Hangover, why are we starving?

After a beautiful night of drunkenness, we often transform ourselves as soon as we wake up into real human garbage… What have we done with our bodies to undergo such a gigantic metamorphosis?

Don’t worry, it happens to everyone… After a night of drinking, our body has one last whim: to build up an unhealthy store of saturated fats. You know, it’s always the same old story…

We drink a little too much, head home, and in our cloud of drunkenness, we put our last bit of energy into finding a late-night snack… Sweet, salty, hot or cold, our taste buds no longer have any demands except to satisfy that slab that pulls our innards.

Strange, the next morning we are still hungry, despite having swallowed a lot of food a few hours earlier… We are turned into “human waste”, able to eat anything and everything. Hello Doctor, what happens to our bodies when we have a hangover?

It would be a matter of lowering blood sugar

According to Dana Ellis Hunnes in the columns of melmagazine, nutritionist at the University of California Medical Center, the answer to this post-cooked wolf hunger would lie in the fluctuation of our blood sugar :

“When we drink too much alcohol, our blood sugar drops and there is no more insulin in our blood, used to process food and alcohol from the night before. Sugar levels are dropping, we’re hungry, and that seems like the most likely explanation. »

Gillian Tietz, biochemist and podcast host sober enginedeciphering the science of drug addiction, ensures, in this sense, that when we are hungover, our brain senses this blood sugar drop and tries to fix it by telling us to eat :

“When we drink large amounts of alcohol, the body makes the processing and elimination of alcohol its top priority, and other processes, such as maintaining blood sugar levels, are affected. In the morning, this means your blood sugar is low and your glycogen stores are low, so your body is sending you signals to eat. »

The hormone leptin responsible for our lack of feeling of fullness

Also, be aware that the day after the binge, the communication between your gut and your brain doesn’t work very well: the hormone leptin, responsible for signaling your body when it has eaten enough, plays the defector!

However, even if the feeling of satiety does not appear, in the face of an excessive influx of food, our stomach will eventually trigger nausea or even stomach painso we know something is wrong…

Beware of dehydration

Heads up, Dehydration can also play a role in your hangover. Alcohol is a diuretic, that means it makes you urinate more than usual. And if we don’t replace those evacuated fluids, we’ll end up thirsty.

Lisa Moskovitz, CEO of the NY Nutrition Group, assures the American media SELFwhatreduced blood sugar levels, combined with dehydration, can be responsible for our craving for anything and everything after cooking:

“When you are mildly dehydrated and your blood sugar is below normal, your body automatically goes into ‘foraging’ mode try to restore both levels to normal”

Problem: if we eat more, we will be even more thirsty… And the fundamental problem of dehydration is not necessarily solved…

Eliminate alcohol from our body

In the midst of a hangover, despite our tiredness and our indifference, our body must fight its own war to eliminate the alcohol still present in the bloodas confirmed by Gina Keatley, a New York-based nutritionist at SELF.

“While we sleep, proteins are created that help the liver remove what our body sees as toxins from the blood. When you wake up, your body [vous ordonne] absorb as many calories as possible as a source of energy. »

Behind the facade of your lethargic state, your body burns energy to eliminate alcohol and at the same time, your liver is no longer able to create as much energy for the rest of your body.

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A miracle cure for a hangover?

But then, what should we do if we wake up hungry after a night of overeating, which may or may not have involved a session of drunken craving? Experts are unanimous: eat if you’re hungry, but try to resist the temptation of high-fat foods. Why not replace our fast food menu with a nutritious breakfast?

Alcohol abuse can reduce our ability to absorb certain nutrients like vitamin B12, thiamine and folate. It’s best to focus on foods rich in these nutrients, such as eggs, cheese, beans, avocados, berries, bananas, or nuts. (walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, etc.).

No miracle cures on the horizon… Plus drink lots of water! So, let’s drink water before we even go to bed – if we think about it! — and as soon as we wake up. And thanks to the perfect combination, water + healthy food, we will be able to feel better very quickly.like Dr. Wilder confirms:

“Eating a nutritious breakfast and rehydrating are essential, especially if you have a hangover. They will give you energy and reduce your chances of experiencing some of the unpleasant symptoms. [de la gueule de bois]. »

So, let’s try to resist that voice that tells us to eat salty and greasy food… Let’s ignore it, in moderation of course! And armed with all these new tips, maybe we can avoid the dreaded two-day hangover… Because yes, it exists!


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