Fashion week after parties, cocktail events, store openings, all that fun that we can have is not as fun the next day after wine and champagne, and sometimes tequila comes into the equation. Hangovers are awful and get worst as we age. Also known as ‘veisalgia’, the term stems from the Norwegian word ‘kveis’, and it is defined as uneasiness following debauchery with algia, Greek for pain. So formally: unease with pain, following debauchery.
Symptoms of Intoxication are:
- Vomiting the day of or the following day.
Here is the anatomy of a hangover:
- Headache: Caused by excessive stress of the liver. The liver has a tough time producing glucose. This will make the muscles pulsate, giving you that throbbing sensation in your head.
- Nausea: Alcohol stimulates secretion of hydrochloric acid, which irritates the stomach lining leading to nausea and vomiting. While this may sound terrible, this is actually positive as it’s a way for the body to get rid of the excess toxicity.
- Faster Heart Rate (Tachycardia): The day of a hangover your heart is working a lot harder and faster to pump blood to all your organs, a function impaired by the hangover. This symptom will go away once the hangover is over.
- Depression: The body releases important vitamins thru the urine like vitamin B, C, and potassium. The depletion of those vitamins leads to depression. Excess drinking causes excess urination, thus depleting these key feel good vitamins at a rapid pace.
- Beer belly: Although the term has the word “beer” in it, it does not mean other liquors cannot give you a belly and eventually make you gain weight. Perhaps it will be helpful to know the calorie content in the most popular drinks we consume:
Beverage /Ounces /Calories
80 proof hard liquor: 1.5oz (a shot)/ 96 cal
Wine: 5oz/ 100 cal
Light beer: 12oz/ 110 cal
Regular beer: 12oz/ 150cal
Margarita: 6oz/ 250cal
Long Island Iced Tea: 6oz/ 350cal
Whiskey sour: 4oz/ 160cal
Wine cooler 12oz/ 200cal
Keep in mind, most drinks are more generous in size than those listed above, so be aware how quickly those calories add up.
Frequent hangovers may cause a weaker immune system. It is important that you nourish yourself back to health by taking daily:
- B complex: To replace lost B vitamins due to excess urination, 50 – 75 mg, twice a day. Take your second dose right before heading to bed.
- Ginger tea: Boil the whole, skinned root in a cup of water. Drink the tea and chew on the root. It’s extremely good for nausea and stomach unease. Drink a cup every two hours. You may add honey for sweetness.
- Feverfew: If you are a fan of aspirin and NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or Naproxen, be aware they are harsh on the stomach. Try something more natural with similar analgesic effects. Feverfew is sold at your local health food store.
- Bananas: A hangover means a decrease in electrolytes. Bananas can be helpful as they are loaded with potassium.
- Milk Thistle: Milk thistle is an amazing liver detoxifier and well help you bounce back from hangovers a lot faster. For care and prevention, take 200 mg daily.
Now that you have the knowledge, go out and celebrate life in general but refer to and share this article afterwards for guidance and relief.
Maria Andrade is a New York based Certified Holistic Health Counsellor. She graduated from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has been building her wellness coaching practice as well as integrating Pilates and other body healing technique. Maria’s personal nutritional philosophy is based on the concept of bio-individuality. Nutrition should be tackled according to the unique characteristics of the individual, such as ethnicity, blood type, and activity levels. She also bases her healing practice on numerous dietary theories.
Maria co-founded TotalBodyFit in 2008, in the hopes of bringing her message to a larger audience by conducting the health counselling, fitness classes, and massage therapy right in the client’s home, office or resident lounge. She leads TotalBodyFit’s nutrition workshops, corporate, and cooking events. She is available for one on one nutritional counselling.
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