Hangovers — as annoying as they can be, there are definitely some healthy, useful steps you can take, to lessen the pain of the inevitable next morning. Uhangovernsurprisingly, one of the best preventative steps is to eat as healthy as possible, normally. Once your body has this nutritional baseline, it will make it much easier to snap back to your regimen, the next day. And if you’re planning on drinking while out an event, please make sure you have a designated driver. But all this serious talk doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Just be sure to drink responsibly, and follow these steps to maximize your fun, and minimize the pain of the next day!

Drink Water
This may be the best first step. Alcohol can quickly dehydrate your body, so try to drink as much water as possible: before, during, and after the alcohol. How much water? Well, this works like a simple math equation. The more alcohol you drink, the more water you need. And if you don’t drink enough before and during your alcohol consumption, you will need to drink even more afterwards.

drinking waterAnother good rule of thumb is to drink one glass of water for every equivalent serving of alcohol you consume. This might even help to prevent a hangover, the next day. If you forget to do this, at least drink two to three 8-0z. glasses right before bed. This amount should help combat all but the most serious nights of partying. Why 2-3 cups? Because alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it helps to flush water from your body. So 2-3 cups should suffice for most nights of moderate drinking. The more hydrated your body is in the immediate window around your alcohol consumption, the better off you will be. P.S.: Not all alcohol is created equally. So, if you’re doing to drink, make sure you know the best and worst alcohol for your health.

Drink Coconut Water
Coconut water is great to consume after a hard workout, but its unique hydration properties make it and excellent hangover remedy, too. This is because coconut water is very high in electrolytes, and contains more potassium than even bananas. You may even want to add some lemon juice (just a dab) and a touch of salt, if you want to experiment. Typically we feel awful coconut water after a night of drinking due to the lack of antioxidants in our bodies, as well as low amounts of electrolytes. Coconut water contains both, making it ideal for the “morning after.” If you want to step up your hangover game even more, add some high-antioxidant fruits, like blueberries or blackberries. A green smoothie will also provide electrolytes, as well as minerals, so you may want to mix one up, using coconut water as the base.

Eat Bananas
One word: potassium. Have you gotten the importance of this mineral yet? When it comes to hangovers, there is no limit to potassium’s benefits. Bananas contain a good amount of potassium, which will help you greatly, since your body will hold on to sodium, and quickly lose potassium, during a hangover. Bananas also contain some antioxidants, so make sure to grab one (if you can muster it). Even half of a banana before you pass out, can help.

bath relaxationSweat It Out!
Exercise, unsurprisingly, is a staple of hangover remedies. Not only will you get some sweet, sweet endorphins, but you will literally start excreting toxins (like alcohol) due to the stimulation exercise provides to your lymphatic system. You may also want to try yoga. I’d recommend the hot kind, which will obviously increase how much you sweat. Just make sure you are well hydrated, first. Swimming can also be a nice relief from a hangover. You can also try a very warm bath, or a nice steam in a sauna. Anything to get you up and moving, as well as sweating, will help lessen the pain.

Eat Tomatoes
Tomatoes offer some extra benefits for those who may have had one too many. With a nutritional profile completely the opposite of alcohol (in essence, replacing what alcohol depletes) tomatoes also have fructose, which aids your body in metabolizing leftover booze. You can drink tomato juice, and even add some extra goodies, like lime, cayenne pepper, or turmeric. I wouldn’t recommend the Bloody Mary approach, as the “hair of the dog” effect will only temporarily relieve your pain. Other fruits that contain fructose may also help metabolize the alcohol.

Honey hangover remedy

Add Honey
I always recommend honey in my hangover cure, since the fructose contained within it helps to metabolize the alcohol leftover from the previous night’s drinking. On top of that, it contains potassium, which is the quintessential hangover mineral. If you’re really wiped out, a few tablespoons of honey should help you within 30 minutes. But beware – it is very high in sugar. Don’t forget to eat a very sound diet with it and hydrate like a champ!

Take B-Complex Vitamins

Popping a B-complex vitamin is a good idea on most days, but it is absolutely critical for curing a hangover! This is because alcohol depletes your B vitamins, leaving you feeling tired and grumpy. Your liver will also thank you, since it relies on B vitamins to properly do its job of detoxification. One of these vitamins right before bed can give you a jumpstart on overcoming the hangover of the following morning.

