Hangover

The best hangover cures are to rid your body system
of the toxicity from high alcohol consumption,
and then keep hydrated with plenty fluids and juices.

 

Understanding a Hangover

A hangover describes the unpleasant physiological condition following a heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages. A hangover can last up to two or three days after alcohol consumption.

The more alcohol consumed, the higher the chances of a hangover. However, how much one can safely drink differs from person to person. Some people may have a higher tolerance level for alcohol than others.

 

Symptoms of a Hangover

Signs and symptoms of a hangover typically begin several hours after consumption of alcohol. Depending on how much was drunk, and the tolerance level, one may experience any of these symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Blurred vision
  • Mood disturbances, such as depression, anxiety and irritation
  • Erratic motor functions
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Bloodshot eyes

 

Causes of Hangover Symptoms

The amount of congeners in alcohol is said to be one of the main contributors of symptoms of a hangover. Congener refers to the impurities (zinc and other metals) that are produced during fermentation of alcohol which are added to enhance the taste, aroma and color of alcoholic beverages.

Alcoholic drinks with higher amounts of congeners are red wine, champagne and bourbon. White wine has a lesser amount than red wine, and vodka has the lowest concentration.

Ethanol in alcohol causes a dehydrating effect that leads to thirst, headaches and most other symptoms. Metabolic disturbances in the brain from high consumption of alcohol causes a “brain hypoglycemia” or low sugar that leads to other symptoms like difficulty concentrating, mood changes, trouble sleeping and erratic motor functions.

 

 

Diet Suggestions

Hangovers happen mainly because of the toxicity of the alcohol and dehydration. By addressing these two issues, you can easily banish the hangover symptoms.

If you tend to get hangovers from alcoholic beverages, take precaution the next time you plan to drink:

  • Know your limit and stop before you pass your tolerance threshold
  • Do not drink on an empty stomach
  • Avoid darker colored alcoholic beverages
  • Do not mix alcohol with carbonated beverages

To counter the “brain hypoglycemia”, drink a fruit juice that is high in fructose (fruit sugar) before going to bed (if you are still sober). Fructose can help metabolize the alcoholic chemicals that causes hangover symptoms.

Also, drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins. Always keep Celtic sea salt handy and put a pinch (or about 1/8 teaspoon) into every 8oz glass of water up to maximum of 1 teaspoon a day. Drink to keep hydrated which will lessen much of the symptoms.

Continue to drink juices and plenty of fluids even after two or three days to ensure as much of the toxicity is eliminated from the system.

 

Recommended Healing Foods For Hangover Remedy

 

Hangover is not pleasant.  The remedy is not pleasant, but juices help. Most likely you’ll be making this for a loved one or a friend to remedy hangover. The most effective juices to detoxify derive from the bitter juices, for example bitter gourd, watercress or grapefruit.

Carrot, green apples and green vegetables help to cleanse the digestive system, thus removing toxins as much as possible through elimination. Spinach is highly cleansing and building and is essential for the body’s circulatory system, especially to the brain.

Beetroot juice not only cleanses the liver but also help detoxifies alcoholic toxicity. Celery is a great source of calcium and magnesium that have a calming effect on the central nervous system.

Calcium and magnesium (from both cauliflower and broccoli) are an essential combination that can help prevent and relieve headaches. Make a glass of carrot, apples, cauliflower and broccoli juice to relieve the hangover headache.

 Carrot  Green Apple  Celery Spinach
 Beetroot  Broccoli Cauliflower  Bitter Gourd
 Watercress Asparagus Cantaloupe Watermelon
Grapefruit Oranges Lime & Lemon

 

The bitterness in bitter gourds and grapefruits make them beneficial in the treatment of hangover. They are excellent in the cleansing, repairing and nourishing of the liver that are affected from too much consumption of alcohol. The high content of vitamin C in grapefruit and lemon continues the necessary detoxifying work.

Cantaloupe and watermelon juices are diuretic.  They are also helpful for flushing out the toxicity from your system through the kidneys.

 

Some Suggested Combos (measurement for one portion):

  • 2 carrots + 2 green apples + 2 ribs of celery
  • 2 carrots + 2 green apples + a bunch of spinach + 6-8 stalks of asparagus + ¼ lemon slice
  • 2 carrots + 2 green apples + ½ bitter gourd + ¼ lemon slice
  • 2 green apples + 1 cup of broccoli + 1 cup of cauliflower + ¼ lemon slice
  • 2 carrots + 1 medium-sized beetroot + 2 oranges
  • 2 green apples + a bunch of watercress + 2 oranges + ¼ lemon slice
  • 1 grapefruit + 2 oranges + ¼ lemon slice
  • Cantaloupe juice or watermelon juice with a squeeze of lemon

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