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Hangover Helpers

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Experts say there is no such thing as a cure for a hangover. Sure, there are old wise tales and grandma’s secret elixir but none of them provide a cure.

However, there are certain things you can do to prevent a hangover. There are also things you can do to ease your pain in the morning. Fortunately, your pain is only temporary and it will last between 8-24 hours. Doctors say your temporary pain is probably from dehydration and electrolyte or hormonal imbalance. Some of the hangover symptoms may also be due to low blood sugar or the toxic effects of alcohol.

Before you start drinking consider eating a fatty meal or a combination of healthy carbohydrates and fats. Dr. Oz recommends a turkey burger on a wheat bun or cheese and whole-grain crackers. According to Dr. Oz, to digest food, your body closes the valve into the small intestine, where alcohol is most quickly absorbed, so you're less likely to get buzzed.

Also, drink a glass of water between each drink or alternate your drinks with a nonalcoholic beverage. This will help you slow down and stay hydrated.

Opt for pale spirits (vodka, white wine, gin) over red wine, bourbon and whiskey. Dark alcohol contains more congeners. Congeners are chemicals that increase inflammation in the body and intensifying a hangover.

Avoid diet soda drinks and energy drink mixers. Diet drinks empty out of the stomach quickly and can make you tipsy faster. You should also avoid energy drinks as mixers. The caffeine makes you feel less buzzed than you are, so you may not realize when you've hit your limit.

Here are some before bedtime tips:
• When brushing your teeth, wash your hands and face, too. Alcohol suppresses the T cells the body needs to defend itself. This leaves you vulnerable to germs and makes hangover symptoms worse.

• Drink a glass of water before bedtime to prevent dehydration. Gulp a glass or two of water. Dehydration (a side effect of alcohol, a diuretic) reduces the liquid around blood cells, making your brain shrivel and leading to headaches, dizziness and nausea.

• Take ibuprofen before bed.

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