Non-drinkers, you all can sit this one out. This is for the people who may have bought this newspaper at the liquor store. The people who enjoy a cold beer, a glass of wine, or shot of liquor. Actually, let me be very specific. This is for the people who sometimes have one too many cold beers, glasses of wine, or shots of liquor. Full disclosure. Yes, I am a personal trainer. Yes, I am a nutritionist. But yes, I do enjoy drinking alcohol. Like I tell my clients, there is no need to stop the things you enjoy unless addiction is an issue. (I will discuss that later in the article) Moderation is key. Excessive drinking is dangerous and unhealthy. But we’ve all had those nights where overconsumption has led to miserable mornings. Pounding headaches, nausea, weakness, elevated body temperatures. The one and only time that the bathroom floor becomes the most comfortable spot in the house. So what can we do the morning after a night of ignoring messages encouraging us to drink responsibly? I have several possible remedies.
My best friend is a scientist who is actively working on finding a cure for cancer and COVID-19. Since he is doing such great things for the world, I figured I would make my contribution by trying to find the cure for hangovers. The easiest solution is simply don’t drink. But it isn’t realistic that the world is going to quit consuming alcohol. That goes for me as well. Especially since there are health benefits from drinking red wine. But that is another article for another day. Right now I want to focus on fixing the discomfort that comes with hangovers.
My first suggestion is peeling a banana, hence the title of this article. When overconsumption of alcohol occurs, the body becomes dehydrated. This causes a depletion of the electrolyte potassium. Bananas, which are high in potassium, can help restore the body.
My second suggestion is something that I stumbled upon without looking. One morning after a night of heavy drinking, I decided to go for a walk. I don’t know what possessed me to walk, but I’m glad I did. It seemed like the hotter it got and the more the sun beamed down on me, the better I felt. By the time my walk was over, I was just about back to normal. I wasn’t sure if the sun had anything to do with it, so the next time I had a hangover (no, this is not a normal occurrence) I decided to put it to the test. I sat outside and let the sun beam down on me. After about a half-hour I began feeling a lot better. I was curious as to what it was that was causing me to bounce back so quickly. I figured it was the vitamin D from the sun. So, I started researching vitamin D and hangovers. I found some information, but nothing that could solidly substantiate the sun being a possible cure for a hangover. In other words, I have no clue as to why it helps. To be completely honest, I don’t care why it helps. I’m just glad it does.
Water is a given when it comes to combating a hangover, but it isn’t the only drink that can help. Kombucha can do wonders for alleviating the discomfort of hangovers. It targets just about every symptom because it is filled with electrolytes and nutrients. Even hangover headaches can be cured by drinking kombucha. This powerful probiotic can calm the digestive issues that cause headaches. And since it is a probiotic, it does wonders for taking away the nausea associated with too much alcohol.
Ultimately, the only sure fire way to prevent a hangover is to not drink in the first place. It is especially important to avoid alcohol if you suffer from addiction. I know that it is easier said than done, but it needed to be said, and definitely needs to be done. Your health and life are way too important to you and the people you love. I urge you to get help as soon as possible if you have a problem. It could save you. It could save someone else. And the only thing that feels better than a full recovery from a hangover is knowing that you were able to make a difference in someone’s life.
Tyrell James, co-owner of Born Champions Boxing, is also the owner of Rellic Fitness, where he is a boxing coach, master herbalist and health coach. He is also an author, personal trainer and nutritionist.