How to fight that New Year’s hangover
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It’s almost time to ring in the new year!
And if you like many people around the world, you may be planning to throw back several alcohol-laced drinks tonight to toast the new year.
What that also means is you may wake up Wednesday morning with a bit of a headache, the spin and a seemingly unquenchable thirst.
You are suffering from veisalgia.
Or more commonly known as a hangover.
Here’s what is happening to your body: your kidneys and liver are working overtime to process all the alcohol you drank, which is throwing your metabolism and inflammatory reaction off.
While there is no actual cure for a hangover, here are a few tips and tricks that may help you get back to normal.
The first few tips are actually old wives tales that some people swear by.
Chug electrolyte-filled sports drinks and/or coffee and eat greasy or carbohydrate-rich foods to soak up the alcohol in your system.
Or you can go the medicinal route.
A study done with rats showed the Chinese herbal medicine dihyrdromyricetin reduced the withdrawal signs and counteracted alcohol intoxication.
Some people swear by taking over-the-counter pain relievers before going to bed to help minimize the effects the next day.
But a warning: Doctors say mixing alcohol and acetaminophens can be harmful to your liver.
Remember the only real cure for a hangover is to not over-indulge in the first place.
So if you want to avoid the situation altogether, monitor your drinking and drink plenty of water.
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