It can be very uncomfortable to have a hangover. You do not know what part of your body hurts the most. You just know that you are hurting all over and you honestly do not know what to do about it. You know that you cannot just get out of bed because you are going to feel worse.
What exactly is a Hangover?
A hangover is an experience of feeling different unpleasant effects. This normally occurs after you have consumed a lot of alcoholic beverages. There are some types of alcoholic beverages that can only cause hangovers that will last for a few hours but depending on how much the person has taken; the hangover may last for up to 24 hours.
Even though people normally experience a hangover after drinking alcoholic beverages, its main cause is still unknown. These are some of the symptoms that you will normally experience when you have a hangover:
- Inability to eat
There are some people who get hangovers worse than others but overall, the experience is still very unpleasant.
No Magic Cure
You may want to find a solution that will allow you to get rid of the hangover at the soonest possible time but actually, this is just not possible. There is no magic pill that will allow you to feel like everything is back to normal. If you want to avoid getting a hangover, you should just drink less or you should be aware what alcoholic beverages normally cause you to experience hangovers and which ones do not.
There are times when you just cannot avoid drinking and having fun especially when you are having a grand time with your friends, going through something personal that you want to forget or you are just drinking something that is so good you have almost forgotten that it is an alcoholic beverage. You need to know the various ways you can “cure” your hangover.
Ways of Getting Rid of a Hangover
- Drink enough water.
When you are not feeling well, the last thing that you want to do is to drink water especially if you feel like you are going to vomit but in order to make you feel better, you need more water in your system. Alcohol can cause dehydration and one possible reason why you are hangover now is you did not drink enough water when you were drinking. Help your body and drink more water. It will allow you to recover from your hangover faster.
- Eat breakfast.
Even if you do not have any appetite and you cannot imagine eating anything, you need to fill your body with breakfast so that you can improve the overall function of your body. Remember that your body cannot function because of dehydration and if you vomited, you probably need to get more calories in order to improve the way you feel. Choose the right breakfast that your body can digest easily.
- You can choose to eat burnt toast. The areas will get the impurities that are still within your body so that it can be effectively removed and you will begin to feel better. There is not enough scientific data to back this up but some people swear that it has worked well for them.
- You do not have to force yourself to eat too much food. A light breakfast will be enough. You can eat a simple salad or just a toast without anything.
You know that ginger is used for different purposes. People use ginger in order to improve their vocal chords or to get rid of a sore throat. This has been used for centuries because of its many benefits. People have said that when you eat enough ginger, you can lessen the possibility of vomiting after drinking.
- You can also add ginger to brown sugar and the pith of tangerine in order to reduce your hangover.
There are a lot of people who just cannot live without coffee and if you have a hangover, you may need coffee more than ever. You need coffee in order to keep you up and make you feel more energetic especially if you have some tasks to do the next day. You may want to go to the nearest coffee shop to get your favorite drink but you have to be honest, you cannot do it. You can just be happy with the type of coffee that you have right now and drink it while you are trying to make yourself feel better. Aside from drinking coffee, make sure that you alternate it with water.
- Pain Medication
Let us say that you have tried a lot of the natural remedies that are meant to improve the way that you feel but you still feel bad, you can reach for that pain medication so that you can get some sort of relief. There are different types of pain medication available though. It is best to stick with non – steroidal versions. Do not drink Tylenol when you are trying to get rid of a hangover because this may be bad for your sensitive liver.
- Take Vitamins
When was the last time that you took vitamins for your body? A lot of people still do not take enough vitamins every day because they feel that they do not need it. You may not need it if you get all of your nutrients from the food that you eat but if you know that you are not very healthy, take vitamins so that you can improve the way that you feel. For curing hangovers, there is no particular type of vitamin that you should take so a multivitamin will be sufficient.
This is probably one of the last things that you want to do when you are experiencing a hangover but this is known to be good for the body and your overall feeling because you can sweat out the excess alcohol that is causing your hangover. There are some people who are saying that this is just a myth but if it works for you, you can get the relief that you need.
