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Hangover remedies you need to know

We all know that feeling — the pounding headache, queasy stomach, and general malaise that comes after a night of overindulgence.

While we don’t condone excessive drinking, even the most responsible among us might occasionally wake up feeling worse for wear. Let’s explore some natural and effective ways to ease those hangover symptoms and get you back on your feet.

Understanding hangover
Dr. Emuobor Odeghe, a gastroenterologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, explains, “When we drink more alcohol than our body can process, it leads to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, nutrient depletion, and low blood sugar. These imbalances result in those dreaded hangover symptoms we’re all too familiar with.”

Prevention is better than cure
The best way to deal with a hangover is to prevent it in the first place. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
• Drink responsibly and know your limits
• Stay hydrated by alternating alcoholic drinks with water
• Eat a proper meal before drinking
• Get enough sleep after a night out

Natural remedies for hangovers
Start with a hearty breakfast: One of the easiest ways to combat a hangover is to eat a nutritious, protein-rich breakfast. This helps restore blood sugar levels and replenish essential nutrients.

Consider options like eggs, avocado, whole-grain toast, bananas, or sweet potatoes.

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Dr. Chioma Mmiriukwu, a nutritionist in the United Kingdom, advises, “Rehydration is key to alleviating hangover symptoms. While plain water is good, coconut water can be even more effective due to its high electrolyte content.”

You can also make your own natural electrolyte drink at home using water, lemon juice, sea salt, and raw honey.

Get moving: While it might be the last thing you feel like doing, light exercise can help. A brisk walk or gentle jog can increase circulation, bringing more oxygen to your brain and muscles. Plus, sweating helps your body naturally detoxify.

Try a detoxifying green juice: If you have access to a juicer or a nearby juice bar, a cold-pressed green juice can give your liver a boost. Look for ingredients like spinach, kale, parsley, lemon, and ginger. Grapefruit and beet juices are also known for their liver-cleansing properties.

Soothe an upset stomach: If nausea is your main concern, try the BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. These easily digestible foods can help raise your blood sugar quickly and ease stomach discomfort. Dr. Mmiriukwu notes, “The BRAT diet is particularly effective for soothing an upset stomach, as these foods are gentle on the digestive system.”

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The power of rest: Never underestimate the healing power of rest. Dr. Ademola-Majekodunmi suggests, “Give your body time to recover. A short nap can help alleviate fatigue and headaches associated with hangovers.”

Natural supplements: Some natural supplements may help ease hangover symptoms. Dr. Mmiriukwu recommends, “Ginger can help with nausea, while milk thistle is known for supporting liver function. However, always consult with a healthcare professional before taking any new supplements.”

Remember, while these remedies can help ease hangover symptoms, the best approach is to drink responsibly and avoid hangovers altogether. As Dr. Ademola-Majekodunmi reminds us, “Your liver works hard to process alcohol.

Treating it kindly by moderating your alcohol intake is the best way to avoid hangovers and maintain overall health.”

While these natural remedies can offer relief, they’re not a green light for excessive drinking.

The key to a healthy lifestyle is moderation and responsible choices. So, the next time you’re out with friends, remember these tips, enjoy responsibly, and wake up feeling refreshed rather than regretful.

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