Take a Wasabi Bath
Want to get that alcohol out — and fast? A wasabi bath is your new friend. Wasabi has the somewhat unique ability to increase blood circulation, as well as increase oxygenation of cellular tissue, which ultimately helps to clear cells of waste. Wasabi bath salts or a spoonful of wasabi powder in your tub, can help get rid of that alcohol as quickly as possible. Remember, alcohol is a toxin, and humans absolutely do not need it. Your body lets you know this the day after a night of heavy drinking.

carbsDon’t Skip the Carbs
While a low or moderate carb diet is a great guideline for general health, you’re going to want to load up on carbs after you drink. That’s because they help to soak up the alcohol in your system, just like the wasabi bath helps to get it out via your skin (it is a permeable organ, after all).

Eat Some Brassica Vegetables

While many realize the importance of broccoli, kale, spinach, and Brussels sprouts, they may not realize that all of these vegetables fall into the same family. All of these superfoods are brassica veggies, and they support liver detoxification, making them a perfect hangover choice.  And if you’ve indulged in sugary drinks, make sure you load up on even more vegetables here.

The Bottom Line

The main points to remember when it comes to curing a hangover are: potassium, hydration, nutrient rich foods, a B-complex vitamin, and exercise. If you hit these bullet points, you will have a much easier go of things. And if you need extra help, try honey and a wasabi bath. Of course, remember: the best offense is sometimes a great defense. That means drinking lotsnaturally healthy of water while indulging, and maintaining a normal, healthy diet. Both of these things will help make the recovery process much, much easier! So the next time you indulge, do so a little healthier, with these natural hangover remedies!



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How People with High IQs Think (Practical Examples)

You don’t have to be the Einstein of our generation to be successful. But in some companies and institutions, IQ has a tendency to correlate to qualities they value, hence the kind of people they seek and want to work with. IQ tests directly measure your ability to correctly identify patterns and logic problems under a time limit.

Those skills have a significant correlation to other skills that we value in a 21st century, post-industrial economy. It correlates with the ability learn complex concepts, learn to think critically, learn to identify opportunities etc.

IQ is probably overrated today. We place way to much value on IQ, and take it as being far more meaningful than it is.

These are two practical examples (from Calvin and Raffaele) of how people with high 1Qs think (from a social, intellectual, and practical point of view). How they perceive everyday interactions and situations. They originally shared these experiences on reddit.

1. Calvin Chopra, An inquisitive autodidact

I tested about 4 months back; my IQ was 150. My Myers Briggs Test Type (MBTI) is INTJ and I am 17 years old.

Socially: It is pretty screwed up. I can’t get along with kids in my school or other people around me. Also, it is an INTJ characteristic that people perceive me as arrogant; in fact I am very humble. I tend to be the silent one. I don’t talk much and sometimes I am shy.

I don’t talk to people in my age group, but instead have friends who are older than me. I also don’t believe in small talk; I don’t want people calling me unless it is extremely important and I think a real conversation is better any day.

However, When I am with like-minded people or in a place where I can discuss  ideas, I am good socially and I consider myself to be an ambivert contrary to the MBTI test. I am swift then. Also, I am good at reading people’s expressions and know what they are thinking about, but sometimes I don’t even know that they are listening to me.

I despise smartphones, any and every form of communication. I don’t use my smartphone quite a lot and I might switch to a feature phone. Also, I permanently deleted my facebook account after joining Quora. I don’t keep up with my old buddies.

Intellectually: At an early age, I discovered that I was passionate about robotics and computers. Also I am a voracious reader. I read, think and talk about subjects ranging from Neuroscience to metaphysics.

I am good at school now. I love to be intellectually engaged. I have a hard time doing dull work, but I motivate myself and do work well. As for music, I find solace in classical works of Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and the likes.

The dark side of this intellectual prowess is that I sometimes have to deal with analysis paralysis and I tend to over-plan things. I think and worry a lot, sometimes. Other times I get lost in my imagination; when I am inactive I tend to do thought experiments and try to analyze or build things in my mind.

Creativity: My mind has an inclination towards abstraction; I would study the fundamental nature of something, make assumptions and inferences and would try to build an abstract model. I would then try to use that model. That is why I love robotics.

I love to work on abstract stuff; I would do stuff with Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning and then use these domains to develop robots. Abstraction and Application, I work on these constantly.

Practicality: I was a strong idealist earlier; now I believe that practicality and idealism should go hand in hand. With my idealistic mind, I made many mistakes. I learnt from those mistakes and take my decisions wisely now.

