No party, especially such as one for Christmas or the New Year, for example, can go without alcohol. We drink to health, friendship or just to relax and have a good time. But the next day we wish we were somebody else. Headaches, nausea, severe pain, sensitivity to light, diarrhoea and thirst are typical effects of alcohol intoxication and they usually occur in the morning, right after the previous night of heavy drinking. To make things worse, physical symptoms can be mixed with psychological ones like depression and anxiety. All these symptoms can last for many days. Some people are resistant to hangover effects but most of us are not.
The possible causes of hangover symptoms can be hypoglycemia, dehydration, acetaldehyde intoxication and glutamine rebound. From the scientific point of view, dehydration occurs because of alcohol's ability to inhibit the effect of anti-diuretic hormone on kidney tubules, leading to an interruption of the body's Krebs cycle (a Citric Acid cycle, a central metabolic pathway that completes the oxidative degradation of metabolites), and the swelling of the brain against the lining of the skull. Your body also loses vitamins and minerals.
But how to get rid of such symptoms, what to do to brighten up your "hangover" day?
If your hangover is too overwhelming, then, perhaps, you can try some painkillers, such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol or Aspirin, but be sure you don't take it right after drinking, as this may cause worse symptoms to your body.
Drink plenty of liquid to flush out alcoholic toxins.
- Water and Juices.
Among other juices we give preference to tomato juice with pepper.
- Orange juice, especially freshly squeezed, can also help you in this situation. It will replenish your organism with vitamin C and contribute to detoxification of your body system.
- Coffee is also good for you in this situation, as it contains caffeine, responsible for sharpening your mind. But, caution! Coffee also has diuretic effect and won't be good if you are already dehydrated.
- Cold tea with lemon or sparkling mineral water.
- Tea. The best choice for a tea would be any Green Tea as they are the best for cleansing your organism and acceleration of your metabolism. It can also be black tea with lemon or sparkling mineral water.
You would also need to raise your blood sugar levels in order to help your body to get back to normal. Basically, you will need to eat some protein and carbohydrates such as eggs, bacon and a piece of toast (don't forget to add some vegetables, especially tomatoes), in order to prevent hypoglycemia.
Fatty food like sausages or bacon, activate hormones, which slow down the absorption of alcohol by your organism.
Eggs contain cysteine to produce glutathione, which cleanse the organism from harmful free radicals. Tomatoes contain antioxidants.
If you have time and ingredients, you can quickly make Tomato Soup or use a ready made one from a shop.
If you can't stand the sight of bacon or sausages, then replace them with bananas. They will "calm down" your unsettled stomach and will restore potassium salts in your organism.
GO FOR A WALK
Go for a walk and enrich your organism with oxygen, which will help to accelerate metabolism to detox your body.
Some suggest take vitamins for prophylactic purposes, as a measure to prevent severe hangover effects.
After hot soup you can take a hot shower. All toxins accumulated on your skin will be washed away.
Dr. Jeff Wiese from General Internal Medicine Section and Department of Medicine, Tulane Health Sciences Centre, New Orleans, USA, came up with a new remedy for hangover, cactus Opuntia Ficus Indica (OFI) extract, which reduces hangover effects by inhibiting the production of inflammatory mediators and accelerating digestion of alcohol by the organism.
People of Puerto-Rica rub pieces of lemon into their armpits.
Russian scientists invented The Oxygen Cocktail, which is a foamy substance containing a beverage (juice, milk, etc.) enriched in gaseous oxygen, which supplies oxygen into organism, reduces chronic fatigue symptoms and accelerates metabolism.