8 Quickest Hangover Cures
Many of us have, at one point or another, downed one too many drinks on a night out. What follows the morning after is regret, self-pity, and a pounding headache. We can’t promise a miracle cure to any of those things, but we can promise the next best thing. These following remedies will have you feeling like a fully able and functional human being in no time.
Hangovers are a sign that your body is extremely dehydrated. Alcohol depletes your body of water which leads to this dehydration, the main reason you feel horrible. Intaking large amounts of water is not only the simplest but also the most effective way to cure a hangover. Drinking water will lessen the severity of headaches, fatigue, nausea, confusion, and overall uneasiness of the body.
Another effect of drinking is that it disrupts your sleep cycle. This is why you might feel tired even if you did get a good amount of sleep. The only solution? Sleep some more!
3. Light exercise
Some gentle exercise such as a walk, a light jog or swim can do wonders for your hangover. The endorphins released during exercise can help improve your mood and also speeds up the process of metabolizing the alcohol. Remember to drink a lot of water before, during, and after your exercise to make sure you are properly hydrated. Otherwise, don’t bother.
Your first reaction to your hangover might be to reach for painkillers. This isn’t a bad idea – just make sure you take the right ones in the right dosage. Stick to nonsteroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Do not take tylenol – it might help your headache, but combined with a liver that’s working overtime to metabolize alcohol, the aftereffect could be lethal.
5. Ginger tea
Ginger helps alleviate nausea due to hangovers as well as motion sickness. What’s even better is how easy it is to make. Simply cut up some ginger root and boil it in water! Peppermint and green tea are also known to be helpful in curing hangovers.
Due to overdrinking, lots of potassium is released from the body. To replenish potassium as well as lost electrolytes, eat a banana or even two. Moreover, bananas can help calm the stomach and provide valuable energy for the day. If you’re not a fruits person, mix up a banana smoothie with some honey and you’re all set!
7. Toast and Crackers
Normally when blood sugar levels dip, your liver reacts by producing more glucose from stored carbohydrates. However, with so much alcohol in your body, your liver is busy metabolizing the alcohol and thus your blood sugar levels stay low. This is why you feel irritable and tired. Toast and crackers, along with other forms of carbs can help bring blood sugar back to regular levels.
Beating yourself up over a hangover will only make you feel worse. Distract yourself with something enjoyable but not too taxing. Take this time in your “free” day to catch up on TV shows, read a book, or take a bubble bath!