Home Remedies for Hangovers can help you get rid of that pounding headache and queasy stomach with some natural home remedies.
A hangover, medically known as veisalgia, is caused due to the consumption of large amounts of alcohol or some other drug. Common symptoms/effects of hangovers include: dizziness, dehydration, fatigue, sensitivity to light, lack of concentration, irritability, headaches and sensitivity to sound. In worst cases, hangovers can cause vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, nausea and erratic motor functions. Some people may even experience physiological side effects like depression and anxiety.
Because alcohol is a diuretic, it can increase the frequency of urination, ridding your body of it's fluids thereby causing dehydration - the main culprit of hangovers. Ethanol is the major intoxicating agent used in alcoholic drinks. When Ethanol is introduced into the body and urination increases, the body loses essential fluids, including water and blood sugar (along with nutrients and minerals), causing headaches and lethargy.
The best thing to do when you have a hangover is rest - sleep it off. Like anything, time heals all :) But to help expedite that process, here are some home remedies for hangovers.
The effects of a hangover can be different for different people. There are multiple factors including body weight, amount of liquid consumed, food eaten before and after drinking, etc. The best thing to do is drink at a slow pace. The average adult body needs about 1 hour to process 1 alcoholic beverage. So monitoring yourself and drinking no more than 1 alcoholic drink per hour and sipping it slowly, can help prevent hangovers. Note: 1 drink is a a 12-ounce beer, 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.
Alcoholic drinks with a higher alcohol content can cause worse effects like white wine, red wine, vodka, gin, rum, whiskey and brandy.
Don't drink on an empty stomach. Food can help the body absorb some of the alochol and digest it faster. Foods high in starch are best.
Fun Fact: author Ernest Hemingway swore on tomato juice and beer as being the cure for his hangovers.
Drinking can be fun BUT don't ever drink and drive! That's what sober friends are for... go find one.
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