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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.

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                          Published on April 12, 2019

                          7 Best Weight Loss Supplements That Are Healthy and Effective

                          7 Best Weight Loss Supplements That Are Healthy and Effective

                          The proceeding article has been written from my own personal experience with weight loss, along with research I’ve personally conducted, and from conversations I’ve held with individuals in the health and wellness space. The below suggestions for supplements are being given under the pretence that you will in fact investigate these substances further to conclude if they make sense for you personally or not.

                          I’m a huge proponent of research and information, and also suggest you consider a DNA analysis test such as ones available through companies like Ansestory and 23andme. You can download your raw DNA data, and then upload it to FoundMyFitness Genetics – Genome Analysis Tool by Dr. Rhonda Patrick, or Promethease.

                          The purpose of uploading your raw DNA data is in order to gather information pertaining to supplementation, dietary habits, and albeit lifestyle decisions that will be optimal/in accordance with your genealogy. You can then apply this information in your day to day life in order to become the best version of you!

                          Before we dive into the list of supplements, ask the following question first:

                          Do You Need Supplements?

                          The short answer is not really, however as mentioned above, you may want to consider certain supplements by the mere fact that they are suggestible for your gene type.

                          An example of this for me personally is a genetic predisposition to Vitamin D deficiency, which came up in my comprehensive DNA report. With this information in mind, I make an active effort to supplement Vitamin D, and get my butt into some sunlight as often as possible!

                          So in certain cases supplements may not be totally required, but highly advisable.

                          When I began losing weight several years back, many thoughts ran through my mind, from bogus weight loss supplements, to even considering the quick and easy liposuction of 40-50lbs.

                          However when I took a moment to listen to my own instinct and intuition, the truth about these ideologies is that they do not solve the root of the problem – lifestyle choices.

                          My general opinion on supplementation for weight loss is that one need not focus on substances or external things in order to achieve weight loss.

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                          When I was losing weight, after having gained it through silly lifestyle choices (to keep things short), my focus was not on supplements but on the consistent effort towards maximal weight loss and fat loss.

                          In order to maximize weight/fat loss — I’ve discussed many times over the importance of incorporating Intermittent Fasting (Time-Restricted Eating), in conjunction with high activity levels throughout the week.

                          Simply put, you need to consider how you structure your eating, as well as the amount of exercise, effort, and overall exertion – leading to daily caloric expenditure.

                          Get yourself in a healthy caloric deficit, not by starving yourself, but by exercising, eating healthy and within a Time-Restricted “eating window”.

                          7 Supplements To Consider for Weight Loss

                          1. Caffeine or Green Tea/Extract (Matcha)

                          This is one of the quickest and most easily accessible supplements for weight loss.

                          Caffeine can boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning. However, people become tolerant to the effects, and as such its impact will slowly diminish.

                          Matcha is derived from the same plant as Green Tea – Camellia sinensis. Matcha tea is low in calories, and high in antioxidants such as Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). Scientists at the University of Colorado found that the EGCG content in matcha is 137 times more than Chinese green tea. These antioxidants can help flush out toxins, boost immunity, and reduce the body’s inflammation, which helps prevent weight gain and accelerates weight loss.

                          Matcha can boost metabolism and aid in fat burning while also balancing blood glucose levels.

                          2. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

                          Your body naturally produces alpha-lipoic acid, but it’s also found in a variety of foods and as a dietary supplement typically in pill form.

                          ALA is an organic compound found in all human cells, made inside the mitochondria – where it helps enzymes turn nutrients into energy. Some research suggests that it may play a roll in weight loss, diabetes and more. There have also been antioxidant properties associated with ALA such as the ability to lower blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation, reduce skin ageing, and improve nerve function.

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                          You can obtain ALA without supplementation from animal products such as red meat and organ meats, along with plant foods like broccoli, tomatoes, spinach and Brussels sprouts.

                          Animal studies have indicated that ALA can reduce the activity of the enzyme AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), located in your brain’s hypothalamus. Meanwhile, human studies conducted showed that alpha-lipoic acid has only a slight impact on weight loss. An analysis of 12 studies discovered that people who took an alpha-lipoic acid supplement lost an average of 1.52 pounds (0.69 kg) more than those taking a placebo over an average of 14 weeks.

