You had a great time last night but this morning your head is pounding, you feel dizzy and you’re struggling to think clearly. You don’t even think you’ll be able to make it into work. These are all classic signs of a hangover. You drank too much at the party and dehydration is now taking its toll. You may have heard about supposed miracle cures but the truth is, there is no such thing. However, there are remedies which can help you to feel much better. Of course, prevention is better than cure so before we look at the remedies, we’ll briefly discuss how to avoid hangovers.
- Avoid drinking more than you can typically handle. If you’re not sure about your limit, drink very cautiously.
- Have a meal which includes carbohydrates and fats before you drink. Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach. The food helps to slow down the rate at which your body absorbs the alcohol.
- Avoid dark-colored drinks if you react badly to them. Natural chemicals in dark drinks called congeners can make hangovers worse.
- Drink water or non-carbonated drinks between each alcoholic drink.
If you didn’t know about these preventative tips or you tried them they didn’t work, you’ll have to try one of these six remedies.
Have a Bloody Mary
Many people swear by this mix of vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, salt, and pepper. Some people also suggest making a virgin variety or trying a unique Caesar mix to reduce hangover symptoms. Tomato can fight toxins in your liver and the lycopene it contains can improve brain function. Worcestershire sauce also aids in digestion. Meanwhile, the alcohol in a Bloody Mary can prevent the methanol in your system from converting to formaldehyde which causes some hangover symptoms. This remedy should not be used repeatedly since it can lead to alcohol dependence. You may also feel worse once the second set of alcohol wears off.
Drink lots of water
Alcohol makes you urinate more and it can also lead to vomiting. Both of these mean you lose fluids and electrolytes. Dehydration causes many of the symptoms associated with a hangover like dizziness, fatigue, and headache. Drinking water can relieve the symptoms or even prevent them.
An increasing number of clinics have been offering IV drips to reduce hangover symptoms. They usually contain hydrating fluids, medicines for pain and nausea, electrolytes and vitamins for energy. Many people are skeptical about whether these work. However, sending nutrients and vitamins straight into your bloodstream will make you feel better. This is the most expensive hangover remedy.
Take natural supplements
There is some evidence that a range of plant extracts and supplements can reduce the signs of a hangover. They include red ginseng, ginger, borage oil, and prickly pear. These are said to cut the symptoms in half.
Get lots of sleep
If you get drunk, you should head home and go to bed. Prolonging the night will likely lead to an even worse hangover. On a normal day, lack of sleep can cause fatigue, headaches, and irritability. Combine lack of sleep with too much alcohol and you will feel even worse.
Eat a good breakfast
Having a solid breakfast can help stabilize your blood sugar levels and reduce nausea, fatigue, and weakness. Healthy foods help to replace the vitamins and minerals which your body may have lost. The next time you’re hungover, try a well-balanced, shearty meal.
You may need to try a few of these to find the one which works for you. However, the next time you’re heading to a party, remember it’s best to avoid the hangover in the first place.