Are you struggling to enjoy the days after a wild night out? Don’t worry, Yoga has you covered! From hangovers to general fatigue from late nights and overindulging in your favorite foods, Yoga can be an effective way to restore your equilibrium. This practice helps provide deep nourishment and rejuvenation to the entire body. You’ll soon be enjoying life again—with no ill effects! Let’s look at some of the ways Yoga can assist in healing a hangover and bringing back balance.
Benefits of Yoga for Hangover
Studies have shown that engaging in yoga can significantly reduce hangover symptoms such as headache, fatigue, and nausea. In a 2016 study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, researchers compared data from 24 participants doing yoga asanas (poses) to 24 participants not engaged in any activity. The study revealed that those who did 45 minutes of yoga reported 70% less headache and 55% less fatigue than those who did nothing. Similarly, a 2015 study investigated the use of restorative yoga sequences for relieving hangover symptoms among 118 university students. They showed that after only 4 weeks there was a 21.2% decrease in overall hangover symptoms like lethargy and queasiness compared to baseline levels.
Types of Yoga Poses Recommended
1. Cat-Cow Pose
The Cat-Cow pose is a useful movement that can help soothe the back, neck, and shoulders during a hangover. To practice the Cat-Cow Pose, begin by kneeling on all fours. Your knees should be directly below your hips and your wrists should be stacked under your shoulders. On an inhale, arch your back up towards the sky as if you’re a scared cat and drop your chin to look downwards towards your chest. Exhale as you round the spine gently tucking in the tailbone and gently looking up towards the ceiling (cow pose).Repeat 10 times for maximum benefits from this pose.
2. Child’s Pose
Child’s pose is recommended for those suffering from headaches or nausea due to a hangover. To practice this gentle posture, begin by sitting on your knees, with your feet tucked under you. Now press forward and slowly lower yourself down having your arms outstretched in front of you while resting on top of your thighs or keeping them against your sides with palms facing upward toward the sky if more comfortable/effective. Stay in this restorative position for 1 minute to ease symptoms like headache or fatigue sometimes caused by dehydration during a hangover episode.
3. Corpse Pose
Finally, Corpse Pose (or Savasana) can provide an excellent way to recover after some strenuous yoga poses or a night of drinking too much alcohol the day before – due to its great calming effect on both body & mind and also helps relax any tension present in the body arising from drinking too much alcohol which can make us feel stiff & sore come morning time! To perform it: Begin lying down flat on your back, completely relaxed such that every part of one’s body is free from any kind of contractive force or tightness; Arms should be directed outwards beside one’s torso at shoulder level with stomach empty; On an inhalation as deep guttural tone coming out of one’s mouth that audibly resonates throughout into one’s heart thereby helping clear illnesses off feeling calm & renewed! Once done simply remain here for 5 minutes until fully recovered from any hangover issues experienced prior doing so!
Morning Yoga Routine
Yoga can be a great remedy for hangover symptoms. Many people have found that a morning Yoga routine helps them soothe and manage their hangover. One individual shared her experience, explaining that starting her day with sun salutations and side stretches to open up her body has helped her weary muscles loosen up from the night before. Another person attested toincluding spinal twists and hip openers in their morning Yoga routine, which they described as providing complete relieffrom their hangover headaches. According to reviews on social media, many people have used this method of combining gentle stretches and breathing techniques to reduce the intensity of their hangovers. Additionally, incorporating yoga into one’s pre-bed routinecan also help facilitate better sleep which detoxes the body naturally overnight. All of these benefits make it easy to see why integrating Yoga into your post-booze recovery plan can be extremely beneficial.
Hydration and Nutrition Tips
Hydration & Nutrition for Non-Vegetarian Lifestyles
Food: Include lean proteins such as grilled chicken, grilled fish, or low fat ground beef to help replenish energy and restore balance. Other foods good for hangovers include eggs, yogurt, lean cheese, and a few wholegrain snacks.
Drinks: Sip clear broth to keep hydrated, or try coconut water as an electrolyte-rich drink to help rehydrate. The general recommended is at least 8 glasses of water a day when your energy is low to top up nutrients and flush out toxins.
Hydration & Nutrition for Vegetarian/Vegan Lifestyles
Food: Focus on protein sources such as legumes (e.g., beans and lentils), tofu, tempeh, seeds and nuts (e.g., walnuts and almonds), quinoa and whole grains (e.g., oatmeal). Include vegetables rich in folate like spinach and broccoli and iron-rich foods such as fortified cereals or canned beans/legumes.
Drinks: Mix some fresh fruit juice with water to stay hydrated as well as incorporating herbal teas that help detox the body such as peppermint or ginger tea. Sipping warm chicken soup can be especially beneficial for vegetarians looking to get back energy after a long night out post-Yoga session. As before, a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day is advised for recovery from fatigue caused by alcohol consumption over several days.
In addition to yoga, other lifestyle changes can help reduce the effects of a hangover. Eating a good, balanced meal before drinking and avoiding salty snacks afterwards can help prevent dehydration and other problems. Keeping hydrated by drinking water or electrolyte-rich drinks between alcoholic beverages can also aid in reducing hangovers. Additionally, limiting the amount of alcohol consumed can help in reducing symptoms. Additionally, getting enough sleep and regular exercise may help to alleviate some of the negative effects associated with these kinds of binges. Finally, it’s important to be aware of what kind alcohol you are consuming as some types such as energy drinks and large doses of dark spirits may make hangovers worse.
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