Many of us have experienced hangovers, and they can unfortunately happen to the best of us, regardless of age, sex, time of the year, etc. Headache, dizziness, nausea, intestinal upset, muscle weakness and jitters are only some of the effects of excessive amounts of wine, bear, vodka, or tequila.
In other words, they are horrible physical conditions that we have to deal with after having partied a little too much the night before.
Fortunately, there are many effective natural hangover remedies that can greatly help you reduce and alleviate all of the above mentioned horrible symptoms. Read on to discover the best ones.
Water is the best natural hangover remedy. Alcohol consumption can seriously dehydrate the body and cause numerous unpleasant hangover symptoms. So, drink as much water as you can while recovering from alcohol!
Excessive alcohol intake can deplete your body of potassium and magnesium, which need to be replenished, in order to provide quick relief from hangover.
Bananas are rich in these two important minerals, so eating a banana or two in the morning could be of great help in reducing hangover symptoms.
Ginger has been used for centuries to treat nausea and sickness. The easiest way to relieve hangover nausea is to prepare a ginger tea, by boiling 10 slices of fresh ginger root in 3 to 4 cups of water for about 10 minutes. Sweeten it with honey, and add some orange, lemon, or lime. It works great!
Honey contains fructose, which helps metabolize alcohol more easily. But it also contains potassium that helps counteract the effects of alcohol in your body.
As soon as you wake up, start eating 2 to 6 spoons of honey every 20 minutes, and continue doing until you start feeling better. You can also combine honey with bananas or lemons. In fact, the classic hangover drink consists of honey, lemon and hot water.
Limes and lemons can stabilize blood sugar and regulate pH levels, while detoxifying your body from alcohol.
As soon as you wake up, make lemonade by squeezing 2 lemons or limes in one liter of water. Sip it slowly, until you start feeling better.
Scientists have found that eating asparagus the morning after a night of heavy drinking may considerably reduce hangover.
Asparagus contains compounds that have the ability to trigger the activity of enzymes responsible for breaking down alcohol in your system. These enzymes can metabolize ethanol and acetaldehyde, which are responsible for horrible hangover symptoms.
So, if you plan on going out drinking, fill your fridge with plenty of asparagus!
Clear and hearty liquids, such as grandma’s chicken soup or miso soup will help you replace fluids lost due to alcohol consumption. Eating spicy soups will also help you expel alcohol and toxins through sweating.
Sport drinks are excellent for replenishing fluids, glucose and electrolytes lost due to alcohol consumption.
Electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate are essential for proper nerve and muscle function. They can alleviate, or even eliminate hangover jitters, and restore your depleted energy.
Tomato is rich in many helpful vitamins, minerals and enzymes, and it also contains fructose, which helps your body metabolize alcohol.
If you add some tabasco, cayenne pepper, or ground black pepper to your tomato juice, you will obtain a perfect morning-after beverage.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps eliminate toxins from the body, while encouraging the liver to break down alcohol.
Fresh fruits and fresh fruit juices that contain vitamin C will also help metabolize alcohol and boost your energy levels, due to their fructose content.
Excessive alcohol consumption depletes your body of B vitamins, which are very important in aiding the alcohol metabolizing process, as well as in dilating blood vessels, restoring your energy levels and calming the nervous system. B vitamins can relax overexcited nerves and calm tremors, which are common hangover symptoms when excessive amounts of alcohol have been consumed.
Try eating foods rich in B vitamins such as spinach, parsley, broccoli, beets, bell peppers, or take a vitamin B complex dietary supplement. If you remember, get one vitamin B capsule before going to bed. It will make you feel better in the morning. If not, take it first thing in the morning.
Wasabi, the well known spicy green paste, is not only an excellent addition to sushi, but also a good hangover aid.
Wasabi stimulates circulation, promotes oxygenation of the cells, and helps remove toxins from the body.
Dissolve 4 tablsespoons of wasabi paste or 3 tablespoons of wasabi powder in a hot bath and immerse yourself inside. Inhale deeply and allow your skin to absorb wasabi active ingredients. This will help your body metabolize alcohol.
Hopefully these tips will help you get through your hangover and recover as quickly as possible. If you have any other tricks to suggest, please share them in the comment section below.
Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.
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