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Hangovers - Scourge of the New Year

Posted by Administrator on 1/12/2013

In Ireland, it is said that the cure for a hangover is to bury the ailing soul up to their neck in moist river sand - apparently this doesn't work. There are as many old wives tales and folk cures for hangovers as there are types of alcohol that cause a hangover. 75% of people who drink alcohol admit to having a hangover at least once, 15% of drinkers have a hangover once a month and 25% of college students admit to weekly hangovers!?*

The medical term for hangover is 'Veisalgia,' derived from Norwegian word 'Kveis,' meaning 'uneasiness following debauchery,' and the Greek suffix '-algia,' meaning pain. The more common symptoms of a hangover include headache, sensitivity to light and sound, dry mouth, nausea, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, lack of coordination, mental impairment and anxiety.*

Once it reaches the bloodstream, alcohol causes the pituitary gland to inhibit the production of the hormone vasopressin (an anti-diuretic). Without this hormone, the kidneys send water directly to the bladder instead of trying to reabsorb it. This is why you can drink 6 ounces and urinate 24 (you lose 4 times as much as you take in) and accounts for the dehydration that takes place. Excess urination depletes the sodium, potassium and magnesium that are necessary for proper cell, nerve and muscle function. The dehydration and mineral depletion account for the majority of the symptoms of a hangover.*

A liver enzyme called dehydrogenase metabolizes alcohol, creating acetaldehyde, which is further broken down by acetaldehyde dehydrogenase and glutathione into a nontoxic compound similar to vinegar. Unfortunately, there is a limited supply of a glutathione in the liver. If alcohol continues to flood the system, the glutathione is used up and the toxic byproduct acetaldehyde can accumulate, causing headaches and vomiting.*

So What Works?

Nux vomica is the number one recommended and most effective homeopathic remedy for a hangover. It is best for the symptoms of headache, light/odor/noise sensitivity, nausea and vomiting. It may also be used following over-indulgence of food.

Carbo vegetabilis is the second most recommended remedy for hangovers. This is the choice for symptoms like apathy, debility or collapse and difficulty in breathing or gasping for air.

Lycopodium may be used if the hangover has produced a ravenous appetite.

Mediral's Headache Med and Flu Med may also help ease the morning after.*

Drink extra water before, during and after.  This will help keep you hydrated and reduce the severity of the hangover. Sports drinks will also help replace the lost electrolytes.  Avoid coffee and caffeinated drinks, they will dehydrate you further and exacerbate the symptoms.*

Eating eggs (for the cysteine) and bananas (for the lost potassium) and drinking vegetable or fruit juices (for the natural sugars and vitamins) will speed recovery.
Ginger is excellent for nausea. Brew some ginger tea, or sip some ginger ale to ease the queasy stomach.  Avoid acetaminophen, since the liver is already overworked.*

The only complete cure for a hangover is time, but these tips will help reduce the suffering.*

*These statements  have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Seek professional help if a condition worsens or lasts more than 7 days.

Source:  Mediral.com
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