Science Behind Hangovers
Your head is pounding, and you feel nauseous, sweaty and you can’t get out of your bed. Sounds familiar? Anyone who had too many drinks is very much familiar with that “never again” feeling that comes along with a hangover.
Needless to say, drinking a lot of alcohol is bad for you in the short or long term. However, despite that “never again” feeling and regretting the decision to have another drink, you might end up doing it again and again.
The issue with hangovers is dehydration since alcohol makes you go to the toilet more often. Although dehydration can contribute to headaches and dry mouth, researchers show that toxins from alcohol are the main issue. Drinking more water will help you relieve your hangovers.
Your body breaks down alcohol into toxic chemicals that make you feel sick the day after. That is the main issue. Your liver turns alcohol into chemicals which are very toxic for your body. However, it breaks down toxins too but since it takes time for this process to be completed, you are left feeling ill in the meantime.
Another issue is low blood sugar because alcoholic drinks give you a sugar rush that leaves your brain starved of fuel. However, the effects of this are not significant enough or mainly responsible for the symptoms of a hangover.
Another thing that is crucial for hangovers is mixing drinks. Combining different drinks such as wine, beer, cocktails or champagne could fill your body with a different combination of toxins. When mixing drinks, you are consuming more of different types of toxins.
Dead Whale Found With 40 Kilos of Plastic
A dead whale found on the shores of the Philippines recently had almost 40 kilos of plastic in its digestive system. Darrell Blatchley, who owns a museum in Davao City, Philippines, and who helped conduct the necropsy, said that he’s ever seen so much plastic in a whale.
From socks, banana plantation bags, grocery bags, and other debris were found in the whale.
According to Darrell Blatchley, dehydration and starvation caused by the plastic in its guts probably contributed to the whale’s death.
Scientists are warning us once more on the impact that throwing away garbage has on our environment and on all living creatures in the world. It’s enough for garbage to find its way to rivers for it to become part of our ecosystem and end up in seas and oceans where it can find its way into whales’ stomachs or some other animals.
Our awareness about the importance of recycling is not at the level where it needs to be. The importance of recycling is huge not just for these types of cases but for global warming as well.
Hopefully, we will be able to do something more about raising awareness on the importance of recycling and the importance of not throwing away garbage on the ground, in the rivers or oceans.
Science Matters in The World of Fake News
Social progress is not possible without fact-based knowledge that only science can provide. From the other side, fake news is an assault on democratic freedoms. It’s important to understand that if something is fake that it’s not news. The word fake and news do not go together.
Why science matters? Science has its own rules which must be followed thoroughly and completely in order for something to be scientifically proved. Facts and science go together, hand in hand in support of news worldwide. That’s why we have fact-checking to make sure that the right resources are behind the news.
Also, when we talk about scientific research, we have to make sure the publications of any scientific research that we read are reputable. Sometimes when you read about the research you will find that some researchers say coffee is bad for you, while others claim it’s actually good for you. At the end of the day, you end up confused, not sure whether something is good or bad for you? The next step is finding out what is behind the research? Who is behind the news/facts provided by the news?