If you’re anything like most people, chances are you have experienced the dreaded phenomenon that is hangover. Maybe you went out with your friends and had one too many drinks. Maybe you overindulged at a party where food was served and there was no time to eat. Or maybe the details are less than savory… Perhaps you got into a fight or some other dispute with family members the night before that left you feeling guilty for the rest of your life.
Whatever the case may be, after a night of excesses drinking and eating, your body has paid the price. You’re groggy from lack of sleep, nauseated from all of those pints of beer that made their way into your system and just downright hungover from all of those nasty toxins that were released by alcohol during digestion. If only there was something we could do to get rid of those horrible side effects once and for all!
Nutrition is Vital for Hangover Relief
One of the most important things a person can do for hangover relief is to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals are essential dietary components that help maintain and increase the metabolic rate of the body. This is extremely important because an increase metabolic rate burns off toxins right before they are able to do damage. Eating a healthy diet will also increase the amount of fluids that your body retains, as well as increase stomach acid to hydrolyze any toxins that are not yet absorbed.
Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and Vitamin B 6 are believed to be the most effective in reducing both the severity and length of hangover symptoms. These are especially important if you had a high intake of alcohol, as the vitamin B found in red wine can be destroyed during alcohol fermentation. A large intake of vitamin B6 is believed to reduce both alcohol and acetaldehyde levels, a toxic metabolite produced in the liver during the consumption of alcohol.
Hydration Is a Must For Hangover Recovery
Hydration is essential for hangover relief because it helps reduce fatigue and fatigue due to dehydration. Dehydration is the most common cause of headache and dizziness in people who experience hangover. In addition, if you had a lot of drinks and don’t drink water (or drink water extremely slowly) you can end up with a headache, nausea, increased heart rate and/or drowsiness as a result.
One of the best ways to prevent dehydration and relieve fatigue is by re-hydrating with water. However, it is also important to keep in mind that you don’t want to drink too much water or else you could end up with a headache. In order to prevent a headache from occurring, you should aim to drink a glass of water every half hour or so. The main benefit of drinking water for hangover recovery is that it helps flush toxins out of your body. Once again, the slower the better, so don’t rush it.
Get Moving With Exercise to Reduce Inflammation
Exercising may not come as easy on a hungover day as it does when you’re feeling fine, but it is crucial to get rid of that post-party inflammation and reduce the risk of a drinking relapse. Exercise can have a two-fold effect on the body. First, it helps to increase muscle strength and tone. Toned muscles are less likely to experience muscle cramps and spasms that are commonly associated with a hangover. Exercise is also vital in reducing inflammation because it increases the amount of white blood cells in the body, which help eliminate the toxins from the body.
Eat a Proteins and Carbohydrates Diet to Relieve Inflammation
Eating a healthy, balanced diet, including proteins, fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates, will help to restore electrolytes and minerals lost during alcohol consumption. The minerals lost during hangover include Potassium, Magnesium and Phosphorus, which are crucial for maintaining normal blood pressure, muscle contraction and nerve conduction. In addition to electrolytes, fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation.
Get Enough Sleep to Reduce Stress and Rebound Effect
Stress is what causes us to feel fatigued and rundown. The constant state of stress you’re feeling at the end of a night out and during a fight with your family members will leave you feeling fatigued and drained. Not only will this cause you to feel even more stressed out, but it also won’t allow you to get quality sleep. The best way to get rid of the stress and fatigue left behind after a night of drinking is to go to sleep as soon as possible. A good rule of thumb is that if you had at least four to five hours of sleep, your hangover will feel significantly better.
If you’re suffering from a hangover, there is hope. You just have to know what to do to pick yourself up off of the ground and get back on track. First, stay hydrated with at least one glass of water every hour. Next, consume a healthy meal rich in proteins and vegetables. Last, but certainly not least, get enough sleep to fully heal and recover from your night out. With these tips in mind, you’ll find that your hangover will be a thing of the past before you know it!
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