UPDATED: Mar 26, 2020
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Hangovers are awful. The headache, dizziness and nausea feeling never ending. And in the midst of all this agony, you wait for a glimmer of hope that you might one day feel better. But you don’t have to wait. Here are some tips for being proactive in your fight against the dreaded hangover.
When you wake up from a liquor-laden evening, you often wake up with an unquenchable thirst. Obey this thirst. A night like the one you had is bound to cause dehydration. Drinking plenty of water will relieve a great deal of the hangover symptoms. Rehydrating your body is the key to recovering from a hangover. Drink as much water as possible for the best effect.
Electrolytes will calm that pounding headache. They will help all the water you’ve been drinking to hydrate you faster. Your hung-over body is also lacking Vitamin B and potassium. Bananas, fruit juices, sports drinks and coconut water are excellent sources of both vitamins and electrolytes. Learn to love them.
This suggestion might be better in theory than in practice but working out might help cure your hangover. The body gets rid of toxins by breathing, via the liver or kidney, and from sweating. Exercise speeds breathing, increases sweat, and moves your blood to the liver and kidneys more quickly. This will take a whole lot of motivation as you are probably having a hard time just getting out of bed. But you’re willing to try anything at this point, right?
This might be difficult to swallow, but the greasy diner food you are craving right now isn’t the best idea. Grease slows the absorption of alcohol but not after the fact. If you were going to eat a big unhealthy meal, last night would have been the time to do it. If you’ve missed your opportunity, don’t fret. Below are some foods that are known to help with hangover issues.
- Ginger is an excellent digestive aid. This powerful antioxidant can work wonders reducing nausea, balancing your gastric fluids and calming your system. You can eat it with sushi, drink some ginger tea or mix ginger juice with water.
- Honey is another great antioxidant that’s loaded with fructose and glucose. Take a couple of spoonfuls and coat your stomach with its soothing powers.
- Eggs are a great source of cysteine, an amino acid that breaks down byproducts of alcohol. You know you were craving eggs anyway so head over to a local breakfast hotspot and indulge.
- Pho is a great hangover food. The rice noodles with broth will hydrate you, give you much-needed nutrients and provide you with toxin-fighting spices. For your stomach’s sake, don’t go too crazy with the sriracha.
If you wake up feeling terrible, one of the best things you can do for your body is to shut those eyes and go right back to bed. Your body is working extra hard to fix the damage you did last night. Rest will be your best ally on the road to recovery. Sleep this hangover off.
The above advice is meant to be a temporary solution for a temporary condition. If alcohol consumption is not an occasional occurrence, you may want to seek medical help. If you suffer from or have ever suffered from, alcohol addiction let your insurance broker know, and they will help choose the best insurance company for you.