We all know that waking up with a hangover can rank up there with a nasty stomach virus or a tooth extraction: seriously unpleasant and oh-so-painful. Depending on your pick of the poison and how much of it you imbibed, there will be some serious consequences to pay. Heading to the medicine cabinet to grab some acetaminophen or ibuprofen can amplify damage done to the liver or kidneys, because analgesics such as these actually reduce the blood flow to these organs. Instead, opt for another antidote, a much healthier one — yoga.
In addition to rehydrating with water, fresh juices (link to article), or other non-caffeinated beverages, engaging in yoga poses will hasten your recovery, transitioning you from queasy, head-pounding oblivion to a tranquil and calming clarity. Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means "to merge the spirit and body." It is a very ancient Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline that is now widely practiced all over the world for the benefits of health and relaxation — and is excellent as a hangover cure.
Yoga is thought to be especially beneficial as a hangover panacea because it is noted to release toxins, improve circulation, and aid the digestion process. Yoga helps relieve tension in the body from head to toe, and gets the blood moving so that every part of the body feels oxygenated and rejuvenated.
If you are a novice to yoga, it is suggested that you seek the help and guidance of a knowledgeable yoga instructor. Namaste and good luck.
Deepa Verma, MD, recently opened up her new integrative medical practice, Synergistiq Integrative Health, in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Verma believes that healthy and holistic living is the key to happiness and aging gracefully.