The consumption of too much alcohol can have adverse effects on the human body regardless of size and age. These effects come in the form of a hangover which is described as a group of unpleasant physiological and psychological signs and symptoms, that come as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.
Hangovers, although not only caused by the excessive intake of alcohol, come with some very discomforting symptoms such as headaches, drowsiness, concentration problems, dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, absence of hunger, profuse sweating, red eyes, shakiness, depression, elevated body temperature, hyper-excitability, and anxiety.
Symptoms of hangovers are said to occur after the intoxicating effect of the alcohol begins to wear off. They are usually in full effect the morning after a night of heavy drinking and typically begin when your blood alcohol content drops significantly to or close to zero. This experience can last for up to 24 hours (a day), depending on the quantity of consumed alcohol and the severity of the hangover.
There are also cases of more severe signs and symptoms that accompany heavy drinking which could last for more than a day. This may be a case of alcohol poisoning, and people experiencing such are advised to seek immediate medical help. Its signs could include, confusion, vomiting, seizures, slow or irregular breathing, blue-tinged or pale skin, hypothermia, and unconsciousness.
In such times, people are seen mixing up several concoctions which are usually ineffective in a bid to remedy the feelings of discomfort being felt. Some even go as far as taking more alcohol, the “hair of the dog that bit you” treatment – a colloquial expression predominantly used to refer to consuming alcohol with the aim of stopping or decreasing the effects of a hangover.
But what your body actually needs at a moment like this is to flush out all of the toxins from alcoholic drinks, alongside recovery through hydration and the proper nutrition. One good source of these nutrients is Celery.
Celery, known scientifically as Apium Graveolens, is a vegetable in the plant family called Apiaceae. The benefits of celery begin with its being an excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes; in addition to vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, C, B6, potassium and folate.
According to the Romans’ early discovery, celery stalks served as a good hangover remedy. Celery is packed with folic acid, calcium, potassium and vitamins which aid in regulating the body fluid, stimulating urine production, and flushing toxins from the system. It also contains alkaline substances that help calm the nervous system hence, promoting relaxation and quality of sleep.
Here is a green juice recipe made with celery that is capable of curing your excesses of the night.
- 4 celery stalks
- 1 green apple
- 4 kale leaves
- 2 sprigs of parsley
- 1 inch piece of ginger
- 2 carrots
- Wash all ingredients carefully and put into a juice mixer.
- Pour in a clean glass of water and blend to fineness.
- Pour blended content into a glass and drink at your own pace.
Hangovers are not severe health issues but their causes are still poorly understood. Meanwhile, several factors are known to be connected to hangovers which include acetaldehyde accumulation, changes in the immune system, glucose metabolism, dehydration, metabolic acidosis, disturbed prostaglandin synthesis, increased cardiac output, vasodilation, sleep deprivation, malnutrition, beverage-specific effects of additives or by-products such as congeners, among others.
Howbeit, you are still advised to avoid too much intake of alcohol by not drinking at all or by drinking in moderation according to doctors. OK, if you know yourself well and can’t help but over-enjoy, then you may want to keep this celery juice handy. Other than avoiding alcohol altogether, you can ease your aftermath symptoms by simply gulping down a cup of this juice and then having a good rest.
You can also try to sleep it off if you can’t do the mixing above or if all the ingredients required are not readily available. You will feel better, eventually. Other remedies are for you to eat before and while drinking, sip water between drinks and to know your limits. Also, choose carefully on the type of alcohol being consumed. Finally, take it slow.