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8 Hangover Remedies That Really Work

8 Hangover Remedies That Really Work
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By    |   Sunday, 31 December 2017 12:36 PM

Each year, an estimated three million Americans wake up on New Year’s Day feeling sick, headachy, nauseous, and dizzy – thanks to too much bubbly or booze to ring in 2018. If you find yourself among them, here’s some timely advice on how to remedy a hangover.

“Hangovers happen after alcohol consumption when three conditions occur,” Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of “Real Cause, Real Cure” tells Newsmax Health.

“The first major cause is dehydration. If you didn’t drink enough water between alcoholic beverages last night it’s likely that alcohol, which acts like a diuretic, makes the cells of your body drier than the Mohave Desert. Another reason is the production of toxic chemicals such as acetaldehyde from alcohol that our bodies treat like poison. A headache is a very common sign of poison processing.

“The third reason is that imbibing depletes nutrients needed for brain function and to break down these toxins.”

While it’s always best to avoid a hangover altogether by not indulging too much, here’s what you can do to ease the misery after the fact:

Stay hydrated and go back to bed. Dr. Alexander Mauskop, director of the New York Headache Center and a board-certified neurologist, tells Newsmax Health drinking lots of water helps even the morning after a night of drinking. Rest and stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking electrolyte-rich fluids like sports drinks is a great option.

Drink gingerly. Soak some lemons in honey and add very cold seltzer water with a touch of grated ginger. This ancient folk remedy helps ease both nausea and fatigue. You can also nibble on crystallized ginger.

Soothing scents. If you have a diffuser, blend a few drops of both peppermint and lavender oils and breathe in relief. You can also put a few drops on a cold, moist wash cloth and inhale.

Strike a pose. A little yoga can reduce headache pain, especially using deep diaphragmatic breathing, says Mauskop, the author of “The Headache Alternative: A Neurologist’s Guide to Drug-Free Relief.” He adds: “I wouldn’t do headstands or other inversions but gentle stretching and deep breathing can ease the discomfort of a hangover.”

Pump iron. Hit the gym or get outdoors and do some form of exercise. “I wouldn’t over do it or lift heavy weights but follow a beginner’s guide to strength training to get the blood pumping and circulating through the body,” says Mauskop.

Pop supplements. Take high doses of B vitamins, says Teitelbaum, along with1, 000 milligrams of glutamine and 200 milligrams of magnesium to help alleviate the symptoms. He also suggests taking Thrive, a supplement that speeds the metabolism of alcohol toxins and supports brain function.

Try a topical gel. To avoid stomach-related problems caused by ingesting aspirin or other over-the-counter pain relievers, apply a topical product such as Topofen or Aspercreme, says Mauskop. Avoid taking aspirin or other OTC pills while drinking because both increase the risk of stomach bleeding.

Eat a bland diet. Bananas, plain toast, and crackers are easy to digest and settle your tummy. “I don’t recommend hair of the dog,” he says. “Drinking more alcohol the next day is primarily for alcoholics who are going through withdrawal. Best to take it easy and recover!”

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Each year, millions of Americans ring in the New Year with a nasty hangover. But do any remedies really work to treat the headache, nausea, and dizziness? Here are eight to try, if you find yourself suffering through New Year's Day.
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