Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Natural Cure for a Hangover: Must have for New Years Eve

New Years is right around the corner as is the party, amazing alcoholic beverages and the next day hangover. On occasion, I like to have a few martinis and since I don't drink frequently, I tend to feel them more now than ever. I have a simple, easy and pain free natural cure to a hangover.

What is a Hangover?
That headache, nausea, thirst and fatigue you feel are all symptoms of dehydration. Follow these steps to eliminate those symptoms and get back to feeling your best.

Things You'll Need to Beat a Hangover

* Aspirins
* Ibuprofen
* Multivitamins- B Complex, Vitamin C
* Sports Drinks like Pediolite
* Banana
* Saltine Crackers

Day Before Drinking: Prevention of Hangover tips

Step One
Drink water all day long. Stay well hydrated.

Step Two
Take Vitamin C and B Complex at breakfast as well as before you go out drinking. These vitamins are the first to be depleted when out drinking. Keep their levels even and you will not have the headache or pains associated with a hangover.

Step Three
Eat a hearty, starchy meal before you drink. Breads, rice, pasta will help absorb the liquor and alcohol.

Step Four
Drink a glass per each alcoholic beverage while you are out.

Step Five
Drink a large glass of pedialyte before bed and follow up with an aspirin, b complex , vitamin c and a snack of crackers.

Steps to Cure a Hangover Naturally the Day After:

Step One
Drink water as soon as you get up in the morning to rehydrate yourself. If possible, have a sports drink. I have found that pedialyte is chuck full of electrolytes without the sugar. The electrolytes and nutrients in a sports drink can replenish your body's depleted reserves. Eat a banana.

Step Two
Avoid coffee. Caffeine is a mild diuretic and can contribute to dehydration.

Step Three
Stick to liquids that are at room temperature. Drinks that are excessively hot or cold will be even more of a shock to your struggling stomach.

Step Four
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve a pounding headache or body aches. Also, take Vitamin C and B Complex with food in the morning. Take another dose mid afternoon.

Step Five
Eat easily digestible foods when you're ready. Fresh fruit, toast and water-based soups are all easy on the stomach. Harder-to-digest foods such as eggs and milk can cause stomach problems.

Step Six
Relax, rest or go back to bed. Allow some time for your body to feel positive effects from your treatments.

Tips & Warnings for a Hangover

* Take preventive measures beforehand: Drink responsibly and in moderation. If you've drunk in excess and suspect you'll be hung over the next morning, drink a few glasses of water right before you go to bed.
* Rehydrate yourself with liquids that are at room temperature. Drinks that are excessively hot or cold will make your struggling stomach work even more.
* Do not take an acetaminophen-based painkiller to relieve symptoms. Combining acetaminophen and alcohol can damage your liver. Consider ibuprofen instead.
* If you are an excessive drinker, use caution when taking any over-the-counter painkillers.
* This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

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