Five best ways to prevent a hangover.
You need to hear this.
Google search after google search.
We've all been there typing in what is the best way to cure a hangover?
Please somebody tell me.
You call your friends, you ask your mother,
you have a massive headache and the room is still spinning and you just need it all to stop.
Obviously, the best way for no hangover is not to drink at all.
But what if I told you that it doesn't matter how many articles and blogs you read?
None of them work that great.
And the real trick is not what to do if you have a hangover from an all-nighter from drinking
but rather five ways to prevent and reduce the severity of your hangover from the start.
And let me just say these tricks of the trade are even backed by science.
So stay with me you'll want to hear these five promising hangover cure-alls.
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Number one: Avoid drinks high in congeners
Okay, let me explain.
You may or may not have realized this but ethanol is the main active ingredient in alcoholic drinks.
Congeners may stimulate the body to release stress hormones
such as norepinephrine and epinephrine and break down into toxins formaldehyde and formic acid.
These can cause inflammatory responses in the body that lead to fatigue and other hangover symptoms.
If you're looking to prevent feeling like crap the next day
stay away from these high congener drinks such as whiskey and tequila.
Opt for colorless drinks such as vodka, rum, and gin.
These might be a better option as they contain little to no congeners at
all and your body will thank you in the morning.
In fact, studies out of the journal of the National Medical Association
researchers compared the effects of vodka, low congeners, and whiskey,
high congeners, both the frequency and the intensity of hangovers were greater for whiskey.
Number two: Have a drink the morning after
Kesha might have been onto something in 2009 when brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack.
Treating a hangover by having another drink seems dumb.
However, the infamous tactic is commonly known as the hair of the dog.
Although this habit has not been proven effective there is some interesting science behind it.
Simply put, drinking more alcohol is believed to affect the metabolism of methanol.
After consuming alcohol our bodies then convert that methanol into formaldehyde,
a highly toxic substance.
Formaldehyde may be partly responsible for many hangover symptoms.
But consuming alcohol the morning after a heavy night of drinking
can inhibit this conversion process preventing formaldehyde from forming.
Instead, methanol is discharged harmlessly from the body via your breath and your urine.
Although I don't encourage drinking the morning after as this can lead to
alcohol dependency but it could be something to consider once in a blue moon in extreme cases.
Number three: Drink water throughout the night
Alcohol is a diuretic, therefore, contributing to dehydration.
Although dehydration is not considered a main cause of hangovers,
it may contribute to the symptoms like thirst, headache, fatigue, and dry mouth.
Fortunately, dehydration is easy to avoid so make sure you chug that water.
I know what you were thinking what's the point of drinking if I'm going to be chasing it with water?
All the water does is slow the absorption of the alcohol in your body.
It doesn't counteract it.
A good one-to-one ratio is a rule that I typically practice.
One glass of water to one alcoholic beverage.
Number four: Don't smoke and drink
Believe it or not, nicotine may just be contributing to your more intense hangover.
The Center for Alcohol and Addiction studies found that college students were more likely to
report hangover symptoms after drinking episodes if they smoked more heavily on the day they drank.
Quote, at the same number of drinks people who smoke more that day are
more likely to have a hangover and have more intense hangovers when they drink.
Researchers are not sure why the combination of nicotine and alcohol causes more intense symptoms
but they suspect it is related to how both drugs release more dopamine in the brain.
The number five way to potentially minimize your hangover: B vitamins and zinc
A study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine
evaluated the diet for 24 hours before and after excessive drinking occurred.
They found that people whose food and beverage consumption contained greater amounts of zinc
and B vitamins had less severe hangovers.
Alright, how about one more bonus hangover cure-all?
Eat breakfast the day after.
Hangovers often occur due to low levels of blood sugar.
Although not the major cause of hangovers
it may contribute to the overall symptoms such as weakness and a headache.
After a night of partying moreover
many people forget to eat when they drink further lowering their blood sugar.
That being said, eat a nutritious breakfast, people.
Toast and juice is a way to gently nudge levels back to normal.
A light night meal might help maintain those blood sugar levels too.
All right that's been five tips on preventing a hangover with me Dr. Wagner.
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