The consequences for having a little too much fun can come in the form of nausea, a pounding headache, and general discomfort (sometimes all wrapped into one)—aka a hangover—the following day.
The best way to avoid waking up with a hangover is by drinking in moderation and alternating each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water. But sometimes a few cocktails can get the best of you and, in that case, check out seven natural cures for a hangover below.
The liver relies on B vitamins to detox effectively and alcohol depletes the body's vitamin levels. Take a B-complex vitamin the day of and morning after alcohol consumption to help repair damage and restore deficiencies.
Though it goes against natural instincts, but when faced with a hangover you should avoid caffeine (yes, this means skipping your morning coffee). It puts added stress on your liver, leaving you feeling worse in the long run.
Magnesium is an essential electrolyte for hydration as well as a natural cure for anxiety, which can be one of the many ailments of a hangover. The mineral in supplement form can also help restore balance and pH levels by reducing lactic acid and alkalizing the body.
With a hangover comes cravings for fries, burgers, and any other fast food you can get your hands on but instead of going greasy, load up on foods or supplements that contain enzymes (leafy greens, apple cider vinegar, turmeric) to help detoxify the liver naturally. Protein-rich meals (like eggs and avocado toast) also give your body a boost the morning after overindulging. It's equally important to line the stomach with healthy carbohydrates (brown rice and quinoa), which absorb alcohol before a big night out.
Studies from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) suggest that drinking Asian pear juice before a big night out can lead to less severe hangover symptoms due to components of the pear affecting key enzymes in the body, which help metabolize alcohol faster. You'll have to plan ahead for this hangover, as the pear juice may only help ease the pain if it's consumed prior to imbibing.
Make your way to the mat. Yoga twists help the body detox naturally and relieve symptoms from headaches or nausea. Inversions (like a headstand) can also restore balance by stimulating circulation and pumping fresh blood flow through the body.
Be sure to drink plenty of water the morning after a night out and continue to hydrate throughout the day. Add a dash of sea salt and lemon juice to your water to help alkalize the body. Coconut and watermelon water beverages can also help with rehydration as they provide electrolytes that replenish the body's water levels.
*Always consult a physician before adding any supplement to your diet.
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