A night of drinking, as most adults are well aware, can lead to excruciating head pain the following day. The reason for a hangover is probably twofold (though science does not offer an exact explanation): dehydration at a cellular level and an excess of toxic compounds. Essentially, these two factors decrease the quality of your blood until you are fully recovered.
When an individual is struck with the various symptoms of a hangover (which can include nausea as well as head pain), it's often difficult to remedy the situation. One tip is to avoid eating a large meal in the morning to "soak up the alcohol." Instead, toast serves as a partial hangover cure because it's easier on your digestive system.
In addition to opting for toast rather than eggs and bacon, the following advice can effectively reduce your hangover symptoms:
- Drink water regularly – One of the best ways to avoid a hangover or any kind of headache is to prevent dehydration. Also, as a general rule, reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine is a diuretic: it promotes urine creation, which in turn removes water from the body.
- No empty stomach – To prevent a hangover, be sure to eat before you start drinking. A full belly will prevent rapid uptake of the alcohol into your circulatory system. Fat is especially helpful to keep the blood alcohol content (BAC) from rising too quickly, so opt for a fattier menu item.
- Switch gears – Go back and forth between having an alcoholic drink and one without alcohol. The math is simple with this tactic: if you pace yourself the same, you have half as many drinks over the same time period.
- Anti-inflammatories – A pain-relief medication can be a relatively effective hangover cure if taken with a large glass of water right before you get into bed. Anyone who consumes a significant amount of alcohol should be careful with pain drugs, though. Aspirin and ibuprofen can cause bleeding within your digestive tract, and acetaminophen can be difficult for a weak liver to process.
- Running – If you feel capable of cardiovascular exercise, working out can help to get your blood pumping and flush the toxins out of your body.
The above advice can be helpful for hangover prevention. Of course, we all know the real cure for a hangover: avoiding alcohol. Not every headache is as easily understood, though. At MiRx Protocol, our innovative dual treatment method alleviates pain for thousands of headache and migraine patients.