5 Ways to Fight that Hangover

avoid-hangoverHaving some good times with friends almost guarantees pain the next day if you imbibe a little too much. This can happen before you know it and aside from the pain of having to take a taxi home for the night, the pain you may be forced to endure the next day seems hardly worth the fun you had the night before. But there are ways to fight that hangover and keep it from happening in the first place.

1. Paying attention to your blood sugar

When you drink alcohol, it inhibits your liver’s ability to store glucose. This will lead to a blood sugar crash which is often what wakes you up in the middle of the night feeling suddenly famished. Low blood sugar affects lots of people in many different ways. It can make you have the shakes, it can make you grouchy, it can make you want to just eat and eat until you feel like you’re going to burst.

One of the best ways to fight off a hangover is to eat while you’re drinking. Small bits of carbohydrates in the form of crackers with some cheese for protein will keep your blood sugar stable while you’re drinking with your friends. It will also keep you from getting overly drunk.

2. Avoid getting dehydrated

Drinking alcohol naturally causes dehydration. It also increases the number of times you need to urinate further compounding the dehydration. This will eventually lead to an imbalance in your electrolytes and that is what leads to the symptoms you experience when you’re in the midst of a roaring hangover. If you are careful to consume some water while you’re also putting back those sweet cocktails, you’ll be able to avoid the terrible headache that often accompanies a hangover. If you drink coconut water or have a banana while you’re drinking, or shortly afterward, you’ll be able to keep your electrolyte balance in check and avoid the sour stomach that often erupts seemingly out of nowhere the next morning.

hangover-anatomy3. Gastrointestinal issues

When you are drinking large amounts of alcoholic beverages, you are placing a big load on your gastrointestinal tract. Alcohol will inflame your intestines which can cause delayed gastric emptying. This means that the time it takes your stomach to empty food into your bowels will be much longer than normal. This can cause vomiting. People who also indulge in a lot of drinking can eventually develop a condition known as “fatty liver disease”. If you have “fatty liver disease” already, the likelihood that you will have feelings of nausea when you are drinking are even further increased.

4. Acetaldehyde

Acetaldehyde is a harmful toxin that your body produces when it is breaking down alcohol for processing by the liver. Eventually alcohol is expelled from the body through the liver but if your body becomes overwhelmed with too much alcohol, there will be other adverse effects. Among these are accelerated heart rate, flushing of the face, nausea and vomiting. Most women can do not tolerate alcohol as easily as men do. This is primarily because they do not have enough of the enzymes which breaks down acetaldehyde and this causes it to accumulate at a faster rate, thus increasing the adverse effects.

After you’ve had a good night out on the town with your friends, the next day your liver will still be dealing with the negative consequences of all that alcohol. One of the best ways to avoid having a hangover the next day is to hydrate yourself well when you get home. Whatever you do, do not try the old “hair of the dog” fix for a hangover and pour yourself another Soda and Scotch when you get up in the morning. It won’t help and it will probably only make you feel even more miserable. When you awaken the next morning, fix yourself a good, healthy breakfast of some eggs. This will give your body the amino acids and cysteine it needs to break down the accumulated acetaldehyde that is still in your body. Drink a full 8 ounces of water and take two aspirin or tylenol, then head back to bed to try to sleep it off as best you can.

5. Take your B vitamins

It’s important that you remember that while you were out drinking the night before, your body was becoming depleted of its B vitamins, especially B6. If you take a vitamin B supplement the night before as you are getting ready to leave the house for the club, that’s another effective way to stave off a hangover the next morning.

Most people will eventually figure out what they need to do to avoid a hangover. This is often through just trial and error. The main thing to remember is to not let yourself get dehydrated. That is, by far, about 90% of the cause of all hangovers. It’s so easy to avoid getting dehydrated that you will be amazed if you try it that you suddenly seem to have unlocked the key to avoiding hangovers forever. Different kinds of alcohol can cause worse hangovers than  others. It might be a good idea to keep mental tabs on what you drink and how you feel the next morning. People who drink white wine tend to have less trouble with bad hangovers the next morning.