Hangover Remedy: How To Cure Your Hangover Fast & Naturally
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How to Cure A Hangover Fast

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24 April 2015

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No matter how careful you are, sometimes one drink can turn to two and then you’ve downed the whole bottle (whoops!). All well meaning of course. And yeah, it happens - even if you’re careful and conscious. Approximately 75 percent of those who drink to the point of getting drunk will experience a hangover. So you’re not alone. Not that you care, cuz at this point all you want to know is how to get rid of it. So let’s check out these natural ways to cure your hangover:

Coconut Water - let’s rehydrate!

Since a main element of a hangover is dehydration, you’re going to want to rehydrate as much as possible. Of course the best thing to do is to drink water before, during and after you go out drinking, but failing that, drink some coconut water.

Coconut water has the five electrolytes that your body needs: potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium (Gatorade has only two). As alcohol depletes our body of precious mineral and dehydrates the system, coconut water is the perfect antidote and serves as a powerful rehydrator. [1]

Ginger Honey Tea - Granny’s remedy to calm your stomach, ease the nausea

For centuries, this unsuspecting root has been one of the best remedies for calming a nauseous and upset stomach, which is often the components of a hangover. Sweeten ginger tea with lots of honey; Honey contains fructose, and studies have shown that fructose may also increases the rate at which the body gets rid of toxins such as those left over from alcohol metabolism, plus it also contains potassium like the banana.[2] It also contains antibacterial properties and is full of enzymes, all of which will help you feel better in a hurry. But make sure you sip it slowly!

Banana smoothie with honey - an instant energy boost

You know those muscle cramps you get when you’re hungover? Well that’s because of low levels of potassium. As you know, bananas and honey are packed with potassium, so what better way to replenish all that lost mineral? A yummy banana smoothie with honey of course! Eating  bananas the morning after a night of heavy drinking provides lost electrolytes - just like many other foods would - but the banana has an added benefit because it specifically replenishes the potassium lost to alcohol''s diuretic effect.

Friendly bacteria – break down the byproduct of alcohol

By friendly bacteria we mean fermented food of course. Miso soup is a good start because it rehydrates your body with water, sodium and and other minerals that were depleted through the diuretic effect of alcohol. If there isn’t any miso soup at hand, try some sauerkraut or kombucha tea - a fermented drink of sweetened black or green tea; or even natural yogurt will helps to soothe the symptoms. Be sure to get a natural, unsweetened, full fat yogurt and not the low fat varieties you find in most supermarkets.

Eggs and wholemeal toast – perfect hangover breakfast

This is why the simple toast and eggs Sunday brunch is so popular. It’s the perfect hangover breakfast! Eggs contain large amounts of cysteine, the substance that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde in the liver''s easily depleted glutathione. Which means that eggs can potentially help mop up any left over toxins and help you get over your hangover.

Why do carbs taste so good when you’re hungover? Because carbs help bring your blood sugar levels back up! Normally when blood sugar levels dip, your liver reacts by producing more glucose from stored carbs. But if you''ve been drinking too much, your liver is busy metabolizing the alcohol and can''t handle the extra work, so your blood sugar levels stay down, and you can feel irritable and tired. So if you ever need an excuse to eat carbs, this is it!

Wheatgrass – the natural detoxifier

Now we’re getting somewhere. We’ve rehydrated, calmed the tummy and fed ourselves. Time to detox! Wheatgrass is a natural detoxifier. It is said to cleanse the body''s blood and water, hydrating and energizing the cells. Considered a "life sustaining food," the chlorophyll in wheatgrass helps clear your insides out, naturally deodorizing, enhancing wound healing, maintaining pH balance, healing the intestines, and delivering powerful antioxidants and enzymes to support the body both inside and out.[3] Drink a glass at the end of the night for instant detoxifying and hydration, then again the morning after to further detox and energize.

Milk thistle – repair and regenerate your Liver

And finally, after the beating we’ve given our liver, it’s time to help it along with a little Milk Thistle. Milk thistle is a herbal remedy for a hangover due to its long history of having been taken to help protect the liver from damage. The active constituent of milk thistle which is silymarin and silybin, also a very potent antioxidants that are known to protect the liver from toxins, including the effects of alcohol. Ideally, it will be better if you can take milk thistle throughout a month after a binge drinking, it is one of the great liver cleansing herb, protect and at the same time rejuvenating your liver. [4][5]

The important thing to remember though is to not to beat ourselves up over drinking. If you’ve been eating well, working out and taking care of yourself, there is nothing wrong with going out and having a couple of drinks with friends every once in a while. If you’ve kept your body healthy then it won’t have trouble detoxifying every once in a while. Meanwhile, get some rest! You’ll be back to 100% in no time!

Reference:
  1. Saat M, Singh R, Sirisinghe RG, et al. Rehydration after exercise with fresh young coconut water, carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage and plain water. J Physiol Anthropol Appl Human Sci. 2002;21(2):93-104.
  2. Verster, JC; Penning, R (June 2010). "Treatment and prevention of alcohol hangover". Current drug abuse reviews 3 (2): 103–9.doi:10.2174/1874473711003020103. PMID20712594
  3. Pubmed.gov. "Evaluation of the antioxidant activity of wheat grass (Triticum aestivum L.) as a function of growth under different conditions," S.D. Kulkami, et al. Phytotherapy Research, March 2006; 20(3): 218-27. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16521113
  4. Barve A, Khan R, Marsano L, Ravindra KV, McClain C. Treatment of alcoholic liver disease.Ann Hepatol. 2008 Jan-Mar;7(1):5-15. Review.
  5. Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckmann J. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Integrative Medicine Communications; 2000:257-263.
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Yeah, we’ve all been there - the pounding headache, the promise of ‘Never having another drink ever again’, the singing (why do we always sing??). And of course the all round feeling of what is officially known as ‘feeling crap’. Oh yeah, hangovers.


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