Why Ginger with sugarcane juice is great as a hangover cure
You go out on the town with your best friends, dance the night away, eventually fall into your warm bed in a drunken stupor, and fall into a blissful sleep dreaming about sunflowers and unicorns.
Then, the morning comes. And with it comes your worst nightmare, the dreaded hangover. How can so much fun turn into so much misery in so little time?
As you open your eyes, you are greeted by this new day with a throbbing headache, a fatigued body, and the anxiety of why you feel so dismal. It’s not like this is the first time you’ve experienced this cause and effect scenario before, but this time around you’re determined to fix it. Why do these hangovers happen and what can you do to put them to an end? Let’s dig into the science.
When you consume alcohol, your pituitary gland, located at the base of your brain, becomes unable to produce vasopressin. To avoid getting too technical, the only thing you need to understand about vasopressin is its key function is to regulate your body fluids. The more alcohol you consume, the less vasopressin your pituitary gland will produce.
Of course, you can’t actually feel this happening, but there is a simple signal we can all relate to when the production of vasopressin is waning. As you consume your first few drinks, which for many is far more liquid than they regularly consume, you will soon be making a trip to the restroom to “break the seal.” And, as the story goes, once the seal is broken, you’ll find yourself running back to relieve yourself over and over again.
The lack of vasopressin allows your body to expel more liquid than is actually being consumed in the form of your favorite alcoholic beverage. Unfortunately, this imbalance isn’t slight. Each time you find yourself in the company of your porcelain friend, you might be releasing four times as much liquid as you’ve been drinking—hence, alcohol’s dehydrating wizardry.
As your body senses this lack of water, and your organs begin battling it out to see who can take whatever is left of your water reserves, your brain will actually begin to shrink. This is because the water in your brain is part of the water reserve the rest of your body so desperately wants. As your organs call for this supply, your brain abides and sends it away. When your brain shrinks, the membrane that connects your brain to your skull becomes extremely stressed and causes pain in the form of headaches.
If headaches were the only worry, we could focus our attention on that one symptom. But, we’d be lying if we haven’t experienced a far worse event after painting the town red—nausea and vomiting.
When these symptoms rear their ugly heads, your liver has all but given up on your ability to make rational decisions. Alcohol is a bad enough actor in its own right, but it brings along a bigger, badder older brother who is even more destructive. His name is acetaldehyde.
Although it doesn’t stick around in the body for long, acetaldehyde takes on the liver with gusto. If you drink in excess, your liver will run out of troops to fend off this destructive chemical and the nausea will begin to settle in.
Next door in your stomach, hydrochloric acid is being produced at alarming rates and your body is waiting to push the big red button if it gets too serious. That big red button will send your evening's decisions right back up in the form of vomit and signal the good time is definitely over.
This paints a pretty gloom and doom picture of the negative impacts alcohol has on the body and the inevitability of a miserable morning after. However, as with all problems, there are tricks of the trade that can subdue these negative effects and get your body ready to take on the day after a night of jubilation.
Say hello to your new best friend, ginger. When you wake up in the morning and your stomach is all tied up in knots, a common call to action is to make your way to the kitchen and get some water boiling so you can make ginger tea.
What more proof do you need in its ability to settle your stomach than the positive impact it had in quelling the motion sickness of 80 naval cadets? In a study conducted in 1988, cadets who were given one gram of ginger powder over a placebo showed remarkable improvements in their ability to stomach (pun fully intended) the rough sea.
Finding a remedy to eliminate, or at least drastically reduce, your hangover symptoms is goal number one. But, what if you could eliminate the negative effects and mix in a whole bunch of positive effects at the same time? What might you combine ginger with to form the perfect combination of hangover cure and dominating the day ahead?
Look no further than sugarcane juice. When you mix sugarcane juice with ginger and lime, you not only have a fresh and body soothing drink, you have an all-natural remedy to knock your hangover out of the park and prepare your body to take on any of your day’s challenges.
In one glass, you have your potion for headaches, nausea, and vomiting, and according to these studies, you might have your supplement for staving off colon and breast cancer (yes, men can get it, too), accelerating muscle recovery, and becoming one with the ancients who have used sugarcane juice and ginger for thousands of years.
The next time you go out for a night of drinking, make sure you are stocked up on the three ingredients that will make your friends wonder if you have superpowers. Sugarcane juice with ginger and lime is all you need to turn a morning of regret into a morning of productivity. Party hardy and recover like the expert you are.