Paleo has hugely improved my depression but I notice I still get depressed as hell when I'm hungover
Does anyone have any idea why this might be or have any tips to prevent it? (aside from the obvious one)
Sorry if this is a silly question but it would be interesting to know what the connection might be
This is kind of like, "Doc, it hurts when I do this!" Doc - "Don't do that!"
But seriously, a hangover is a low-energy state and depression is a low-energy state. If you do anything that produces a low-energy state, you're going to be depressed. Ever seen anyone with a high-energy state and feeling good that was depressed? Won't happen. Or if you know a way, please let me know.
That's the bad news. The good news is that if you stick closer to pure likkers like 100% blue agave tequila and most (but not all) straight bourbons (with no gluten), you're much less likely to have a hangover, provided, of course, that you are still capable of a certain amount of restraint and wisdom in your drunken stupor. Nothing will depress you quicker than sweet, sugary alcoholic drinks, rum, beer, and the sweeter wines. Those are for kids anyway. Real men and women have learned to get away from that stuff and stick to good likker.
I used to ask these same kind of questions on PH, and would get these unrealistic answers, so I hope I'm providing an answer to you so you don't feel so alone. In reality, life is easier if you are albe to have an occasional drink everyone now and then. Especially if you want to grow as a person, you are going to need to make new friends, business ones usually, and alcohol is going to be there and how you act around it is going to matter, just being truthful. It annoys me to hear "don't drink" as an answer, that's not what your looking for. Truth is, the majority of people in normal situations a least drink a little, and so many places, atmospheres, people are going to be drinking, so we would just like to be able to drink some, and not be so hungover. My tip: get a juicer, make a mostly vegetables juice with some fruit, include ginger. This seems to help the healing process and bring back some vitality, but I don't know a cure, but I don't think to swear off drinking is good, I tried it, and all it did was remove me from friends.
Ummm .... Don't consume alcohol! Seriously, if you're aware of such predictably negative outcomes, why drink? This is not a judgment on drinking but rather that if ANY activity reproducibly effects you in such a negative fashion, why do it?
I experienced this pretty often when I was younger, usually had a feeling of dread for most of the day.
But, I remember hearing that since Alcohol is a CNS (central nervous system) depressant, that it also causes depressive symptoms. But thinking a little more about it, it's probably not that, but that it's most likely changing the levels of serotonin or dopamine in your brain. Doing a quick Google (alcohol serotonin depletion) turns up hits on serotonin deficiency and alcoholism, so I think we have the link there.
Long story short: Alcohol consumption depletes serotonin levels (after the intoxication wears off, of course)
As others have said alcohol is a depressant. What ever that means. Also from my experience when I drink I stay up later than usual and get really bad sleep. This may have something to do with it, lack of sleep has the same effect.
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