Hangovers Got You Down???

It’s Saturday morning…how do you feel? Many college students on campus would say they’re awful, extremely tired, and dizzily nauseous. This is known as the common hangover.

Want to know how to rid the toxins of last night debauchery? Many would say to keep drinking or drink the same thing in the morning that you did the night before…

First things first – DON’T DRINK AT ALL! (haha just kidding) 

But here are a few tips on how to dilute the symptoms if you still plan to do more partying in the future (i.e. Saturday night).

Getting rid of a hangover really comes down to understanding how your body reacts to alcohol in the first place. According to WebMD and James Schaefer, PhD, professor at the Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. and alcohol metabolism researcher, “Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning, it tends to increase urination, and therefore, dries you out.”

Tip #1. Drink plenty of fluids the next day; especially water, it’ll help compensate for the dehydration.

Drinking water not only helps rehydrate your system, but it helps dilute the impurities left in your stomach that leave you with a killer tummy-ache. These so called impurities are what are added to alcoholic drinks during the distillation process. These are especially high in sweeter drinks and malt beverages.

Tip #2. AVOID caffeine.

Caffeine is a diuretic and will continue to dehydrate you, the opposite of what you want right now

But remember, drinking anything may lower blood sugar levels which give you a headache and fatigue. Hangovers begin after blood alcohol levels start to fall. In fact, according to some experts, the worst symptoms occur when levels reach zero.

Tip#3. Carbohydrates.

Toast and juices are a great way to get your levels back on track.

Ever wonder why doctors pump a potent carbon slurry substance into stomachs when someone is diagnosed with alcohol poisoning?

Well, Carbon helps filter the impurities, well.

Tip #4. Eat BURNT toast! It’s a much more moderate version of the same remedy as doctors prescribe.

I’m sure you’re wondering…what about my splitting headache?!

Of course, a hangover isn’t a true hangover until you get one of those…Dr. Schaefer of WebMD explains that “the pain comes from a mix of dehydration and your body’s adjustment to the rapidly dropping blood-alcohol level. He recommends taking two aspirin before going to sleep and another pair when you wake up, if the headache’s still there.”

Tip #5. Take Aspirin before bed and when you wake up. BUT, do not take Tylenol. Why?

According to MSN’s Health and Fitness section, “Aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, other brands), and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help with the headache and the overall achy feelings. NSAIDs, though, may irritate a stomach already irritated by alcohol. Don’t take acetaminophen (Tylenol). If alcohol is lingering in your system, it may accentuate acetaminophen’s toxic effects on the liver,” and who wants that!?

Tip#6. REST. REST. REST.

Drinking interferes with brain activity during sleep, so a hangover may be a form of sleep deprivation. According to MSN.com, “Alcohol scrambles the hormones that regulate our biological clocks, which may be why a hangover can feel like jet lag, and vice versa. Alcohol can also trigger migraines, so some people may think they’re hung over when it’s really an alcohol-induced migraine they’re suffering.”

Tip #7. Get some exercise.

Sweating will help the body relieve its toxins. Plus, it’ll energize you for the rest of the day.

Remember, there is never a definite cure for that menacing hangover, the only way to completely be sure not to get one is to not drink. If you do decide to indulge yourself in the near future, I hope these tips help with your next morning.

Have any sure-fire hangover remedies that you use? Start commenting below…I’m sure there are a lot of people who would LOVE to know! (haha)

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