For many of us, that horrible tell-tale feeling of having had one too many alcoholic beverages the night before is not something that we enjoy in any shape or form. The pounding head, the temptation or need to vomit, the extreme tiredness, the painful limbs as well as the inability to remember anything that you did may be the classic symptoms of a hangover, but although a lot of us have suffered, finding a sure-fire cure that brings us back to life still remains both elusive as well as a matter of personal opinion. Whilst the best cure to a hangover maybe not drinking any alcohol at all, once you have passed a certain drinking point, it often seems like there is no turning back.
Hangovers occur due to dehydration as alcohol is a known diuretic and so causes us to go to the toilet on a more regular basis, so ridding the body of essential electrolytes. Scientific research shows that it is the ethanol (or alcohol) in your chosen tipple that is a toxin to the body and so the body attempts to eliminate it through urination. This is the cause of the dehydration and feeling so poorly the day after the night before.
So, if dehydration is the cause of the hangover, what is the best way to quickly rehydrate and reverse hangover symptoms?
Obvious as it seems, ensuring you keep hydrated whilst you are drinking alcohol is one way of lessening symptoms the next day. Drinking a glass of water between each alcoholic drink is not just a way of ensuring a cheaper night out, but also optimises fluid levels in the body so as much the alcohol intake encourages you to wee, you are subsequently ‘topping up’ at the same time.
Another way of avoiding hangovers before the event is to never drink on an empty stomach. Whilst it may sound like some think your mother always told you out of over-zealous caring, it is actually based on the fact that the food in your body will absorb the alcohol and so slow down its effects. Carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes or fatty foods are the best for doing this and similar thinking is why people believe that a fry-up or similar the next day will have the same effect. However, this is not the case after the event.
Reintroducing fluid into the body by drinking a rehydrating fluid is a good way of restoring optimal levels as soon as possible. The recent interest in coconut water means that it has gained an enviable reputation as a hangover cure, with its milder taste than that of the more iconic desiccated coconut. An instant boost of refreshment at a time when feeling more energised can feel like a huge boost to your day, it may well be that this is a better cure than the Mongolians ‘pickled sheep eyeballs in tomato juice’ or the ancient Greek remedy of ‘sheep lungs and owl legs’.