamin smell that comes from [the patch], this very potent vitamin smell,” notes Shvarts. So if that’s a concern for you, consider putting the patch on your thigh or back, far away from your nose, rather than your arm or shoulder.
Efficacy: “We give this treatment in the hospital to alcoholics that’s known as a banana bag,” says Dr. Mike. “But if you’re not an alcoholic, you are not depleted in those vitamins.” And having more vitamins in your system isn’t going to help you recover faster, so any benefit you might feel is likely in your head. “Unless, obviously, you have a rare condition where you have a vitamin B deficiency or you’re an alcoholic,” says Dr. Mike, “the reason why you’re feeling better is because of the placebo effect.”
Bottom Line: I’ll let Dr. Mike take this one: “In my opinion, you might as well do it with something safer. Just say, ‘Oh, I know if I have an extra glass of water before I go to sleep, I’ll be fine. ’ You’ll get the same placebo effect” as taking vitamins.
Treating Hangovers Since: March 2017, but the company changed to a vegetarian formula in December 2017.
Preventative or Palliative? Preventative.
Who Should Use It: People of Asian descent who are missing the enzyme that breaks down alcohol and its toxic by-products, or who might be sensitive to traditional pain relievers, like aspirin or Tylenol.
CPH: $2.27, when you buy a bottle of 90 pills. (That accounts for the six pills you should take every time you drink.)
Hangover-Busting Ingredient: dihydromyricetin, or DHM.
Similar To: Drinkwel, a supplement with milk thistle and DHM; Morning Recovery, a drink that includes DHM; PartySmart, a supplement with a proprietary LiverCare blend that also promises to stimulate and boost the liver enzymes to break down alcohol’s toxic by-products.
How It Works: Flyby is inspired by Japanese over-the-counter hangover cures, and many of its ingredients are fairly recognizable to those familiar with those products (or hangover pills, more generally), including vitamin B complex, milk-thistle extract, and prickly pear. But the ingredient that really makes Flyby different is DHM, which is derived from an Asian raisin tree. As founder and CEO Eddie Huai explains, this ingredient has been demonstrated in at least one study from researchers at UCLA to boost the body’s ability to produce ADH, an enzyme that helps break down alcohol in the liver. That’s one reason why this product is especially good for those of Asian descent who suffer from the flush. “Asian people who have low levels of the enzyme, Flyby is going to work really well for them because that ingredient DHM has been shown to boost those specific liver enzymes that help expedite the breakdown of alcohol and acetaldehyde, alcohol’s toxic by-product, and that’s one of the main causes of those Asian-flush symptoms. ”
Efficacy: In a study conducted by the company, 86 percent of surveyed participants reported “a significant reduction in their hangover symptoms,” says Huai, adding, “We scaled it from one to five, and we categorized a significant reduction between one to two points.” However, this study was done with the old formula rather than with the new vegetarian one — though Huai notes, “our returning customers have gone up slightly” since the relaunch.
However, Dr. Mike would advise consumers to be wary of most supplements because they’re not regulated or protected by the FDA. In the case of DHM, where the initial research findings show promise, Dr. Mike “would be curious to see how it functions in a randomized control trial,” on the off chance that this is the ingredient that could “cure” hangovers. “The proper feeling to have is, ‘Let’s research it and figure out if it’s really the real thing.’”
Bottom Line: Initial research into DHM’s effectiveness seems good, but until there are more clinical trials, just be sure your hangover supplements are coming from a reputable supplier.
Treating Hangovers Since: 1965 (though unofficially).
Preventative or Palliative? Palliative.
Who Should Use It: Weekend warriors who treat parties like athletic events — or literally anyone with a hangover.
Directions: Drink a bottle of Gatorade when you wake up.
CPH: $0.50, when you buy a 24-pack.
Hangover-Busting Ingredient: electrolytes.
Similar To: coconut water; Morning Recovery, except without DHM; Never Too Hungover Boost, except without caffeine or other vitamin supplements; NutriDrip, but without a needle; and Pedialyte.
How It Works: The logic is simple. When you wake up hungover, “your cells are dehydrated,” explains Dr. Mike. “They’re smaller than usual.” Consuming fluids will help address this dehydration, and though water is good, Gatorade can actually be more effective in rehydrating. “Electrolyte solutions (such as sports drinks) and bouillon soup are good for replacing the salt and potassium you lose from drinking alcohol,” according to information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, whereas drinking a comparable amount of water will only further dilute the already depleted levels of electrolytes in your body.
Efficacy: “I’m not even familiar with trials done on electrolyte replacement via oral route, how much faster that helps cure a hangover, because you’re likely having symptoms from several things happening at once,” says Dr. Mike. “Maintaining your hydration status is probably the most important thing along with rest that you can do with a hangover. It’s probably worthwhile to drink Gatorade instead [of water].”
Bottom Line: The most low-risk option but also the one with a potential for a high return, so make like a sponsored athlete and just do it.
Treating Hangovers Since: 2014.
Preventative or Palliative? Palliative.
Directions: Call NutriDrip to set up an appointment, either at your home or at one of their Drip Lounges. A board-certified, registered nurse will do an intake interview, and once they’ve ensured that you don’t have any preexisting health conditions and are in good enough health, they will insert the IV drip into your arm. The drip itself takes about 30 to 45 minutes.
CPH: From $119, for the Basic Hangover Recovery Drip at one of NutriDrip’s Drip Lounges (though, if you’re ready to commit to the IV lifestyle, you can buy a pack of ten at-home Mega Hangover Recovery drips for $1,992 — a CPH of $192. 20).
Hangover-Busting Ingredient: A liter of electrolyte fluid that includes sodium chloride (also known as table salt) and potassium chloride. The recovery drips also come with your choice of either Toradol, a prescription-strength anti-inflammatory drug, or Zofran, an anti-nausea medication.
Similar To: Gatorade, Pedialyte, or Never Too Hungover — but with needles.
How It Works: “Alcohol is a diuretic. It can cause dehydration and that can cause symptoms like light-headedness and dizziness. So a lot of people seem to feel better from just the fluid,” says Shoko Karakilic, chief nursing officer at NutriDrip, if you subscribe to the theory that dehydration and depletion of electrolytes is what causes a hangover. NutriDrip will also boost that liter of electrolytes with your choice of one of two prescription pain relievers: Toradol, which Karakilic describes as “a really powerful version of IV Advil” to help with your headache, or Zofran, an anti-nausea medication that’s actually often prescribed to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. (Karakilic does note that you could get both — but that costs extra.)
That speed of recovery is the main draw of these IV hangover drips. “It’s much faster if you take the IV therapy because it goes directly into your bloodstream. It doesn’t have to bypass your gut,” says Karakilic. Plus, the anti-nausea medication and the prescription-strength pain reliever are stronger than most anything else you could get over the counter.
One note: If you’re over 65 or have any chronic or preexisting liver, kidney, or heart conditions like hepatitis, the nurses will ask for a note from your primary-care physician before they start the IV drip. And if there seems to be any sort of potential problems with your vital signs, they might also refer you to urgent care.
Efficacy: “The use of IV replacement of electrolytes and fluids should be in a time when someone is unable to keep fluids down,” says Dr. Mike. “If your hangover is so bad that every time you drink a sip of Gatorade, you instantly vomit, and you’re actively being dehydrated, absolutely you need replacement via an IV. But if you’re capable of drinking water or Gatorade, which most of us are when you’re having a hangover, you should be doing that. There’s no need to get an IV placed,” especially since the complications associated with getting an IV — and taking these prescription drugs — can be serious if they do happen.
“You can get vein infections, where the entire vein going up the arm can get very inflamed. You can obviously get a skin infection from getting an IV placed. You can get a clot in the vein,” says Dr. Mike. “The bottom line for any of these is always a risk-versus-benefit calculation. So how bad do I need this treatment that I’m okay with some of these risks occurring? I’m not saying that giving Zofran is going to cause all of these problems, but on the off chance that it can happen, you better be doing this for a good reason, and the reason shouldn’t be that you want to feel better now as opposed to four hours from now.”
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9 hero herbs to help naturally cure your hangover
Indulgence can take on many forms, but for many of us often the most popular is often alcohol. Here, we look at what a hangover is and explore some of the best natural hangover cures.
What causes a hangover?
Alcohol is broken down by the liver. When alcohol is broken down it produces a substance known as acetaldehyde, which is a toxic substance formed from ethanol metabolism. This is found in cheaper wines and spirits.
