Going into the festive season, knowing that everyone is more likely to indulge in a few drinks, we are sharing a few natural remedies for a hangover. Not that it is advised to drink to much alcohol, but just in case you need this, read below ….
Alcohol, when taken excessively, can cause very uncomfortable symptoms. You become too irritable, you experience muscle aches, you become overly sensitive to sound and light. You become dizzy, feel queasy and the worst thing of all is the pounding headache which can render you incapable of getting up and going about your daily routine.
- Drink a glass of lime juice mixed with sugar water
When you have consumed excessive amounts of alcohol, your body’s internal balance is disturbed. Keep in mind that alcohol is a depressant and because of its effects, your bodily functions are depressed as well. Mixing sugar water and lime can help you recover from a terrible hangover. It helps stabilize your blood sugar levels and the lime does wonders to your liver by refreshing and activating it.
In a glass of water, put a quarter teaspoon of sugar and 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lime juice and then mix thoroughly. Once the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is ready, drink it slowly. This hangover remedy has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for a long time already.
- Eat bananas
Have you ever noticed that when you are drinking alcohol you are also making frequent trips to the restroom? This explains why drinking too much alcoholic beverage can leave you dehydrated. Excessive urinating can rid the body of potassium, a very important mineral that helps maintain the integrity of the cell as well as the proper function of the heart. The lack of potassium inside the body could lead to irregular heart rhythms which can be fatal if left uncorrected.If you have a really nasty hangover, chances are, your body is depleted of its potassium stores. This is why eating bananas is highly recommended. Bananas are packed with potassium which can help you recover faster.
- Take ginger
Ever since we can remember, ginger has been the favourite remedy for people who are feeling nauseated and seasick. If you have ginger ale at home, then drink it to remedy a nasty case of hangover. If you can ask someone to brew some ginger tea for you, that would be even better. Ask that person to use a fresh ginger root, cut it to about 12 slices and then dunk it in water, about 4 cups. For 10 minutes, allow it to boil. Afterwards, strain the mixture and incorporate the juice of one freshly squeezed orange, ½ lemon juice and half a cup of honey. Stir the mixture and then drink.If you don’t have ginger ale at home, or if you can’t make the tea, take in ginger capsule.
- Try some aromatherapy
It’s amazing how the scent of some essential oils can relieve the disturbing symptoms of a hangover. Numerous studies have supported the health benefits of aromatherapy. Under your nose, put a drop of peppermint oil and you can immediately feel relief from nausea. When you are having an upset stomach, place 2 drops of coriander oil on it two times a day. The essential oil of orange or grapefruit can instantly lift your spirits – a boost which you surely need because hangover symptoms can turn you into one irritable, grouchy individual. The scent of lavender also has relaxing and soothing effects.
- Drink lots of water
Too much alcohol can cause dehydration. Dehydration is the culprit behind your hangover symptoms. Because water is essential to the proper functioning of your vital organs and the rest of your body, it would do you good if you replenish your lost water stores. Avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages. Water will help you replenish what you have lost and will help remedy dehydration.
- Eat asparagus
A group of researchers coming from South Korea’s Jeju National University and the Institute of Medical Science revealed the results of their study saying that the minerals and amino acids found in asparagus exert a protective effect on the cells of the liver against alcohol toxins and can also help ease hangover. Asparagus is a fairly popular vegetable that is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folic acid, thiamin, fibre and potassium. The vegetable is also well-known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-cancer effects. It cannot be denied that over-consumption of alcohol can be toxic to the body, most especially to the cells of the liver where metabolism takes place. The protective effects of asparagus can help prevent liver damage from happening.
Have been known to help alleviate hangover or even take a couple before a party!!! Just by improving your mineral and vitamin intake you stand a bigger chance of recovery or prevention.