You welcomed the New Year with a bang and have had a great time last night with that last glass of champagne was not actually your last. Well, that’s another new year’s party that you have been to and it won’t be a surprise if you woke up the next morning with a throbbing headache, foggy mind, uneasy stomach, nausea and fatigue. It is much worse for people with a lower tolerance to alcohol. Excessive amounts of alcohol in your body affects your central nervous system and interferes with brain chemicals. What’s done is done, no point to fuss over it. The following tips might help you kiss hangover from last night’s new year’s party a goodbye for good.
Ditch you morning tea
Having the steaming hot cup of your favourite tea or coffee may sound like the best solution in the world for the heaviness that you feel in your head. But what it actually will do is that it would pump caffeine into your system. Caffeine will fail to reverse the negative effects of alcohol and leave you feeling worse and dehydrated. It is best to have tea or coffee after eating something.
Have a wholesome breakfast
Opting for a salt free wholesome breakfast (rich in carbohydrates) would fill up your stomach without causing further irritation. Alternatively you may also have some fruits along with yogurt or low fat milk. This will help reduce water retention in your body and reduce the swelling caused due to the same.
Take a refreshing bath
Wash away the hangover with a bath in some cold water or lukewarm water. Even if you are used to having bath in hot water, avoid it, since the hot water will only make your condition worse because your body is already feeling the heat due to last night’s alcohol consumption. A cold water bath in the morning helps stimulate your nerve endings and also helps in getting rid of the laziness making it a great way to start your day.
Step out and get moving
Among the many benefits of exercising, the most relevant to a person experiencing an after party hangover would be that it breaks down the alcohol toxins into sweat. A morning walk out in the open gives you your required dose of oxygen to get you back to normal. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals and hormones that may leave you feeling better than normal.
Opt for some home remedies
- One of the very common home remedies for controlling the bad headache is to mix a spoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drinking it immediately.
- Honey intake is also helpful. You can have honey with your breakfast, may be over a toast or top up your fruits with the sweet goodness. The potassium in honey helps fight the toxins and metabolize the excessive alcohol in the body.
- Tomatoes in the form of juice or as a soup also provides relief for easing the hangover symptoms.
- Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit if consumed as a whole or as juice would not only neutralise the effect of alcohol buy also hydrate your body. Aim to consume whole fruits, rather than a lot of fruit juice, as its high sugar content can to other problems.
Increase your water intake
Alcohol is a diuretic and it prevents the release of ADH (Antidiuretic Hormone) that causes water reabsorption i.e. without this hormone your kidneys are unable to absorb water and instead, excrete urine.. In simple words, it means that alcohol causes you to urinate more frequently thus stripping your body of key electrolytes. Such a condition inflates the symptoms of hangover. Thus you need to up your water intake. Add some lemon juice in case your find the plain water bland. If you make the water fizzy, then it would speed up the breakdown of alcohol in the gut, shortening the duration of a hangover. Thus water is considered as one of the best solutions to tackle symptoms of hangover like headache and dehydration.
Sleep through it
While alcohol is known to help certain people fall asleep faster, too much of it can instead interfere with sleep, leaving you more tired than ever upon waking up. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to letting your body recover from a night of partying. Try to sleep as much as you can and make sure you get your requisite seven to nine hours of shuteye the night after.
We hope that the above tips would prove useful to you. If the hangover still persists, consider seeking medical advice.
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