The first step to avoiding a hangover is to avoid those alcohols that contain higher levels of acetaldehyde which includes whiskey, cheap red wines, fruit brandy and dark spirits. If you are going to indulge, you are better to stick to clear spirits and good quality red wine with no sulphites added.
If you choose organic, then you are guaranteed less sulphites and a better quality, more natural product which is easier for the liver to breakdown.
Not that we need reminding, but the key signs of a hangover often include, dehydration, blood sugar variability (cravings), fatigue, nausea and a lowered immunity.
How can we avoid the symptoms of a hangover?
First, we need to understand in more detail, what happens to alcohol when it reaches the liver. There are two main phases of liver detoxification, conveniently labelled phase one and phase two.
In phase one, alcohol is converted into a less toxic state by an enzyme known as cytochrome P450. It achieves this through a series of complex enzymatic pathway conversions. This process forms free radicals that in a healthy person can be targeted by antioxidants. However, if we have over-indulged slightly and our system is a little more toxic than intended, this task is more challenging for the liver.
Phase two is where liver cells add metabolites to the products produced during phase 1 to render them into water soluble compounds that can then be safely excreted from the body.
For example, this is where acetaldehyde is converted. Essentially, the alcohol is broken down in a less toxic state so that it can be safely excreted and not continuously circulated in the bloodstream.
What can we do to naturally support the liver and also build up its tolerance?
The best way is enhance the natural detoxification processes occurring during phases 1 and 2 whilst also providing a good dose of antioxidants. There are also some great herbs that tonify and strengthen processes within the liver. There are even some that specifically support the phase 1 and phase 2.
Try to keep these herbal heroes to keep in your hangover cure kit:
Ginger is warming and protective. It stimulates blood flow and is renowned for reducing nausea and settling an upset stomach. Its warmth and spice also stimulate the metabolism which in turn enhances detoxification. So if it’s ginger you are looking for our Pukka Three Ginger tea is the perfect solution.
Turmeric is a renowned super spice, famed for its anti-inflammatory and pain relief benefits. However, we now know that turmeric has a direct effect on liver cells encouraging their regeneration and repair.
Chlorella (a freshwater plant) is an excellent choice for combating that dreaded hangover and for preparing the body for the indulgence ahead. It naturally contains a very high level of chlorophyll and a unique component known as Chlorella Growth Factor.
Chlorella Growth Factor has the ability to repair tissues within the body, including liver cells in addition to stimulating the production of immune specific cells. Chlorella is especially effective in the removal of pollutants from the body, supporting their detoxification from the body, which includes alcohol.
Mint is a renowned herb for the digestion. However, its strong menthol essential oils also help to relieve nausea and improve clarity and concentration, boosting energy.
Rosemary is a natural stimulant and is great for relieving feelings of tiredness. For a hangover related stomach upset, rosemary could be used in the bath or inhaled in oil form or it can easily be used in food.
Fennel is great for easing nausea and indigestion and can help to reduce the other effects of alcohol on the body. A lukewarm cup of fennel tea or cleanse tea will help to relieve digestive ailments, making it a handy hangover drink.
Chamomile is great for calming and relaxing the mind and body in general, which is particularly good if you suffer with ‘the fear’ the morning after. As a hangover cure, chamomile can also get to work on indigestion or a headache.
Parsley helps to clear harmful acid from the body due to its high mineral and chlorophyll content.
Vitamin C provides the immune system with that extra boost and also helps to prevent the onset of the cold and flu season. Go natural though! Natural vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits or in food supplements (such as Pukka Herbs’ Natural Vitamin C). Watch out for ascorbic acid and synthetic Vitamin C.
The power of greens
For the ultimate natural tonic, try Pukka Herbs’ Clean Greens. Clean Greens contains 11 nutrient-dense plant foods (such as wheat grass juice, ginger, fennel, nettle, parsley, chlorella, kale sprout etc) that have high antioxidant capacities.
Our Clean Greens blend is able to alkalise, oxygenate, mineralise, detoxify and reduce inflammation throughout the body. It directly enhances the activity of two key enzymes that are present within phase one and two of liver detoxification.
It is the ideal solution for building up your tolerance too. It is gentle enough for everyday use whilst also helping to keep us on top of our daily cleansing and detoxification needs.
7 Simple Hangover Cures That Really Work
One of the benefits of not drinking alcohol at all is avoiding the dreaded hangover the next day. If you find yourself with a hangover despite your best intentions, there are ways to alleviate the symptoms. While there is no true hangover cure, we’ve rounded up 7 simple hangover cures.
How do you cure a hangover fast? There is no one way to cure a hangover fast, but there are ways to ease hangover symptoms, like drinking plenty of water and getting extra rest.
There are also tactics proven not to work in curing your hangover. We’ll be taking a look at what does and doesn’t work, plus simple hangover tips to get you back on track to feeling like yourself again.
What is a hangover?
A hangover is the result of too much alcohol in the body. What your body considers too much can vary. Someone who doesn’t drink much at all can have a hangover from a glass or two of wine, even if they weren’t intoxicated.
Hangovers are all about how your body reacts as it returns to blood alcohol levels of zero.
Drinking too much generally can disrupt sleep, upset your stomach, and lead to dehydration, all contributing factors to the worst symptoms of hangovers. It’s a big reason why so many explore the sober curious lifestyle.
Some common hangover symptoms include:
- Dry mouth and excessive thirst
- Muscle aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- High blood pressure
- Sensitivity to light and sound
For heavy drinkers, some hangover effects may actually be the result of alcohol withdrawal symptoms, like hand tremors, sweating, and anxiety.
How do you stop feeling hungover? To stop feeling hungover, try rehydrating your body and consuming healthy foods the morning after. These 2 steps can start to alleviate the worst symptoms. There isn’t one surefire hangover cure, though, that will stop a hangover immediately.
Hangover cures: fact or fiction?
Once you’ve set yourself up for a hangover, there isn’t much you can do to stop it from happening. All you can do is alleviate the symptoms. All of those tips and tricks you hear over breakfast the morning after may feel like common wisdom, but they’re more like old wives’ tales.
We’ll list our best alternatives for a hangover cure, but there are a few common misconceptions out there around hangovers that we need to debunk first.
First off, there are variations of a rhyme that goes something like this: “Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear. Beer before liquor, never been sicker.” That’s not the whole story, though.
The amount that you drink overall matters much more than the order you’re drinking your alcohol in.
Here are a few other common myths that we can get out of the way:
- Eating before bed is a placebo. This won’t do much other than give you a stomachache after a night of drinking. A meal before your first cocktail is more likely to have an impact, and carbs will do a better job absorbing alcohol than fats.
- Taking painkillers before bed isn’t a good idea, either. If you choose acetaminophen, liver damage is possible. You should never mix painkillers with alcohol.
- Don’t try drinking more alcohol. There’s no evidence that drinking more alcohol the next morning or indulging in the “hair of the dog” will do anything but prolong your hangover. The practice actually promotes unhealthy drinking habits. Skip the Bloody Mary at brunch!
Now that we know what to steer clear of when battling hangover symptoms, let’s unpack some ideas that can truly make an impact.
The 7 Best Home Remedies For A Hangover
From getting your body rehydrated to supplements proven to ease symptoms of a hangover, there are things you can do to help. Though we haven’t found a cure, you’ll likely feel better after these gentle hangover remedies.
Here are the 7 closest things to a hangover cure:
- Get hydrated!
- Eat a light breakfast.
- Take an anti-inflammatory.
- Try red ginseng tea.
- Increase your antioxidant intake.
- Sip caffeine.
- Get some rest.
Option 1: Get Hydrated
Drinking alcohol can cause mild dehydration, as alcohol is a diuretic. You’ll want to replace those liquids by drinking water before going to bed, then having a glass of water right after you wake up. Hydrating is the simplest hangover cure.
Beverages with electrolytes like Gatorade, Pedialyte, sports drinks, or even pickle juice may also be helpful, especially if you’ve vomited after drinking. Vomiting can lead to moderate or even severe dehydration, as well as the loss of valuable minerals like potassium.
It’s essential to take your hydration seriously after too much alcohol consumption. Drinking more water is the easiest way to replenish your hydration levels.
Option 2: Eat A Light Breakfast
A greasy breakfast the morning after a night of drinking may sound like a good idea, but you’re putting your already sensitive stomach at more risk for heartburn and indigestion.
