You had a wild night, but now it is the next morning and you are feeling it. First of all, let’s try to eliminate the chance of having a gnarly hangover the night before. Next time you go out drinking, try to drink a glass of water in between each adult beverage. If you weren’t able to keep up with your water consumption throughout the night, chug some water before bed. Then keep water around you at all times throughout the next day. Water should be your best friend during a hangover.
Water is key, but you may want to drink other fluids as well. Go out and get some electrolyte-rich fluids like Gatorade, coconut water or bouillon soup. These will help restore the salt and potassium you’ve lost from all that boozing the night before.
If you wake up feeling like poop, try to consume something oily and greasy. Some believe in oil pulling where you swish coconut oil in your mouth. Others suggest taking a spoonful of olive oil before you drink. Other believe that if you eat a pizza or other fatty foods before you drink, the alcohol will take longer to absorb into your body. Hey, it’s worth a shot!
Some say that sugary drinks cause the headache that you feel during a hangover. Others believe something entirely different. Some studies believe that if you consume sugar while you are drinking, the fructose can speed up alcohol metabolism and this will reduce the likelihood of getting a hangover. Drinking some orange juice in between your spiked juice drinks should do the trick.
When you wake up in a cloud of last night’s vodka/sodas, go to brunch. Don’t go overboard, just eat some toast and eggs. The carbs and starches in the toast will help you recover and the egg provides the body with cysteine that will separate the liquor in the body and lessen the blow. If that doesn’t work, just have a Bloody Mary and keep the drinking going.
For centuries, people have relied on ginger to reduce nausea and vomiting. Try nibbling on crystallized ginger or make a nice ginger tea. This will hopefully settle your stomach and make you feel less queasy.
Move over coconut water, there may be a new sheriff in town! While it’s still being tested, one study has shown that by taking 1,600 IU of prickly pear extract five hours before drinking, you can reduce your risk of getting a heavy hangover by 50 percent. Send some of that my way please.
Keep some lemons around if you know that you sometimes overdo it. Lemon helps rebalance the body, by controlling the glucose level and changing the pH level. Try a mixture or two teaspoons of lemon juice and one teaspoon of organic honey to a glass of warm water. Mix it well and down it. Hopefully that will help a bit.
I mentioned drinking orange juice in between drinks earlier, but fruit juices in general can help a hangover. The vitamins and minerals will give you a nice boost and of course they are high in fructose, as mentioned before. Try tomato juice, coconut water and orange juice for best results.
Your night was bananas so you better go grab one! When you drink too much, potassium gets depleted from your body. One way to help recharge potassium is by eating bananas. Bananas can also quiet an upset stomach.
If you roll out of bed after partying all night and go to work, you are like likely to feel horrible all day. I speak from experience. Go for a walk or even go on the elliptical at the gym. Some light exercise will give you some energy, you’ll sweat out some of the booze and it will keep the body moving.
Ask yourself, how did I get into this hangover hell to begin with? Was it worth it? Could I have not gotten that last drink? Slow your roll next time you go out in order to try to avoid feeling like you got run over by a truck full of beers the night before. You can do it! I believe in you!!