Natural Hangover Remedy
A number of things can be done to prevent getting too
drunk or developing a hangover. Our blood level of
alcohol is affected by how much and how fast we drink.
If we drink fast on an empty stomach, absorption is
immediate. Ideally, it is best to have some food in the
stomach unless we limit consumption to one drink and
want a quick "buzz" before dinner.
helps prevent us from getting sick. Drinking slowly is
suggested. Women seem to be more quickly affected by
alcohol than men and so get drunk more easily with less
alcohol, even taking body weight into consideration.
Foods to eat before drinking should be low-salt complex
carbohydrates, such as bread, some crackers, or even
vegetable sticks. Carbohydrates delay alcohol
absorption. Fat-protein snacks, such as milk or cheese,
will decrease alcohol absorption and thus help reduce
drunkenness and hangovers. Some people drink a little
olive oil before parties to coat their stomachs so that
they can handle their drinking better. A few capsules
of evening primrose oil will also help.
It does take a while for alcohol to clear from the
blood after it gets in there. With heavy drinking,
extra coffee and exercise, such as walking, do not
really help, other than by making more active drunks;
however, with mild intoxication they can increase
alertness. Definitely avoid other psychoactive drugs
with alcohol; these include tranquilizers, narcotics,
sedatives, antihistamines, and marijuana, all of which
may increase the alcohol effect.
Blood levels of alcohol have been studied to see
varying effects of this drug. Legally this level can be
determined through testing and used to clarify degrees
of safety or drunkenness. Usually one or two drinks
will keep most people in a safe range, but over that
can create problems.
Hangovers are caused by the dehydrating effect of
alcohol and some toxic effects of the chemical
congeners that are created during fermentation or are
added to the beverages before, during, or after
processing. Allergies to some of the ingredients, such
as corn, wheat, barley, or yeast, may intensify
hangovers and withdrawal.
There are many old remedies for hangovers. The best is
to prevent them by not overdrinking and taking
supportive fluids and nutrients. Cream, coffee,
oysters, chili peppers, and aspirin are common,
occasionally helpful hangover remedies. Time is the
best, along with rest and fluids. If alcohol intake has
been excessive, drink two or three glasses of water
before going to bed, along with vitamin C and a B
complex vitamin which helps to clear alcohol from the
blood. The vitamin C can be in the form of mineral
ascorbates containing potassium, calcium, magnesium,
and even zinc, or 15 mg. of zinc can be taken
separately. Do this again upon awakening; it can really
help. Further benefit may be obtained by taking evening
primrose oil and flaxseed oil, which is a rich source
of the essential fatty acids.
A morning-after plan
suggested by Dr. Stuart Berger includes 100 mg. of
thiamine, 100 mg. of riboflavin, 50 mg. of B6, 250 mcg.
of B12, 1,000 mg. of vitamin C, and 50 mg. of zinc.
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