Here’s what often happens over the weekend: fun night out; rough morning in bed. While hangovers are absolutely unnecessary, what we can do is to minimise their effects with these five cures.
The most basic of all, water is essential after a night of drinking. Drinking alcohol causes dehydration, and you lose more body fluids if your hangover includes vomiting. Dehydration contributes to thirst, fatigue, and headache, so by drinking water, it can help to alleviate some of these symptoms.
Suffering from a hangover? Go for an egg brunch. Eggs are known for their amino acids, which can break down acetaldehyde, the chemical that causes headache. Furthermore, it improves your liver function and may even prevent liver diseases – eggcellent!
If you have had too much to drink, your liver would probably be busy metabolising the alcohol. This could cause your blood sugar to drop, leading to nausea, irritation and fatigue. To counter that, consume carbohydrates such as toast, rice, and noodles to bring your blood sugar level back up.
It takes a lot of willpower but exercising does help to cure hangovers. Working out increases your metabolism, helping your body get rid of toxins that could cause you discomfort and make you feel better faster. By exercising we are not referring to HIIT or intense weightlifting – a short walk around the neighbourhood or some simple exercises may also do the trick. Remember to hydrate after that.
As alcohol is a diuretic (it pushes liquid out of your body), not only are you losing water, you are also losing electrolytes throughout the night and the following morning. As electrolytes are vital for the normal functioning of our body, the lack of it can lead to health consequences. While normal sports drinks contain electrolytes, they also come with a large amount of sugar. Coconut water on the other hand, gives you the electrolytes your body needs, without the excess sugar.