Happy New Year Hangover Tips

Hangover Tips and Homeopathy

If you are feeling the effects of overindulgence, here are some suggestions to ease the pain…

Nux Vomica 30C: This remedy is readily available at health food stores and is a classic prescription for the symptoms of a hangover including nausea, headache, and intense irritability. It is also a great remedy for ailments from overwork, or from sheer busy-ness which certainly afflicts many of us at this time of the year (and in general). Furthermore, some people use this remedy as a liver detoxification, which can really help speed the healing process. Take two pellets under your tongue and let them dissolve, or add a pellet to a glass of water and sip it slowly.

Ipeca 30C: Ipeca is a fantastic remedy for nausea. Follow the same dosing instructions as for Nux. This is a great remedy to have on hand for acute stomach ailments. It can help with nausea in any situation.

Arnica 30C: Helps speed healing of soft tissues, such as bumps and bruises from inebriated accidents, or sore feet from dancing on concrete for 12 hours straight. It may also help with your headache as it promotes circulation and vasodilation. This remedy is a must-have: it is the easiest to use, and most widely used remedy in the homeopathic pharmacopeia.

Note: If you are taking more than one remedy, don’t take them at the same time; try to leave at least half an hour or more between different remedies.

Lemon water: Helps your liver to detox. Follow up a glass of lemon water with lots of fresh, filtered plain water. Keeping hydrated is a must when trying to flush toxins out of your system. You can also use this as a precautionary measure while you are out for a night on the town. Alternate your alcohol intake with intake of water or lemon water.

ORT – Oral Rehydration Therapy: Get water into your system faster by adding a bit of salt to your water. Many electrolyte or ‘sports drinks’ on the market are full of artificial colours and excess sugars. You can make your own at home by adding 2 tablespoons of sugar and 0.5 teaspoon of salt to 1 liter of water. Traditionally, coconut water has also been used to replace lost fluids. You can use these strategies to combat dehydration in any situation, including acute vomiting and diarrhea.

Eat some good food: Get some vitamins and minerals in your system with something easy on the stomach and nutritious.  A good soup can be soft on the stomach and but stay away from overly processed recipes with excess salt as they will dehydrate you.  Smoothies are fantastic too as you can fill them with all sorts of lovely fruits, vegetables and magic powders.

Rest: The indispensable cure for many ailments. Find a good couch and a favorite film and take some time out. Remember there’s no shame in a good nap. Indeed, people who have mastered the art of a good nap tend to live longer.

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