How to make the pain of a Hangover Stop!

You know it’s coming and you know it is going to hurt. But what are the symptoms of a hangover and how can you make the pain stop…BY Dr. Ehimen

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Waking up hangover could be one of the worst feelings in the world; the banging headache, the churning stomach and the inability to do anything productive are all symptoms any drinker will be accustomed to. The question on everyone’s lips when experiencing this is “Why do I feel like this?” and “How do I make it stop?

Piercing headache

Why you’ve got it? 
The headache is likely to be a result of an amalgamation of things, including dehydration for example. A leading theory for the cause of migraines is the dilation of blood vessels in the brain and this can explain the hangover headache as well. Alcohol causes your blood vessels to dilate as it’s a relaxant and when the blood vessels in your brain dilate this will result in a headache.

How to cure it? 
Making sure that you drink plenty of water will help your situation, but you’ll be best off with some painkillers. Have a dose of paracetamol with ibuprofen and your headache should lessen, but you should bear in mind that these can irritate your stomach further.

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Irritable stomach (nausea and vomiting)

Why you’ve got it? 
Alcohol is a toxin that irritates the lining of your stomach and causes it to become inflamed. In addition to this, alcohol makes your stomach produce more acid than usual, which overall contributes to the feelings of nausea.

How to cure it? 
An all-natural effective solution is taking ginger. It’s so good that doctors still recommended it first-line for morning sickness. A ginger supplement or infusing it with your tea will help to settle your stomach, allowing you to alleviate some of your discomfort. Antacids will also help to combat the symptoms by neutralizing excess acid.


Why you’ve got it? 
“Hangxiety” – as it’s commonly referred to – is the feeling of guilt, stress or anxiety that you experience the day after heavy drinking. Drinking alcohol relaxes your body by slowing down the brain and suppressing your nervous system. When the alcohol leaves your system, your brain “wakes up” and comes back into action suddenly, causing you to feel on edge.

How to cure it? 
There is not necessarily a direct cure for this, but taking a long walk will help clear your head and sipping on chamomile tea could help to settle your nerves.

General dehydration

Why you’ve got it? 
General dehydration is easily noticeable: dry mouth and lethargy are common symptoms of this. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it stimulates urine production. For example, you’ll typically lose approximately 280ml of extra fluid for every pint you drink. If you add this up over the course of a night, it amounts to a lot.

How to cure it? 
There are a few ways to combat this and the best is probably to try and drink water between alcoholic drinks, as this will keep you hydrated and reduce how much alcohol you drink. However, if you get back from the night out and realise you haven’t drunk any water all night, take a rehydration solution, such as Dioralyte, before going to bed.

Poor sleep

Why you’ve got it? 
It is very common to sleep poorly the night after going out because alcohol disrupts your sleeping pattern and can obstruct your REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep. REM is the deepest stage of sleep and is crucial if you are to wake feeling fully rested in the morning.

How to cure it? 
Unfortunately there is no real way to cure this. The only real solution is to go back to bed or take several naps throughout the day.


Why you’ve got it? 
When you spend the night on the town you tend to spend a lot of time on your feet; dancing, chatting and generally doing anything except for sitting down and resting, so it’s only natural you feel fatigued. What’s more, alcohol depletes your body’s vitamins and minerals and your liver has to work hard to clear any toxins produced while drinking.

How to cure it? 
Taking a supplement with B-vitamins and antioxidants could help your liver clear up “free-radicals” produced from the metabolism of alcohol. There are many hangover pills on the market such as AfterDrink, which contain all of the ingredients you need to help you recover from the night before. It is no miracle cure, but it could help replenish what’s lost and is something to consider adding to your next hangover routine.

Lack of concentration/brain fog

Why you’ve got it? 
Lack of sleep, dehydration and general fatigue will leave you feeling less sharp than normal with poor concentration and a low attention span when hungover, which is colloquially known as “brain fog”.

How to cure it? 
Coffee might be the natural solution to this, but it will actually make you feel worse as it will increase your already high heart rate and make you feel less at ease. Drinking fruit juice however, will give you the vitamins, minerals and natural sugars that your body needs to get you back on track.

Anything else to consider?

Hangovers are less than ideal and the majority of us will be experiencing more over the next month than they have in previous months, if not all year. By following the above tips, you can overcome your blight and go about your day in a productive manner. However, it’s important to note that hangovers are a sign that you’re probably over doing it and should consider cutting down.

Healthstead Bags another International Partner

1st June, 2018

Healthstead MD, Dr Ehimen Diagi receives Mr. Toshan Singh, Deputy GM, Head-International Operations Maxcure Hospitals

As both organisations begin a partnership, as we look towards the future of health service around the world

MaxCure Group of Hospitals, the fastest growing multi-specialty chain in India, offers clinical excellence through experienced doctors, high-end infrastructure and transparent patient care on par with the best in the healthcare industry.


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(L-R) Toshan Singh, Deputy GM, Head-International Operations Maxcure Hospitals, Healthstead MD, Dr Ehimen Diagi

Healthstead partners with Concern32 , Gurgaon, India

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Dr Ehimen Diagi, Dr Soumyojeet Bagchi

On the 12th of May 2018, healthstead welcomed visiting Dr Soumyojeet Bagchi (BDS, MDS, FAGE) of Concern32 chain of Dental and Health clinics Gurgaon India

The visit/pally session signals the commencement of a Fruitful relationship between healthstead 🇳🇬 and concern32 dental, Gurgaon, India 🇮🇳 .

This milestone achievement is a step in our mission to bridge the gap and foster collaborations that would enable quality healthcare delivery



The event was also witnessed by the Exective Director of Lifebridge Medical Diagnostic Center, Abuja ,Who themselves are Partners to Healthstead.

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Concern32 provides team-based, comprehensive dental care for children and adults, including patients of all ages who are anxious or have an underlying developmental or medical condition that may add complexity to the management of their oral health.