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Recovering From A Heavy Summer Party: 5 Hacks To Cure A Hangover

Recovering From A Heavy Summer Party: 5 Hacks To Cure A Hangover

Ask half a dozen friends how to cure a hangover, and chances are, you will get half a dozen different answers. Some more ridiculous than others. Drink this. Eat that. Have another shot?

Unfortunately, there is no real cure for a hangover. The things that help cure your symptoms are often dependent on what your body is experiencing and your body’s chemistry. Regardless, there are a few tricks that almost everyone can agree that are incredibly useful for any hangover.

Here are five hacks you can use to cure even the worst beach bonfire hangovers:

1. Drink some water and then drink more water

Hydration is at the top of almost every list, and at this point, it probably sounds cliché. But, it is crucial. You need to drink more water.

Water is the closest thing humans have to some sort of magical elixir. In fact, it is required for life. So, if you are looking for some kind of restorative potion, it makes sense to start at the source: water.

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Water is particularly useful for hangovers because alcohol consumption often results in dehydration, particularly if you were having so much fun that you forgot the glass-of-water-between-drinks rule.

So raise a glass (of H2O) like your productivity depends on it! Your body will thank you for giving it life, and your hangover will feel a lot less like death.

2. Get Moving (Slowly)

There is a lot of debate about whether exercise really helps cure a hangover. Some swear by hitting the gym, while others insist that you should not move at all unless it involves moving from your bed to the sofa. As it turns out, neither option is a good one. Instead, the solution lies somewhere in the middle.

Be sure to get up and moving the morning after, but do not push yourself further than a lap around the house if you are feeling particularly awful. Because you are already dehydrated, a sweaty workout can make a bad situation worse. Plus, exercise will not force your body to metabolize the alcohol any faster.

Stand up. Touch your toes. Stroll around the kitchen. Hit the gym if it feels right. But, if you are feeling rough, do not be afraid to sit back down again.

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3. Indulge in some fruit juice

As it turns out, the juice you mixed with your drinks can make life more palatable even after the party is over.

Fruit juices help your body through the pain that is a hangover, and encourage it to heal faster. Orange juice and grapefruit juice provide plenty of water and natural sugars to nurse your body back to health. Tomato juice is another good option because it fights inflammation and offers plenty of simple sugar to help your body find the energy to recover.

4. Lay off the coffee

Hangovers make coffee feel less like a necessity and more like life support. While a shot of espresso is better than a shot of vodka, you do not actually need the bucket of coffee your cravings say you do.

Indulge in a cup of coffee to give you the motivation and the caffeine to survive the morning, but keep the amount of caffeine you ingest after a night out under control.

Caffeine is a diuretic, which means that it can make your already dehydrated body, feel worse. So, if you really need that triple shot latte, either make it a decaf, or make sure to take it with plenty of extra water on the side.

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5. Support your liver

Your liver is the organ that removes all of the toxins from your body, and liver function is crucial after a night of drinking.

While taking measures to support your liver may not help your hangover immediately, there are foods and dietary supplements that help repair cells and prevent long-term damage to your organs.

Dark, leafy greens like kale, are full of compounds that livers love. If kale is not your thing, try other healthy vegetables like broccoli, beetroot, artichoke, and cauliflower.

In the event your hangover has you temporarily committed to a liquid diet, consider adding turmeric or cinnamon to a juice or smoothie, and get similar effects. Many alcohol addiction treatment centers recommend this sort of diet as the perfect way to cleanse your body from oxide damage.

Alternatively, seek out supplements to help support your liver’s health. Milk thistle aids cell regeneration in your liver, and it has the added benefit of being a potential hangover cure.

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Sure, broccoli is green, and it seems like it is not doing you any favors right now. Rather, think of it as a long term investment to your social life.

A hangover does not need to drain the life out of your summer, so use these five hangover-busting hacks to beat the blues, and enjoy more of those warm nights while you can.

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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