I analyze the situations I am in, anticipate outcomes and know what will be beneficial for me. I do not have the Dunning Kruger effect, I know what I am good at, I know what I am bad at and I know that I don’t know much.

Procrastination: If I don’t have a plan, I will procrastinate, a lot. I need to make a plan a night before. That is the only way I can be productive. I don’t really need to be motivated to do something; having a purpose is enough. The next best thing would be a plan.

Although I don’t follow a plan rigidly but I keep working on things till bed time. I constantly make day logs and edit my plan, and I have a good work ethic. I am a non-conformist and brutally rational. I do not care about what others think about me, but I do not harm them either. If my apathy harms them, then I am in a dilemma.

[Note: Whatever I am or whatever I think, I do not attribute it to my IQ. Whatever I have achieved is by devoting time and effort in order to enhance my skills.

I believe regardless whether your IQ is 100 or 140, you can achieve solely by practicing and improving your skills; a priori intelligence is just because of genes and environment. You can be anything you want.

Also, People cannot be compared; there might be millions of people intelligent than you, millions dumber than you. If you want to get ahead embrace who you are. Be unique, do something only you can and discover your real potential.]

2. Raffaele Tranquillini, 16-year old student, programmer

Sorry for my English, my native language is Italian and actually I am 16 year old, so still learning. Even if I am not 160 or more, I have taken a few reliable IQ tests in the past and obtained scores between 145 and 150 in all. I’ll try to give a detailed answer to this question.

Notice: additional factors may influence this answer. I am an INTP on MBTI personality scale and I’m left handed (I’m not sure, but this may influence)

Childhood: in short, I was a strange child. At the kindergarden I used to look always behind the computers to see how cables were connected; I learnt reading and writing when I was three, and my kindergarten nannies remember me that I was extremely lively (too lively, sincerely), very good at puzzles that were designed for elder children, and that I used to talk always about things like gizmos, mechanical systems, possible projects using windmills and things like that.

In addition, I was not extroverted and not very friendly to my mates and teachers (that I now love for accepting me for how strange I was even when, often, I was completely crazy). At the primary school, the situation was different.

I got bullied very very often both from schoolmates and teachers, that, in a school of the peripheral area of a city, hated me because I was smarter than other children.

They used to put the blame on me for everything that happened in my class, they lied to my parents about things that, for they, I did (they were serious things, so my parents didn’t believe me) because they were just envious, exactly like my classmates.

Now I don’t like children and I hate everything related to the period of primary school, because it remembers me all that bullying of teachers and classmates.

The only positive aspects is that this experience taught me not only to respect everyone and avoid bullying, but to be always as generous and correct as possible with other people in order to avoid they made the same bad experiences.

Social skills: they were quite poor, but in the time with my very analytic behaviour I learned how the “society algorithm” works, and I am in some things even more able than normal people, because I don’t do anything in a spontaneous way in social occasions, and instead I know how to simulate well an emotion or another. However, there are still many points where this “algorithm” I learned doesn’t work, and that translates in social difficulties.

Everyday life: the main difference is that I see patterns everywhere. Patterns and algorithms. In addition, I am usually really fast in thinking logically, and when I speak I usually try in my head in 1/10 of second 4-5 different sentences and choose the best one (something not the best for that situation, though).

Then often I figure out many different solutions in a very short time to a problem, including the solution that I think will be the wrong one but the one that the others will choose, and I can’t explain the right one.

Often people tell me that my solution is wrong and I am stubborn, but I know it is correct, and after hours they will notice I was right. In addition, I always talk very very fast to keep up with my thoughts.

Other aspects of social life: I often feel alone among the people. I am between them, but I feel separated by a wall that isolates me on a place that is just physically near the people around me. They don’t understand me. They misunderstand me (in a bad way).

I feel as I had some sort of veil that doesn’t let me interact with them. And nobody believes me if I try to explain that. (This is one of the the many symptoms of Asperger’s I have… But I’m almost sure it’s also the IQ)

Interests: my mind is very good in some directions and very wrak in others. For instance, I am not good at maths (high school maths is IMO boring and I don’t want to study it) except for the very small part of it involving logical thinking.

I am very good at writing, but my main, obsessive hobby is programming. I love it, and I am programmer since I was 8. I love it because it’s good to use my logic. I’ve always been very bad at sport. Especially, I have never had coordination. I love quiet places, and I need to walk alone in quiet places for some kilometers every day to relax.

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