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To Heal Hangover, Skip the Coffee and Hit the Gym

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Vicki, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

    To Heal Hangover, Skip the Coffee and Hit the Gym
    By Michelle Fay Cortez - Dec 30, 2010 7:29 PM ET


    New Year’s revelers needing a hangover remedy should ignore the conventional wisdom that they drink coffee or more alcohol, and head to the gym instead.

    The body gets rid of alcohol and its toxic by-products four ways: breathing, via the liver or kidney and from sweating, said Aaron Michelfelder, a family physician from Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Illinois. Exercise speeds breathing, increases sweat, and moves alcohol-laden blood to the liver and kidneys more quickly.

    “That’s why you should stay hydrated as well,” Michelfelder said in a telephone interview. “It takes a lot of water to process alcohol in your body.”

    Drinking plenty of water, especially between every glass of wine, whiskey or beer, has another benefit -- it can reduce the amount of alcohol consumed, he said.

    Michelfelder has a list of recommendations that New Year’s Eve partygoers should heed tonight to help the body grapple with the tsunami of alcohol ahead. The first is, avoid a hangover altogether, he said.

    “A hangover is brain damage,” he said. “Some of it is going to heal, and some will be permanent. Prevention is the best medicine, particularly with hangovers.”

    The most important is to drink moderately and slowly, at most five drinks for men and three for women over a three-hour period. Other measures include taking an anti-inflammatory pill such as ibuprofen and eating before any drinking occurs. The medicine may help avoid nerve damage from the alcohol, while the food may slow the absorption of alcohol. B vitamins may also help, he said.

    Coffee Doesn’t Work

    Michelfelder’s most surprising advice involves what to do after the hangover has set in. Coffee is unlikely to ease the nausea, dizziness, cotton candy head and general malaise that stems from over-imbibing, though it may lift some symptoms of depression that can set in after the warm and pleasant effects of the alcohol wear off, he said.

    “Hair of the dog,” the familiar standby of getting down just one more drink in order to stymie the ill-effects of a hangover, is particularly unhelpful, Michelfelder said. It will only make you feel worse, he said.

    “A hangover is similar to taking a sledgehammer and hitting your head,” he said. “Do what you need to do not get a hangover. It’s unpleasant and it’s hard on your body.”

    To Heal Hangover, Skip the Coffee and Hit the Gym - Bloomberg
  2. cutt

    cutt CH Dog

    Menudo and corn tortillas
  3. RedGoodbye

    RedGoodbye CH Dog

    Exersize? you godda be fuckin kidding me. This person must have never had a true hangover.
  4. supertank

    supertank Big Dog

    lol when your head hurts on the pillow and twice as much when you take it off, when the mere act of sitting up makes you throw up, there is no force on earth that is going to make you get up and go to the gym.
  5. chucho

    chucho Big Dog

  6. chucho

    chucho Big Dog

    LOL. This is very true. Christmas morrning my buddy asked if
    I wanted to go for a jog. I said HEEEEELL NOOOOOOOO. Just
    hearing water and seeing it that day made me think of all the
    TEQUILA I drank the night before and started heaving.
  7. I just chug a big ass glass of water before bed, and one when I wake up to take that glorious morning after piss.
  8. rikjd

    rikjd Pup

    uphill jog for a mile for me if im not too sore from all the dancing and raving.... if i cant move then its always iron bru and a kitkat
  9. marshall619

    marshall619 Top Dog

    haha same thing I was thinking :confused:
  10. budboy88

    budboy88 CH Dog

    The main reason you get a hangover is dehydration, anyone who says to work out why your dehydrated is a damn fool.
  11. kane85

    kane85 Top Dog

    What about a chelada? Shit I was up with a headache and throwing up January 1 I don't think exercise is the cure didn't eat nothing till 8 that night I just kept drinking water
  12. RedGoodbye

    RedGoodbye CH Dog

    2 things........WTF is a iron bru and what the hell is a kitkat bar going to do for a hangover... this advice may be worse than the O.P.'s. Lmao
  13. old goat

    old goat CH Dog

    cannabis it work good for the stomach and head .
  14. Alma

    Alma Big Dog

    IF I worked out when I was hung over Id probably pass out. BUT, that could have something to do with the fact that I never work out. BLT's always work best for me. :D
  15. AGame

    AGame CH Dog

    Plenty of water and or gatorade mixed with any sort of headache medicine and or your favorite pain killers LOL
  16. budboy88

    budboy88 CH Dog

    Hydrate BEFORE you got to bed ;)
  17. old goat

    old goat CH Dog

    back before the banned cannabis as medicine in 1942 they use it for head ackes . and stomach ackes . but they want let us use it .
  18. AGame

    AGame CH Dog

    i just like to think of any reason to use pain killers ahahaha ;)
  19. RedGoodbye

    RedGoodbye CH Dog

    Medical marajuna has just recently ben legalized in MI. its fucking great. However I think the only reson it was aloud to pass was to keep us michiganders so high we dont move out of this shithole to another state lmmfao.I am personaly convinced a Blunt of Jack Heriar will cure any and everything.
  20. DryCreek

    DryCreek CH Dog

    It's been a long time since I've had a killer HO. Worst I can remember, crawling slowly to the kitchen, pulling myself up at the sink and trying to slowly fill the coffee pot. Sound of water going into the pot hurt. Breathing hurt, couldn't open my eyes because light hurt.

    My cure, coffee with Bailey's and a greasy bacon and egg breakfast in the morning. I also get up frequently during the overnight to suck on a bag of milk...

    Had a friend who swore by dill pickle juice from the jar....blech.

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