7 Effective Natural Cures for Hangover

A New Year’s party is coming closer and this means that many people will bring in the new year with various alcohol-containing beverages and some of them will pay the price the next day with a hangover.7 Effective Natural Cures for Hangover

A hangover is a condition that includes many symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches, anxiety, headache, irritability, blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.

It can last up to 72 hours and its duration depends on several factors such as the amount of alcohol, the drinker’s age, gender, nutrition etc. When alcohol gets metabolized in the liver, we get the symptoms described above and here’s how to cope with them:

  1. Flush the metabolites out of the body via urinating, sweating, and vomiting.
  2. Boost the fluid intake by drinking plenty of water and other rehydrating fluids.
  3. Eat bland foods such as bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast as they’re easy for the body to digest.
  4. Choose foods high in vitamins B6 and B12, such as tuna, trout, chicken breast, eggs.
  5. Eat such fruits as apples, bananas, kiwis to replenish vitamins and minerals.
  6. Add healthy oils such as avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, and whole milk yogurt, as they stimulate the production of bile in the liver and have a binding effect.
  7. Eat (or drink) ginger — it reduces nausea.

Heavy Alcohol Consumption Connected to Chemical Changes in Genes

heavy drinking linked to chemical changes in genes

A new study, conducted by researchers from Rutgers University, finds chemical changes in two significant genes with heavy and binge drinking adults.

For the study, two genes, hypothalamic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) and Per2, were analyzed in blood samples taken from 47 volunteers who participated in larger experiment on drinking behaviors. The group of volunteers included non-smoking moderate consumers, alcohol bingers, or heavy drinkers.

The analysis showed that there is a tendency for Per2 and POMC genes among binge- and heavy drinkers to be methylated. This process of gumming up a gene with a molecule is described as an epigenetic change. The gene’s code remains the same, but its expression is altered. In this case, the methylation forced the genes to decrease their expression.

Physical Activity May Restrain Harmful Effects of Alcohol Consumption

Meeting the recommended amount of physical activity may offset some of the cancer and all-cause mortality risk connected to alcohol consumption, a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests.alcohol consumption

In their survey, the team of researchers included data from the responses to nationally representative health surveys in England and Scotland, where each was linked to cause-specific mortality, for the years 1994, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, and 2006.

Having analyzed the given data, scientists concluded that the risk of death had increased or decreased depending on the level of physical activity.

People were more likely to die from cancer and alcohol intake rose from within the recommended limits up to harmful levels and they didn’t meet the minimum recommended levels of 7.5 MET/hour (Metabolic Equivalent of Task).

More details here.