Get Rid of Your Hangover - Quickly and Naturally
Have you ever been out for a night on the town and had just one too many drinks? Or, maybe you had a house party and the wine and other drinks went down just a bit too easily? While it’s fun at the time, you may pay the price for your fun the next day. So what exactly causes your body to go into “hangover mode”? And, is there any way to get rid of a hangover faster than just the passing of time? Keep reading for the answers to those questions and more!
Have you ever been out for a night on the town and had just one too many drinks? Or, maybe you had a house party and the wine and other drinks went down just a bit too easily? I know I’ve been there! And I think most people will own up to getting to that point of no return . . . one step past tipsy.
While it’s fun at the time, you may pay the price for your fun the next day – especially if your night-before happened to be on a weeknight and you have to get up for work! Perhaps you’re familiar with the tell-tale signs of a hangover: feelings of dizziness, nausea, thirst and headache, among other symptoms (including paying tribute to the porcelain gods).
So what exactly causes your body to go into “hangover mode”? Do some forms of alcohol bring on worse hangovers than others? And, is there any way to get rid of a hangover faster than just the passing of time? Well, keep reading for the answers to all of those questions and more!
A hangover is the result of your body recovering from the excessive amount of alcohol put into your system over a relatively short period of time. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning that in makes your body flush out water quicker than normal, so a big part of a hangover is dehydration.
Generally speaking, men can “hold their liquor” better than women, but that probably has more to do with differences in body weight (the bigger you are, the more you can drink) and composition (a higher fat-to-muscle ratio, as alcohol is absorbed into fat) than gender.
It is true that you’re more likely to feel hungover after drinking dark alcohols (brandy, dark rum, cognac) than clear alcohols (vodka, gin, white rum, etc,) because dark alcohols have more impurities that contribute to the development of hangovers.
The best hangover cure, of course, is not to drink in excess or at all. Many people have their own way of dealing with a hangover, from taking aspirin to eating a greasy breakfast. But if you’d like to get rid of that hangover in a sensible, all-natural way, consider these supplements:
Vitamin C and B-Complex. The diuretic effect of alcohol depletes the system of these essential vitamins, the lack of which can make you feel run down and give you a headache. Supplements can introduce a high level back into the body in a short amount of time and relieve hangover symptoms.
Gingko biloba. The seeds from the gingko plant are a traditional hangover remedy in China, where they are commonly put out at parties to stave off the effects of drinking too much.
Wintergreen. This herb has an aspirin-like effect, making it a good remedy for hangover headache.
Ginseng. Researchers in Korea discovered that the fructose in ginseng accelerates the metabolism of alcohol by 25 percent.
While it’s fun to go out and imbibe in excess once in a while, it’s best, of course, not to do it on a regular basis. What is the saying . . . everything in moderation? But, the next time you do go all-out with your drinking buddies at least you have an effective way to deal with the aftermath!