The “day after” often makes us wonder if the “night before” was worth it. Hangovers can be miserable experiences, and worse still, they can weaken our immune systems, digestive systems, and organ functions, making us vulnerable to disease and infections. Classic hangover symptoms include headache, fatigue, fogginess, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise.
What Causes Hangovers?
A hangover is caused by excess consumption of alcohol, which lowers your blood sugar, dehydrates the body, and pollutes the liver and kidneys with toxic chemicals. Repeated excess drinking can result in serious liver, kidney, and/or stomach damage, not to mention increased skin aging and weight gain.
Treatments for Hangover
Prevention is the best treatment for hangover, as it is difficult to counteract the dehydration and fatigue when you begin treatment the “day after.” Some possible remedies include:
- Eat plenty of food before drinking, especially greasy food that helps block or slow down the digestion of alcohol.
- Drink a glass of tomato juice in the morning, with added cayenne pepper, sugar, and lime juice.
- Drink several glasses of pure, filtered water before going to bed and upon waking up. Also, drink plenty of water between alcoholic drinks. Better than water, make a simple saline solution with a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of sugar in a large glass of water.
- Try a mixture of digestive bitter herbs: gentian, mug wort, and dandelion root before going to bed and upon waking. Bitter herbs of special note include boldo, olive leaf extract, and milk thistle extract. Take these before going to bed if you can. Otherwise, take them upon waking up.
- Support your kidneys by drinking diuretic teas.
Some people claim that hot steam baths can help eliminate toxins. Even a hot shower will help by washing off the toxins and alcohol that are captured in the pores of your skin.