Alcohol has the added effect of irritating gastric symptoms, so you’ll want to be gentle with your diet the day after. Don’t add to the empty calories you drank the night before with a burger and shakes after a night of drinking.
Instead, try fruit, oatmeal, and other healthy options to get your body and your blood sugar levels back on track. If you really feel like something more substantial, carbohydrates are better than fats to help your body digest the alcohol.
If you’re feeling nauseous, try a smoothie. You’ll be hydrating and taking in healthy vitamins and minerals.
Option 3: Take Anti-Inflammatory Medicine
Alcohol can cause your blood vessels to dilate. As they constrict the next day, you may experience a classic hangover symptom: the headache.
You never want to mix any over-the-counter pain reliever with alcohol. You should also avoid acetaminophen medications like Tylenol before or after drinking, as they can cause liver damage.
That said, taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or other NSAIDs is generally safe to treat a hangover headache the following day in healthy adults.
Don’t take more than the recommended dose, and avoid anti-inflammatories on an empty stomach. As always, consult your healthcare provider for additional medical advice when taking any medications.
Option 4: Try Red Ginseng Tea
A study looking at hangovers in men found that red ginseng can also help reduce the symptoms of severe hangovers. Red ginseng tea showed both short- and long-term positive effects on how alcohol is metabolized in the body.
As with any herbal supplement, make sure to talk to your doctor before adding ginseng into your diet, as it can interact with other medications, especially in diabetes management.
Generally, most supplements won’t hurt the cause when it comes to dealing with hangovers. A healthy diet is always best, though, and will boost your immune system to fight the effects of alcohol next time around.
Option 5: Increase Your Antioxidant Intake
Antioxidants have proven benefits for your health. They have also been linked to protective qualities that may lessen the effects of alcohol on the body.
While an antioxidant boost the morning after drinking won’t be a quick hangover fix, it can make you feel better overall. Try a few antioxidant-rich foods in a smoothie if your stomach is feeling upset.
Foods rich in antioxidants include:
- Berries, especially blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
- Nuts, especially walnuts and pecans
- Dark chocolate
Making these foods a part of your everyday diet can do wonders for your health and lessen hangover effects in some cases.
Option 6: Sip Caffeine, In Moderation
Coffee and caffeinated tea shouldn’t replace water when you’re trying to rehydrate after drinking. Nevertheless, the caffeine in both may help give you an energy boost to fight hangover fatigue, as well as alleviating headache symptoms.
If you’re used to coffee or tea in the morning, sip your usual amount while supplementing your beverage intake with water and electrolytes. Otherwise, you may add a caffeine withdrawal headache on top of hangover symptoms.
Those who aren’t used to caffeine should proceed with caution. Limit your caffeine to a few ounces in the morning until you see how your body reacts.
Option 7: Get Some Rest
You’re likely feeling some fatigue the night after heavy alcohol use, on top of possible dehydration. Alcohol disrupts your sleep cycle, among many other effects. Avoid exercise and get some rest.
If you’re able to, take a nap the next day to counteract the effects of disrupted sleep the night before. While there is no fast-acting hangover cure, time is often the best solution to improve your symptoms.
How To Prevent Getting A Hangover
You already know there’s no such thing as a real hangover cure, only ways to alleviate symptoms once a hangover has begun.
How can you prevent a hangover? The only way to prevent a hangover is to avoid drinking alcohol altogether. (We know some delicious alcohol-free wines to keep the taste and avoid the hangover!)
To prevent the worst hangover symptoms, though:
- Eat a meal before drinking. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach will not only irritate your stomach, but will also likely lead to worse hangovers.
- Choose liquor wisely. Clear liquors like gin and vodka tend to cause fewer side effects like hangovers. Darker liquors like whiskey and tequila contain congeners, chemical compounds that can mess with your body’s physiology, on top of the ethanol in alcohol.
- Drink less red wine. While red wine boasts resveratrol, which is linked to several health benefits, it can increase your hangover severity if consumed in excess.
- Drink water between alcoholic drinks. It’ll help keep you hydrated and is a way to drink less alcohol overall.
- Consume alcohol in moderation. Hangovers result from too much alcohol, so moderate drinking may be able to stave them off/
To prevent hangovers altogether:
- Quit drinking. If you don’t drink, you won’t have hangovers. The best hangover cure is as simple as that.
- Switch to alcohol-free wine. You can still socialize and have fun without alcohol. A delicious alternative can help you keep the flavor of alcohol while losing the next-day symptoms.
The Bottom Line On Hangover Cures
There’s no magic hangover cure, though you can take care of some symptoms with these 7 science-backed remedies. If you find yourself battling the effects of hangovers on a regular basis, it may be time to make some changes.
Take control over your hangovers by looking into alternatives to drinking, whether that’s cutting out alcohol altogether or introducing alcohol-removed wines into the rotation.
Try our non-alcoholic sparkling rosé or sparkling white and see how deliciously easy life without hangovers can be.
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5 Best Hangover Cures | Gopuff Blog
We’ve closed the blinds, laid out your coziest blanket on the couch and are here with our top 5 hangover cures to help you recover from last night. Whether you enjoyed a virtual happy hour for your alma mater or hosted an intimate wine tasting with your SO, the next day can be rough if you’re fending off hangover symptoms like nausea, headache or just a general hit-by-a-bus feeling.
While there are no full-blown cures for hangovers (fun/terrible fact: experts still don’t really know what causes them), taking care of your body properly after a fun night can help you recover faster. We’ve got you covered so you can feel better ASAP and go back to enjoying your memories. Get comfy while we use our quietest inside voice to share our best hangover remedies.
“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food,” said ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, probably the morning after enjoying several deep cups of Mediterranean wine.
Eating a healthy combination of carbs and protein can help you recover from a hangover more quickly. Drinking alcohol can cause blood sugar to drop, making you feel tired and weak. While the myth is that we sometimes crave fat and grease while hungover, it’s actually your body’s need for carbs and protein that makes eggs and bacon sound extra tasty the next morning. We also think a hangover is a great excuse to treat yourself to a delicious brunch if you’re feeling up to it.
If the thought of food is still making you queasy and you prefer to avoid medications, you can also try a few tummy-friendly foods. Some chronic acid reflux sufferers swear by ginger chews or apples to neutralize stomach acids and reduce inflammation. We like to eat the apples with peanut butter and a mild cheese for an easy-on-the-stomach shot of protein.
If you woke up with a headache and are feeling thirsty, you might be a little dehydrated. Alcohol is a diuretic—a classy way of saying it makes you pee a lot—because it reduces the amount of the hormone vasopressin your body produces, and vasopressin helps your body hold on to water. To replenish your stores, it’s time to go to the source of all life and drink a big glass or bottle of water.
You may also need to restore your electrolytes, the minerals that regulate your pH levels and muscles. Pedialyte and sports drinks can help you rehydrate and balance your electrolytes. Chicken noodle soup is also chock full of nourishing electrolytes.
The right medication for you (if any—remember to talk to your doctor first) will depend on your hangover symptoms and your body’s unique needs. Alcohol can irritate your stomach and prompt it to ramp up your acid production. If you’re feeling nauseous or have heartburn, your best bet may be an antacid like Pepto Bismol or Tums.
For a splitting headache, try Advil, Motrin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that will calm down the inflammation from alcohol. Just make sure you follow the instructions and take the right dose so the medication doesn’t irritate your stomach more. You’ll also want to steer clear of acetaminophen, which can tax an already hard-working liver.
If the hangover lasts more than 24 hours or gets worse, please consult a medical professional. Take care of yourself!
This tip isn’t for everyone, but here we go: After you’ve successfully eaten a good breakfast and rehydrated, you may be ready for a relaxed workout. Exercise tells your body to release endorphins that boost your mood and can help reduce pain—both offer welcomed relief when you’re hungover.
Be careful not to overdo it, though. “Sweating out” alcohol is a myth. Instead, try a few minutes of gentle yoga or a walk around the block. Taking it easy will also keep you safe if you’re still a little clumsy or foggy from the night before.
Sometimes you just need to ride out your hangover with self-administered TLC. Alcohol can disrupt your sleep and exhaustion can worsen other hangover symptoms, including headaches and irritability. When in doubt, take a hot shower, put on a soothing face mask, snuggle up under that cozy blanket we talked about and take a nap. You’ll feel better tomorrow. We promise.
