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10 Ways to Cure the Symptoms of a Hangover

10 Ways to Cure the Symptoms of a Hangover

The only proven way to prevent a hangover is to drink in moderation, and oftentimes good intentions are thrown to the wind during a night out every now and again. There is no problem with letting loose, but the next day can sometimes feel like torture just to be awake. This is what you can do before, during, and after drinks so that the effects of a hangover will be minimized. Here are some great tips on how to cure the symptoms of a hangover.

Eat Something Beforehand

When a real meal is consumed before drinking alcohol, it lowers the amount of acetaldehyde that is in the body. Acetaldehyde is the chemical that alcohol is converted to within the body that is primarily responsible for hangovers. Opt for something more than just a handful of crackers—eat a real meal that will give satisfaction.

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Prickly Pear Preparation

Consume prickly pear extract a few hours before drinking alcohol, and it may lower the effects of a hangover the next day. Though it is not absolutely clear how or why this works, it contains a protein that will reduce the inflammation that can happen when too much alcohol is consumed, leading to the hangover.

Hydrate—With Water

In order for the liver to process alcohol, it needs water. When too much alcohol is consumed, the liver pulls water from the body’s other organs, like the brain—familiar with headaches? The best practice is to hydrate beforehand, and then alternate alcoholic beverages with water, not only is this for hydration but it also slows the rate of alcohol consumption.

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Choose Clear

While drinking, opt for the clear liquids like vodka, gin, white rum, and tequila. Other alcohols have higher levels of congeners—these are the compounds that are anything other than alcohol and water— that bring on inflammation in the body.

Don’t Take Just Any Pill

Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, as these are processed through the liver and that powerhouse has done enough for the big night out. Take something like paracetamol with a large glass of water, and use only as instructed.

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Go for a Long Walk

Getting fresh air can actually make you feel a whole lot better. Why? Oxygen will fill your lungs and increase the rate at which alcohol toxins are dispelled from your system, leaving little chance for it to break down in the body.

Avoid Caffeine

Though it might feel like injections of straight caffeine are what is necessary to get through the day with a hangover, but it is advised to avoid tea and coffee when battling a hangover. This is because it irritates and dehydrates the bowel, may cause loose stools, and can lead to an overall nauseated feeling.

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Eat Something After

Some people swear by a large greasy breakfast or brunch, but the best thing to do is to have a light meal that is easy to digest. This would be something like cereal or toast—the point is that the body needs to have the calories replenished.

Take Some Rehydration Salt

Replacing the lost salts will treat diarrhea and speed up recovery from a hangover. These sachets contain small amounts of electrolytes (body salts) that will replace lost body fluids faster than water. Mix one sachet of rehydration salt with water and drink right before bedtime and the morning after. Rehydration salt also contains calcium, magnesium, and vitamins B and C.

Sleep It Off, If You Can

Many people sleep quite poorly after a night of drinking, adding fatigue to the list of ailments on the hangover checklist. If you are able to, sleep as much as possible the day following the night of drinking. This will help an aching body and pounding head. The body recovers amazingly on its own.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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