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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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      mix drinks

        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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                          15 Fitness Goals That Will Help You Live a Healthier Life This Year

                          15 Fitness Goals That Will Help You Live a Healthier Life This Year

                          Starting a journey with fitness goals is never easy, and you must remember this is not a crash diet; it is a lifestyle. Don’t panic and think you have to do it all at once, as this will most likely overwhelm you. You may also find yourself giving up because crash diets are not sustainable.

                          The best approach is to make simple changes to your daily habits, and over time, you will notice all your bad habits have turned into good ones.

                          Accordingly to a study by Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London, on average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact.[1] And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances.

                          Here are 15 fitness goals to help you on your journey:

                          1. Drink More Water

                          W.H. Auden said it best when he said,

                          “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”

                          With any diet, the most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated. Drinking water will support your body with digestion, transporting nutrients to your bones and muscles, and even improving cognitive function.

                          Ideally, you want to drink about half your body weight in ounces per day, i.e. if you weight 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water a day.

                          2. Add Some Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Water

                          It is recommended we sleep for about 8 hours a day, but this means we spend about 8 hours per day dehydrated. Therefore, hydrating your body first thing in the morning is absolutely necessary.

                          The best way to achieve hydration is by starting your day with a glass or even two of water. For that extra boost, add lemon juice and ½ teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. The lemon and apple cider vinegar will help your body with detoxifying, cleansing, and digestion.

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                          3. Stop Drinking Your Calories

                          Yes, keeping hydrated is important, but try to avoid high-calorie drinks, such as soft drinks, specialty coffee, and juices as they are full of fast-acting sugar.

                          Really push yourself to stop drinking such drinks, and before you know it, you will notice the benefits.

                          4. Start Stretching More Often

                          The benefits are vast and the repercussions of failing to stretch can be dramatic.

                          Do yourself a favor and always stretch before and after a workout. This will promote a healthy cool down, improve flexibility, and reduce next day aches. Failure to stretch can lead to injures and muscle damage.

                          Here’re some simple stretching exercises to get you started: 15 Static Stretching Exercises to Totally Enhance Your Workout Routine

                          5. Add in Some High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

                          You may have heard about HIIT training because it is the big thing right now, and believe me when I say that it works and should absolutely be included in your fitness goals.

                          The benefits include lower body fat, increased stamina, leaner muscles, and fantastic hormonal benefits.

                          HIIT is where you perform an intense exercise for a very short time frame (about 30 seconds), followed by a slower exercise for about 90 seconds.

                          Performing a HIIT routine for 1-3 times a week will lead to great results.

                          6. Focus on Your Breathing When You Work Out

                          For the most part, breathing is second nature, but when exercising, you may find yourself holding your breath, and this can have negative consequences.

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                          It is important to consciously take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, as this will fill your lungs with oxygen and give you the necessary energy to continue your workout.

                          7. Build More Lean Muscle

                          We all want to have lean muscles. Not only does it look good, but it also has great health benefits, including:

                          • Improved posture
                          • Reduced body fat
                          • Improved metabolism
                          • Strong bones
                          • Protects and improves joint health
                          • Improved stamina

                          You can build lean muscle by lifting weights or through other specific exercises. Learn more about building muscle in this guide: How Long Does it Take to Build Muscle and Increase Fat Loss?

                          8. Decrease Body Fat

                          This may seem like an obvious one, but it is one of the most important steps to a healthier you. Reducing your body fat has a lot of benefits such as:

                          • Improved joints and tendons
                          • Lowered risk of diabetes
                          • Reduced risk of heart disease
                          • Reduced inflammation
                          • Better performance and endurance
                          • Improved appearance and confidence
                          • Better hormonal profiles in your body

                          Remember, it is not a race to see how quickly you can decrease your body fat. Healthy weight loss is around 1-2 pounds a week for your fitness goals.[2]

                          Crash dieting or pushing yourself too much in the gym can lead to you achieving an unrealistic target, and you may find yourself gaining all the weight you have lost.

                          Think of it as a lifestyle, and take it slow and steady.

                          9. Eat More Greens

                          What you eat is the most important factor in a healthier living plan. It is important to ensure you are getting as many nutrients and vitamins from the food you are eating as possible.

                          Focus on dark, leafy greens, as they will provide you with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants—all of which you body needs!

                          Don’t forget to avoid processed and manufactured food. They are usually high in fat and have minimal vitamins.

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                          10. Start Eliminating Sugar

                          Another top goal you can start immediately is reducing the amount of sugar you consume. It also won’t cost you anything, and will save you money and improve your health in the long run.

                          There’s no surprise we eat too much sugar, and this should be one of your top fitness goals moving forward. Cutting out liquid calories is a great way to start. If you’re looking for something sweet, turn to fruits or even dark chocolate.

                          Be careful to eliminate sugar from your diet slowly. Cutting it out all at once can cause symptoms of sugar withdrawal, which can drive you back to sugary snacks[3].

                          Common symptoms of sugar withdrawal

                            11. Allow Yourself to Rest and Recover

                            The workout is where you go to break down muscle tissue, and it builds back through proper nutrition, rest, and recovery[4]. It might be tempting to go to the gym for two hours every day as hard as you can to achieve your goals, but that’s not the most effective approach.

                            If you don’t allow for proper rest and recovery, it can set you back a few steps. Your body is more prone to injury and even illness as you can weaken your immune system from all the progressive intensity the body is facing.

                            12. Get More Sleep

                            When you are deprived of sleep, you make it next to impossible to achieve your health and fitness goals. Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones in your body, and over time these can lead to inflammation and chronic diseases.[5]

                            Make sleep a priority to let your body heal and rejuvenate. A good approach is 7 to 8 hours. Also, allow yourself some wind-down time and a pre-bed routine to help get more consistent sleep every night.

                            13. Focus on the Habit, Not the Result

                            It’s easy to get caught up in trying to achieve a certain look or shed time off of your mile, but the more important focus is on the habit that will bring you closer to those fitness goals.

                            Don’t look at the scale, the tape measurer, or the body fat percentage. Focus on the habits that will lead to those achievements.

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                            Don’t compare yourself to where others are; you’re right where you need to be.

                            14. Take Your Fitness Outside

                            This may be hard depending on the weather you experience, but the more you can be outside exposed to fresh air and sunlight, the better.

                            Being stuck in the gym doing cardio while staring at a wall won’t do much for your mental stimulation.

                            Try to challenge your body more by getting outside. Hiking is great and also just running and walking. Give yourself more access to nature and a constantly changing environment. It also beats breathing in that recycled gym air.

                            15. Do at Least One Pull Up

                            This is a great last goal to focus on because it’s a great test of strength and to see how you are progressing with your fitness.

                            If you haven’t been able to do one, you know what a challenge it can be. Having the goal of doing at least one pull up will not only show you how far you’ve progressed, but it is a great way to become dedicated and motivated.

                            The Bottom Line

                            These fitness goals will become more attainable through the year if you’re consistent with your fitness. Set yourself a concrete timeline for when you want to accomplish some or all of these in order to create realistic goals in the short term. In fact, start making one of these goals happen this month!

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