                          Personally I use ALA on and off when I’m looking to cut weight.

                          3. Glutamine

                          Generally speaking, Glutamine is beneficial because it improves the maintenance of muscle mass, which in turn helps burn more fat.

                          By introducing Glutamine to your diet it will also yield anti-inflammatory benefits and help reduce cravings for high-glycemic carbohydrates.

                          Foods that are high in glutamine include meat, seafood, milk, nuts, eggs, cabbage and beans.[1]

                          4. Krill Oil

                          High in omega-3 fatty acids, which yields various health benefits, including improved heart and brain health, a reduced risk of depression and even healthier skin.

                          Researchers have suggested that fish oil omega-3s may help people lose weight more easily.

                          Studies have concluded that while both fish-sourced and krill-sourced omega-3 fats are effective in reducing fat levels, krill is more effective. The mechanisms of how this is so had not been made clear in the study, but suggested long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) can reduce activity in the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system consists of a group of neuromodulatory lipids and receptors that influence appetite, pain sensation, mood and memory.

                          Researchers found that, when parameters associated with obesity were considered, krill oil reduced heart fat levels in rats by 42 percent, compared to 2 percent for fish oils.

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                          I personally shifted from Alaskan Wild Salmon fish oils to Krill Oil due to the fact that it’s more potent and overall more effective, though the cost of the supplement is slightly more.

                          5. Apple Cider Vinegar

                          Many would note that apple cider vinegar is a low calorie drink; however, my focus on noting this supplement is relating to suppressing fat accumulation which was found in animal studies.

                          A team of researchers also investigated the effects on obese Japanese in a double-blind trial. Daily intake of apple cider vinegar may be practical in the prevention of metabolic syndrome by reducing obesity.

                          Additionally, some studies suggest that apple cider vinegar helps stabilise blood sugar levels, and primarily after consuming a high carbohydrate meal.

                          There’s many other benefits of apple cider vinegar to note, however they don’t directly correlate with weight loss, so for now I’ll leave them unmentioned, but encourage you look further into this powerful supplement.

                          6. L-Carnitine

                          This supplement is a bit speculative, and I haven’t had too much personal experience with it, thus it’s towards the bottom of the list.

                          L-Carnitine plays a crucial role in the production of energy by transporting fatty acids into your cells’ mitochondria – which acts as engines within your cells, burning fats to create usable energy. This helps move more fatty acids into your cells to be burned for energy, so it’s suggested this would increase the ability to burn fat and thus lose weight. However, results of both human and animal studies are mixed in this case.

                          This is one of those supplements that may work for one person, but not another, and it’s highly discussed and debated in the bodybuilding and fat loss community.

                          I suggest you look further into L-Carnitine, and perhaps experiment on a trial to see if you notice any improvements in weight loss and fat reduction.

                          7. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) [Bonus]

                          CLA is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in meat and dairy products. This supplement is gaining popularity and has become widely regarded as a contender for the weight-loss miracle pill.

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                          Though I personally do not think such a magic pill exists, it’s certainly fun to throw around the term ‘miracle’ and generates a lot of buzz in doing so.

                          During a trial, one group of overweight women lost 9% body fat in one year’s time without any adjustments in lifestyle or eating habits.

                          Now, don’t take this as a suggestion to not improve lifestyle, as I introduced this article with the pretence that it’s the most important aspect of losing weight.

                          In a few small animal studies, CLA has been shown to prevent heart disease and several types of cancer, while appearing to enhance the immune system. Human studies are not as conclusive as they used body fat scales (such as DEXA – Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) to measure improvements, which are inherently not that accurate.

                          This is another one of those supplements I suggest researching further, and trialling in conjunction with lifestyle adjustments to see if it works for you.

                          The Bottom Line

                          Once again I can’t stress enough that merely supplementing for weight loss will not yield exponential results – you must exercise, move your body, and I highly advise introducing Intermittent Fasting/Time-Restricted Eating if you haven’t already done so.

                          Please research more into these supplements to determine if they make sense for you. And I don’t suggest using all at once as you won’t be able to accurately gauge which are most effective – cycle through them by taking one, two, upwards of 3 supplements at any given time. If you want to experiment, then switch after a couple months of use.

                          I wish you the best of luck with your weight loss journey and if would like to learn more about the above supplements, take a look at my video here:

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