Is it quite common for you to take a whole day to recover from a night of drinking?
It has been a long time since I went all out on alcohol but I still get caught in one every now and then. The good thing is, I learnt a long time ago how to counter the effects of a hangover. The reason we get a hangover is because too much alcohol depletes your body of nutrients and dehydrates it too.
So what do you do knowing that you will have a hangover?
Here are some simple remedies you should try before you crash out on the pavement or immediately after you figure out when you are.
The fructose in watermelon will replenish your blood sugar level. It is also loaded with juices that will rehydrate your body very fast. This is my favourite quick-fix remedy. Throw in a squeeze of orange or grapefruit to speed up the effects.
Some people believe in fighting a hangover with sports drinks. A natural alternative to sports drinks is coconut water. It contains essential electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium and potassium and it rehydrates. This is my alternative to watermelon.
When alcohol is consumed, it depletes our body of magnesium and potassium which can lead to nausea and tiredness. Bananas are loaded in both magnesium and potassium and are also great for reducing stomach acid. Bananas are also energy boosters.
Soup is a great way to rehydrate and replenish you body of sodium and nutrients. It is easy on the stomach and digests more efficiently. I love a bowl of mixed vegetable and pork ribs soup for lunch after a night out.
An alternative to soup is oats. Oat contain many nutrients, B vitamins and essential minerals. Oats also absorbs toxins, replenishes your sugar level slowly, rehyrates your body and cleanses the liver.
Too much alcohol can leave you feeling queasy or nauseous. Ginger will help settle your stomach and relieve nausea. Warm ginger tea is the best and easiest way to consume it.
Eggs are rich in protein which raises serotonin levels that boost your mood. Eggs are also rich in cystine, an amino acid that will fight against alcohol-induced toxins. My personal choice would be half boiled eggs with soy sauce.