Cure for a Hangover – Caught In Southie
Most likely you’ll wake-up sometime this month hung-over from partaking too much in Irish Pride celebration. It’s sort of the inevitable.
The combination of consuming too much alcohol and not getting enough sleep create the recipe for pounding headaches, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Not fun.
We here at Caught in Southie, would like to help you alleviate some of the pain with our cures for hangovers.
The medical term for hangover is veisalgia – derived from the Norwegian word for “uneasiness following debauchery.” And in most cases it’s self-inflicted overindulgence. Why on earth would we drink nine Vodka tonics in one night? Doing those three shots of Woo-Woo seemed like at good idea last night but this morning – not so much.
One of the largest factors of a hangover is being dehydrated. Ideally, for every one drink you consume you should drink a large glass of water. But who wants to take up valuable drinking time and space by filling it up with water.
So the next morning, start off your day with a large glass of water – even though water will taste disgusting. Get yourself a Gatorade too. It will help replace all the electrolytes you lost last night. Drink a little more water. Have a large cup of coffee – the caffeine will help relieve some of the headache by constricting the blood vessels in your head. Get yourself some food STAT! It seems as though a certain type of food helps with a hangover or rather that is what our body is craving.
Here are some of Southie’s best hangover foods as recommended by local Caught readers:
- A trip to I.V. League on A Street in Southie. I.V. League can help you rehydrate after all the celebrating you’ve been doing lately! Hydration packages start at $80. You can learn more about them here!
- A large Italian Cold Cut Sub with everything including hots from Joseph’s. A bag of Wise Onion Garlic Chips and an ice cold Ginger Ale.
- A large Steak and Cheese with extra cheese from Rondo’s. A bag of chips and a can of Pepsi.
- Egg and cheese on an English muffin at Deja Brew and a large ice coffee with extra cream and sugar.
- Anything from Sully’s.
- Large Chicken Parm Sub from Joseph’s.
- A big vegetable omelet with home fries from Mul’s, or L Street Diner
- Snickerdoodle ice coffee with cream and sugar from PS Gourmet.
- A bacon, egg and cheese from Sidewalk Café and a Red Bull Lime Rickey.
- Anything with red sauce – usually sausage pizza or meatball sub from Mirisola’s or both.
Apparently, salad is not the cure for a hangover.
After the hangover meal, a big long nap will help the process along but really you know that time is the only thing to relieve you of a hangover.
And the day after the hangover you usually feel somewhat back to normal and you forget how bad you felt and you do it all over again the following weekend.
How many times have you been out at a bar and knew that if you have just one more you are destined to have a big, fat hangover.
And you choose to ignore good judgment and instead listen to that little voice in your head that says, “go ahead, have another one.” And we have another one and another one and the hangover is there to greet us in the morning – taunting us with an “I told you so.” So the sad fact is, the only real cure for a hangover is not to drink to excess. And what fun is that?
“It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Go ahead, have another one!”
What medications will help with a hangover
We already know how to quickly sober up at home. However, even after sobering up, a cheerful evening can remind of itself for a long time. The best remedy is, of course, sleep. But if there is no way to sleep, but you need to bring yourself to your senses, we suggest using the list of medications below that will help you get out of the post-intoxication state.
Vitamins and antioxidants
First of all, you need to drink a lot.And the benefits of alkaline mineral water are not a myth at all. It must be drunk at least 1.5 liters, but not in one, but in several doses. It helps to restore the acid-base balance and save from headaches and swelling. The brands “Borjomi”, “Essentuki”, “Arzni” help the best.
Succinic acid helps the body to cope with poisoning to speed up the metabolism, and accordingly, to help the body cope with poisoning. It activates the metabolism. However, as mentioned in the previous material, its action lies in the fact that you do not get drunk, so it is best to drink it all the same before taking alcohol.In addition, this remedy, like oat broth and rowan infusion , helps to put the brain in order.
To come to your senses, albeit not as quickly as we would like, but reliably, vitamins will help. Kirill Afanasenko, head of the narcological department of the Petersburg Narcologist, told about how to take them:
– These substances are of particular importance because B vitamins improve neuromuscular conduction. These are issues of tremor, information on hands and feet, numbness in the limbs.Vitamins can be taken in large quantities, more than the daily requirement. It really helps. Amino acids such as, for example, glycine can be assigned to this position. This also includes the now fashionable antioxidants: succinic acid, riboxin, cytoflavin.
Help with medicines
Today in the pharmacy you can find remedies for any symptoms of post-intoxication state:
Alka-Seltzer – It contains aspirin, baking soda and citric acid. Together, all these substances relieve headaches, relieve swelling, correct the acid-base balance, and thereby contribute to improving well-being.
A well-known remedy that helps to fight headaches and relieve swelling – Aspirin – can be taken in pure form no earlier than six hours after the last sip of alcohol, since it is completely incompatible with it.
DrinkOFF is another anti-hangover agent, but already aimed at accelerating the processing of alcohol in the body. At the same time, it tones up and relieves headaches.
The substance unitiol, which is contained in the product “Zorex” , helps to remove the decomposition products of alcohol.However, you need to be very careful with this drug, as this substance can cause severe allergies.
After drunkenness, the heart often hurts in the morning. And this is not surprising, since alcohol has a very strong effect on him, increasing blood pressure. magnesium sulfate, panangin and magnesol will help to put in order the work of the heart. In addition, these agents reduce headaches, relieve swelling and speed up metabolism.
People with a hangover also often experience insomnia.This is due to the fact that during this period the brain does not work properly and causes anxiety. To get back to normal, a person needs a long sleep. Therefore, to calm the nerves, you can take Novopassit, glycine, Mexidol, picamilon, Negrustin, or St. John’s wort. Important : from this list you need to drink only one thing, and strictly in those dosages that are prescribed in the instructions.
There is a widespread misconception that sorbents – drugs such as Smecta, activated carbon, Enterosgel, etc. – will help you from a hangover.First, these drugs cannot be combined with any others. And secondly, in the process of post-intoxication of the body, they simply will not help. Why – Kirill Afanasenko told:
– Do I need to take sorbents? What’s the point? Everyone knows that intoxication is poisoning. Did you want to get poisoned? Poisoned. It was yesterday. Did you take sorbents? I didn’t accept it. Now what is the question. Alcohol has already been absorbed from the stomach into the blood, from the blood into the cell, where it collapsed and struck a blow to the organ. There is nothing to sorb.
The narcologist named effective and dangerous remedies for a hangover – Rossiyskaya Gazeta
The Tyumen Region in the outgoing year ranked sixth among the most sober Russian subjects. Ivan Kazantsev, chief freelance narcologist at the regional health department, shared advice on how not to go overboard on New Year’s Eve and cope with a hangover if there is still too much alcohol.
According to him, butter or vegetable oil – such a popular way of not getting drunk quickly – is not effective.”As long as the oil remains on the mucous membrane, alcohol will not be absorbed. In about half an hour, the mucous membrane will be cleansed and all drunk alcohol will be absorbed. This can lead to acute poisoning,” Kazantsev explained.
Likewise, an aperitif will not help: yes, it activates the liver and prepares it for processing alcohol, but enzymes quickly break down the first portion and run out, and the person continues to drink and risks getting intoxicated.
“Some people mix alcohol with water in various proportions, but with a large amount of alcohol consumed, the difference in degrees is leveled,” adds the narcologist.
The only effective method not to overdo it with a strong drink at the festive table is to increase the intervals between drinks, and drink in small portions. It is useful to move, dance.
“There are many remedies that can relieve hangover symptoms – fermented milk products, strong broth soup, cabbage or cucumber pickles, just water. Drinking plenty of water, you can add a small amount of lemon juice, lingonberries, cranberries – this is the main remedy”, – advises Ivan Kazantsev.
But he categorically does not recommend taking aspirin and its analogues: against the background of an irritated stomach, gastritis or even bleeding may develop.
The same applies to physical education, with which some are trying to improve their condition after a stormy night. “This is very dangerous, because all functional systems are already at their limit, especially the cardiovascular system.
90,000 Why taking a headache pill is not a good idea for a hangover
A hangover is not the most pleasant syndrome that is often encountered by those who yesterday could not deny themselves an extra dose of alcohol. It is accompanied by headaches, nausea, dehydration, and
remorse for what you had drunk the day before.
Many people take paracetamol, ibuprofen, and aspirin in an effort to relieve headaches. Why is it better not to do this?
