Sleep, drink water or juice, avoid caffeine,vitamins, eat something,exercise, avoid pain killers if possible, take a shower, take care of the nausea, hair of the dog and drink milk are some of the home remedies to quickly get over a hangover.
The party last night was great, but this morning you’re feeling it and paying the price. Your hangover is in full swing and all you want is a little relief. What is the best hangover cure? In reality, there is no magic solution to your problem. Many of those “hangover cures” you can pick up at the convenience store are virtually worthless, so you might want to save your money. Some other hangover supplements may help you find relief, but it’s important to do your research to ensure they’re safe for you to use. When you’re hung-over, your body is feeling the effects of alcohol. The nausea, weakness, and headache you’re feeling will only go away if you try to counteract them in the most practical and healthiest ways. In this article, we will discuss 11 effective home remedies to quickly get over a hangover.
11 Best Natural Home Remedies for Hangover
Get some sleep
Rest is your best friend at this point because your body needs an opportunity to recover. It is best to simply stay in bed as long as you can. Even an extra hour or two of sleep will help out tremendously. If your hangover is really bad you might need to call into work or cancel whatever obligation you have this morning. Of course, that is not a recommendation to be irresponsible, but that is something you should have thought about last night! Whoever you need to call, you will likely sound so bad on the phone that they may just believe your excuse.
Drink water or juice
Water is the first thing you should be drinking this morning. The alcohol you drank last night dehydrated your body and the best way to feel better is to rehydrate it. Have a glass right when you wake up and continue pouring yourself a fresh one over the next few hours. Just be sure not to overdo it because slamming too much water can make you feel worse. Go slow, but keeps the water flowing. You can also replenish your body with fruit or vegetable juices. Alternating one of these with water is one of the best things you can do for a hangover. The water rehydrates while the juice gives you necessary vitamins.
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A small cup of coffee may be okay, but an entire pot will only dehydrate you more and it may make your headache worse. This is the opposite of what you want right now. Even though it is tempting to grab a cup to wake up, it is not the best idea. Alternatively, you could make a cup of sweetened tea. The sugar and caffeine will give you a little boost without dehydrating you too much. Most teas have less caffeine than coffee and the type of tea and the brewing method can reduce the amount of caffeine. Don’t let your tea water boil, but gently warm it or brew a decaf tea. These are not actually caffeine-free but they do have much lower amounts.
Get some vitamins
Your body could really use some vitamins right now. The easiest way is to drink orange juice for a healthy dose of vitamin c. If you have a multivitamin in the house, now is also a good time to take that as well.
Food may seem like the last thing you want right now, but it can help and it doesn’t have to be much or anything that will make you sick. Eat mineral- and protein-rich food, even if you don’t feel like it. Begin with something bland, like a piece of bread, a few crackers or pretzels, or a banana. If that stays down, try something with a little more substance like a piece of fruit.
Get some exercise
When even standing seems like a challenge, it takes willpower to get up and move. However, there is some truth to the benefits of a little exercise. It is not a magic cure, but it can help restore your body and mind. It can also increase your metabolism, ridding your body of the toxins a little faster. There’s no need to work up a sweat, either. A short walk in the fresh air can really do wonders. If your hangover is at the level where even that is not a good idea, take a few minutes to just sit outside and breathe. A little sunshine and a light breeze have wonderful restorative powers.
Avoid pain killers if possible
Your head is pounding and it’s tempting to reach for a quick pain reliever. This is not the best idea when you’re dealing with a hangover. Over-the-counter (otc) products like aspirin, tylenol, and ibuprofen have side effects that are magnified while alcohol is in your system. This is probably contrary to everything you want to do right now, but for your long-term health, it is good advice. Just like alcohol, aspirin is a blood thinner and the two in combination can intensify the effects. Tylenol (or acetaminophen) can cause more damage to your liver and ibuprofen can cause stomach bleeding.
Take a shower
Once you have slept as much as possible, take a cool shower. This will not only clean you up but freshen and wake up your senses as well.
Take care of the nausea
What can you do for that hangover-induced nausea? Try alka-seltzer or a similar effervescent tablet in a glass of water. If you don’t have that in the house, stir 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda into 4 ounces of water and drink it (a splash of lemon juice helps to get it down). Another great way to ease an upset stomach is to have a drink that includes ginger. A warm cup of ginger tea is one of your better options. You might even find some relief from sipping a glass of ginger ale. Alternatively, try ginger lozenges, extracts, or tinctures; some of these can be found at the drug store.
Hair of the dog
Try a bloody mary instead of a shot of liquor. While your blood is dealing with the new alcohol it is ignoring the old. In the meantime, the tomato juice and other ingredients are replenishing your body with vitamins. If you drank the last of the vodka last night, make a virgin mary, the tequila-based bloody maria, or go with the original bloody mary base of gin. Any of them will do the trick. This treating alcohol with alcohol approach is not a great idea, but if you do it, makes sure to keep it low-key. Stick with one well thought out drink and try not to start your binge all over again. It will only make things worse when you do sober up, which you will have to do eventually.
Drinking milk is also said to help with the hangover. Drink a glass of fresh milk in the morning in order to feel less sick.
Partying and enjoying is great, but your health is also your responsibility. Make sure to take care and in case you are still hung-over, these home remedies will effectively help you. Happy and safe drinking!