It’s Saturday morning. You wake up clutching your head wondering why your purse is still on. You realize your full makeup is still intact all over your face, but you have toothpaste on your mouth…so at least your tried to brush. With one shoe on and one bare foot dangling over the bed which you collapsed on diagonally you are overcome with a sense of despair. Your phone vibrates. It is the loudest noise you have ever heard. You look down at your screen scrolling through messages from friends asking “agh u alIve?” and random numbers. The scrolling is too much and you are overcome with nausea. You run to the toilet. You are hungover my friend.
How will you get over this and most of all how can you make sure you never feel like this again? You need these hangover cures.
Water, lots of it
The best hangover cure is to drink plenty of water. Your body is dehydrated from all of the alcohol and needs to hydrate. There is nothing more glorious that waking up at 5AM and discovering your drunk self has left a full glass of refreshing agua. Do yourself a favour the night before, put a bottle or two on your table. Keep a case under your bed. If you’re not too blackout remember to drink water before passing out. It will help. Coconut water is also a good choice because it hydrates better than regular H2O and contains potassium which helps your body function.
Electrolytes, Juice, and Ginger Ale
Get your electrolytes up with Gatorade or Powerade. They replenish body salts that your body generally loses when it is dehydrated. Juices will help with vitamins. Ginger Ale is good because it will help soothe your stomach. Make sure it’s room temperature so you’re stomach can handle it. Ginger is a known treatment for nausea and upset stomachs.
The last thing you want to hear in the morning is a blender. But the Hangover Smoothie that includes coconut water, ginger, tomatoes, lime, and parsley will be magical. Various nutrients are packed in this smoothie. Parsley is proven to raise your iron level. Tomatoes and lime are full of Vitamin C. Ginger soothes the stomach. This smoothie is a healthy hangover cure that will help your body get back to a level state.
I know that greasy Egg McMuffin with extra bacon and two hash browns is calling your name. Refrain. Although people believe that greasy foods help hangovers, they actually lack the nutrients to help you. Try and eat nutritious things like eggs or fruit (bananas because of potassium). If your hangover is more intense, eat carb rich foods like bread or pasta to absorb the rest of the alcohol. A full medium pizza or a box of KD may help you the night before, but not the morning after.
After a night of dancing on tables and drinking your body weight in booze you need rest. Try eating and falling asleep if you can’t hold the food down. It will give your stomach time to digest the food. The worst feeling is waking up, thinking you’re good and feeling like crap an hour later. When your body is resting it has time to repair itself and banish your hangover. If you are out and about, you will feel groggy, nauseous, and overworked. Rest is one of the most recommended hangover cures next to water.
Advil, not Tylenol
Advil (ibuprofen) should be taken as a last resort. It’s the hangover cure you take in case of emergency – or severe pain. Unlike Tylenol (acetaminophen), Advil is metabolized by your kidneys. Tylenol is broken down by your liver. It is basically abusive to put your liver through a night of debauchery and then consuming Tylenol. Advil is better for you, but seriously do you need to overwork your body? Take this if you have to be somewhere – bring the sunglasses.
If you woke up next to someone, you might be lucky. If you didn’t, call your man. Sex may be the last thing you want to do, but it releases oxytocin and endorphins which makes you feel good. It makes you happy, makes the time fly, and soothes your hangover. Maybe have a breath mint or something first.
Last Words of Advice
– Stay away from caffeine, it will dehydrate you further.
– Always consume food prior to boozing.
– Have some water between your drinks.
– Hair of the dog is not real. It can make your hangover worse.
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