Dangerous for the stomach
Consuming paracetamol, ibuprofen, and aspirin can actually do more harm than good.According to research by the medical company Healthline, taking ibuprofen with alcohol can
increase the risk of rupture of the stomach lining, causing bleeding, irritation and, in some cases, ulceration.
And if you take ibuprofen when you drink more than the recommended amount (about two to three servings of alcoholic beverages for women), the risk only increases.
Bad for the liver
A study by Harvard Medical School also found that acetaminophen and alcohol are not a good mix.Paracetamol can damage the liver if taken in
too high a dosage, and drinkers taking the drug on an empty stomach may expose their liver to excessive stress.
Scientists note that “episodic binge drinking”, which is limited to one party at a time, and a normal dose of paracetamol, most likely will not lead to liver problems.
But those who drink a lot and often have risks.
“The problem arises when heavy drinkers (people who drink alcohol three or more times a day) take paracetamol over a period of time – at least several
days, maybe longer.Alcoholism and poor diet often go hand in hand. Multiple high doses of paracetamol are more dangerous for drinkers, in part because they are poorly nourished.
Threatens to bleed
While past research by Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia has shown regular aspirin and coffee to be the best hangover cure, experts in
health care warn: mixing alcohol and aspirin may increase the risk of gastric bleeding.
How to help yourself
What should a person with a hangover do when the world is too loud and bright, and performing the simplest tasks seems impossible?
The best thing is to drink more cold clear water with lemon, eat eggs and bacon and spend time in bed until the unpleasant symptoms subside, American doctors advise.Prepared by Irina GARCHENKO
Cure for a hangover: why it still does not exist
90,000 Review of the best methods for relieving a hangover
“Something unkind lurks in men who avoid wine, games, the company of lovely women, table conversation.Such people are either seriously ill, or secretly hate others. However, exceptions are possible. Among the people who sat down with me at the banquet table, sometimes amazing scoundrels came across! ” (“The Master and Margarita”, M. Bulgakov)
We hope you are not a scoundrel, but our article caught your eye after one of the gatherings with wine. Well, we’ll tell you how to put yourself in order and make your life easier after a night out.
Reasons for a hangover
1. Ethanol causes increased urine production as well as decreased blood volume, which leads to a decrease in the amount of fluid in the brain, which causes headaches, dry mouth and fatigue.This problem is not solved by a large amount of drinking water, because it is either excreted by the kidneys or serves to form edema without increasing the amount of fluid in the brain.
2. Formation of ethanol decomposition products in the liver: ethyl alcohol → acetaldehyde → acetic acid. With an excess of alcohol in the blood, the enzyme systems cannot cope with the complete conversion of acetaldehyde into acetic acid; as a result, an intermediate product, acetaldehyde, accumulates, which is 10-30 times more toxic than alcohol.
3. Falling glucose levels, especially in the brain, because the liver cannot cope with its production. Since glucose is the main source of energy for the brain, the resulting lack of glucose contributes to fatigue, weakness, mood disturbances, low attention and concentration.
4. The presence of other substances (such as fusel oils), which appear together with ethyl alcohol during fermentation, greatly enhances many symptoms of a hangover.Strong drinks are darker in color and cause more severe hangovers than lighter ones. Sugar also exacerbates the effect, which is why sugary cocktails have a reputation for heavy hangover drinks. Whiskey, tequila lead to a heavier hangover than vodka.
Ways to cure a hangover
Next, we will consider alternative methods of preventing and treating a hangover, and write whether the method is effective from the point of view of toxicologists or not.
1.Preventive maintenance before the feast
Drink a little vodka 2-3 hours before the feast (doctors for!)
This method is popularly called “to disperse the liver.”
There is an opinion that if a small dose of alcohol is taken some time before a feast, then the body’s defense mechanism is activated, which means that the main dose of alcohol will be met already properly, which will facilitate the absorption of alcohol, which means that the hangover will not be so strong.
Scientists confirm that the principle is correct from the point of view of ethanol toxicokinetics.
Eat a piece of lard or butter before the feast (doctors are against!)
Quite often on the Internet you can find such a recipe for a hangover and / or rapid intoxication: before drinking, it is suggested to eat a piece of bacon or butter.
Allegedly, the fat contained in these products will envelop the walls of the stomach and duodenum, and alcohol will be absorbed more slowly.
In fact, in order to significantly slow down the absorption of ethanol, it is necessary to cover tens and even hundreds of square meters of the absorbing surface of the gastrointestinal tract with a sufficiently thick layer of fat. This is unrealistic, and no pancreas in the world can withstand such a fat load.
2. Prevention during the feast
Snack tightly (doctors are against!)
There is an opinion among the people that it is important to have a good snack when drinking plentifully, but doctors categorically do not advise eating strong drinks with heavy food.
All known cases of fatal alcohol poisoning (if it is not a surrogate) when taken voluntarily are associated with a plentiful snack.
Heavy eating while drinking is a way to slow the onset of drunkenness, not to prevent a hangover. Dense food accumulates incoming alcohol in the stomach and intestines, so getting drunk gradually, you can almost imperceptibly gain a toxic dose. Plentiful food, especially rich in protein, combined with heavy drinking, will aggravate the subsequent hangover, since, on the one hand, it will increase the load on the liver, and on the other hand, it will interfere with the emergency filtration of blood through the walls of the stomach and intestines.
Taking alcohol on an empty stomach in the absence of peptic ulcer disease is a much safer measure, since a person will quickly become intoxicated, and when approaching life-threatening doses, he will simply lose consciousness.
Increase the degree (doctors are against!)
The widespread recommendation to drink less strong drinks first, and then stronger ones, if you really interfere with them, is nothing more than a myth. No research has been found on this topic.There are not even any intelligible assumptions about how, from the point of view of physiology, the alternation of alcoholic beverages in the direction of increasing the strength does not exist.
Snack on jellied meat (doctors for!)
Jellied meat (like fish soup, jellied fish or marmalade) contains large amounts of glycine. Glycine, also known as aminoacetic acid, neutralizes toxic decomposition products of ethyl alcohol. In particular, acetaldehyde (the alcohol in your liver turns into it) is a highly toxic substance that is partly to blame for feeling unwell.As long as it is present in the body, the hangover will not stop. Glycine, on the other hand, combines with acetaldehyde to form acetylglycine, a very useful compound that is used by the body to synthesize proteins, hormones and enzymes. In addition, glycine normalizes the functioning of the nervous system, improves mood and mental performance, and normalizes sleep.
It follows that the well-known Russian jellied meat (aka jelly) is a very literate appetizer from the point of view of physiology.
Drink diluted lemon juice (doctors for!)
One of the popular recipes, quite effective, is lemon juice.If you have gone too far, squeeze out the juice from two or three lemons, drink, diluting twice with boiled water (so as not to irritate the mucous membrane, which is already irritated with alcohol). This will smooth out the consequences, but will not help much with a very strong hangover or intoxication.
The active ingredient is citric acid, it activates the so-called Krebs cycle, that is, accelerates the processing of nutrients.
Do not mix drinks from different raw materials (doctors for!)
Different raw materials give different impurities, which increases the versatility of the load on the body’s detoxification systems.
Try to avoid mixing, for example, grape wine and agave tequila. Conversely, connoisseurs argue that grape wine and cognac can be mixed (and in France, for example, wine is washed down with cognac precisely in order to reduce the morning effects). Another thing is that, alas, low-quality cognac is diluted with grain alcohol-rectified: it is practically impossible to distinguish it by taste, but in the morning it beats very strongly for health.
3.Prevention before bedtime after a meal
Drink plenty of water before bedtime (doctors are against!)
Contrary to popular belief, doctors say that the drug can only induce vomiting or bowel movements, which will definitely help prevent hangovers.
From the point of view of preventing circulating blood volume deficiency (and dehydration with a hangover is expressed precisely in the volume of circulating blood, and not in the general lack of fluid in the body: people with a hangover often suffer from edema, that is, they swell) does not stand up to criticism: in advance , before the hangover, the water drunk in the best case (with well-functioning kidneys) will be removed even before the pathological redistribution of vascular tone and the formation of edema, and in the worst case, it will itself serve the formation of additional edema.And swelling in the morning not only spoils the appearance, but also puts stress on the heart, as well as a headache.
Drink 0.5-1 liter of unboiled warm milk before bedtime (doctors for!)
By drinking milk, you will help your body metabolize ethanol.
It is advisable not to drink cold milk, it is poorly absorbed. It would also be nice to take a break after the meal, so that the milk gets into the stomach an hour or two after the previous meal.
