hangover http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12578/all en-US 8 Reasons to Drink More Water http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-to-drink-more-water <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-reasons-to-drink-more-water" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000005353844Smallcr.jpg" alt="woman drinking water" title="woman drinking water" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's old news by now that we don't really need to drink eight glasses of water per day. Nobody really knows where the &quot;8 x 8 Rule&quot; originated, and most researchers agree it isn't supported by science. But don't put down that bottle or cup yet; there are still plenty of reasons to keep well hydrated, and water is the best option. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-reasons-to-stop-drinking-soda" title="22 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda">22 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda</a>)</p> <h3>1. Water Regulates Body Temperature</h3> <p>Water has &quot;high <a href="http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/thermo/spht.html">specific heat</a>,&quot; which means it is resistant to changes in temperature, up or down. Body temperature affects the rate of the chemical reactions that keep us going; normal body temperature, which can vary slightly depending on person, mood, or time of day, is the most efficient. When it's hot, we sweat, and the evaporating water on our skins cools us. When it's cold, blood vessels near the skin contract, holding blood and water closer to our cores to provide more insulation and to prevent heat loss.</p> <h3>2. Water Lubricates Our Joints</h3> <p>Most of our joints contain a dense, egg-yolk-like liquid called <a href="http://dictionary.webmd.com/terms/synovial-fluid">synovial fluid</a>, which nourishes cartilage, removes waste, reduces friction between cartilage, and acts as a shock absorber. Elsewhere, the fluid in our organs helps them keep their shape because water is resistant to compression.</p> <h3>3. Water Is Essential to Proper Cell Function</h3> <p>Water transports all the sugars, salts, fats, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals our cells need. About two-thirds of our water is found <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cytosol">inside our cells</a>, which are mostly microscopic drops of water with dissolved ions of sodium, potassium, and other elements; and larger protein molecules doing this and that. Metabolism, the transformation of food into energy and building blocks, happens in these little drops of water. Afterward, water carries away cell waste and other toxins via the lymphatic system.</p> <h3>4. Water Is Important to Digestion</h3> <p>Digestion begins with the first bite, and water plays a <a href="http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/yrdd/">key role throughout</a>, first as enzyme-rich saliva, next as the enzyme-rich mucus covering of our stomach lining, and eventually as the food and enzyme-rich fluid that passes into our intestines.</p> <h3>5. Water Is Critical to Metabolism</h3> <p>Water is the medium within which &quot;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metabolic_pathway">metabolic pathways</a>&quot; take place. These step-by-step biochemical reactions transform food into energy and everything else. Hydrolysis is a fundamental metabolic reaction in which complex sugars are broken down into the simpler sugars our cells use by adding hydrogen and oxygen ions taken from molecules of water.</p> <h3>6. Water Can Prevent Hangover Symptoms</h3> <p>Alcoholic beverages cause a net loss of water, as alcohol in the bloodstream triggers the pituitary gland to stop producing a hormone called <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003702.htm">ADH</a> (or vasopressin). A shortage of ADH in the bloodstream tells the kidneys to start producing urine, and our cells respond by giving up some of their water. Dehydration may be a big factor why a big headache accompanies alcoholic intake. Drink a glass of water along with your evening glass of wine to keep your body water balanced.</p> <h3>7. Water Helps Brain Function</h3> <p>Water comprises as much as 75% of our brain cells (about the same percentage as muscle cells) and researchers have noted that <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20336685">dehydration impairs brain function</a>. The electro-chemical reactions that allow our nerves to send and receive signals also require water to function.</p> <h3>8. Water Has Zero Calories (and May Have <em>Less Than Zero</em>&nbsp;Calories)</h3> <p>A cool glass of water is not the only way to replenish your body's needs, but it's probably the healthiest. Drinks sweetened with sugar are higher in calories, and the diuretic effect of caffeinated beverages (such as many sodas and coffee) means replacement isn't one-to-one. And that cold glass of ice water has another advantage &mdash; it can help your <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20040105/drinking-water-may-speed-weight-loss">body burn more calories</a>. The effect is minimal, just a few calories per glass, and the causes are unclear, but over the course of a year, an extra 1.5 liters of water a day can add up to five pounds of additional weight loss, not counting extra trips to the rest room. Drink up!