Hangover Remedies

How to remedy a hangover, preventing a hangover, and what a hangover really is.

Of course the best way to avoid a hangover is not to overindulge the night before, or to drink plenty of water while indulging, which will keep your system hydrated. I would recommend a glass of water per drink consumed. Also it is helpful to drink in moderation, in other words, pace yourself. Also there are some drinks to stay away from to avoid the hangover, try drinking clear liquors, such as white wine, light colored beers or vodka, instead of darkly colored drinks, such as whiskey, red wine or dark beers. Darker liquors contain cogener's, which for some reason seem to intensify hangover symptoms. Be sure to eat before and during the consumption of alcohol, this will slow the absorption of the alcohol, particularly if the foods contain high amounts of sugar.

Alcohol will dehydrate your body, and is also technically a depressant, so you have basically just overdosed by taking a liquid depressant. You are also suffering from malnutrition, Alcohol will drain your body's supply of nutrients, vitamins and chemicals. Now that you know what you have done to your body, how do you fix it?

My first recommendation is to take your aspirin and large glass of water before retiring for the evening. Some people even recommend drinking a sports type drink before sleeping. If that is not possible, try the following suggestions.

First off get plenty of rest, and avoid any type of stimulation. Sleep is one of the best hangover cures, remember sometimes these symptoms will last for up to 24 hours. Be sure to take aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen for your headache. But here again you need to use caution, while you may feel relief, you may also be doing more damage to your body. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if taken regularly with alcohol, and others may cause stomach ulcers. Pepto Bismol or a antacid may also help with any stomach problems you may be having. You also need to rehydrate your body and replenish some of the nutrients that you lost. Fruits and vegetables are more recommended than any junk food and certainly not dairy products. For some people bananas work extremely well since they are high in potassium, and for others tomatoes, so when people drink Bloody Mary's to cure a hangover, they are not far from the real cure, although I would recommend Virgin Mary's. Drinking more alcohol is definitely not going to help you out at all.

Also light foods, high in carbohydrates are recommended such as breads and cereals. Fruit juices are also good since they contain fructose, a natural sugar. Eating honey with soda crackers and sipping peppermint tea will also help calm your sick stomach.

There are also several over the counter medications that are said to cure hangovers, such as "Hangover Formula", "Sob'r-k" and "nux vomica". While these claim to cure hangovers, they are all fairly new on the market, so they may be causing other types of damage also.

Many times, you can just listen to your body. If you are craving chocolate chip cookies or brownies, try eating one. That may be just the thing your body needs.

While these are not really "cures" for a hangover, they may at least make you able to function. Remember the only 100 percent effective cure for a hangover is not to indulge at all.

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