If you’ve ever had more than a few alcoholic drinks in one night, it’s most likely that you’ve felt the lingering pain of the dreaded hangover. When you’re in the throes of a good time, the idea that tomorrow might not be so fun is far out of mind. So if you do end up with a hangover after an evening of indulgence, what is the best way to get rid of it?
Well, in order to know what plan of action to take, we have to first understand what happens in our bodies when we consume alcohol.
Why Do We Get Hangovers?
Excessive peeing symptom
Yes, it’s true. Alcohol acts as a diuretic, which prompts your body to release more urine, and therefore, dehydrates you. Even if you increase your fluid intake while drinking, it is still not be enough to counteract the diuretic effects of the alcohol and is lost every time you visit the washroom.
Cutting back on how many drinks you consume is a sure-fire way to prevent a hangover, as less alcohol means less diuretic effects. But every now and then it’s nice to let loose. What are some things you can do post-hangover to make last night a little less bitter sweet?
Dehydration – Drink Water
Since the depletion of bodily fluid is to blame for the hangover in the first place, it would only make sense to replenish your reserves by drinking water. However, trying to get as much liquid into your stomach as quickly as possible may not be the best way to go about it. Chugging water, especially on an empty, hung over stomach can lead to an even stronger feeling of nausea. A few sips at a time throughout the day will give you the most hydrating outcome without the discomfort.
You can also replace some of the water with sports drinks, as they contain more electrolytes, but the objective is restoring your bodily fluids, so both water and other non-diuretic drinks work equally well.
Eat a Full Meal (if you can)
Because of the diuretic properties of alcohol, a lot of your sugars end up down the toilet after a night of fun. The morning after, it’s extremely important to get those sugars back into your blood stream. The easiest and healthiest way to do this is by eating a nutritious and balanced meal.
Out of desperation, many people resort to eating heavily greasy foods and find that it helps them to feel better. You might be able to see the problem in that thinking. It’s not that greasy food helps cure a hangover; it’s the food itself that is doing them good. Greasy foods are often high in calories, giving them a surge of energy, but that energy fades quickly, leaving you in a burnt-out slump by the end of the day. Eating a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, vegetables and fruits will show you more long-lasting mercy.
Take a Bath
Even after consuming water, your body might still be dehydrated. If your skin feels dry, the cells have most likely been robbed of their water to provide it to other more essential parts of the body. By immersing yourself in a warm bath, you give your outer skin cells a chance to absorb some of the water they have lost, putting less stress on your organs.
If you’re still feeling the effects of a hangover after drinking water, eating and bathing, then it’s best to sleep it off. Undoubtedly, the most painless way is to just take a nap. Sometimes your body just needs to take time to balance itself out, and you’ll feel better when you wake up.