Hangover Fatigue: Prevention is the best medicine

October 03, 2015

Have you ever had the privilege of experiencing a hangover?

You know, that feeling of being some kind of wounded zombie who cannot think straight and who's only priority is curling up into a ball and trying to shut out the world?

We feel you.

Over the years people have gone on and on about hangover cures and different strategies to help minimise the damage but none of them really do that much at the end of the day.

In our opinion, the best way to cure a hangover is to prevent it even happening in the first place.

There is some debate as to what specifically causes a hangover but most scientists agree that a depletion of electrolytes is often the biggest culprit.

The term electrolytes refers to a group of mineral salts that are naturally found in different levels throughout the body and they include sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride and more.

So by being able to re-balance your electrolyte levels you should be able to cure a hangover right?

Well, no, not really.

By the time you have a hangover it's already too late.

But, what if you able were to restore your electrolyte levels after you had finished partying but before you fell asleep?

Now you're talking.

Through several studies conducted on myself and many friends over the years we have come up with a solution that massively reduces your chances of suffering from a hangover.

And the good news is: it's safe, it's natural and these days it's quite readily available in most places throughout the world.

The solution is:

Coconut Water

An image of a young green coconut and the water contained within

Coconut water contains an electrolyte balance that is almost identical to the levels found in human blood.

In fact, during world war 2 in the pacific, coconut water was even infused directly into the blood stream of wounded soldiers to keep them hydrated when supplies of IV solution ran out.

But don't worry, there's no need to infuse it directly into your blood stream to prevent a hangover, simply drink it before bed.

Now there are a few rules to follow for maximum effectiveness:

  1. Make Coconut water your last drink of the night before bed, drinking it earlier in the night will not have the same effect and you will most likely pee it all back out before the night is through.
  2. Drink a lot of it: We recommend 500ml.

And that's it!

So if you're plannning on having a big one this long weekend be sure to give this strategy a go, you've really got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Be sure to let us know how you go in the comments.

Until next time,

Live with energy,

Christian and the Upside Nutrition Team

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