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Food to cure hangovers

After a long night of partying and perhaps drinking more than you intended on, a morning filled with regret, a greasy burger and yesterday’s pizza in the fridge seems like the best solution. Your head is bursting and comfort food feels like the only cure to the problem! But, contrary to popular belief, greasy foods make your hangover the opposite of better because it causes you to feel more lethargic, irritable and certainly doesn’t help your week’s hard work in the gym. Therefore, here are some healthy options which will eventually help your hungover morning as well as keep you satisfied.

Eggs

Having a big breakfast certainly helps the hangover- instead of going for something hard to digest like cheese, white bread or parantha, try eggs! Eggs will fill your stomach and you can even add some vegetables if you scramble it or make an omelette. Studies show that eggs are filled with amino acids which help your liver after copious drinking as well as help your headache.

Herbal Tea

Taking enough fluids and rest is the optimal method to make your hangover better. Try to void caffeine drinks which will make you dehydrated and only make your headache worse. Instead, try drinking a lot of teas- teas with citrus like lemon tea or peppermint tea help immensely with a hangover as they make you feel more energised and make your next day highly productive.

Tomato or chicken soup

While soup is usually associated with a flu or fever, it is also an effective remedy when you are hungover. The sodium in tomato or chicken helps retain the water. Moreover, if you have been puking all morning, soup will be helpful for the salt and potassium lost by your body. Add spices, vegetables or bread crumbs

Bananas

Eating a fruit is always advisable every day but during a hangover, bananas particularly help you with the morning ordeal of nausea. Packed with potassium and water, this will make your stomach, head (and your conscious) relaxed.

Ginger or honey

Instead of fretting over meals you can cook to reduce your hangover or just because you feel too lazy, try natural ingredients which can boost your morale and enable you to function all day! Eat a ginger candy or dissolve some ginger and honey in a glass of water with some lemon- natural ingredients which are full off nutrients will improve your mornings more than a fast food meal!

 

Remember to be wise the next morning by keeping yourself well rested and hydrated. While these foods certainly help you function throughout the day, frequent usage of copious amounts of alcohol will only result in loss of will to work, laziness, physical problems and even depression. Therefore, be wise and drink in moderation to have a good time as well as keep yourself grounded. Let hangovers be an anomaly not a frequent habit!

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WHAT REALLY HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY ON A HANGOVER ?

A hangover is no longer the thing that spins irritable thoughts in your dizzy head, but now is the official proof that you are not as lucky as some others. A recently performed research suggests that you get the susceptible to walk that walk of shame to your house on Sunday mornings by the virtue of your parents. And your Grandparents and their parents and so on. The study also suggested that 20% of the world’s drinking population does not suffer from hangovers and that is a trait that surely makes us jealous.
Surprising as it may sound to you, how hung-over you get after a round of partying is more or less determined by your genes!

An Australian study which was conducted on twins and some 3,000 other people concluded that the intensity of your hangover is half determined by genetic factors, the rest of the 50 % being governed by physical factors like health, state of mind, age and so on.

Here are some things that happen to your body when you’re hung-over.

  1. Why does the head banging not stop –

The throbbing headache is actually the result of your neural membranes sticking to you skull, trying to draw whatever water is left in your body. Your headache is primarily the result of dehydration that your body is trying hard to cope with. The best way to cope with dehydration is by increasing your water intake. Drink as much plain water as you can and when that gets boring, look for ways to make good old water more fun by adding some naturally flavours or by just soaking in some slices of lime.

  1. Why do you need more zzzzz.. even after you’ve slept all night.

Sleep is never enough when your body is hung over. Alcohol has the property of interrupting normal sleep patterns which means your body may not be able to rest fully even when you’re sleeping for long hours. If you’re badly hung over, you always need more sleep even if you went to sleep at usual time. Alcohol depletes the glycogen (energy) reserves in your liver and leave you feeling drained.

 

  1. Why do you need to go to the loo often

Alcohol is directly absorbed by the intestines and you may find yourself running to the loo next day too often. The bowel movements are also uncomfortable and even you may be craving for high calories, rich and fried food, it is best to stick to comfort food that is easily digested and keep away from heavy indulgence.

 

The only way to cope with hangovers is by drinking lots of water, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, hot comfort food and sleeping in as much as possible. The best way to avoid a hangover is by not drinking too much the night before. Do not drink on an empty stomach and always remember to drink in moderation. Cheers!

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Why Alcohol and Exercise Should Go Hand in Hand

Alcohol and exercise seem two things that cannot coincide, come what may. However, there are lots of myths that keep perpetrating around without any facts to them. Alcohol happens to be one of the most widely misunderstood elements. There are a number of people who like to enjoy a chilled beverage after a heard day’s work. This moves from one drink to two and much more. If this is not combined with exercise, chances are that you might be attracting a lot of uneasy fat your way which might just not be unappealing to look at but also lead to a number of ramifications.

Excess of everything is bad and this goes for both exercise and alcohol. In addition, one should never gain precedence over the other. It is thereby imperative to make sure that alcohol and exercise go hand in hand.

Here are a few considerations:

  1. Sweat it out: If you are one of the regulars who love watching sports or movies with alcohol, make sure you follow that up with regular exercise. This maintains your metabolism and keeps unwanted diseases at bay. Alcohol in moderation along with exercise is in fact considered good for the body. At the same time, do not exercise so much that you end up exerting your body. Also, allow considerable time lapse between two activities.
  2. Never follow exercise with alcohol: Drinking straight after a good work out session is not advisable. You must refrain from such a thing. If you combine these two in this order, your body will have to fight unwanted mixture of alcohol and lactic acid. Why put it through so much?
  3. Moderation should be the key: Both exercise and alcohol should be taken up in moderation for best results. We are not asking to give up on beer or other alcoholic beverages for a great body and flexible muscles but at the same time we do not endorse getting sloshed either.

 

Sometimes it may be difficult to follow the above mentioned tips, especially at once. Here are a few practical suggestions to moderate the alcohol intake for best results:

  1. Eat before you take in alcohol: One of the most practical tips for limiting alcohol intake is increasing food intake rather eating slowly along with drinks. It paces the drinking.
  2. Be choosy: You must ensure to choose drinks wisely. Low alcoholic beers make for a good option.
  3. Don’t mix drinks: Drink one drink at a time and never mix up two or more kinds of alcohol together. They tend to wreak havoc on the metabolism.
  4. Rehydrate before calling it a night: If you have drunk to your heart’s content, make sure you drink loads of water to hydrate. This won’t interfere with your workout in the morning and will make for a good alcohol and exercise camaraderie.
  5. Stick to schedule: Always have your day worked out on the basis of a schedule that you follow. This puts things in order and then you could enjoy your few drinks every now and then without hampering your exercise schedule.

 

We hope you would gain some perspective on how to combine alcohol and exercise by the aforementioned tips. Once you get in practice, it won’t seem daunting, to say the least.

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