The morning after a night out is enough reason to make you swear an oath never to drink again, but you always find yourself in the same position over and over, I’ve been there. So how to cure a hangover fast and get back to your normal routine? There are many common cures for hangovers, but they are not really effective.
Sports drinks, such as Gatorade, may replace electrolytes in the body but research has shown that you don’t need to replace them right away; don’t spend money on this when regular tap water could work just fine. Painkillers too may seem like a good idea when you feel like your head’s splitting in two, but they cause serious long-term effects: aspirin is a blood thinner, just like alcohol, and would prevent blood clots in case you cut yourself; ibuprofen can cause stomach bleeds; there are far easier and safer methods.
Keep your body hydrated to help the detoxifying process along; water is fine but a concoction of sugar and lime with the water or tomato juice will be better. This will help replenish electrolytes and stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Do not take more alcohol! You may think that it helps, but really you’re just postponing the effects. Alcohol may take away the edge and make you relaxed but in the end you’re still going to get a hangover that’s probably even worse. Instead, just keep taking water regularly from the moment you wake up.
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Taking alcohol lowers your blood sugar, which is okay because your liver metabolizes stored carbohydrates to produce glucose, but with alcohol in the bloodstream, the liver has to handle that first. Alcohol becomes a priority because it is toxic and the liver can’t help with blood sugar, this is why you feel tired. High carb foods will help bring your blood sugar levels back up by providing alternative sources.
Keep away from greasy foods; while most people swear that it helps, these foods will probably only give you heartburn. Take foods that are easy to digest and that will be gentle on your already weakened stomach. Dry carbs also help to soak up the alcohol in the body.
This might be the scariest of all methods, don’t be scared though, I’m not saying that you have a complete workout. A light walk or run may speed up the alcohol metabolism, alleviating the symptoms of a hangover. In the process, you also release endorphins which stabilize your mood and make you less irritable and anxious. To prevent further symptoms, ensure you properly hydrate before, within and after the workout.
Prevention still remains to be the best way to avoid a hangover, and there are plenty of options such as taking greasy foods and properly hydrating before you start drinking. The above solutions will not work when you did not have time to prepare, which is the case most of the time, especially during holidays.
Remember curing a hangover is a process of healing that may take some time, quick remedies might be detrimental to your health. Avoid them if you would like to keep drinking for a longer time.