Most of us need coffee just to get going in the morning. We especially need coffee to help us get going after a hangover. A 2011 study found that the cause of hangovers is a chemical called adenosine. The best antidote against that is caffeine. One chef suggests starting with an espresso for a quick wake me up, and then switching to cold brew. But don’t drink the coffee all at once, take smaller doses and make sure to drink water with the coffee, as caffeine can cause dehydration.
The “hair of the dog” routine just provides a Band-Aid and prolongs the inevitable. But many people swear by this remedy and thousands of brunchers across the country sip on Bloody Mary’s to nurse their Sunday morning hangovers. Some people prefer Micheladas to Bloodys. Don’t overdo it with this “cure” though and make sure you eat well with this one.
Sometimes sleep is the best medicine. Listen, if your hangover is that bad, you’re probably not going to get much done anyway. So, just take a hot shower, maybe put on a crappy TV show and just try to doze off for a few hours.
This is kind of an obvious one. Hangovers give us massive headaches, so most people take some sort of painkillers. Ibuprofen, the main ingredient of Advil, is the most effective painkiller you can use. Avoid acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol, as it can cause more damage to your liver, which already might be in bad shape if you tend to have a lot of hangovers.
This is another obvious one that anyone who has ever had a hangover should know by now. Alcohol is a diuretic and it dehydrates you. It blocks the creation of a chemical called vasopressin, because of this the kidneys send water straight to the bladder instead of keeping it in the body. That’s why you take so many trips the bathroom when you’re out drinking. If you want to avoid a nasty hangover, drink water in between every alcoholic beverage. When you get home, try downing 16 ounces of water before bed. If you’ve already got a hangover, just keep drinking loads of water throughout the day.
Lots of people will get a bunch of Gatorade to ease their hangover. That’s because these drinks replace lost electrolytes. Well, Pedialyte is Gatorade on steroids. It’s chock-full of electrolytes and will give you a boost of energy.
Drinkers everywhere swear by this greasy breakfast sandwich as a hangover cure-all. There is research that shows that eggs counteract aldehyde, a chemical that builds up in your body after a night of heavy drinking. Also, bacon contains amino acids that help with a raging hangover. It’s also good to eat a greasy meal before drinking, as fat helps slow down alcohol absorption.
Dr. Oz swears by pickle juice as a hangover cure. He says that the salts in pickle juice will help replenish your electrolytes. He says that a 1/4 cup of pickle juice first thing in the morning should do the trick.
If you’re fancy, you can get a service to come to your house and hook you up to an IV drip. There are services like popping up across the world. If you live in NYC, like I do, you can call the I.V. Doc to come to your house and hook you up with a saline drip packed with vitamins. It will make you feel instantly better … if you want to dish out $200.
If you can get your hands on some pot (preferably legally) , it will probably help that hangover, or at least make you forget about it for a while. Smoking a joint, or whichever way you prefer to partake, will help that headache go away lickety-split. It will also help you fall asleep, and as mentioned earlier, sleep is a great hangover cure.
This is a tough one, but if you can force yourself to do it, you’ll feel a lot better afterwards. Try going for a short run outdoors, the fresh air will do you good, and the endorphins will give your system a jolt. The physical exertion will also force you to drink more water, which will in turn rehydrate your dried-out body. You might hate it while it’s happening, but you’ll feel better afterwards, and you’ll feel like you got something accomplished for the day.
If you can keep your nausea at bay, a big bowl of a hearty soup like pho or ramen can be just what you need. It’s rich in sodium and the carbs from the noodles can help soak up those toxins. Plus, it’ll help you feel warm and cozy, just like when your mom used to nurse you back to health when you were sick.
Alka-Seltzer contains baking soda, which will neutralize your stomach acid and help you get rid of that nauseous feeling that accompanies a hangover. It can also contain aspirin, which will help with the headache. Alka-Seltzer even released a formula made especially for hangovers.
There are lots of over-the-counter hangover pills you can try like DripDrop and Drinkwel. These aren't cure-alls, but they will help rehydrate you fast. They’re also full of vitamins so they’ll give you a burst of energy. They aren’t miracle pills, but they’ll help you get on your way to feeling better fast.
A new study found that eating asparagus might help alleviate hangover symptoms. Unfortunately, the highest concentration of amino acids and minerals are found in the leaves and shoots, so you may be better off getting a supplement. Bananas also act as a great hangover prevention food because the potassium and complex carbohydrates help coat the stomach and rehydrate the body. So, try to eat a couple of bananas before you hit the bars.