Hangover Cures
Expert Advice

You wake up with a splitting headache. The tiniest sound seems like it’s booming in your eardrums. And the smell of anything slightly off-putting is enough to make you beeline for the bathroom. At this point in the holiday season, it’s customary to have knocked back one too many, but why should the next morning suffer the repercussions of last night’s fun? Unfortunately, there is no magical hangover cure pill.  However, there are some ways to kick that hangover to the curb so you can get back to feeling like yourself again as you step into 2022!

 

Cure #1: Sleep In

Sure, you’ve promised your sister you’d run to the mall with her to return those less-than-appealing gifts she received. Right now, the only receipts you need are for that of a good night’s sleep. Extending your sleep by another hour or taking a mid-day nap gives your body the time it deserves to rest and recuperate, and in turn can help alleviate your hangover symptoms.

Cure #2: Get Fresh Air

After you’ve gotten in some extra shuteye, consider taking a walk around the block. Let the crisp air hit your face and make its way through your lungs. Now is not the time to put that “new year, new me” healthy attitude to use and go for a jog (there are plenty more days in January for that). Take a light stroll instead. An intense cardio challenge will cause you to sweat, meaning you’ll lose even more precious fluids.

Cure #3: Eat Up

The idea of a large brunch spread with runny eggs and gobs of cheese might amplify the nausea, but if you can handle a few slices of wheat toast and orange juice, go for it. Go heavy on the carbs; not only will it help balance out your blood sugar levels, but it will also soak up any residual alcohol in your system. Hash browns: approved. Bagels: approved. And say, ‘yes’, to coffee, which can help dilute the headache.

Cure #4: Stay Hydrated

This one goes without saying but drink all the water you want! If you didn’t down a bottle before going to bed, it should be the first thing you do when you wake up. Continue to have H2O handy throughout the day since you are likely to be dehydrated, especially if you’ve already tossed your cookies. Increasing your water intake with even a few sips every 30 minutes can combat fatigue and dizziness.

Cure #5: Lean on Herbs

Ginger root is a naturopathy approach to tackling your hangover recovery. Doctors and nutritionists confirm that ginger is one of the best natural remedies for soothing an upset stomach. Steep it in hot water to use as a tea or take a supplement in capsule form. Try combining ginger with brown sugar and tangerine extract to ease your hangover symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Cure #6: Keep Drinking

In the end, if what your body really needs is another drink, you have our permission to it. The “hair of the dog” method involves drinking more alcohol to reduce hangover symptoms. But keep in mind, there’s a difference between a hangover drink and simply continuing to drink. Go for a light beer, which has a relatively low ABV per volume. Bloody Mary’s are also popular for their vitamin-rich restorative properties. The reason we condone drinking when hungover? Our bodies are essentially in a withdrawal method, so giving it a low-dose, controlled amount of what it wants can help lessen the blow of a hangover.

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