Have a Hangover? We Got You Covered
We have a couple drinking holidays, events, and seasons that are in the next couple months. (But when do we not?) We need to make sure we are prepared with the hangover knowledge so we can get through this drinking marathon!
We know, we know hangovers can’t be cured completely but here are our 15 favorite proven and not-so scientifically sound hangover remedies:
1. Healthy Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and after a long night of drinking, fast and greasy food like McDonald’s always sounds amazing. BUT, you’re doing your body a disservice! If you’re planning on drinking again the next day go for a healthier breakfast. The good nutrients will balance out any excessive amounts of alcohol in your system and you’ll feel better about yourself overall. Putting one bad and one good thing into your body cancels each other right?
Dietary supplements like Vitamins B and C, ginger, and red ginseng have been known to help reduce the effects of a hangover. Vitamin C and B help support brain and nervous system. Ginger is known to reduce hangover symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Lastly, red ginseng helps with the intensity of your hangover by reducing the alcohol level in your blood. There are a ton of other supplements that can help prevent and alleviate hangovers, all you have to do is a bit of research so you can avoid the unproductive day after drinking.
Alcohol = Dehydration
Drinking water while you consume alcohol can help prevent a hangover the next day. A good rule of thumb is for every alcoholic beverage have a glass of water in between. This will not only help your body metabolize the alcohol faster but also regulate how much alcohol you consume. You will feel full faster and have less of an inclination to order another drink.
Additionally, alcohol makes you urinate more frequently which means you are losing nutrients, electrolytes, and fluids faster. You need to replace those or that’s when the hangover will kick in. In extreme hangover cases, if you are vomiting you are losing all of those faster so it is even more important to stay hydrated or the effects will last longer than necessary.
4. Bull’s Eye
The “Bull’s Eye” hangover cure is a mixture of orange juice concentrate mixed with a raw egg. Never Too Hungover says that the cysteine from the egg helps restore body function while the vitamin C rejuvenates the body.
5. MORE ALCOHOL
Or some people may call this remedy “the hair of the dog” for using alcohol to treat alcohol. It was written in the book Dictionary of Phrases and Fable, by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, the belief is that if you are bitten by a rabid dog if you put the dog’s hair in the wound it would be treated.
So yes take more shots.
6. “Herbal” Remedies
“Herbal” remedies and CBD oils are known to relieve pain and nausea, which are two huge symptoms of hangovers. You might want to get a CBD infused latte or tea after a night of drinking to help you alleviate your hangover. Coffee shops are slowly starting to adopt the use of CBD in their food and drinks, all you have to do is a quick Yelp search to find the nearest to you.
7. Pain Relief Meds
This one is obvious! Aleve, Advil, Ibuprofen, Excedrin whatever your preference in pain relief medication do it ASAP to get rid of that jackhammer headache. Make sure you take it with food, you don’t want to burn holes in your stomach so you really can’t drink more.
Now the last thing that sounds appealing when you’re extremely hungover is exercise. You’re not trying to do cardio after a night of tequila shots. You’re not going to sweat out all the alcohol, but maybe the endorphins can get you out of the cranky hangover mood.
9. Prairie Oyster Cocktail
The Prairie Oyster cocktail is a hangover remedy that consists of raw egg, Worcestershire sauce, tomato juice, vinegar, hot sauce, salt and ground black pepper. It has been featured on TV shows and in films for being a proven hangover cure! Not sure if this has been scientifically proven, but to each their own.
College student and young adults across the United States know this is a forsure hangover remedy. They live and breath by the all mighty electrolyte and fluid replacement. Even Pedialyte knows that they have market demand in rehydrating adults that they changed their target market to kids AND adults in 2015.
The miracle that is Pedialyte is filled with rehydrating sugars, electrolytes, minerals, nutrients, and fluids you need after consuming alcohol. Plus Pedialyte comes in the drink from, powder mix so you can take it on the go, and in popsicles for days when it’s hot!
11. IV Drip
From the wise words of Cardi B, “Came through drippin’ (drip drip)”
IV drip rehydration therapy is a surefire way to get rid of an intense hangover. If you’re willing to drop the cash on it. There are services in most metropolitan areas that allows you to purchase an IV drip to get rid of your hangover for anywhere from USD 60 – 500!
12. Avoid Congeners
Congeners are substances found in alcohol that produced during fermentation. They could be small amounts of chemicals and other alcohols that give the liquor its taste and aroma. It is suggested that congeners in alcohol cause hangovers. So you should avoid alcohols heavy in them such as tequila, whiskey, and cognac. Instead go for vodkas, gins, and rums which have little to no congeners.
Whenever you had the stomach flu or an upset stomach did your mom ever give you Sprite or club soda? It doesn’t get as much hype as it should, because it really helps with nausea and reduces acetaldehyde levels. Acetaldehyde causes inflammation and is a source of nausea, headache, and fuzziness that comes along with hangovers. Which means the lower your acetaldehyde levels the better.
14. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is widely known for detoxification. It is market to absorb alcohol in the system, but we’re not 100% sure about it. If you happen to try it out let us know down in the comments!
If all else fails… sleep it off. You can’t feel the effects of the hangover if you aren’t awake.
Happy drinking and good luck with the hangovers!
Leave us comments about your go-to hangover cures and remedies