We've just entered a New Year, and there's no better time to turn things around than now. If you're on the heavier side, now is the time to slim down and bulk up. And if you're a bit on the skinny side, well, you know what to do. In fact, you've always had!
All we're trying to say is that it's never too late to change your body for the better. And our goal is to prove that to you for the whole month of January. Don't lose hope, bros. We're here to help you out!
We drank until dawn, and puked until the afternoon, just to find the mythical panacea to the drinker’s pain. Read on to see which one works—and which one's just pure BS!
The Theory: The main reason you feel like crap after boozing is because ethanol (alcohol) dehydrates the body. The solution: rehydrate by filling up with water before and after sleep.
The Science Bit: “Ethanol induces diuresis, or an increase in urination,” shares Dr. Faye De Los Santos, School Physician at the Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts, Science, and Technology. “Constant urination leads to dehydration, which then leads to headache, nausea, and fatigue. Water or any drink rich in electrolytes will help solve that problem.”
The Verdict: Drinking lots of water will put your bladder to work and make you feel bloated, but it’ll save you from hours’ worth of post-inuman brain pain.
The Theory: Exercise is a hangover killer, since sweating is a good way to get all the toxins out of your system. A good workout also stimulates the release of feel-good endorphins.
The Science Bit: “One drink—a 12-ounce beer or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor—is metabolized by your body in about an hour, so the whole ‘sweat it out’ theory is a myth," Dr. De Los Santos explains. "Vigorous exercise might actually do more harm to your already dehydrated body.”
The Verdict: Any strenuous activity after a drunken night-out may lead to more nausea and dehydration, but if you really want to, keep it low-intensity and bring water. But why exercise when you can just rest?
3) HAIR OF THE DOG
The Theory: The English colloquial expression indicates that the best way to stave off that queasy feeling from last night is by chugging a cold one down in the morning. What?
The Science Bit: “Bad idea," says Dr. De Los Santos. "Although drinking more alcohol may temporary help ease the symptoms, this could actually hurt you in the long run, and will likely make your headache worse. Your body needs a chance to recover from the toxins first.”
The Verdict: Alcohol may temporarily take the pain away, but it could lead to an even worse hangover. Besides, if this remedy appeals to you, doesn’t that mean you have a drinking problem?
4) PINOY-SILOG BREAKFAST
The Theory: Longsilog, hotsilog, malingsilog, tocilog—whatever silog you get, make it extra greasy and salty. All that oil will sop up all the bad, bad alcohol in your body like a sponge.
The Science Bit: “What you eat after drinking doesn’t matter—it’s what you eat before drinking," notes Dr. De Los Santos. "Food helps slow down the absorption of alcohol, and the longer it takes to digest a food, the longer it will take the alcohol to get into your bloodstream.”
The Verdict: All those carbs, fat, and protein from the meal—if you can keep it down—help pull up your blood sugar levels to its regular marks, thus lessening your irritability and general body strength.
The Theory: In the Western world, there’s a cure called Prairie Oyster, which consists of a raw egg with Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt, and pepper. In the Philippines, we have balut.
The Science Bit: “There is no scientific evidence to it," argues Dr. De Los Santos. "However, it has been postulated that the reason it helps is that it has cysteine, which our body needs to metabolize the harmful acetaldehyde accumulation in the liver after a bout of alcohol.”
The Verdict: If the cysteine effect is indeed true, just stick to normal eggs, and leave the slimier balut for better days.
The Theory: Kind of like Hair of the Dog but instead of alcohol, you smoke pot to replace the hangover with a high.
The Science Bit: “In other countries, pot or marijuana is used to help cancer patients in alleviating nausea," explains Dr. De Los Santos. "However, there is no medical indication for giving pot as a treatment for hangover, and getting high with is a definite no.”
The Verdict: Along with the high praises that our stoner source showered the magical herb with, there have also been studies that cannabis has an analgesic (pain-killing) effect.