Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Oye, How do I get over this hangover?



The world over has some pretty wacky hangover cures. Maybe you've heard a few wacky ones yourself. In the U.S. the most famous is the Prairie Oyster remedy. A raw egg (beware of salmonella poisoning), Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper, the idea is you down the whole thing in one big gulp and you're fit to face the day. Really? In Germany the hangover breakfast of choice is a pickled herring wrap stuffed with pickled cucumber and onion. Yum? In Romania tripe (animal stomach) in a salty soup with vegetables. Yuck!


You may not know this ... according to MayoClinic.com  a hangover can be the result of even 1 alcoholic drink depending on what your are used to however the general rule is the more you drink the more likely you are to have a hangover.
A hangover comes from the alcohol causing:
  1. Dehydration (thirst, dizziness and light headedness)
  2. Inflammatory response from your immune system (such as an inability to concentrate, memory problems, decreased appetite and depression) 
  3. Irritability of the stomach lining (abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting)
  4. Low blood sugar (fatigue, weakness, shakiness and mood disturbances, even seizures)
  5. Blood vessels to expand (headaches, reduced energy)
  6. Sleepiness (groggy and fatigued)
Replace, restore and rejuvenate.

The best way to get rid of your hangover is of course not develop one in the first place. However if you're in need of a cure the best cures address what's causing the hangover and no, it's not "hair-of-the-dog-that-bit-you". The recipe is replace the fluids you lost, restore nutrient balance and rejuvenate with rest and sleep. 
  • Hydrate - before you go to bed and the next morning drink water, electrolyte replacement drinks or juice.
  • Reduce inflammation - avoid sugar, sugary drinks, breads and pasta. Eat fish, seeds and nuts. 
  • Stomach irritation - drink ginger tea and peppermint tea.
  • Blood sugar stabilization -  eat healthy foods such as high fiber fruits, vegetables, beans.
  • Restore energy - take a good quality whole food supplement, B12 and B vitamins.
  • Rest - drink soothing lavender and chamomile tea, take a hot shower, go back to bed, relax and rejuvenate. 
DON'T  Your first thought might be to reach for the acetaminophen (Tylenol) to kill the pain, however your liver is busy metabolizing (detoxing) all that liqueur, this pain killer creates more havoc. So put it back on the shelf.

DO  If you must, ibuprofen (Advil) is a better choice. It's easier on the liver, however harder on the stomach. So do eat before you take ibuprofen and save yourself from an stomach ulcer later.

Your partner in health, 











Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach
Wellness Consultant
WELCOA Faculty
Top 100 Health Promotion Professional 

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