Take sorbents – activated carbon, enterosgel (doctors for!)
One of the main and most effective measures in eliminating a hangover is detoxification, that is, the removal from the body of its toxic substances: the remains of undigested alcohol and its decay products, mainly acetaldehyde, a highly toxic substance into which alcohol is converted in the liver. Most of these poisons are found in the intestines, including in the digested food.You can remove them directly by cleansing the intestines (and / or stomach), but such methods are troublesome and have side effects. Another method can be the intake of sorbents: substances that absorb harmful substances, being taken internally. The most famous “classic” sorbent is activated carbon, but there are also modern drugs, the effectiveness of which is many times higher than coal (for example, Enterosgel).
You need to take 8 tablets of activated carbon or 3 tablespoons of Enterosgel.
Treatment of a hangover in the morning after a feast
Get drunk (doctors do not mind, but only as an anesthetic)
A new dose of alcohol in the morning is a short-term symptomatic remedy, followed by detoxification – cleaning the body of the remnants of alcohol and its decay products. The fact is that a hangover is, first of all, poisoning with alcohol decomposition products.
If you drink a little the next morning, alcohol may have a slight anesthetic and sedative effect.
In general, this popular remedy is not the best choice, as it is possible to alleviate the suffering of a hangover syndrome by much safer methods, and you will have to pay for the “addition” of alcohol later.
If you get drunk on beer, then due to the fact that beer is a diuretic, you can relieve swelling, which will reduce the load on the heart. Non-alcoholic beer is a good choice for a hangover.
Water procedures – bath or contrast shower (doctors for!)
Water procedures, in particular the bath, promote perspiration, which allows you to remove harmful substances from the body.
An excellent alternative to the sauna is a contrast shower, which helps to bring the body to the desired state. A contrast shower can be taken not only in the morning, but at any other time of the day. It also has a good effect on the condition of the skin and on the general condition in general, restoring vigor and strength to the body.
The rules for a contrast shower are simple. The most important rule is to start with hot water. Before getting into the shower, make sure the water is fairly warm.You need to stand under this temperature for 30 seconds, then turn on cold water and stand under it for 15 – 20 seconds. Then hot again, and so on. Each time it is recommended to stand more and more under cold water. For the expected effect, you need to do three water change cycles. This procedure will improve metabolic processes and sweating.
The sauna activates blood circulation and metabolism. The bath relieves a hangover, causing profuse sweating, while opening the pores and removing harmful metabolic waste from the body.The bath also speeds up the metabolism. A visit to the bath enhances skin respiration, improves blood circulation.
Pain-relieving pills, aspirin, paracetamol (doctors do not mind, but pills do not cure a hangover, but temporarily relieve symptoms)
Among the reasons why we feel bad with a hangover is one, though quite important, which acetylsalicylic acid can act on. This is the formation of capillary erythrocyte microclots, which disintegrate under the influence of acetylsalicylate: they cause swelling and headache.Aspirin can also act as a pain reliever.
Paracetamol blocks the enzymes that spread pain. Thus, the hangover condition is greatly relieved, the headache disappears. At this time, the body continues to fight the hangover on its own. Paracetamol, unlike other pain relievers, in particular aspirin, does not irritate the stomach wall.
It is worth remembering that this is not a hangover cure, but only a pain reliever: you are buying time, but not helping the body fight the hangover.
Paracetamol is very stressful for the liver, and so weakened by alcohol, be careful!
Ascorbic acid (doctors are in favor! But the effect is low)
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) binds toxins generated by drinking and promotes their elimination from the body. It is no coincidence that it is added to many anti-hangover remedies. But ascorbic acid is not a hangover first aid.Due to the multistage and duration of the necessary transformations of some substances into others, ascorbic acid is used in the process of multi-day elimination from a binge, but, say, it will not help to get up quickly and go to work.
Succinic acid (doctors for!)
Succinic acid activates energy metabolism in tissues, has an immunomodulatory effect. It has the property of increasing the activity of cellular respiration, strengthens the immune system and protects against various toxic poisoning, including alcohol.
Taking succinic acid helps the body with detoxification, accelerates the conversion of acetaldehyde into less harmful substances, and also improves overall well-being.
Succinic acid can be taken both before the start of the feast, and in the morning, with a hangover.
Pickle (doctors for!)
Dehydration, or rather the pathological redistribution of water in the body, is one of the main causes of a hangover. Alcohol is a diuretic, that is, a diuretic: it suppresses the brain’s production of the hormone vasopressin, which regulates water-salt balance.
That is why in the morning you are so thirsty (mucous membranes dry up, popularly called “dry wood”). On the other hand, with a hangover, a person swells, scientifically speaking, tissue edema appears, sometimes noticeable, and sometimes detected only by feeling. But it is the swelling that causes the headache and puts stress on the heart. That is, there is an excess of water in the tissues, but there is a lack of circulating blood volume.
So, you can just drink water, but then the osmotic pressure in the blood plasma will decrease (determined by the concentration of solutes and salts).Osmoreceptors, locked onto the central nervous system, will react quickly, and you will want to use the toilet, because the kidneys will receive a signal to get rid of the supposedly excess water. This means that it will not be possible to immediately replenish the shortage of water, and the process will be very delayed.
Therefore, before drinking water, it is prudent to replenish the loss of electrolyte salts: for example, drink a glass of pickle: cabbage or cucumber.
Be sure to make sure that you are going to drink the brine, and not the marinade
Secondly, the dose should be small – no more than a glass.Otherwise, tissue edema and associated unpleasant consequences will increase: headache and stress on the heart.
Mineral water (doctors for!)
The action of mineral water for a hangover begins in the mouth, where bubbles of carbon dioxide burst. It irritates sensitive mucous membranes and stimulates the brain. The presence of numerous gas bubbles increases the surface of water absorption, and water quickly enters the bloodstream already at the level of the esophagus and stomach.
Mineral water also stimulates bile secretion and intestinal motility.
The rapid flow of mineral water into the bloodstream normalizes the volume of circulating blood, namely a lack of blood volume (and not the total amount of water in the body) is dehydration – the second important reason for feeling unwell.
Mineral water leads to an increase in urination, and ultimately to the removal of tissue edema, since excess fluid, together with toxic substances, passes from the intercellular spaces into the vascular bed.It is important to quickly eliminate edema, because it causes a headache.
Have a hearty meal in the morning (doctors are against!)
Doctors do not recommend “improving health” with a hangover by eating solid food. Sometimes they write that fatty foods contribute to the release of hormones that supposedly alleviate the condition and even advise recipes in the spirit of bacon and eggs or meat broth, but the harm from dense food will only aggravate the condition.
A dense meal contains high levels of fat and protein.Their entry into the body increases the load on the liver. Fats require additional excretion of bile, since lipase (an enzyme that breaks down fats to glycerol and fatty acids) works only in relation to the fat emulsion, and the fat emulsifier is bile produced by the liver.
Fermented milk products (doctors for!)
Fermented milk products provide the body with protein, vitamins and minerals involved in many metabolic processes, they also have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, are well absorbed by the body and effectively restore strength.The amino acids and beneficial bacteria contained in these products improve appetite and have a laxative effect. Lactic acid bacteria provide the body with energy, remove toxins from the body, and protect the liver.
Lactic acid for a hangover activates the so-called Krebs cycle, this is an important link in metabolism. This speeds up the processing of toxic alcohol breakdown products.
For a hangover, fermented milk products are better and healthier to take on an empty stomach in small sips, depending on your condition.
Tea (doctors for!)
Tea contains vitamin B1: it is heavily consumed in the processing of alcohol and its toxic breakdown products, and if its reserves are used up, the hangover lasts longer.
Tea contains caffeine. Caffeine is quite appropriate at the end of detoxification activities. If there is no great need, then it is better to refrain from invigorating drink and go to bed.
In practice, drinking enough tea to provide a therapeutic effect is very difficult – an increase in the load on the heart or vomiting will affect.Tea or coffee is best to complete other detoxification activities.
Citrus fruits and bananas (doctors for!)
Oranges and lemons are high in citric acid. When citric acid enters the body, the body starts to process it, activating the “Krebs cycle” – an important link in metabolism. Along with other substances, toxic decomposition products of alcohol will be processed in this process.That is, the intake of citric acid will contribute to the process of chemical detoxification – cleaning the body of toxins. A hangover is, first of all, poisoning.
