Carnival is coming and in the city of Rio de Janeiro alone there are more than 450 official blocks parading – not counting the unofficial blocks, the parties and the parades in Sapucaí. For revelers on duty, who wait all year for the biggest party in the world, it can be intense days of lots of alcohol and fun. However, after overindulging in alcohol consumption, many people believe that training cures a hangover . But is this true or just a popular myth? Personal trainer Caio Signoretti clarifies this issue and points out the potential risks involved.
According to Caio, the idea that exercise can cure a hangover is, in most cases, a mistake. He highlights that, although physical activity can help speed up the removal of toxins from the body, there is no solid scientific evidence to prove its effectiveness in faster elimination of alcohol circulating through the body.
“Physical exercise will increase your heart rate and blood circulation. This, in itself, already influences the body to sweat more. This physiological mechanism ends up helping to accelerate the removal of toxins from the body and restores balance to the body, but the main cause of a hangover is dehydration”, explains Caio.
However, if the individual decides to train anyway, it is important to take some precautions. “It is essential to listen to your body and not overdo the training intensity. After any ‘slippage’ in training and nutrition, it is essential to get back to your routine as quickly as possible. Therefore, when the moment of relaxation passes, start eating and exercising regularly”, advises the specialist.
As for the most suitable type of training – between aerobics or strength training –, Caio emphasizes that there is no single type that is best for curing a hangover. “The important thing is for the person to simply resume or continue following their routine. What can happen is that she will have a loss of performance due to having a hangover, but there won’t be a better or worse training session to cure this discomfort.
In general, alcohol only gets in the way and there is no better solution than not drinking or waiting for the body to do its work. Staying hydrated is still the best strategy. When you have a hangover, it is not advisable to demand too much effort from your body because it is already working and concentrating all its cellular energy to detoxify itself from the previous night,” he highlights.
According to Caio, an accelerated metabolism theoretically facilitates the metabolization of alcohol, reducing its concentration in the blood and, consequently, hangover symptoms. This is because enzymes such as alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) metabolize alcohol in the liver, converting it into less toxic substances. Therefore, people with fast metabolism have higher levels of these enzymes, metabolizing alcohol more quickly. However, according to the expert, even with an accelerated metabolism due to frequent physical activity, excessive alcohol consumption can cause a hangover the next day due to other factors such as dehydration and quality of sleep.
“It’s not a miracle solution to think that training cures a hangover . While it can help speed up your metabolism and promote a feeling of well-being, it’s important to remember that your body needs adequate rest and hydration to fully recover. Therefore, moderation is key, both when drinking alcohol and when exercising during a hangover”, concludes Caio.
CARNIVAL ONLY GETS BAD IF YOU DON’T DO THIS FOR YOUR HANGOVER
Festivities are always moments prone to greater alcohol consumption and we know that the next day is not always easy (and age is unforgiving). But there is a way to recover from a hangover. In fact, a recipe with just three ingredients.
Now take note: water, salt and sodium bicarbonate.
Sodium bicarbonate is present in a well-known after-party drug, Alka-Seltze, which, by neutralizing stomach acid, helps calm the feeling of nausea caused by alcohol; Salt assumes the same function as electrolytes, minerals responsible for transporting water to our cells, thus promoting hydration of the body.
When both ingredients are then mixed in a glass of water, this is what happens:
“It alkalizes the body, restores the adrenal glands, soothes stomach pains and is refreshing”, says the recipe’s author, Lindsay O’donnell.
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