Natural Remedies for Hangovers

April 12, 2010

I have heard this question time, and time again. “How do I get rid of a hangover?”

Well, here it goes…

How to naturally remedy a hangover, and help to restore your bodies balance.

Nursing a hangover is no fun for anyone. Hangovers are a very common occurrence amongst college age students, and grads alike, but it doesn’t stop there.  In fact, hangovers seem to get worse with age, regardless of the amount consumed. How many times have you heard your older, (fill in the blank), whine, “I just can’t drink like I used to… even one glass of (fill in the blank), leaves me with the worst (fill in the blank).”

This is actually not an illusion.  When the body is young, it is also more resilient.  A healthy body is more capable of healing itself.  Unfortunately, as we age, things change.  Why?  At an older age, we are more likely to have accumulated more toxins from daily stressors and pollution, and more waste from, years of eating fast food, refined flours, sugar, cigarettes, and alcohol, etc.  In total, these unwanted substances hurt the body, and weaken the immunity.

A hangover, in the simplest of terms, is your body’s way of reporting in to you that, it is out of balance. Alcohol, a pollutant, and highly acid-forming substance, lowers the body’s pH, and weakens the immunity.  Alcohol also depletes the body of vitamins and minerals.  All of this combined, creates a plethora of terrible feelings the morning after drinking.  Although, the most obvious, and healthiest, soultion would be to significantly limit, and/or avoid alcohol, if you find yourself in an uncomfortable state, these few tips may due the trick.

1.  Alcohol dehydrates the body, and removes fluid from the blood. If you can, consume 1-3 bottles of water before hitting the sheets.  Upon waking, drink some more.  A better idea would be to alternate between water, and beverage, the night before the hangover occurred.  However, if you are reading this now, and suffering from a hangover, you cannot go back in time, so drink water.

Not coffee.  Coffee will only further dehydrate you.

Not soda. Soda will just add to the toxins that are swimming around in there.

2.  Alcohol depletes the body of water soluble vitamins, particularly the B vitamins. Take a B-Complex vitamin.  This can help to reduce the stress your body is under, and start to replenish what was lost.  Better yet, take a plant-based multi-vitamin. I am a fan of Raw Code vitamins.  I mention them here.  (Take upon waking).

3.  Ever feel jittery after drinking? Due to alcohol’s diuretic effect, the body loses potassium, and magnesium.  Take a plant-based magnesium supplement, to reduce the feelings of anxiety, and squelch the jitters. Magnesium works to relax the body.  Preferably to be taken before hitting the sheets.  Do not take with food, as magnesium neutralizes stomach acids, needed for digestion.  As for potassium, avocados are higher in potassium than bananas, much lower in sugar, and are alkaline. Enjoy an avocado on a salad, to snatch up some of that potassium.

4.  Alcohol is hard on the liver.  Avoid the fried cafeteria food, and hydrogenated fats, and instead go with something alkaline, like steamed, or sauteed vegetables.  Why?  Cooked fats are also hard on the liver, which creates double the trouble for the body.  Take a Milk Thistle supplement to aid the liver in the detoxification process.

5.  Choose alkaline-forming foods. Alcohol disrupts the body’s desire to maintain a neutral pH. Do not attempt to “fix” a hangover by eating breads, or crackers, and the like.  These foods, especially when of the refined-flour variety, will temporarily spike your sugar levels, only to send them plummeting down again.  Your body will feel like it is on a terrible roller coaster.  These foods also do not help to correct the body’s pH, as they are highly acid-forming.  Do not choose foods that are difficult to digest.  Your body is feeling terrible because it is doing everything it can think of to heal, and rid itself of the poisons coursing through your blood.  It does not want more work.  Choose digestible foods. Click here for a list of foods to avoid, and foods focus on.

6.  Sip GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha. Kombucha is actually a combination of different bacteria, and yeast cells, that are cultured, and created into a fermented, and bubbly beverage.  GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha claims to have live probiotics, enzymes, and polyphenols.  While, I do not consider it to be a health food, it can help to reduce the feelings of a hangover, by helping to correct the body’s acid pH. Buy at Whole Foods and sip on in the morning after, on an empty stomach.  

7.  SLEEP. Sleep is one of the most alkaline, and healing things you can do for your body, so if you have the time, try to get some Z’s.

8.  SWEAT. Additionally, sweating, like going for a quick jog, can help you to excrete some of the poisons through your body’s largest organ, the skin.  However, do not overexert yourself.  Remember, your body is trying to heal.  It does not need added stress.

And there you have it, 8 natural tips for dealing with a terrible a not-so-fun hangover.

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What are you tips for dealing with a hangover?

6 thoughts on “Natural Remedies for Hangovers

  1. Loved reading this post today!
    I try and limit my alcohol consumption but when you are in your 20’s and your friends love “happy hour” it can be hard. My way of curing a hangover is to drink lots of water and try to replenish the electrolytes I lost through drinking so having a bowl of soup the next day, etc.
    Hangovers are the worse, but I do enjoy a glass of wine quite often:)

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