Column: Getting Over Your Hangover

August 2, 2015

Dr Amani 400 pixels[Written by Dr. Amani Flood, NMD, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at NMAC]

Bermudians are not strangers to alcohol indulgence, especially over a holiday. After all, its’ been said that “Bermudians love to drink.” So what can you do if you throw back one too many over Cup Match?

You’ve probably heard the rule to drink one glass of water between each alcoholic beverage. But that rule can be hard to follow after about round four. By then you have forgotten all about rules as that blissful boozy feeling takes over. So let’s focus on the morning after and how best to feel normal again.

Firstly, it’s not too late to rehydrate. The glass of water trick works because alcohol has a drying effect on the body. So as soon as you wake up, chug down a full large glass of plain water, without anything else in it, which is quickly and easily absorbed.

Next, take a cold shower. This will get cause your heart to circulate stagnant blood. It will wake up your brain and revive sluggish internal organs.

Finally, stumble to the kitchen have a blended smoothie made with ice cold juice, spinach or kale leaves, organic berries and protein powder. If all that is too much trouble for your throbbing head, just nibble on cold watermelon slices. This fruit is a powerful internal cleanser and blood purifier. Both of these breakfasts will alkalanize your blood, which the alcohol has caused to be very acidic. Avoid heavy food and stick to salad or soup for now.

Now comes the most important part – aggressive nutrition. Hopefully you’ve already stopped by NMAC and stocked up on high quality Multivitamins, minerals, Magnesium and B-12, these are the nutrients that alcohol most depletes. Milk Thistle herb capsules will protect your liver from alcohol induced damage and Selenium, Chromium and Zinc will ensure that you detox from your wayward ways.

Get some rest and drink all through the day, infusing your water with high dose Vitamin C powder for it’s antioxidant effect and soon you will be feeling like your sweet angelic self again.

This article is written to make you smile but alcoholism is no laughing matter. Answer these standard CAGE questions to see if you may have a problem with drinking:

  • C – Have you ever felt that you should Cut downon drinking?
  • A – Do you get Annoyed when people tell you about your drinking?
  • G – Do you ever experience Guilt about drinking?
  • E – Do you need an Eye-Opener morning cocktail after a night of drinking?

How many yesses did you get? Only 2? Well, 2 is enough to qualify you for potentially having a problem with drinking!

Stop by and let us help you with alcohol and any other addictions. While Alcoholic Annonymous is the gold standard for recovery treatment, at NMAC we offer proven therapies including laser needle-less acupuncture, lifestyle counseling, IV replacement nutrition, vitamin B12 shots and other aids to help you on the path to recovery and restored perfect health!

Be well!

This article is written for informational purposes only by Certified Medical Professionals at the Northshore Medical and Aesthetics Center [NMAC]. It is not for use to diagnose or treat any condition that you may have. Always consult with you doctor.

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  1. sage says:

    Can’t get over stupid.

  2. Much prefer blonde hashish…but you cannot get it here legally….alas we are an oppressed society…all while the oppressors are no good example themselves…in fact quite bad and no good example.

  3. Jr Smith says:

    also the high sugar content in most rum, and mixed drinks lead to diabetes. Heavy drinking is what fuels high profits for these manufactures.

  4. Kangoocar says:

    Dr. Kangoocar recommends the best cure for a hangover is to, continue drinking!!! It works everytime!!!

    • Sara says:

      Says the person that is dead set against MJ legalization. I knew you were a hypocrite!

  5. Paget says:

    Honestly, we have a National Drinking Epidemic here in Bermuda! It is NOT acceptable to drink as much as we do here. I don’t know the exact stats but I believe our national average of alcoholism is higher than most other places. I have three teens/young adults and it has been a nightmare to raise them here despite doing all the right things since they were born!! I never drank, always taught them about the poison effects of over-drinking, etc, etc, etc.. But, peer pressure drags them in! They all just constantly get drunk and often blackout drunk! It is terrifying as a parent. We should not allow this kind of out of control drinking behavior (which often starts around 15-16) and never seems to end. “It’s a cultural” thing in Bermuda is the wrong answer! We need to stop it! We need to raise the drinking age to 21 and STRICTLY enforce it! WE need to could together as a country and stop accepting that Bermuda is a drunk culture and that it’s okay! It’s not okay!!!!

    • sage says:

      That’s what happens when they demonize herb and tell people it’s for losers, don’t mind that alcohol kills people and ruins lives, it’s legal!

    • Paget says:

      Forgot to mention kudos to Anthony Santucci from CADA and the Bermuda Police Service for their excellent work at trying to keep underage drinking from taking place at Horseshoe during Beach Fest! We should be doing this at every event!! Senator Jeff Baron, Premier Dunkley, you have kids so you understand! We need to take this as an extremely serious national epidemic and stop underage drinking (which is absolutely rampant in Bermuda!!!!) Please just raise the drinking age to 21 like the U.S. and enforce the heck out the the law!!! Keep up the police presence and enforcement so that our young kids (under 18) stop binge drinking and either dying on our roads, or doing crazy, stupid, dangerous things! One example was the young girl and boy at Cup Match! Allowing underage kids to drink causes cognitive impairment, dangerous behavior, poor judgement and a much higher chance of addictions as they get older! Please stop the stupidity with one swipe of your hands during the House!!!!