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How To Cure A Hangover: Learn These 12 Tips

How To Cure A Hangover: Learn These 12 Tips

Many of us enjoy the buzz you get from drinking alcohol, but the incessant hangover you can suffer from the next day often feels like a cruel punishment. It can stop you from carrying out the plans you had for the day and may even prevent you from turning up to work. But if you drink smart you may save yourself from this unwanted headaches and feelings of tiredness. Here are some tips that will guide you through what to do: before your drink; while you drink; and the morning after, that will help you cure a hangover.

Tips to do before you drink:

1. Drink lots of water

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    In order to wake up feeling fresh the day after you drink, it is important to make sure you are not dehydrated before you start drinking. Drinking alcohol blocks the production of a chemical called vasopressin. This helps our kidneys send water straight to the bladder instead of absorbing water into your body. In fact, drinking alcohol can mean that you expel up to four times as much water as usual. This can lead to dehydration which is the main cause of hangovers headaches and dry mouths. So before you start drinking make it your aim to drink a lot of water; you can drink up to eight glasses a day.

    2. Eat greasy food

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      Food helps to slow the absorption of alcohol. In particular, if you eat a greasy meal before you drink, the fat will line the walls of your stomach. This will help slow down the rate at which the alcohol reaches the blood stream, which means that it takes longer for you to become intoxicated. You can also drink a full glass of milk or a shot of olive oil may help.

      Tips to do while you drink:

      3. Try not to mix

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        Different types of alcohol have different chemicals including  different levels of congeners. This is why different alcohols have slight different effects. If you drink different alcohols at the same time they can end up mixing badly. By sticking to one type of drink you will minimize your chances of winding up with a thumping headache the next day.

        4. Take it slow

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          It is important to pace yourself when drinking. The NHS recommends that men should not drink more than 3-4 units of booze in one day. For women the recommended amount is 2-3 units. A beer is approximately 2-3 units while a glass of wine is about 1.5 units. It takes approximately 1 hour to break down 1 unit of alcohol and this is why you should not drink too fast. If you drink too fast, you do not give your body time to break down the alcohol and this is when you can start seeing unwanted side effects. If you leave a gap between drinks you allow your body to process the alcohol and this in turn will lessen you chances of getting a hangover.

          5. Drink Sprite

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            In a 2013 study published in the journal Food and Function, Chinese researchers found that drinking caffeine-free soda helps the body better metabolize alcohol. It does this by speeding up a person’s ability to process aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). ALDH is believed to be the cause of hangover symptoms. So drinking fizzy drinks while you drink alcohol will have you ward of a hangover.

            6. Keep drinking water

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              It is well-known that alcohol is a diuretic. Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D., a consultant at the Mayo Clinic recommends us drinking 16-20 ounces of water before going to bed. He also suggests us ordering a glass of water with every beer we drink to replace fluids we will lose when we drink.

              Tips to do the morning after:

              7. Get some rest

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                Getting some sleep will help your body recover. Staying in bed for an extra hour or two will help your body get the rest it needs. You may need to postpone any plans you have for your day. However, if you need to work, you better take an aspirin and show up.

                8. Keep drinking water or juice

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                  You still need to keep your body hydrated. Replenishing your body with water or fruit or vegetable juices will help restore your body to its desired equilibrium. One restorative drink is lemon juice added to warm water.

                  9. Eat toast or cracker

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                    Toast or crackers are a great food to eat if you have been vomiting the night before. Dr. Hall-Flavin says that carbs can help boost your blood sugar levels the morning after.

                    Under normal circumstances, when your blood sugar levels are low, your liver will kick in and produce more glucose from stored carbs. However, if you have been drinking too much, your liver will focus on metabolizing the alcohol instead. As a result, you will have low blood sugar levels and have feelings of irritability and tiredness.

                    10. Drink coffee and take an aspirin

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                      In a 2010 study published in the journal PIOS ONE, it was found that caffeine in coffee and the anti-inflammatory ingredients of aspirin reacted against the chemical compound of ethanol (pure alcohol). Ethanol brings on headaches because of the chemical acetate.

                      However, it is important to be aware that coffee does dehydrate. It will however cause a spike in adrenaline, which will give a false energy boost. Be careful when drinking coffee and taking painkillers at the same time.

                      11. Take a shower

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                        Taking a cold shower will help to freshen you up and liven your senses. You may also like to try switching between cold and hot water. But be careful when doing so as you may shock your body which could do more damage.

                        12. Exercise

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                          The endorphins release when you exercise to enhance your mood. It will also help to burn off the calories you gain when drinking alcohol. However, make sure that you drink water when exercising so you don’t become more dehydrated. It may take some willpower to get moving but it will surely help make your body and mind feel better.

                          We have gone through 12 tips that will help you to wake up without the dreaded hangover after a night of drinking. So remember these suggestions when you hit the bar next time.

                          Featured photo credit: Rinse Daily via rinsedaily.com

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                          Last Updated on April 2, 2020

                          10 Quick Easy Workouts To Lose Arm Fat At Home

                          10 Quick Easy Workouts To Lose Arm Fat At Home

                          Flabby arms are something a lot of us have to tend to. If you find yourself buying a sweater or cardigan to go with your tank top or usually opt for the long-sleeved dress, then you’re not alone. Usually a result of genes, general excess fat or just ageing, it seems difficult to lose arm fat. The fat in our arms accumulates mainly around the triceps – the muscles on the back of your upper arm – and are prone to getting flabby if not exercised regularly.