Bananas contain potassium. You lost it due to the fact that you often ran to the toilet in a small way (alcohol has a diuretic effect). In addition, it happens that bananas are almost the only thing that you get to eat because of nausea in the morning, but you still need to eat.
Sleep (doctors for!)
Doctors say that sleep in itself is a good means of detoxification (and a hangover is, first of all, intoxication with alcohol and its decay products), since during sleep mainly cholinergic processes are activated, aimed at restoring homeostasis (constancy of physiological processes).
Sex (doctors for!)
Sex, like any other physical activity, stimulates metabolism at the cost of increased stress on the heart, which means that the body, all other things being equal, will more quickly cope with the processing of alcohol and its decay products.
During sex, the release of endorphins (hormones of pleasure) occurs, which improves well-being. It has long been noted that orgasm can often relieve headaches.
In general, it is quite possible to recommend as a way to alleviate the condition in the morning. But remember, there are plenty of ways to help your body deal with the real cause of your feeling unwell, and it’s much more effective to address them first.
90,000 What helps with a hangover: the best ways to prevent and treat.
Tell your loved ones:
The morning after a noisy party with alcohol can be very difficult.A hangover is associated with headache, nausea, fatigue, muscle pain, and intestinal upset. I don’t want to think about a fun evening. What helps with a severe hangover? Can it be prevented?
Prevention of a hangover
There are many products, the use of which will relieve the condition after drinking alcohol. For example, American Indians protect themselves from intoxication with almonds. It is believed that just six unprocessed nuts are enough. Two teaspoons of prickly pear extract or a spoonful of Bifidumbacterin diluted in a glass of water and drunk before bedtime also help prevent a serious condition.During the feast, it is worth eating light snacks. Exposure to fatty foods increases the effects of alcohol on the body. You can eat some peanut butter before heading out to the party. What helps with a hangover after a meal? For example, you can drink a sports drink or electrolyte before going to bed. It will help replenish important elements that the body will lose from alcohol. You can just drink a couple of glasses of plain water, as alcohol is very dehydrating. By preventing this process, you will greatly ease your lot the next day.
Medicines against hangover
If you did not succeed in taking precautions and the condition after drinking alcohol leaves much to be desired, special medications will come to the rescue. What pills help with a hangover? You can use the popular Alco-Seltzer or Antipochmelin products. You can limit yourself to a soluble tablet “Aspirin” or the drug “Citramon”. Two tablets after a meal – and you can forget about the headache. You can help the body regain strength with the help of vitamin C, it removes alcohol.If you suffer from nausea, retching, indigestion, you should take six tablets of activated carbon. You can also drink the drug “No-shpa” or “Loperamide hydrochloride” -sebe “> This will help the liver. Vitamin B6 helps from bad breath. Pour a couple of ampoules into water and drink the drink in one gulp. Folk recipes recommend paying attention to for pregnant women or combine a glass of hot strong tea with a lot of sugar and a tablet “Baralgin” with the drug “Furosemide.” Medicines “Askofen” or “Kofitsil plus” will help if you drink them before bedtime.
Effective products for a hangover
You can also improve your condition with the help of regular food. What helps with a hangover? An apple eaten on an empty stomach will work well. A cocktail of milk and banana with a spoonful of natural honey is extremely effective. The fruit soothes the stomach. It is rich in magnesium and potassium, both of which are deficient due to the effects of alcohol. acidity in the stomach and fights dehydration. Honey combined with banana lowers blood sugar levels. Meals the next day after a feast should be light.For example, chicken broth is suitable, which not only fights colds, but is also quite effective for a hangover. Ginger tea will help to cope with stomach discomfort. It can also be combined with honey. A few teaspoons after waking up will soften the effect of alcohol on the body. The thing is that honey contains substances that neutralize alcohol. If you do not consider yourself a sweet tooth, seek help from lemon. Add lemon juice to tea or coffee and drink without milk or sugar.Lime, the juice of which is added to a glass of water with a spoonful of sugar, will cope with the ailment just as well. Slowly drinking this drink will help stabilize your sugar levels. Persimmons will help to cope with a headache, and mint will remove gases accumulated in the intestines. You can drink herbal tea or chew on fresh leaves. Cabbage is an ideal product after a meal. Fresh, it copes with headaches, and fermented will help restore the lack of nutrients that the body has lost due to alcohol.Cabbage brine can be mixed with tomato juice to taste better. In addition, tomatoes themselves are excellent at coping with hangovers. Finally, while listing what helps with hangovers, thyme is worth mentioning. A fragrant tea made from fresh or dried leaves can help restore well-being on a tough morning after drinking.
Recipes for a hangover
If you have the strength to cook something more or less complicated, try using effective products in effective combinations.For example, whisk in a mixer 250 milliliters of orange juice, half a lemon with the peel, the white of a raw egg, and two tablespoons of honey. Connoisseurs of tomato juice can drink a glass of their favorite drink with a whole yolk added there. It is important not to whip up the liquid, but just drink it in one gulp. Oatmeal or wheat flakes will also make an effective remedy. Fill them with kefir or fermented baked milk, leave to soak and eat. Finally, the most unusual recipe. Combine a raw egg, half a tablespoon of natural vinegar, pepper and salt, and drink the resulting cocktail in one gulp.
Physical activity from a hangover
In the list of everything that helps with a hangover, it is worth considering light exercise. For example, a brisk walk in the fresh air will improve blood circulation and oxygenate the brain, which will immediately improve the condition. But you shouldn’t overexert yourself in strength training, go to the pool or sauna. This is especially dangerous for men after 35 years. In combination with a hangover syndrome, the cardiovascular system weakened by age may simply not be able to withstand the load.So walking down the street, and ideally in a park or forest, will be enough to restore the body after drinking.
Some remedies are effective only in words. In fact, you shouldn’t resort to them. For example, doctors categorically do not recommend getting drunk. Hangover should be distinguished from withdrawal symptoms. In a person who does not suffer from alcohol addiction, alcohol in the morning after a feast should cause quite understandable disgust.The body itself suggests that it is not worth treating with another portion of booze. So poisoning with alcohol decomposition products will be further intensified. Beer is also a controversial drink for beating a hangover. On the one hand, it contains many vitamins. This drink is diuretic and also contains hop tranquilizers, which will improve the psychological state. But, on the other hand, the benefits will only come from a living drink – pasteurized ones do not carry any benefit. It is highly discouraged to drink fortified varieties, they will make it even worse.Among all that helps with a hangover, kefir is also often mentioned. But you should be careful with him. It really cleanses the body of waste products, provides energy and helps restore the liver. But the acid-base balance is already shifted after alcohol in the direction of acidity, and kefir can only worsen this imbalance. Alkaline mineral water or a small amount of baking soda can help keep your stomach in balance.
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90,000 Best Hangover Book: How to Find a Cure for a Disease We Are To Blame
The book, sponsored by the author’s health, is complemented by a cultural and medical history of the hangover.Out of the longest research binge humanity has ever seen, Bishop-Stoll emerged not only with a witty book about what worries so many, but with his own recipe.
Over the past few years, I’ve been offered countless hangover cures, from kimchi to kombucha, from Advil pills to acupuncture, from Scottish haggis to heroin. But – we are all different, and each hangover has unique features. And if turtle soup saved me today, it’s not a fact that it will help tomorrow.
If there is anything uniquely effective, then it is not a magic pill in the morning, but a remedy that speeds up the recovery process: reduces inflammation, regulates acidity in the stomach and helps the body replenish lost fluid. Since a hangover (or at least its acute period) rarely lasts longer than twenty-four hours, the challenge is to break that time up into “half-lives”, like knocking out a wedge with a wedge – and this is still the most popular way to while away this monstrous time. …
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Although drunken can cause inconvenience, its effectiveness has been proven by experience and partly by science. And most of all field trials of this method took place here, in the homeland of cocktails. Even if the first cocktail was mixed and not in New Orleans, then he matured and played with all the colors of the rainbow. The reason for this is rum, sweat and all kinds of sweets – derived from sugarcane plantations – and especially the famous Louisiana ice. After all, at first the cocktail was just a fashionable kind of drunkard – and who needs it warm?
Throughout most of the history of mankind, it was possible to get ice for a drink, only by breaking off a piece from a glacier or a frozen lake.Or ask the one who is closer to do this, so that he then delivers the ice by ships and trains. Then you would have to put the ice in a special pantry with sawdust and have time to prepare as many drinks as possible before it melts. Ice mining was completely dependent on the laws of nature and weather conditions and therefore lasted no more than one and a half months a year. The rest of the time I had to sip something warm – a usual thing when you drink in the evening, but completely unbearable in the morning.
