This is the time of year to CELEBRATE!
After hours dedicated to Spinning Class, your legs are looking spectacular! Those black stilettos are like magnets to testosterone-laden eyes, where they trace your feminine figure, reading every curve as they outline your silky, silver-flecked dress. Your sexy cleavage enhances that sultry look, while those blonde highlights and Parisian L’Oreal eyes seem to make your spirit come alive. You are ready to party!
And celebrate, you do! How could you help it? The thumping of baja-rhythms across the floor, laughter, flirtatious glances, revelry and a bit of bubbly-brew add to the magic.
Now, as your eyes protest the light of day and your head pounds harder than a jackhammer in summer, you are screaming for hangover relief. You are not alone!
Unfortunately, many zealous celebrators suffer from the after-affects of such an enthusiastic approach to life’s celebrations. These after-affects include headache, trouble concentrating, sensitivity to light and sound, diarrhea, trembling, nausea, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, dehydration (that cotton-mouth feel, eyes so dry you can’t wear your contacts, and insatiable thirst), anxiety, weakness, insomnia, and an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. To add insult to injury, if it is just before the time you menstruate when estrogen levels are low, you are more susceptible to getting drunk and suffering the insulting effects of a hangover.
Despite the warnings to space your drinks, have water between every drink, or totally avoid alcoholic beverages, the temptation to participate in fun and revelry is one that you seize with emphatic ecstasy.
So you love life! That’s not a bad thing!
Hangover cures have been pouring in from all over the world – just for you! Most of these antidotes merely defend against a hangover. However, I have found one product, Wingman, made by Wingman USA, that also adds nourishment to the body, supports the organs and tissues against stress during social drinking, and enhances your long-term health. More about that later…
There are countless home remedies for the wily hangover, both in the global scene and in folklore that would fascinate the most hardened drinker. If any appeal to you, feel free to try them at your own risk. Since I am not a medical doctor, research scientist, or Nobel Prize winning physiologist, I don’t necessarily condone them, so the final decision concerning your overall health is up to you.
Hangover Remedies from Across the Globe
Ancient Greek and Roman Literature:
“Hair of the dog that bit you” is credited to a poem written by the Greek dramatist Aristophanes who lived between 448 and 387 B.C. His verses read, “Take the hair, it’s well written, of the dog by which you’re bitten. Work off one wine by his brother, and one labour with another…”
The Roman belief held that “like is cured by like.” Therefore, they adopted the practice of making a powder out of the burnt hair of the dog that had attacked, and rubbing the powder into the freshly-bitten wound. Adaptation to this cure became associated with treating a hangover. By drinking a bit more alcohol the day after, many claimed immediate relief, and thus it became a common practice throughout Europe.
The Irish treat a hangover with a concoction of edibles known as Ulster Fry. This consists of heaps of potato bread, fried eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms and Irish soda bread.
A Bloody Mary beverage of tomato juice, vodka and Worcestershire sauce is the chosen cure. You may wish to try a Virgin Mary by leaving out the vodka.
As is the Irish practice, the Scots also believe a diet high in fat and cholesterol works best to counteract the negative affects of alcohol. They recommend chips and cheese on the way home, or a meal of bacon, fried eggs, black pudding and fried bread.
The Romanians claim it is a cure, but it may be a punishment to those who have a weak stomach. The Romanians would serve you a steaming bowl of Tripe Soup, made with vegetables and the chewy lining of a cow’s stomach. In Bucharest, you would be served Cabbage Soup to dissipate your headache.
Commonly known as “der Katzenjammer,” translated to “the wailing of cats,”, this phrase is often shortened to “der Kater,” or “wailing of a tomcat,” to describe the low tolerance that German men have for hangover pain. Remedies include drinking pickled cucumber brine or eating Rollmops, a raw fish, soaked in vinegar the night before.
Eat peanut butter before drinking.
Consume six raw almonds before imbibing in alcoholic beverages.
Northern Europe, including Helsinki and Germany:
Salted pickled herring, eaten on the evening of over-consumption, is believed to be highly effective. The Dutch modify this practice by mounding salted herring on a bun and adding onions.
Hangover Cures from Folklore
Eat apples on an empty stomach the next day. You can also cook down apple skins and drink the juice.
Take extra B-vitamins before going to bed.