                          What we eat can also play a part in the extent of the jiggle so eating a good, healthy balanced diet as well as keeping well hydrated can put you on the right track. Resistance exercises are the most effective way to blast that underarm fat as well as strengthen, shape and tone your muscles. You can always go down to the gym and work up a sweat but who has time for that? If you want a convenient and quick alternative then you can easily manage an effective routine in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a set of dumbbells and you can start toning up those bingo wings with these 10 easy workouts.

                          1. Tricep dips

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                            Works: Triceps

                            • Hands must be positioned shoulder width apart on a secured chair or bench.
                            • Position your bum in front of the bench with feet hip-width apart on the floor and legs bent.
                            • Straighten out your arms a little, keeping a slight bend from the elbow so to put more emphasis on the tricep and less stress on the elbow.
                            • Keeping your back close to the bench, slowly lower your body so that your arms are at a 90-degree angle.
                            • Once in this position slowly push off your hands back to the starting position.
                            • Do 10-15 reps.

                            2. Bicep curls

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                              Works: Biceps and shoulders

                              • Start off with your feet hip-distance apart, holding one dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing out.
                              • Starting with your left arm, bend your elbow to slowly bring the weight up to your shoulder holding the position for 5 seconds.
                              • Slowly release the elbow and straighten your arm back down to the starting position.
                              • Repeat the moves on the right side.
                              • Complete 3 sets of 10-15 reps for each arm.

                              3. Push ups

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                                Works: Triceps and Deltoids

                                • Lying face down, place your hands on the floor roughly shoulder-width apart.
                                • Tuck your toes under and gently lift your body up, pushing through your hands and making sure not to lock your elbows.
                                • Slowly bend your elbows bringing your face roughly 2-3 inches from the ground.
                                • Slowly push back up through your arms. If this is difficult then do the same move but keeping your knees on the floor.
                                • Repeat 10-15 times.

                                4. Tricep Kickbacks

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                                  Works: Triceps

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                                  • Place a weight in each hand and kneel down onto the floor with your toes tucked under.
                                  • Bend your upper body forward from the hips up and bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle.
                                  • Extend both your arms backwards while your palms are facing each other.
                                  • Feel the tension in the triceps and return to the starting position.
                                  • Do 3 sets of 8-10 reps.

                                  5. Plank

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                                    Works: Chest, Shoulders, Biceps and Core

                                    • Start face-down on the floor, resting on your forearms and knees.
                                    • Step your feet out so that they are slightly apart and come into the plank position.
                                    • Make sure your body is straight, parallel to the floor and your bum is tucked in.
                                    • Pull your abs in and hold the position for as long as you can. Try to aim for 20-30 seconds and build up to a minute.
                                    • Repeat 3 times.

                                    6. Tricep Extensions

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                                      Works: Triceps

                                      • Stand on a mat with your feet hip-width apart.
                                      • Hold one dumbbell with both hands behind your head, bending the elbows.
                                      • Bring the weight towards the ceiling, straightening your arms above your head.
                                      • Lower back to starting position.
                                      • Complete 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps.

                                      7. Lateral Arm Raises

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                                        Works: Deltoids

                                        • Stand with feel hip-width apart. With arms down the side of your body, hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing in.
                                        • Starting with your left side, inhale and slowly raise your arm so that it’s parallel to the floor. Make sure not to lock your elbow by keeping a slight bend.
                                        • Make sure your arm is straight and palm is facing the floor.
                                        • Exhale and slowly bring your arm back down to your side.
                                        • Repeat on the right side.
                                        • Do 10-15 reps on each side and two sets.

                                        8. Overhead Press

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                                          Works: Shoulders

                                          • Stand up, lining your feet with your hips and hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing out.
                                          • Bring the weights to your shoulders.
                                          • Keep your core muscles tight and straighten your arms above you.
                                          • Slowly bring your arms back down to your shoulders.
                                          • Do 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

                                          9. Bent Over Row

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                                            Works: Triceps and Biceps 

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                                            • Place your feet shoulder-width apart.
                                            • Bend your knees and and then bend your upper body forward from the hips making sure you keep your back nice and straight.
                                            • Make sure your hands are straight and placed under your shoulders.
                                            • Bend the elbows back while lifting your arms towards the sides of your chest, pulling your shoulder blades towards each other.
                                            • Slowly lower the weights in a controlled movement and feel the tension at your triceps.
                                            • Repeat 10-15 times.

                                            10. Skull Crushers

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                                              Works: Triceps

                                              • While holding a dumbbell in each hand, lie on your back with your knees bent.
                                              • Slowly raise your arms so they are above your chest, making sure your elbows are straight but not locked.
                                              • Slowly lower both arms toward your head, bending your elbows to 90 degrees as the dumbbells reach the mat. Aim to lower your weights so they are on either side of your head  with elbows bent and pressing in toward your head (being careful not to hit yourself in the face).
                                              • Lift your arms back to starting position.
                                              • Complete 2 or 3 sets, 10-15 reps each.

                                              Featured photo credit: Maddi Bazzocco via unsplash.com

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