Drunk Much? Relief is on the way, Best Hangover Remedies
By Jody Wellness Nom4d
Hangover remedies that will help the pain go away quicker!
Let’s face it, most people around this time of year tend to go overboard with alcohol consumption. Even if you don’t drink, chances are that you know someone who does. So you can save their day with these body nourishing remedies. And no, ‘Hair of the dog’ does not apply. Below is a list of my fave hangover remedies with the Miso soup being my personal fave 😉
If you absolutely must, then a Bloody Mary is your best bet. Serious Eats has a pretty authentic recipe.
In denial? Drinking more alcohol just delays the hangover and statistically speaking, those who choose this remedy are more likely to be alcoholics.
Adam Rogers who wrote Proof: the Science of Booze argues that the hangover is the symptom of very small amounts of methanol. He said, “The notion is if a hangover is methanol toxicity, you’re going to have another drink and the ethanol displaces the methanol off the enzyme and you will feel better…That’s the hypothesis, no one has proved that.”
The liver detoxifies alcohol in the system and does so at only one rate, which is about one drink per hour. Please do not drive when you wake up. Chances are that you are still drunk. Use this drunk calculator for a general guideline or get this Morning After App.
Here are some of the best hangover remedies I have researched and advised from some friends.
#1. Ginger Citrus Tea — the Hanger Over Remedy is King
Go buy some fresh ginger now as it is a tried and tested treatment for nausea and seasickness. It’s considered one of the best home remedies. Ginger quickly aids in the digestion of alcohol and soothes the stomach.
Chew a few pieces and make ginger citrus tea
-Boil 10 to 12 slices of fresh ginger root in 4 cups of water for ten minutes.
add the juice of one orange, 1/2 lemon and 1/2 cup of honey to it. This will help stabilize blood sugar levels after alcohol consumption. Get real fancy by adding a quarter teaspoon of Tumeric. Please take a moment to learn the 8 benefits of Tumeric. This tea is a great remedy for the common cold.
#2 Tomatoes are your friends
Tomato juice contains fructose which helps your body metabolize alcohol faster. This quickly hydrates the body. The versatile tomato is a great remedy for a hangover. They are a good source of vitamin A and C, beta-carotene, and the antioxidant lycopene, which has a plethora of benefits. Eating a can of tomatoes seems to nourish the body quickly. Add a splash of lemon or lime for additional benefits. Lime apparently relieves queasiness, dizziness, and light and sound sensitivity. In which case, prepare 2 teaspoons of lime water, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1/2 cup of water. An overall good morning drink.
It’s all about stabilizing the blood sugar!
#3 Honey – Raw unpasteurized is the best
Honey is the most available home remedies. The naturally occurring fructose can neutralize the harmful effects of alcohol. This competes with the metabolism of alcohol. Honey helps with digestion making it easier to get food down.
Tip: take 3-4 teaspoons of honey after an interval of one hour helps in digesting alcohol or more for extreme consumption.
-Make a ‘hot-toddy’ (minus the booze) with honey. Boil one cup of water, add honey and lemon juice. Enjoy this several times throughtoout the day.
# 4 Peppermint Tea
Peppermint is a herb that relaxes the intestines. It is also a carminative (flatulence reliever), which is a substance that removes accumulated gas from the stomach and intestines. For additional benefits eat a banana to replace the potasassium lost while drinking.
# 5 The Sauerkraut or Cabbage Soup Cure (Ask any Russian!)
Many Eastern European countries such as Lithuania, Austria, and the ancient Greeks and Romans believed that cabbage had healing powers. They would eat a lot of cabbage at before drinking, as this would allow them to drink more alcohol without feeling the side effects.
“Eating raw cabbage helps treat headaches and disturbance in the nerves caused due to a hangover. Cabbage juice together with tomato juice works wonders as it reduces the craving for alcohol and also helps in metabolism,” suggests my friend Shreejit, an Ayurvedic Doctor.
Lithuanian Cabbage Soup via TheSpruce posted a great recipe
#6 Miso Soup
Miso Soup is delicious and revitalizing. This fermented broth is made from miso soybean paste is full of nutrients, enzymes, and probiotic cultures. It’s a Japanese folk remedy that is fast and easy to make. Here is an authentic recipe to get you back on track. If you only have miso paste, that is a quick elixir that you can just add hot water.
Do’s and Don’ts of Drinking
- Eat before before drinking; never take alcohol on an empty stomach.
- Alternate between an alcoholic drink and a non-alcoholic beverage.
- Choose clear alcohol, such as white wine, vodka, or gin. Apparently, dark alcohol causes more intense hangovers due to the presence of congeners (a substance in alcohol attributed to headaches).
- Skip the sweet and sugary foods during or after you drink. Sugar will drunk you up fast!
- Carbonated drinks with alcohol speeds up the alcohol absorption.
- Hydrate 24 hours in advance. Drinking water at every chance you get.
‘May All Be Happy, May All Be Healthy, May All Live Happy Lives’ — from my Yoga Therapy Teacher, Dr. Sumit Sharma