The holiday season is in full swing. But with the holidays come the hangovers, especially for the less careful among us.
If you exaggerate it on New Year’s Eve and you need to cheer up when you wake up on January 1, the medications can be tempting.
But if you prefer to avoid pharmaceuticals, there are natural solutions to try.
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While there is no complete “cure” for the hangover, there are steps you can take to relieve pain while waiting for the unpleasant symptoms of a heavy night.
We’ve talked to nutrition experts to get information about some of the natural hangover remedies you could try.
Ginger has long been used in Chinese medicine as a measure against nausea. This traditional thinking is well founded: a 2016 study concluded that the plant is “an effective and economical treatment for nausea.”
A cup of ginger tea in the morning after a heavy night could be a cheap way to hit two birds with one stone. You will replenish some of the water you need so much and you will also get an important injection of ginger that calms the stomach.
Since ginger also has anti-inflammatory and cardiac benefits, it may be part of your daily routine.
When it comes to making ginger taste good, registered nutritionist Rob Hobson recommends that you add one or two teaspoons of powdered ginger, half a lemon and two teaspoons of honey to a teapot and fill with boiling water. Let stand for five minutes before serving.
“The zingy flavor is very energizing, and honey will help rebalance low blood sugar levels,” he says.
2. A balanced breakfast
Tea is fine, but many of us can empathize with the lack of appetite for real food the morning after drinking. However, eating is also vital, since alcohol consumption greatly affects blood glucose levels.
Cliché dictates that you get into the most greasy full English available, but our experts warn against this: “discard the fried breakfast the day after,” says Hobson.
The granola with sliced fruit can give it a touch of natural sugars and also get some valuable vitamins as a bonus.
Rhiannon Lambert, a Harley Street nutritionist and author of the book Re: Nourish, says: “Foods that contain potassium can help your body recover lost electrolytes from a night of drinking. Bananas and avocados are good sources. “
3. prickly pear
The prickly pear is a photogenic cactus with a vivid red fruit. Studies have shown that the extract of this fruit can be used in hangovers with an impressive effect.
It has been found to reduce nausea, dizziness and headaches, all of which sound quite bright from the point of view of the victims of the hangover of Britain.
If you want to try it, look for a supplement called Hovenia Dulcis extract.
4. artichoke extract
Another extract to try is the artichoke. “This supplement stimulates bile production and can help relieve the swelling and other symptoms of indigestion associated with alcohol consumption,” says Hobson.
Now you know about this, but we can bet you have not adhered to it. Even the relatively low consumption of alcohol leads to dehydration. This, in turn, can cause headaches, fatigue and lack of energy that many of us associate with the hangover.
When you wake up feeling bad, drinking a glass of water should be at the top of your to-do list.
Lambert says that despite not being a great drinker, he will surely drink more water the days after having a glass of wine or two.
Rehydrating will be even easier if you remember to drink some water before going to bed at the end of the night, but don’t panic if you haven’t succeeded. Making sure to take sips regularly during the morning should still help you feel better.
It may depend on what night of the week your office party has been scheduled, but there really is no substitute for sleeping.
Whether the night has lasted until dawn, or that drinking has affected your ability to sleep, the disadvantages of even lack of sleep are important.
Then, if the worst becomes worse, you may have to resort to a subtle nap at lunchtime. Do not forget to set the alarm.
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