How to Cure a Hangover
So, you spent the better part of yesterday either watching the Packers beat the Steelers in Superbowl 45 or preparing for it. If you’re like most people, much of that preparation consisted of drinking copious quantities of beer, loading up on piles of appetizers, or both. You probably feel like crap, or like you gained about ten pounds now; or again, possibly both.
What can you do to get back to normal after a day of abusing your body in the name of fine festivities? After all, it’s not everyday that you wake up feeling like you do now, and it would be kind of nice to get back to normal as fast as possible.
Before the Party Starts….
There are some choices you can make before the party starts that will help you keep the bad feelings away. I know it’s too late for that now, but you can use this to fight back next time. One important thing to control is the kind of beverages you drink. If you’re going to be drinking alcohol, and most likely, you are on a day like the Superbowl, the kind of alcohol you drink can make all the difference.
Actual University studies have been done on the subject, and I’m not talking about that time you and your frat brothers lined up 10 shots of vodka and 10 beers, then had one brother drink the vodka and another the beer to see which of you felt worse the next morning.
No, an actual Ivy League institution, Brown University, really used lab time to discover which type of alcohol caused a worse hangover. The researchers discovered that, although the different kinds of alcohol resulted in the same level of cerebral impairment, heavily drinking test subjects reported that their hangovers were milder when drinking vodka than for other types of alcohol, such as bourbon.
Why Does Some Alcohol Cause a Worse Hangover than Other Kinds?
Why does vodka cause a mellower hangover than other types of alcohol? One word; congeners. Fermentation causes toxic byproducts called congeners. Vodka has a lower quantity of these than other kinds of alcoholic beverages. So, that’s how the Russians do it!
According to a recent Time Magazine article, “The average Russian drinks 4.75 gal. (18 L) of pure alcohol a year, mostly in the form of vodka.” The article also noted that Russian adults drink more alcohol than any other nation in the world, prompting the government to institute a rather dramatic liquor tax increase on January 1st of this year….and they don’t even watch the Superbowl over there.
So, what can you do if you’re afflicted with the pounding head, nausea, and sweating associated with a Superbowl sized hangover?
Hangover Cure Keys
Rest is key to recovery not only for sore muscles, but also after a day of excess food and drink. Sadly, your boss probably won’t believe you if you call in sick today, mostly because the Monday after the Superbowl is traditionally one of the highest absenteeism days all year. Go figure….
The smart ones prearrange for the day off, but if that wasn’t in the program this time, you better drag your sorry ass out of bed and jump in the shower. It’s amazing that after drinking so much you can be dehydrated, but that’s one of the main reasons you feel so bad; lack of liquid in your cells. You’ll get the most benefit from fighting this by drinking plenty of water before hitting the rack, but on any case, it’s better late than never, so grab a few bottles of cool, clear water and drink them throughout the day.
Vitamins to Help Hangover Recovery –
Vitamin depletion is another primary reason that your body’s temple feels desecrated, so take a powerful vitamin supplement. Again, this is better if you do before bed, but better late than never. I like Emergen-C’s immune booster drinks, but you can use just about anything that strikes your fancy. One of the most important vitamins when combating a hangover are the B’s, and these supplements have good amounts of B vitamins, but a real B-vitamin supplement will really help you battle back from near oblivion even more effectively. Large doses of B6 and B12 have been found the most effective for this. Niacin is also thought to be effective as a way to help along the detox procedure.
What to Eat –
Although you may have eaten enough yesterday for about 3 days, eating eggs first thing in the morning will help, because eggs contain a protein called albumin and building block called Cysteine that are both thought to be beneficial in combating hangover effects.
Getting Better Without Feeling That Way
Fructose is often said to help fight hangovers, and a 1976 Finish study discovered that, while “fructose significantly inhibited the metabolic alterations induced by ethanol “, it did not change the test subject’s perceptions of their hangovers. In other words, it may help you recover, but it won’t help you feel like you’re recovering.
Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen…Look Before You Leap
What do most people do in the morning? Grab the pain reliever, right? While that may be a great idea for aspirin, or Ibuprofen, it might not be the right thing to do when it comes to the other common pain reliever. It is well known that Acetaminophen can lead to liver damage , and this effect is intensified when combined with alcohol. In fact, acetaminophen can cause severe liver damage when combined with alcohol, even the first time you mix the two, so don’t do it! The pain reliever is found in Excedrin®, Midol®, NyQuil®, Sudafed®, and most commonly, Tylenol® . “Acetaminophen is the most common drug cause of acute liver failure,” according to Dr,Jerrold Leikin, MD, Director of Medical Toxicology for North Shore University Health System . All in all, stay away from it when or within a few days after drinking.
Exercise – But Drink plenty of Water While You Do
Last but not least, hit the gym for a hard workout. That helps you take you mind off things,a dn sweat the toxins out of your body. Make sure that you really hydrate yourself during this though, as your body is already more dehydrated than usual, and sweating will only make it worse.
If you spent yesterday really enjoying yourself, but are wondering today if could have possibly have been worth it, that’s a question only you can answer. However, there are things you can do that can help you feel like your old self once again. I hope you win your hangover fight today… cheers!
What’s your favorite hangover cure?