</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a post by Lars Peterson from our sister blog, <a href="http://www.healthytheory.com/">Healthy Theory</a>. Visit Healthy Theory for more health tips and news.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.healthytheory.com/natural-alternative-cold-treatments">Natural Alternative Cold Treatments</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.healthytheory.com/10-minute-vegetarian-managing-a-chronic-health-condition-with-a-vegetarian-diet">10-Minute Vegetarian: Managing A Chronic Health Condition With A Vegetarian Diet</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.healthytheory.com/tomatoes-and-vascular-disease">Tomatoes And Vascular Disease</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-theory">Healthy Theory</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-to-drink-more-water">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year are just a few of the many occasions that give you an excuse to drink a little more than you should. And then, the hangover is upon you. Are there really any good cures out there? Well, it turns out there are a bunch of methods worth trying.</p> <h3>First, the tried and tested ones</h3> <p><b>Drink plenty of water.</b> That means drinking high-quality H2O before, during and after the event. My general rule is one glass of water for every drink, and then chug a glass or two before bed and again when you wake up. Alcohol dehydrates you which causes a lot of the hangover pains. Water is a great way to combat those effects. And if you want to up the ante, try a drink packed with electrolytes, like Powerade, Gatorade, and so on.</p> <p><b>Hit up the eggs.</b> Our bodies often crave things like eggs after we've been drinking. Mine usually comes fried with bacon, but why eggs? Well, the magic word here is &quot;albumin.&quot; It's a protein in eggs that helps to rehydrate cells (the same ones you dehydrated the night before). You can even chug them raw, if you can stomach them in your delicate state.</p> <p><b>Get fruity.</b> Fruits are full of fructose, which helps you get the alcohol out of your system faster. Vitamin C is also packed into most fruits, and that needs to be replenished after your night on the town. Whether it's a fruit smoothie, tomato juice, orange juice, persimmon, or anything else fruity, get them down you. Also, try additional vitamin C pills to boost your levels. This will stimulate your liver to break down the alcohol.</p> <p><b>Drugs work.</b> Ibuprofen. Alka-Seltzer. Pepto-Bismol. Resolve (that's from the UK). I've tried them all and they ALL helped. You're in pain, and pain relievers will help to dull that pain. Combined with the tips above, they'll work wonders. You can also try Tiger Balm, clove oil or any other cooling medication on your head, the back of your neck, and your temples. This should provide some relief.</p> <p><b>Hair of the dog.</b> You know the expression. Why does it work? Well, some say that a hangover is caused by alcohol withdrawal, which is alleviated by more booze. Others say it has to do with the effects of methanol metabolism. Either way, it's a very good way to beat the hangover, but it obviously has major drawbacks. Good for a Sunday at home, not so good for a Monday morning in the office. Unless, of course, you have a very liberal alcohol policy.</p> <p><b>Coffee really is your friend.</b> You see it all the time in movies and on TV. Someone has a hangover, they reach for the coffee pot. Well, it's not just good for making you a little more alert. The caffeine present in your cup of joe acts as a vasoconstrictor. This helps to shrink those dilated blood vessels that are causing your headache. Apparently, anyway.</p> <h3>Now, some more unusual cures</h3> <p><b>Try a little willow bark or feverfew.</b> Pop down to your local vitamin store and pick up one of mother nature's best pain relievers. Willow bark has a natural form of aspirin in it that will help fight off those headaches. Feverfew has the same qualities. And they're both completely natural, if that's something you want from your medication.</p> <p><b>Bouillon and some hot water.</b> The Brits have no problem drinking weak gravy (Oxo cube + hot water) and yet it can be more than a tasty beverage. All that salt and potassium that left your body via the toilet needs to be replaced, and bouillon contains a bunch.</p> <p><b>Take Niacin for better blood flow.</b> You've no doubt seen that word on cereal boxes and other foods. One of Niacin's properties is the dilation of your blood vessels. That increase in blood flow allows toxins to removed from your cells more quickly, speeding up the whole detoxification process. Niacin is available from most pharmacies and vitamin stores.