Blend 1 banana, 2/3 C. cold milk and 2 tablespoons honey until frothy. Drink. Banana soothes the stomach and replaces lost magnesium and potassium; honey builds up depleted sugar levels; milk soothes the stomach and rehydrates the system.
Dissolve 1 teaspoon in water and drink before bed. This is a stomach-safe bacteria that detoxifies acetaldehyde, a toxic byproduct of the fermentation process.
Not just for the common cold, Mom’s Chicken Soup or Chicken Bullion works wonders for a hangover.
Add the juice of one lemon to black coffee and drink it without cream or sugar. Another remedy recommends you drink 2 cups of black coffee alone. Coffee is a vasoconstrictor that can reduce the swelling of the blood vessels, thus relieving a headache.
Crackers and honey:
Crackers absorb the toxins. Potassium in the honey replenishes minerals lost during social drinking. You can also take the honey alone - one to two tablespoons, every 30 minutes after waking.
Efamol is the commercial term for Evening Primrose Oil. The recommended dose is 2 teaspoons taken with water, and is available in health food stores.
Exercise the day after will help get rid of toxins. Caution must be taken to rehydrate your system with plenty of water, however. You may want to take a brisk walk, or keep the level of exercise on the lower levels at first, until you are sure that dehydration has been alleviated.
Ginger Tea is soothing to the stomach.
Herbal peppermint relaxes the intestines and removes accumulated gas.
Eating one raw persimmon will counteract the effects of a headache.
Drink straight-up. If you can’t stand the idea of drinking this alone, mix it with tomato juice for a Sauerkraut Cocktail.
Rub your head vigorously or pull clumps of your hair gently, but firmly, to stimulate the scalp. This delivers blood to the scalp and will help reduce the effects of headache.
Also known as Milk Thistle, this agent protects the liver by preventing toxins from entering, while also removing existing toxins from the body.
Drink before bed to replenish the electrolytes lost during social imbibing.
Drink with the juice of one lemon.
Drink 2-3 glasses of water (minimum) before bed. While drinking alcoholic beverages, the pituitary gland in the brain tends to block the production of vasopressin. Without this important chemical, the kidneys begin to function improperly by sending water directly to the bladder, instead of sending the toxins alone to the bladder and reabsorbing the water into the body. Drinkers then need to expel this extra water at a rate four times greater than the liquid they consume, resulting in dehydration.
Commercial Hangover Remedy
Wingman is an economical, easy-to-take supplement that can counteract the ill effects of an evening of social drinking, while enhancing your overall health. Not only does it help the body to metabolize the alcohol more effectively, but it also supports the systems of the body, replenishes electrolytes and releases anti-oxidants into the body to counteract unhealthful free-radicals that are a result of drinking. My own experience with taking Wingman has been a positive one.
The body metabolizes alcohol (ethanol) in two phases. In phase one, an enzyme converts the ethanol to acetaldehyde, a toxic substance. It is then converted, in the second step, to acetate, a substance that is benign. During alcohol consumption, the nutrients necessary for this metabolic process are dramatically diminished and acetaldehyde builds up, causing many of the symptoms characteristic of a hangover.
As you imbibe in alcoholic beverages, even in small amounts, B-vitamins, electrolytes and minerals are rapidly depleted in the body. This causes stress to the nervous system and potential damage to the liver.
The benefits of Wingman are multi-dimensional. Although it has not yet been conclusively shown that milk thistle counteracts liver damage, there is a high degree of evidence within the research community supporting this belief. Wingman has significant amounts of milk thistle, as well as a ready supply of B-vitamins, anti-oxidants, and cysteine amino acids. It also replenishes the electrolytes and adds back potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium to the body. Sodium is not an ingredient because most foods and drinks contain high levels of sodium, and any additional salts would not be beneficial.
Wingman is a safe product and is compliant with FDA and DSHEA laws. It complies with USRDA guidelines for nutritional supplements, unlike many herbal and health-food supplements that do not fall under FDA regulation. Wingman is only manufactured in American, FDA approved facilities that comply with cGMP standards.
Trial packets are currently available for 99 cents, with classic tins for a few bucks. A bottle is comparable to the cost of most vitamins. For additional information, contact Wingman on the internet at http://www.wingmanusa.net