In 1840, the first ice storage facility opened for sale in New Orleans.It wasn’t long before every French Quarter saloon had an arsenal of ice bar shakers, mixing Ramose Fiz, Corpse Revitalizer, French 75, and bourbon sauers. Then such drinks were called “gouge out the eye”, “shake” or “wedge by wedge”. And now they just say “cocktail”.
Do they help? What doubts there can be! They act on an individual-poetic level and, to paraphrase Barbara Holland, take you out of the nauseating peak with which alcohol leaves your body.They also act objectively and scientifically, as Adam Rogers explained, – they prevent the formation of methanol with the help of new ethanol.
Or maybe the “wedge by wedge” works at the philosophical level, or rather, in the spirit of the Elean school? If you don’t know such a word, no problem; the main thing is that Josh Parsons knows him. While working at the Arche Philosophy Center at St Andrews University, Parsons wrote The Eleatic Hangover Cure. This study, published in 2006, has the potential to become highly influential in its field.In it, the author builds a purely theoretical justification for “the possibility of completely curing a hangover with the help of a hangover.”
Starting with the assumption that “there is a simple, direct relationship between the amount of alcohol consumed and the duration of its action,” and let each drink cause an hour of intoxication and, therefore, an hour hangover, the author makes the following recommendations: “Start drinking when you are sober and you don’t have a hangover. ” The bottom line is to drink half a glass and wait half an hour – “exactly until the moment when a hangover should appear” – then drink another quarter and wait fifteen minutes, and so on, until scanty sips with second breaks, until the last invisible drop, when at the end of the hour, you will drain your glass.Thus, “every possible hangover will be in the bud neutralized by the next portion.”
Of course, Parsonian theory can be challenged by a thousand different arguments. But in his work, he so calmly and good-naturedly prevents all kinds of objections with the help of a series of rhetorical questions that in the end it only remains to admit that he may be right, at least in a philosophical aspect. Even if drinking in the manner invented by him is sheer torture.
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The Green Fairy and the Bitter Truth
It’s impossible to tell the story of a hangover without mentioning two of the most vile drinks: and Jägermeister.No matter how ridiculous it may sound, but having dealt with them, we can fill an empty bottle for the elixir of Miss Vampire Jaeger.
The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum displays an antique vessel containing a tincture of gentian root. Nearby there is an explanation: “In the Egyptian papyrus about 1300 BC. NS. it is mentioned that this ingredient was used to relieve stomach pain. ” Does Dr. Nutton know where this bottle was found? The tincture can be combined well with the leaves of alexander-r-Riyskaya hamedafna, which helped with a headache from a hangover.”It is believed that gentian root was the main ingredient in absinthe,” explains the museum plaque.
Absinthe, traditionally made from herbal ingredients such as anise, fennel, hyssop, lemon balm, gentian root, licorice, angelica, oregano and wormwood, has perhaps amassed more myths and backbiting than any other tonic in modern history. The green glow of the chlorophyll secreted by some of these herbs is like magic contained in a bottle, and it is rumored that some were not only intoxicated by this potion.
Nicknamed la Fée verte (“green fairy”), absinthe served many bohemian talents as a muse and a hero: Byron, Poe, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec – Harry Mount wrote about the latter in the Telegraph newspaper: “His paintings are similar to a hangover feeling – with the world’s worst hangover, an absinthe hangover, as if specially invented for shame and nausea inducing detailed memories of yesterday. Dancers and spectators in his paintings are depicted with yellow, absinthe green and white, like a ghost, skin. Absinthe became a favorite drink in Paris, and then New Orleans.
In the Pharmacy Museum, you can find the following information about absinthe: “People hospitalized after abusing absinthe had convulsions, fluid in the lungs, redness of urine, kidney congestion, visual and auditory hallucinations and suicidal tendencies.” Wormwood was blamed for everything. Scientists have found that it contains thujone, a chemical that, in large doses, harms the brain, nervous system and kidneys. And all the others just decided that the very word “wormwood” sounds intimidating.So absinthe, and indeed everything that contained wormwood, was banned in Europe for almost a hundred years.
At this time, New Orleans took over the baton: faith in the life-giving source was carefully kept here and is now continuing in the same spirit. We now know that most of the ingredients in the drink, including gentian root and wormwood, are very beneficial. And the reason for “acute absentism” is actually the same as in the days of the poisonous Prohibition: chemical additives to improve the color and taste of a cheap substitute.It’s all about them, but you can also sort out 80-degree liquor.
Truth be told, if you’re wondering what to mix a hangover refreshing drink with, there is probably nothing better than bitter herbs. But the long century of the ban on absinthe has led to the fact that we have lost understanding of their beneficial properties and forgot how organically they can be combined with alcohol.
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For many centuries, distillates based on bitter herbs served as a universal link between medicine and intoxication, earth and water, roots and the boundless imagination of man in the use of natural magic elixirs.After absinthe, the green bottle of Jägermeister has become the most vivid illustration of the misunderstood purpose of such drinks in the modern world.
Vampire Jaeger from our street will immediately translate the name of this drink for you. Jäger means hunter and Meister means master. The drink was originally invented for local hunters: it gave strength, warmed the bones, soothed the soul after killing the beast, and besides, it prepared the stomach for a hearty supper. Now sold in 109 countries, it is one of the most famous and misused alcoholic beverages in the world.
All fifty-six herbs, fruits, roots, spices and other floral ingredients are known only to a narrow circle of people; only twenty-five are open to the general public. At the same time, lovers of the “huntsman” are associated with the primitive taste and idiotic culture of “bros”. This is mainly due to the custom of thoughtlessly mixing it with Red Bull into a macabre Jägerbomb and whipping it up that is supposedly to be carefully enjoyed as a fine elixir.
So, when complex and expertly balanced bitters like absinthe and Jägermeister are accused of a protracted, monstrous hangover, the point is most likely that the potent drug was mistaken for ordinary alcohol and at the same time clearly exceeded the recommended dose.
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How it works
By a hangover we mean many unpleasant symptoms that develop after drinking alcohol, namely when its level in the blood begins to decrease. Headache, dizziness, nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, thirst, general weakness – all this is a hangover.
The malaise can last up to 24 hours, but eventually goes away on its own.The mechanism of the development of a hangover is still unknown: the available data from the point of view of science are poorly substantiated. With relative certainty, we can only say that the main factors for the development of a hangover are an increase in the concentration of acetaldehyde, a decrease in glucose metabolism, an increase in the production of cytokines, dehydration, acidosis and varicose veins.
You can avoid a hangover – but there are few ways
As trite as it sounds, the only guaranteed way to avoid a hangover is not to drink at all.And if you do drink, you should stay within the alcohol intake, eat often to get drunk more slowly, drink more soft drinks to prevent dehydration, and choose drinks with fewer impurities.
There is no formula that would allow you to calculate how much you can drink without consequences in the form of a hangover: everything is individual, so you can only find out your norm by experience.
Contrary to popular myth, it makes no difference whether the degree is increased or decreased.The severity of the condition depends on the amount of alcohol that has entered the body, and not on the strength and order of drinking.
Another popular way to prevent a hangover is to eat a lump of butter or drink a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil. Alas, this life hack will not help either. The oil can slow down the absorption of alcohol quite a bit, but the body will not feel better if the alcohol gets into it 10 minutes later.
How to help yourself if you still have a hangover
The best helper here is time: you just have to wait.There is no recipe for a hangover with proven effectiveness, and many traditional methods will not harm at best and will slightly alleviate symptoms.
Sometimes it makes sense to take a pain reliever: the medicine will not cure the hangover, but it will help get rid of the headache. At the same time, paracetamol should not be drunk: in combination with alcohol, it can cause the development of liver damage.
It is also useful to restore the water balance: for this purpose, for example, broths are suitable, and juices – vitamins and minerals in the composition will help the exhausted body to recover.White kvass “Family Secret” or pickle is also good, but be careful: there is a risk of going over the salt.
The method “having a glass of vodka or a bottle of beer in the morning after a party” will generally not help. Reception will only temporarily mask the symptoms: in order to delay their return, you will most likely have to pour more, and then another – and eventually repeat yesterday with the same consequences in the morning.