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Last updated August 8, 2016 (originally published July 6, 2014)
By Tracey Chandler, Contributing Columnist

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Do you go through periods of feeling drunk or drugged even
when you haven’t had anything alcoholic to drink? In some
cases, you might be suffering from a specific health issue
without realizing it. In others, your body might be playing
psychological tricks on you which, believe it or not, is much
more common that one might think.

Common Causes of That Drunk Feeling

The first thing to determine is what might be causing your
false drunk state. Firstly, don’t negate what might actually be
one of the simple causes.

For example, consider
vertigo. Those who suffer from
vertigo experience an alteration in their ear canal system,
which controls their ability to balance and which can be
falsely diagnosed as intoxication.

A chronic lack of sleep can also generate false signs of
drunkenness, because the body begins to operate on low-
level energy reserves, sugar levels can drop and a light-
headed feeling that we associate with being drunk can occur.

We have scoured research studies to identify the top medical
reasons that could make someone feel drunk or drugged,
and the 10 recommended remedies:





























1.
Hemochromatosis Can Make You Feel Drunk

If the cause doesn’t appear to be a simple one, it’s wise to
seek medical advice to find out if you might be suffering
from a condition called “hemochromatosis” — a genetic
disorder, which causes large quantities of iron to accumulate
in the body.

Did you know that hemochromatosis is the most common
hereditary disorder among people of Northern European
descent? Three to five out of every thousand Northern
Europeans suffers from hemochromatosis, according to a
2002 report from London Health Scoences Centrre led by
Helen Harrison.

If hemochromatosis isn’t treated correctly, it can cause a
great deal of irreparable damage to the liver, heart, pancreas
and many joints within the body. Hemochromatosis, if left to
develop, can also cause further medical problems, such as
diabetes, heart enlargement, cirrhosis of the liver, liver
cancer and arthritis.

Most of the natural remedies for hemochromatosis involve
“de-ironing” — removing iron from your body. The basic
medical procedure to treat hemochromatosis is to constantly
extract unnecessary levels of iron from the sufferer’s blood
stream — referred to as de-ironing. It’s very important to
seek professional medical advice if you are concerned you
may be a sufferer and in order to discuss treatment
possibilities.

2.
A Severe Yeast Infection Can Make You Feel Drugged or
Drunk

Severe yeast infections can make you feel drunk. It’s
particularly common for women to suffer from vaginal yeast
infections — problems begin when yeast starts to feed on
carbohydrates and sugars stored in the intestines. In the
same way that yeast is used to ferment beer, excess yeast
feeds on carbohydrates and sugars in the body, turning
them into alcohol and causing us to feel drunk in the process.

(Read more about
how to deal with severe yeast infections.)

3.
Eat Lots of Cabbage

If you have hemochromatosis, one of the common remedies
is to remove iron from your blood, a process known as de-
ironing.  

Eating cabbage can help to de-iron the blood, naturally.
Cabbage helps to extract the unwanted, excessive levels of
iron from the body’s tissues.

A good way to check whether or not cabbage is helping to
reduce iron levels in your blood is to check your ferritin
levels at a medical clinic before and after having ingested
cabbage on a regular basis for at least two weeks. As your
iron levels reduce, the sensation of feeling drunk will also
pass.

4.
Avoid Alcohol Of Course

If you have been diagnosed with hemochromatosis, it’s
important to avoid any kind of activity which might make
your health situation worse.

Alcohol intake places your liver, already weakened by
abnormally high iron levels, at more risk of permanent
damage. It’s advisable to avoid drinking alcohol completely
to maintain a healthy disposition despite being diagnosed
with hemochromatosis.

5.
Stay Away from Raw Shellfish

Shellfish is the perfect host for bacteria which can cause
dangerous infections. As anyone who has suffered from a
bacterial infection from raw shellfish will know, the body can
find it incredibly difficult to fight off.

Even though avoiding raw shellfish won’t help to improve
your condition, people diagnosed with hemochromatosis are
more susceptible to infections.

You can place your body in unnecessary danger if you take a
chance with raw shellfish. It’s best to avoid it altogether and
concentrate on keeping your iron levels down.

6.
Drink Lots of Tannin-rich Tea

Tannin is a natural form of polyphenol which can be found in
a number of plants, seeds, bark and wood.

Any kind of tea which is rich in tannin is the perfect hot
beverage for someone diagnosed with hemochromatosis.

Tannin is a natural product which works to slow down the
storage of iron in the system and therefore helps to reduce
the production of excessive iron levels in the blood.

[Update:

This ability of tea to slow down the absorption of iron in
your blood is one reason that you should consult a doctor if
you are anemic and also experiencing a "drunk feeling".  
Those who are
anemic or prone to anemia should not drink
excessive amounts of tea.]

7.
Eat Plain Yogurt

Yogurt is a particularly useful natural remedy for women
with vaginal yeast infections. A few spoons of yogurt as part
of your breakfast or snack every day will help to naturally
restore the balance to your body and kill off the yeast
bacteria causing your infection.

Better yet, try inserting one to two tablespoons of yogurt
directly into your vagina, being sure to apply it clearly to the
infected areas. As the infection dies down, you’ll begin to
lose the constant sensation of feeling drunk.

Plain yogurt is preferable to yogurt with fruit because it has
a lower sugar content is therefore will not feed the yeasts.



8.
Drink Unsweetened Cranberry Juice

Unsweetened cranberries work brilliantly as a natural
remedy to fight off yeast infections.

Cranberries help to get the acidic balance back into the body
and the best thing is that you can be creative with the way in
which you treat yourself.

You can try a morning, freshly-squeezed cranberry juice
drink, mix up some whole cranberries as part of a salad, or
eat them on their own as a healthy afternoon snack. As the
acidity in your body finds its balance again, the yeast
infection will die and you’ll stop feeling drunk.

9.
Try Basil Herb

Herbal teas are also great for dealing with yeast infections
and false feelings of intoxication.

Boil some water, pour it over some fresh, ground basil and
then gargle the mixture for a few minutes. If you prefer to
ingest the mixture, you can make your basil tea a lot tastier
just by adding a little honey to sweeten. Make sure you take
one cup, twice a day, to produce a rapid recovery.

10. Psychological Reasons for Feeling Drunk

Bear in mind that it might all be psychological.

You might be suffering from lack of sleep, a yeast infection,
vertigo, or even hemochromatosis, but it’s worth considering
that your feeling on drunkenness might also all just be
psychological.

British professor of Psychology, Richard Wiseman, directed
an experiment which did not just focus on alcohol and the
sensation of feeling drunk, but which also aimed to prove
that the mind can be fooled into believing anything if treated
in a particular way. He carried out the experiment with the
help of a group of university students and actually published
a book on some of his findings, entitled “59 seconds”.

Essentially, Professor Wiseman explains as part of his
analysis that it’s possible to fool people into believing that
they’re drunk, even when they’re completely sober and
haven’t touched a drop of alcohol. The book is worth a read
and the idea that a feeling can be generated as a
psychological creation is something that shouldn’t be
completely ruled out.





































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