The Morning After - How to Avoid it


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Vomiting. Headaches. Muscle pains. A less-than-stellar looking member of the opposite gender waking up next to you. Stomach aches. All of these are the all too familiar signs of a long night of drinking. How can we avoid them? Well we've all heard of drinking water before bed, taking ibuprofen when you wake up, things like that, but what do scientists say about how to regain your form after a tough night?

 

One way mentioned starts with the most important meal of the day- breakfast. Regaining carbohydrates neutralizes the effects of alcohol on the body. Specifically, scientists recommend eating scrambled eggs mixed with vegetables. This is because scrambled eggs contain taurine , which gives you energy and strengthens your liver. The vegetables contain antioxidants. Another way to come back to life the next morning is to get some fresh air. A 2010 study done by professor Kwang il-Kwon shows that oxygen reduces the effects of alcohol and slows down the fermentation process. Oxygen does not bond chemically with alcohol, so by going outside, getting fresh air, and exercising to increase the amount of oxygen taken in by the body, the effects of alcohol will be reduced.

 

Another way to avoid a hangover is to drink ginger tea. Ginger has been proven to reduce the effects of nausea in the stomach. One gram of ginger ingested has been proven to take away the effects of morning sickness in pregnant women, has been proven to reduce cases of diarrhea, and has been shown to simply just calm the stomach down after a long night on the town, taking shots, drinking beers, and expanding your social circle. Now if we could only get you to avoid taking home that gargoyle-looking creature every night we'd be in good shape.

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I'm not going to lie I think this blog will be helping a lot of students on the weekends. Definitely me! I get pretty bad hangovers and I think that sleeping it off until 5pm will help, but you have proved me wrong! I will definitely be trying these remedies next time I am feeling less than perfect after going out. Men's Health has a good article that gives some pretty good ways to help that hangover too.

This is so perfect for Penn State students. I feel like everyone that goes to college honestly should read this article! It is so important to avoid situations like these and this is an awesome example of how to deal with it. I myself have experience some pretty bad hangovers so from now on I will definitely be trying these simple remedies! I came across another funny, but helpful article titles 13 Legit Ways to Stop a Hangover. After reading this article, I realized I've already been doing a lot of these things whenever I am hungover. I think most of these steps come naturally to people but it doesn't hurt to stress the obvious!

I really loved this article and got a kick out of it. I have heard a lot of these before such as have a good breakfast and drink ginger tea. Although, I have never tried drinking ginger tea before. I also heard that electrolytes help, such as drinking gatorade. I find that I am able to eat greasy foods when I am hungover, I do not know why. This article explains that ice pops can help the hangover.http://www.slate.com/articles/life/drink/2013/08/hangover_cure_pedialyte_freezer_pops_are_more_pleasant_than_a_saline_solution.html

This blog is definitely helpful to the Penn State Community. Most people including myself think that all it takes is water and Advil, but to my surprise, it takes a lot more than that. I found it really interesting that eating scrambled eggs helps cure a hangover. I have never been a breakfast person, especially after a night of drinking, but I will definitely force down some eggs in the future. I also thought it was interesting that ginger helps. I always knew to drink ginger ale when I have an upset stomach, but it's crazy that a natural root has so much healing power. The website linked below lists seven foods that are hangover cures that I found really interesting. One of them is tomato juice which really intrigued me. If you're interested check it out!

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/05/7-best-foods-and-drinks-to-cure-hangover/

Pretty sure everyone can relate to this article. I thought it was cool that scrambled eggs and vegetables can help prevent a hangover...who would've thought! I found an article that has more suggestions on how to beat a hangover, plus it doesn't hurt to remember "beer before liquor, never sicker. liquor before beer, in the clear"!
http://cocktails.about.com/od/healthsafety/a/hngovr_101a_3.htm

After reading this, I began to wonder why science hasn't found a cure for a hangover yet. I mean honestly, where are our priorities?! After a little digging around on google, i found this time.com article about a new beer that is brewed with electrolytes to help alleviate a hangover before it happens. Let's just hope it doesn't taste like natty..

I've read tons of articles claiming to have the cure to your hangover and every time I am intrigued to see what they say will get rid of it faster. Ginger tea being a remedy is definitely not one that I have heard of before but is interesting nonetheless. Also I didn't realize that being outside and getting some fresh air can also help alleviate your hangover. As I’ve come to learn a lot of these ideas claim to be THE thing to get rid of your hangover but in reality the only thing that will actually go away is time. If you want to read more about how to potentially get rid of your hangover and even what causes your body to feel the way it does the next morning check out this article I found on WebMD! http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/hangover-helpers?page=2

Thanks for all the feedback guys, much appreciated. Yeha I definitely had myself and the entire PSU community in mind when I wrote this, and I knew that it could be helpful. Science has shown a few ways to cure a hangover, but as always it's up to you to find out which particular cure works best for your body. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangover has decent information on how to adapt to your body's specific movements.

Thanks for all the feedback guys, much appreciated. Yeha I definitely had myself and the entire PSU community in mind when I wrote this, and I knew that it could be helpful. Science has shown a few ways to cure a hangover, but as always it's up to you to find out which particular cure works best for your body. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangover has decent information on how to adapt to your body's specific movements.

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