7 tips to beat a hangover naturally
Yep, we’ve all been there – some even every week. Most people can’t escape a hangover after a big night out. The good news are that you can ease the symptoms with natural solutions!
With a hangover, you’re most likely suffering from dehydration and a deficiency of important minerals, such as magnesium and potassium. Symptoms of dehydration include, but are not limited to, headaches, cottonmouth and thirst as well as lightheadedness. Moreover, alcohol is an irritant and can cause inflammation of the stomach lining and gastrointestinal discomfort. According to LiveScience, these symptoms become worse if someone has consumed beverages with a higher alcohol content like shots of whiskey, as opposed to more dilute drinks such as beer.”
How to Ease the Hangover
According to Dr. Kahn, hydration is supreme. Make sure to drink water before, under and after your night out. Even better is drinking alkaline water – keep reading to find out how!
Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are basically rogue cells that cause, amongst other things, degeneration and aging of the body. Most of us think of berries and certain vegetables as high in antioxidants. However, not many people know how much more potent essential oils are for this. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and quantifies the “total antioxidant capacity” (TAC) of a food. On the ORAC scale, blueberries contain 2,400 TAC, whereas premium quality Clove essential oil contains 1,078,700 TAC, Myrrh contains 379,800 TAC and so forth – you get the picture. IMPORTANT: most essential oils on the market are synthetic and should NOT be consumed internally. Make sure to get the right essential oils! Other great essential oils against a hangover are:
- Ginger oil: Energizing, anti-nausea and liver-protecting
- Lavender oil: Has shown to reduce headaches and have pain-relieving properties
- Lemon oil: Ingest for alkalizing effect and inhale for anti-nausea
- Peppermint oil: Anti-nausea, pain-relieving and assist digestion
Magnesium has shown to relieve headaches. You can either do supplements or pamper yourself with magnesium-rich Epsom salt bath. Magnesium absorbs through the skin and makes it easily available for the body to use.
4. Coconut water
In addition to the dehydrating effects of alcohol, it also triggers electrolyte imbalances. Coconut is by many considered better than sports drinks in terms of replenishing the body’s water levels after dehydration, and supply the body with electrolytes. It’s a great source of potassium as well as containing small amounts of sodium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus.
5. Sulfur-rich foods
This mineral plays a big role in detoxifying your body. Your liver could use all the help it can get after a heavy night of drinking. Garlic, onions, cruciferous veggies are great sources. Moreover, turmeric, which is also highly anti-inflammatory, is amazing.
Alcohol reduces the quality of sleep. However, as sleep deprivation increase a hangover’s misery, aim for at least eight hours’ sleep after you’ve had a liquid night out.
While experts are divided about the benefits of mixing exercise with a hangover, research has found it gets the liver working faster to break down alcohol in the body and rid the body of those nasty toxins. As the liver is already working hard, make sure to do light exercise and nothing too straining on the body.
One of the easiest and simplest things you can do is to start your day with something that is alkaline, detoxifying, easy to digest, and easy to make. However, it is beneficial to set your body up BEFORE you head to the party as well. An easy way to do this is; make yourself a small glass of water with ½ teaspoon of bicarbonate soda and flush it down. This is highly alkaline, and will be neutralizing for your body as alcohol is very acidic. Drink this before going to bed as well for optimal effect.
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