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If you are looking for a quick detox as a hangover cure then let me tell you there is no such thing. The best thing to do is to treat the after effects with a hangover smoothie.
The best hangover cure of course is prevention but if you are here looking for a cure it’s too late for that now. Next time maybe!
Many of the symptoms are caused by dehydration, lowered blood sugar and congeners (more about these below) and can be remedied by drinking this hangover smoothie.
Hangover Smoothie Recipe
1/2 cup diced mango
1 cup apple juice
3 tablespoons live yoghurt
1 tbsp honey
1 thumb sized piece of ginger grated finely
1. Blend the mango with the apple juice.
2. Add the banana & ginger and blend again until smooth.
3. Add the yoghurt & honey and blend until mixed
How does the hangover smoothie work?
Alcohol interferes with glucose metabolism and can cause your blood sugar to fall contributing to the headache and feeling bad. Honey helps to raise the blood sugar in your brain.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine honey neutralizes toxins and harmonizes the liver.
The fruit helps to to replenish Vitamin C, potassium and other minerals that are depleted after drinking too much alcohol. The minerals zinc, manganese and magnesium are used by the liver to detox alcohol.
Some hangover smoothie recipes call for lemon or orange juice but these may be too acidic for your stomach if you are feeling queasy.
Ginger is good for nausea and helps soothe the digestive system. If you can’t even face a smoothie try sipping some ginger tea with some honey. Simply boil a few slices of fresh root ginger in 2 cups of water for 10 – 20 minutes. Remove ginger, stir in 1 tbsp honey and sip.
Alcohol irritates the stomach and yogurt is very soothing. It also provides protein which helps to stabilize your blood sugar level. Decreased sugar level of the body is the reason for headaches and nausea during a hangover.
How alcohol causes a hangover
The symptoms of overdoing the alcohol are partly due to dehydration and partly due to congeners such as acetaldehyde, the toxic by-product of alcohol metabolism.
Distilled spirits that have more flavor to them contain congeners that cause hangovers. Vodka and gin contain the least while Bourbon, rum and pure malt scotch contain the most. Red wine has more congeners than white wine. Alcohol is detoxified from the body quite quickly but the congeners take time.
Alcohol inhibits anti-diuretic hormone in the brain which means that the kidneys produce more urine causing the dehydration.
If you don’t often drink often then your liver may be slow to detox alcohol and you will suffer more if you have too much to drink.
Here are a few tips to prevent a hangover.
1 Never drink on an empty stomach
Make sure you eat a snack before you go out if you know you will be drinking alcohol before a meal. If you end up drinking on an empty stomach remember that beer and wine absorb more slowly than spirits.
2. Avoid dehydration
Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or natural fruit juices. Also, drink large amount of water before going to bed if you had more to drink than you intended.
3. Eat fruit before bed
Eating a snack of fruit before going to bed can help prevent low blood sugar problems.
4. Take a B complex supplement
Alcohol depletes B vitamins so taking a B complex supplement before bed is a good idea.
You’ve probably heard that the best hangover cure is to eat a large breakfast of fried food and down numerous cups of black coffee. Whatever you do don’t do that!
Think of your poor old liver. The liver detox system is already struggling to cope with the effects of the alcohol so why overload it with with fatty food and caffeine? Try the hangover smoothie instead.
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