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11 Fool Proof Ways To Avoid A Hangover

By Jamie Lloyd

  • Right, it's party season and too many of us play hard during this season and suffer the consequence… A massive hangover, days off work and even a few days in bed!
  • But before we try to help you overcome that dreaded headache, let's look at the science behind why we get a hangover…
  • Typically, we get a hangover several hours after we stop binging, around the time when the blood alcohol concentration is depleted, and are felt for the next day or two after.
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Alcohol is a diuretic which blocks the secretion of vasopressin by the posterior pituitary gland.

Without this hormone, the kidneys stop re-absorbing water and the excretion of urine increases.

"Research reveals that 250ml of consumed alcohol causes the body to excrete 800 to 1,000 ml of water, resulting in signs of dehydration like dry mouth, weakness, dizziness and headache.
Sodium and potassium are also lost with frequent urination causing fatigue, nausea and vomiting, weakness and muscle pain.
Alcohol inhibits glucose production and uses up glucose reserves in the liver with chronic intake. Decreased blood sugar levels results in symptoms of fatigue, weakness and mood disturbances.
Individuals with hangovers often look like someone who has a whitey on! They show signs of sympathetic hyperactivity, which include tremors, increased sweating, rapid heartbeats and increased systolic blood pressure.
The symptoms may vary from one person to another with variable intensity."
Taken from www.homeremedycentral.com

So, what can you do to stay in tip top condition and survive the most hectic time of year? Sit tight and click through below, as I tell you some of my secrets to dodging the hangover.

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1. Make a Coconut Water Smoothie…

Coconut water contains five essential electrolytes including potassium, to restore the toasted body's water balance. Its lauric acid can also help with stomach cramps.

So, try making this the morning after…

Smoothie recipe for hangovers:

  • 2 cups of unsweetened coconut water
  • 2 cups of ripe mango
  • 2-3 tbsp of fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup of ice
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint
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