There are some people who are not new to having sex after a hangover. There is no scientific cure that will prove that this is going to be effective but if it would work, why not try it? It might not be the cure for the hangover but it will surely make time go by faster. Before you realize it your hangover is almost gone probably not because of the act but because of how much time has passed since you started.
Prevention of Hangover
You know that you cannot do anything about your hangover anymore but wait it out but if you can prevent having a hangover, you do not have to worry about this at all. What are the different things you can do to prevent a hangover anyway?
- Drink in moderation.
Actually, if you can avoid drinking, then do not do it because you can be sure that you will not get a hangover at all. There are moments though when you cannot avoid it. It may be because you are drinking with friends and you do not want to be the only one who is not drinking.
You need to know the amount of alcohol that you can drink as an individual before you reach your breaking point. Some people only need 1 to 2 drinks and it will be enough to give them a hangover. Others can drink all they want and not feel a thing.
Drinking in moderation is actually a hard thing to do especially for people who generally like drinking.
- Drink the morning after.
You may be shaking your head at this suggestion especially if you know that you will get a hangover in the morning but actually, some people swear that this is effective. You can drink another drink that will help you stop from getting a full-blown hangover.
Remember that there are no scientific studies that will prove that this is effective but according to science, there is a possibility that you will be able to get rid or prevent the formation of formaldehyde that can result to getting a hangover.
The methanol that may turn into formaldehyde will be successfully removed from the body through blood and urine. This will not be a problem anymore. There are some experts who say that this is not recommended especially if you have a chance of becoming an alcoholic.
- Drink a lot of water while you are drinking.
If you would like to prevent getting a hangover, you need to expel the alcohol as fast as you can from your body. You can do this by drinking plenty of water while you are drinking. For every glass of the alcoholic beverage that you drink, you should take a glass of water as well. This will allow you to pass urine faster. You may even realize that you do not get drunk as easily as before.
You will know if you are starting to become dehydrated because of alcohol when you are starting to feel the following symptoms:
- Dry mouth
- Be well rested before you start drinking alcohol.
Do you know why alcoholics normally find it harder to recover when they are drinking alcohol? It is because they do not give their bodies enough time to sleep. When you do not sleep well, you will feel more tired about the things that you have to do. There is also a big chance that you are going to be more irritable than usual.
This is also something that you need to do after you drink a large amount of alcohol, make sure that you get enough sleep so that your body will be able to recover from the hangover.
If you know that you would not be able to get enough sleep the day before you drink or enough time to sleep after drinking, getting drunk may not be the best option for you.
- Take grease before you start drinking.
There may not be enough scientific proof in order to prove this but according to some studies, you can take greasy food before you start drinking so that your gut will not absorb the alcoholic beverages that you drink immediately.
It is best that you eat some burgers, pizzas or other fatty food products. If in case you do not have access to these foods before you start drinking, you can also take a teaspoon of olive oil.
Once again, there is not enough proof that this works but you can always try to see if it would prevent a hangover the day after.
- Take anything sweet while you are drinking.
There are different reports regarding this “preventive method.” Some say that you should not drink anything sweet because you are going to feel the effect of the alcohol faster while some say that taking sugar while you are drinking will be effective because you can metabolize and get rid of the alcohol in your blood faster.
The key here is to eat something sweet while you are drinking and not before you start drinking. The foods that you should eat before drinking should be greasy, right?
You can drink juice in between taking various alcoholic beverages. It will also help if you stick with just one type of alcoholic beverage while you are drinking. For example, if you are drinking beer, you need to stick with drinking just beer all throughout the night.
- Take Prickly Pear
There are some people who say that this may be one of the best things that they can do so that they will not experience a hangover. You need to take 1600 IU of this extract at least 5 hours before you start drinking.
You will effectively lessen the chances of getting a hangover by at least half. Even if you do not believe that this is effective, there is no harm in trying.
Do you think you have gathered all of the details that you need to ensure that you will not get a hangover the next time that you start drinking with friends? Remember to rest the day after you drink so that you will feel well enough to continue with your tasks and responsibilities.