</p> <p><b>Go crackers with honey.</b> Honey is another one of those high fructose ingredients that helps your body get rid of the alcohol faster. So pour some on a cracker or two and put that hangover in its place.</p> <p><b>And why not go bananas at the same time?</b> Instead of the crackers, mix bananas with honey and milk and make a hangover-busting milkshake. The banana helps to calm the stomach, as does the milk. The honey and banana both contain natural sugars to restore your blood sugar levels back to normal. The milk also rehydrates you. And best of all, bananas are rich in electrolytes, magnesium and potassium, which are killed by heavy drinking.</p> <p><b>Charcoal ain't just for grillin'.</b> More prevention than cure, take a tablet of activated charcoal for each alcoholic drink you have. Charcoal absorbs all sorts of impurities in the alcohol (water filters are made of them) and these are known to cause some of the issues associated with a hangover. But don't overdo it, as charcoal can also absorb nutrients, too.</p> <p><b>Ginger or peppermint for the inevitable stomach upset.</b> It's not just your head that hurts after painting the town red. Ginger is a natural and effective remedy for stomachs that are really feeling the effects of one too many. Make sure you're getting a good amount of real ginger, though. Capsules are reliable; a can of ginger ale usually isn't &mdash; that's just ginger flavor. Peppermint is also a great natural aid for indigestion and stomach problems, but chew actual leaves, not minty gum. Real peppermint tea is a good solution if you can't find real leaves in your local store.</p> <p><b>Replace your amino acids.</b> Alcohol deprives your body of essential amino acids. These are the building blocks of protein, so replace them with a meal that contains beef, chicken, fish or soy. You can also buy amino acid supplements if you just can't face food.</p> <p><b>Lemon-aid (or lime-aid).</b> Lemons and limes contain a lot of natural sugars. Adding two or three tablespoons to a glass of water or coffee will help stabilize your blood sugar. It may not taste all that great though.</p> <p><strong>Stimulate the scalp.</strong> In college, I had a friend who would cure his hangover by standing in the shower and aiming the high-powered jets at a certain spot on his head. I always thought it was odd, but there's method to the madness. By stimulating the scalp you are bringing blood into the area, and those open vessels help relieve a headache. Pull your hair (if you have some), use a gentle massager or try the shower-head technique.</p> <p><strong>Take a mustard bath.</strong> Now, before you go out and spend a few hundred bucks on Grey Poupon, relax. All you need to do is add a few tablespoons of mustard powder to a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes. Mustard has the ability to increase circulation and draw toxins out from the body. Give it a try.</p> <p><strong>Milk thistle.</strong> Available from any good vitamin store, milk thistle (silymarin) protects liver cells from toxins. It should be taken before going out for a few drinks, preferably with a meal or snack.</p> <p><strong>Get to know Kudzu extract.</strong> Also known as Pueraria lobata, Kudzu has been in used in traditional Chinese medicine for many years. It's something that actually helps reduce alcohol intake, so you're less likely to want those extra drinks that turn you from happy to completely bombed. It also contains isoflavones, diadzin and puerarin, which are known to speed up the hangover healing time.</p> <p><b>Give Yoga the time of day.</b> Some yoga poses can literally help you push the alcohol out of the effected organs. I have not tried this one, but I know a few people who swear by yoga as a hangover cure. Look at &quot;the seated twist&quot; for starters.</p> <p><b>Try a shot of wheatgrass.</b> Wheatgrass is considered to be a natural detoxifier, cleansing the body's blood and water and revitalizing the cells. It also contains powerful detoxifying agents and assists in hydration. Drink a glass at night before hitting the hay, and one the following morning for full effect.</p> <p><strong>Prickly pear cactus.</strong> Researchers at Tulane University and the University of California have discovered that prickly pear cactus extract (<em>Opuntia ficus indica</em>) can relieve hangover symptoms and dry mouth. It can also relieve inflammation. It is best taken several hours before you start drinking alcohol.</p> <p>Well, there you have it. If you know of any sure-fire hangover cures (other than not drinking in the first place) share them here so we can all benefit this holiday season. And as always, please, don't drink and drive.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-list-of-hangover-cures">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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