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How to Cure and Prevent Hangover Naturally

Updated on November 28, 2017
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Always go for natural diet when faced with alcohol induced dehydration
Always go for natural diet when faced with alcohol induced dehydration

Hangover happens because of dehydration which is a result of alcohol abuse. If you happen to consume large quantities of alcoholic beverage, you will probably wake up feeling like a wreck, with some or all of the symptoms below:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • impaired vision
  • irrational judgment
  • weakened muscles
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting

In order to wake up feeling better the next morning, you need to readjust the liquid and food you ingest in order to re-hydrate your body. These should be rich in water, glucose, calcium, vitamins and other relevant minerals, to purify affected body organs and get your system up and running again.

Water

Start by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This is a sure way to help re-hydrate the affected body organs.

You can tell your body lacks enough water by the color of urine the morning after. Dark yellow urine is a sign that your body is drying up.

Normal urine should be light yellow in color. Beware though not to abuse water by overdrinking it.

To make your drinking even better, you can spice it with lemon.

Water checks dehydration directly
Water checks dehydration directly

Whole Fruit and Juice

Water aside, take lots of juice. The juice could be separate or a mixture of lemon, apple, passion, watermelon, orange etc, to help boost levels of vitamins and help re-hydrate the body. Those with stomach ulceration need to make sure the fruity drink is not acidic so as not to exacerbate other complications.

Fruits are perfect the morning after
Fruits are perfect the morning after

Bananas

Take a few fingers of bananas. These can help provide the much-needed potassium and magnesium. They are antiacids and will help reduce the acids in the stomach linings.

A few fingers of bananas will help reduce acids in the stomach linings
A few fingers of bananas will help reduce acids in the stomach linings

Eggs

An egg or two eaten fried or boiled, contains cysteine which is important in fighting symptoms of hangover. Eggs also add protein to your body and help relieve nausea.

Take eggs to add the much needed proteins
Take eggs to add the much needed proteins

Chicken Soup

Take soups, especially chicken soup for increased sodium levels, This soup mixed with leafy greens and tomatoes for vitamins, will speed up recovery.

Chicken soup will help increase sodium levels
Chicken soup will help increase sodium levels

Ginger

Chew or drink ginger to relieve stomach irritation and nausea.

Honey and Yogurt

Other popular remedies include honey and yogurt which will provide simple sugars to replenish lost energy. Honey is an excellent source of natural sugars, and God knows how much you need it.

Sugars in yogurt will bring back lost  energy
Sugars in yogurt will bring back lost energy | Source

Rest

Finally, take a nap. The human body has a way of fixing itself when at peace. Rest allows the body parts including the tensed up jaws to unwind.

Sleep allows for uninterrupted healing and compounded with the healthy eating outlined above, you should be good to go in a matter of hours.

Drinks and Foods That Will Make Hangover Worse

Congener

In order to give different color, and make your drink taste better, a type of impurity called congener is added to several brands of alcohol during fermentation.

Though research is not as conclusive, bare facts and experience indicate that congener indirectly contributes to the severity of intoxication and hangover.

An alcoholic beverage with a higher dose of congener will manifest in dark colors. So, the darker the beverage the more severe the hangover side effects.

  • Brandy and red wine carry high levels of congener.
  • Gin, vodka and white wine carry a smaller amount of congener, as long as their alcoholic content is not way beyond average.

No more alcohol when already dehydrated!
No more alcohol when already dehydrated!

Coffee

Do not take coffee. Other than keeping you awake, coffee actually helps dehydrate your body.

Coffee may escalate rather than cure hangover
Coffee may escalate rather than cure hangover

Beer

Contrary to the street advice that beer in the morning will help reverse the effects of alcohol, be warned that you will only dehydrate your body further.

Do not take more beer until the liver has completed metabolizing what it has in store. Even by the time your hangover is done, your liver is still processing remnant alcoholic beverages. Depending on the quantity of beer taken, this process can last hours.

Carbonated Drinks

Do not take carbonated drinks. They contain refined sugars and will only irritate the stomach linings.

Fats

Do not take more fats during this period! Fats will only slow down the absorption of other nutrients. By now, much alcohol has gone through your intestines and stomach and are within the liver. It is now pointless to slow down the absorption of the much needed nutrients.

Pain-killers

By all means avoid over-the-counter painkillers. If you must, which you should not, take Ibuprofen, aspirin and not panadol.

Panadol may not be your best option against hangover
Panadol may not be your best option against hangover | Source

How To Prevent Hangover

A popular saying that forewarned is forearmed implies herein that prevention is better than cure.

Failure to eat wisely before drinking is a recipe for disaster. Other than preparing for a cure, later on, it is smart to prevent it.

Fortunately, you have control over your fate even before you start drinking silly.

Don't Drink!

Don’t take alcoholic beverage if you can help it. Then you will not have to worry about the side effects. You should also be aware that beer with high sugar content will make the hangover situation worse.

Moderate Your Drinking

If alcoholic beverage is your bread and butter, take it in moderation. For example, a standard beer bottle, equivalent to a full glass (12 ounce) or two bottles a day, should help steer you away from alcoholic abuse. Scientists still disagree on what exact number of bottles you should take, but rule of thumb is to keep the bottles few.

Eat Before Drinking

If you are to drink, eat as you do so, preferably fatty grills. Fats take long to digest hence slowing down alcohol absorption. Food in the stomach will also help dilute alcohol and reduce its consequences.

Instead of being absorbed directly into the bloodstream, the beverage emulsifies the fats, thereby increasing the surface area for digestion.

Eat grills before and during the drinking, to help prevent hangover the next morning
Eat grills before and during the drinking, to help prevent hangover the next morning

Take Water

Take water in between the beer you are consuming. In addition to the water bottles that, you will take less beer in the long run. Secondly, the water will help dilute the beer.

Get Busy

Get to the dance flow as you drink away – when applicable. The alcohol taken will get burnt in order to release energy that you will be using while dancing. Other activities can also help burn out the alcohol in your blood stream.

Rehydrate

Re-hydrate your body sufficiently just before you go to bed. A bottle or glass of water should do the trick. To make this even more effective, keep a bottle of water near you as you sleep. Take a sip every time you wake up to take a pee.

Assuming that you have followed the above tips to the dot, the morning after a night binge should be hangover free.

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    • amuno profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfred Amuno 

      4 years ago from Kampala

      Thanks Torrilynn.

    • amuno profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfred Amuno 

      4 years ago from Kampala

      Yes Tolovaj. It would be better if we drank only water. I guess alcoholic drinks just gets the better of us.

    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 

      4 years ago

      Really good advice and an overall well put together article you have here. Voted up.

    • Tolovaj profile image

      Tolovaj 

      4 years ago

      We have a saying which can translate: "Fight fire with fire!", but I think you already offered best solution: drink water between heavy drinks, drink water after partying and of course, if possible, drink water instead of alcoholic drinks. Eating food rich with certain minerals (like banana with potassium) can be beneficial too.

    • amuno profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfred Amuno 

      4 years ago from Kampala

      Hope it's tea with plenty of Ginger, Colleen. And you are right about the mixup in the morning. It's all about the symptoms hahaha. Thanks.

    • Colleen Swan profile image

      Colleen Swan 

      4 years ago from County Durham

      Lots of good advice and well researched. My problem is when I wake up with a hangover I cant remember the best remedy so I have a glass of wine. Only joking; it's a pot of tea for me. Nice hub

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