Hangover is not a health condition, but feelings of discomfort that follow excess drinking of alcohol the night before.
The most common symptoms of hangover are headache, fatigue, “brain fog”, grogginess, and sometimes nausea. In some cases, hangover can lead to vomiting as the body attempts to expel the residual alcohol that remains in the person`s system.
Excess alcohol consumption is a health hazard. If you find yourself experiencing hangover on a regular basis, you could be suffering from alcohol addiction, in which case you should seek immediate medical attention and counselling.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
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Eat a piece of dry whole grain bread before drinking or before going to bed. This will help absorb alcohol and minimize after-effects. Upon awakening the next morning, drink a glass of orange juice or tomato juice. To counteract the dehydration that results from excess alcohol consumption, drink several glasses of pure, filtered water before going to bed and upon rising, preferably adding the juice of a fresh-squeezed lemon if available.
The following supplements are advised: vitamin B complex, vitamin C, and lipotropic factors that contain cysteine and folic acid to aid in liver detoxification.
Supplementing with the amino acid glutamine (2 grams taken in divided doses throughout the day, away from meals) can also help. More importantly, glutamine has been shown to significantly reduce the craving for alcohol in 90 per cent of cases.
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A well-known Ayurvedic cure is to soak 2-3 Dates in water before and mashing, then drink.Another consists of lime and sugar water – the sugar helps to stabilize blood sugar and the lime refreshes and activates the liver. Add two teaspoons of fresh lime juice and ¼ teaspoon of sugar to a glass of water and drink slowly. Take the lime and sugar water after you have drank alcohol to cure a hangover.
Dr. M.P. Mani, Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, suggests, “Taking 3-4 teaspoons of honey after an interval of one hour helps in digesting alcohol. However, the quantity of honey maybe increased if the hangover is acute and severe. You can also prepare a classic ‘hot-toddy’ with honey. Just boil one cup of water, add honey and lemon juice to taste and it’s ready! This hot toddy works well to treat a hangover. At the same time it is easy to make and tasty. You can enjoy the toddy several times in a day as it replenishes fluids and sugar lost in a hangover”.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In TCM, Ginger is a tried and tested treatment for nausea and seasickness. And that’s why it is considered as one of the best home remedies for a hangover. Ginger gives fast relief by assisting in the digestion of alcohol, thus soothing the stomach.
Chew 2-3 small pieces of ginger or take a cup of ginger tea. In addition, you can prepare a brew by boiling 10 to 12 slices of fresh ginger root in 4 cups of water for 10 minutes. Now, add the juice of one orange, 1/2 lemon and 1/2 cup of honey to it. Pu’er tea, a member of the green tea family, is also beneficial. Congee is a Chinese rice porridge that is served in many variations throughout the country. This is also well known as a hangover cure.
If you feel sick, put a small drop of peppermint oil under your nose. Taking coriander oil can also help to cure an upset stomach, put two drops on your stomach twice a day. Frankincense oil helps to cool the body and can stop the sweats, put one drop on the upper right side of your abdomen, which is where your liver is located. Grapefruit or orange essential oil can help lift your spirits. Put two drops of vetiver essential oil on the top of your head to help you regain focus. And lastly, to help cure those brain numbing headaches, place a drop of marjoram essential oil behind your ear. Not only will it help cure the headache but balance your central nervous system as well.
Rosemary, rose, and fennel are also useful essential oils for reducing the effects of hangover.
Nux Vomica: The homeopathic remedy Nux vomica helps relieve headaches and digestive upsets such as belching, gas and bloating from drinking and eating too much. Dissolve a pellet in 4 oz. water and sip every hour for several doses until symptoms subside. Individuals should stop taking the remedy when they feel better or if symptoms don’t improve after taking three doses. Other homeopathic remedies that are effective include: Arsen alb., Aconite, Sulfur, and Lachesis .We recommend you consult a licensed practitioner for advice, however.
Digestive bitter herbs can help clear a hangover if taken first thing in the morning or last thing the night before. Take 1/4 teaspoon of a tincture combination of digestive bitters or, as an alternative, combine gentian, mugwort, and dandelion root tinctures and take in the same amount. Milk thistle is an herb that works to protect liver cells from alcohol by preventing and removing toxins from the cells. Taking two capsules with a meal before you start drinking is recommended to prevent hangovers.
Cucumber: To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.
Flower Essences: Take Rescue Remedy® for accompanying stress, Olive for exhaustion, and Hornbeam for mental tiredness related to excess alcohol consumption and to help relieve hangover.
Prevent a hangover by eating 6 to 12 almonds before drinking. The North American Natives claim this will protect the body against intoxication.
Drinking water is the best cure for hangovers. As a matter of fact, alternating a glass of water with an alcoholic drink can prevent a hangover. Sparkling waters with a twist of lime or lemon make a respectable replacement for a cocktail, preventing fluid loss associated with drinking alcohol. Drink a glass or two of water before going to bed to prevent dehydration.
Eating a banana will replenish lost potassium and other minerals after drinking too much alcohol. Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract for most people and provide something solid in the stomach.
Along with being a delectable culinary delight, the spicy green paste known as wasabi also makes an excellent cleanse to remove toxins from the body. Wasabi stimulates blood circulation and promotes oxygenation of the cells, which helps remove waste. Infuse 2 to 4 tbsp. in a hot bath to allow the body to shed toxins through the skin to ease a hangover.
Ginger is the time-honored cure for nausea and stomach upset. The easiest way to consume ginger is by drinking ginger ale; however, it must contain real ginger and sugar, not artificial sweeteners. Sugar too helps settle the stomach, so this is a winning combination for hangovers. Alternatively, make ginger tea by cutting a dozen slices of fresh ginger root and boiling them in 4 cups of water for about ten minutes. Remove the ginger and add the juice of half a fresh lemon and honey to taste. Drink as much of the tea as needed.
Stimulating the body’s reflexes through the feet is a popular treatment for relieving a variety of conditions, including hangovers. Detox the liver and relieve headaches and other effects from too much drinking by rubbing the liver reflex on the outer edge of the right foot (half way between the little toe and the middle of the foot).
Lime or Lemon
Both lime and lemon juice help balance the body, stabilizing blood sugar and altering the pH. First thing in the morning after drinking, add 2 tsp. of fresh lime or lemon juice to 8 oz. warm water. Stir in a teaspoonful or two of raw honey and drink it down slowly.
Naturally prevent and cure hangovers (Part I): www.naturalnews.com/032093_hangovers_natural_remedies.html
Naturally prevent and cure hangovers (Part II): www.naturalnews.com/032092_hangovers_remedies.html
Home remedies for hangover: www.naturalnews.com/026603_colon_body_home.html
How to avoid hangovers naturally: www.naturalnews.com/026431_hangovers_tea_hangover.html
Ayurvedic Home Remedies: www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9WuB1Wmd2c
Over the counter hangover “cures” ineffective: www.naturalnews.com/017098_hangover_alcohol_findings.html
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