Whenever people hear the word “hangover”, they normally think about that splitting headache they get after drinking too much alcohol. But did you know that you can also suffer from a hangover after eating too much sugar? Yes, sugar hangovers are a real thing, and they can be a real pain to deal with! Lucky for you, they’re not that hard to treat, or to prevent from happening at all.
Below you'll find out everything you need to know about sugar hangovers and if you are suffering from one, the best way to get rid of it fast.
How Do You Get A Sugar Hangover?
When you consume eat food, the proteins, fats, carbohydrates and sugars start to be digested. The sugars and carbs convert to glucose creating a rise in blood sugar levels. To compensate for this, your pancreas secretes insulin that helps balance the sugar levels in your blood, allowing you to metabolize the carbohydrates into much-needed energy.
Normally, your pancreas does an excellent job at keeping your blood sugar levels in equilibrium, but it’s not perfect and it does run the risk of overcompensating.
Eating too much sugar all at once or drinking something that has high sugar content causes an unnatural blood sugar spike, which forces your pancreas to secrete way more insulin than is actually needed to process these sugars.
A sugar hangover happens when there’s leftover insulin in your blood, and there’s no more or very little glucose left for it to burn, giving you low blood sugar. This sugar rollercoaster effect is known as reactive hypoglycemia.
Reactive hypoglycemia pretty much has the same effects of normal hypoglycemia, that can include headaches, irritability, fatigue, dizziness, excessive sweating, and hunger. People who suffer from sugar addiction are particularly vulnerable to reactive hypoglycemia.
How to Cure a Sugar Hangover
The most important thing you’d want to do when you’re suffering from a sugar hangover is by balancing your blood sugar levels. You can do this by any number of means, including:
Keeping Yourself Hydrated
Water is a good cure-all for many conditions that affect your body’s equilibrium. We’re mostly made of water, after all. Drinking water also helps flush out your system and helps alleviate inflammation, which is common when you’re having a sugar hangover, allowing you to reboot. Squeezing a bit of lemon or adding apple cider vinegar into warm water can also alkalinize the body and help balance your sugar levels out.