What Causes Hangover Nausea?
Alcohol is a toxin to your body. In other words, it's a harmful substance to your body, and your body knows that. If you drink too much alcohol, your body will notice, and will create a biochemical reaction that causes the hangover nausea.
Your medulla oblongata (a part of your brain) is, among other things, responsible for detecting toxic substances in your body. Specifically, the chemoreceptor trigger zone (CTZ) within the medulla oblongata will communicate with the rest of your body to initiate vomiting. That need to vomit is what causes the hangover nausea. It does this to rid the body of these harmful compounds and return it back to normal.
You might not feel nauseous after your first shot; you might not even feel hungover after a few drinks. This is because alcohol dampens sensory neurons sent to the brain. However, as the numbing effects of alcohol fade, the toxic substances remain in your body. And that's why you might wake up the next day, sobered up, and urgently running to the restroom.
"...the chemoreceptor trigger zone within the medulla oblongata will communicate with the rest of your body to initiate vomiting. That need to vomit is what causes the hangover nausea..."
How to Cure Hangover Nausea?
Hangover Nausea Remedy #1 - Ginger
For generations, ginger has been used as a natural remedy to soothe an upset stomach. And it can be just as helpful when you're hungover. It's rich in antioxidants from its compounds gingerol and shogaols. This gives it anti-inflammatory properties which have been proven to improve digestion and speed up your stomach emptying, which often helps with reducing hangover nausea.
"[Ginger has] anti-inflammatory properties which have been proven to improve digestion and speed up your stomach emptying, which often helps with reducing hangover nausea."
The best way to prepare ginger is ginger tea. The team at Lil Better likes to prepare 1 cup of ginger tea with the following recipe:
- Chop a 1 inch piece of ginger into thin slices.
- Pour 1 cup of water into a pot.
- Drop ginger into the pot. Bring water and ginger to a boil.
- Bring to a simmer. Leave for 5-10 minutes. (Longer will be more pungent)
- Turn off heat. Strain the ginger out, and serve after cooling.
- (Optional) Add honey, lemon, and/or a slice of lemon for taste.
Hangover Nausea Remedy #2 - Peppermint
Peppermint is another popular option to help cure hangover nausea and an upset stomach. According to a 2014 study by the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, peppermint is effective at dealing with indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). For those same reasons, it has been found as an effective way to minimize the nauseous feeling that comes with hangovers.
Though peppermint oil and diffusion through aromatherapy can help soothe the stomach, our personal favorite way to use peppermint is through a cup of peppermint tea. You can buy peppermint tea bags from the store, or you can prepare it like we do at Lil Better with this recipe:
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a pot.
- Turn off heat. Drop 4-5 peppermint leaves into the pot.
- Cover pot and steep for 5-10 minutes. (Longer will be more stronger)
- Strain the peppermint out, and serve after cooling.
Hangover Nausea Remedy #3 - Coconut Water
Coconut water is an effective way to cure hangovers overall. Similar to Gatorade or Pedialyte, it is effective at restoring electrolytes when your body is dehydrated. However, it is seen as an even healthier alternative as it provides the same levels of potassium and nutrients that rehydrate the body, but without the added artificial sugar. By helping your body get back to its natural state, coconut water can help you get back on your feet and beat the hangover nausea altogether.
"...the best way to cure hangover nausea is by preventing it... if you are going to drink, you should help your body prepare for it. That's why we created Lil Better."
Of course the best way to cure hangover nausea is by preventing it. Obviously, the best way is not to drink at all. But if you are going to drink, you should help your body prepare for it. As you get older, your body's metabolic functions slow down, and so do your digestive abilities. This might lead to toxins lasting in your body even longer, which may lead to more nausea and hangovers.
That's why we created Lil Better. Lil Better is a 100% all natural drinking supplement made with a proprietary blend of milk thistle, dandelion root, turmeric, and kudzu root. The combination of this herbal blend gives your body the antioxidants it needs to feel better the day after drinking. Take 2 capsules before your first drink, and you'll thank yourself tomorrow for doing so.