7 home remedies to cure a nasty hangover
With the New Year's just around the corner, we are bound to get party freaks searching the web for hangover cures. Before going out for the countdown to 2016, read the tips below so you won't waste the first day of 2016 walking around like a zombie...
H20 is essential after a night out drinking and partying your life away. While the thought of putting more liquid into your body may sound revolting, water can actually help. Typically, the negative symptoms of alcohol derive from the dehydration of the body. Rehydrating with water before you sleep your sorrows away can potentially prevent a hangover the next day.
2. Coffee and Aspirin
According to a study, caffeine in coffee and the anti-inflammatory ingredients of aspirin and other painkillers, reacts against the chemical compounds of ethanol, or pure alcohol. Because of ethanol in your system, it brings about severe headache causing that dreadful hangover. So get some Panadol to soothe your headache and drink some coffee to boost energy. However, be cautioned that too much coffee can dehydrate you so remember your essential H20.
Ironically, chugging on very sweet carbonated drinks like Sprite can ease the hangover. According to studies, it helps the body better metabolisee alcohol by speeding up our ability to process aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), believed to be the culprit for hangover symptoms.
4. Ginger or Peppermint Tea
Your basic comfort drink has definitely got to be TEA. Ginger or Peppermint Tea can be a soothing brew for nausea and stomach aches that usually trigger the need to hurl everywhere and anywhere. It's best to get organic ones as it has more added effect.
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Open up your fridge and get some asparagus and chomp it right there and then as this springy vegetable may actually protect our body from booze. A 2009 study found the amino acids in asparagus improves the speed of how human cells break down alcohol, which can prevent some of the long-term damage from alcohol’s toxic byproducts, such as hydrogen peroxide. It may not be the food we crave for after a few drinks, but hey, anything to protect your liver, am I right?
6. Bananas and pretzels
This may seem like an odd combination but eating pretzels and bananas can cure a hangover. These foods high in salt and potassium content, respectively, are the way to go. Apparently, they are good sources to prevent further dehydration as anything with sodium and potassium helps because of the electrolytes in them – which brings on to my next point!
7. Drinking electrolytes
While water does the trick to hydrate, sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade contain electrolytes (sodium, potassium, and chloride) that help replenish and restore your system levels. The sugar in the drinks gives you carbohydrates for energy.
For a more natural route, try sipping on coconut water – it is stacked with plenty of electrolytes. Bonus: It's low-calorie, nonfat, has less sugar than sports drinks and juices, and has been shown in some studies to be less irritating to your stomach.
Extra: The final remedy is to just sleep it off! But that just means you'll waste your first day of 2016 away but hey, this happens only once a year so why not?!
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