Alcohol can immediately affect your health, and recovering from overindulging can steal valuable hours from your holiday/ weekend.
Here’s what happens to your body when you drink alcohol… and some quick ways to cure a hangover…
1. Dehydration: alcohol is a powerful diuretic. Your body needs plenty of water to replenish the water it has lost. Accompanying symptoms include dizziness, trembling and thirst.
2. Nausea and sweating: this is caused by acidosis, where your blood is more acidic than usual. Acid-producing foods (yip, processed, fast, party foods) and alcohol are the main causes of acidosis. This can take 24 hours to correct.
3. Tiredness and irritability: your body’s normal rhythm is out of whack, resulting in exhaustion, crabbiness and an increase in body temperature, which can make you feel flushed.
4. Headaches: alcohol has an inflammatory effect, making your blood vessels swell. Your headache may even start while you’re drinking, not just the morning after.
5. Disturbed sleep: if you’ve drunk too much, all you want to do is sleep it off, but for some people, overdoing it results in a terrible, interrupted night’s sleep.
Cure your hangover
- First off, drink lots of water.
- Eat something simple containing both carbs and protein, like a poached egg on toast.
- A glass of tomato juice will help balance your blood sugar.
- Stay in bed if you can.
- Caffeine may make you feel better, but it promotes dehydration, so it’s best to avoid it.
Prevent a hangover next time
- Only drink on a full stomach.
- Alternate water with your drink of choice.
- Don’t mix your drinks.
- Mix alcohol with water rather than soda.
- Sip slowly. Give your body time to process the alcohol.
- Boost your vitamin C a few days before the party. It’ll help your body get rid of the alcohol more effectively.