Hangovers are the result of too much alcohol consumption and can vary in intensity, duration and symptoms. You can avoid hangovers altogether by keeping alcohol to a minimum (no more than 1 or 2 drinks) and following alcohol consumption with equal amounts of water to dilute it. Everyone’s tolerance is different, however, and sometimes even the best intentioned person may find him- or herself reeling from the effects of a hangover.
Below are ways to recover quickly and safely when you’ve had one drink too many.
A hangover may include all or some of the following symptoms: headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, upset stomach, trouble sleeping, perspiration, tremors, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, light sensitivity, muscle soreness and depression.
Potassium is a mineral that’s considered to be very effective at giving you a kickstart the morning after a night of partying and drinking alcohol. It’s easy to get that potassium boost you need at breakfast time, by adding in potassium-rich foods and beverages like bananas, papaya, grapefruit, yogurt, sports drinks (like Gatorade) and orange juice.
Cayenne also has a lot of kick to it, but it’s best if taken before calling it quits for the night. If you get some cayenne pepper in your system the same night you’ve been drinking, the effects of a hangover will be minimal or nonexistent in the morning.
All you’ll need to do is stir 1/8th teaspoon of cayenne into a cup of water and drink it just before bedtime. While you’re sleeping, cayenne is going to work. Your hazy night should be a distant memory in the morning.
Milk Thistle doesn’t exactly cure a hangover, but what it does is detoxify and recoup your liver after a night of overindulgence on alcohol. Its active ingredient, silymarin, according to herbalists, restores and regenerates damaged liver cells after an alcohol binge – and the process takes several days for milk thistle to do its job.
Nux Vomica is an herbal remedy that eases morning-after symptoms of nausea and upset stomach that are so common with hangovers. Again, this herb is to be taken just before bedtime, if possible, and you should feel some relief in the morning. Because this herb is derived from the strychnine tree (also known as poison nut), be careful not to take more than 30C potency as the toxicity of larger doses could be deadly.
Good Old H2O will greatly dilute any alcohol you consume, so during and following drinking, consume lots of water. It will also help to give you a sense of fullness so you are less able to ingest large amounts of alcohol with it.
Acupressure Trick – According to Chinese acupuncturists, if you apply great pressure and massage the base of your thumbs just underneath the thumb knuckles, your hangover headaches will subside. It takes some practice to get it right and you may need to repeat the process several times before you get some relief.