Don’t get your hopes up, the only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness the morning after is to drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. But it’s often easy to overindulge. Alternating your drinks with water or another non-alcoholic beverage can help you slow down and stay hydrated. You let just a little bit too loose last night and now you’re paying for it. Find out which hangover cures provide a quick fix.
Essentially there is no cure other than consuming water and liquids like juice (i.e., not spiked) in the morning. The reason? Hangover symptoms are a product of dehydration, hypoglycemia, and the poisonous side effects from toxins in our drinks (sounds great, right?). Water will not only help hydrate your muscles and organs but will also aid in flushing out the toxins. Juices such as orange juice accomplish both while replenishing your body with missing sugars. So what can be done if your head is throbbing due to your previous night’s exploits?
- Hangovers are a sign that your body is extremely dehydrated. Staying hydrated will alleviate the headaches, dizziness, and light-headedness that result from a hangover. It is especially important to load up on fluids if you are vomiting.
- Avoid coffee or caffeinated teas. Many people drink coffee in order to “wake up” from a hangover, but the caffeine will only make matters worse by further dehydrating you.
- Take a painkiller. But, also note that excessive use of these medications may cause long-term damage to your liver, especially when used in conjunction with alcohol.
- Some people take more amount of alcohol in order to numb the dizziness and headache. But, it will provide a numbing effect, but all you’re doing is prolonging the inevitable, and it will likely make your headache worse.
- Eat crackers, toast, or other mild-flavoured carbohydrates. These foods alleviate nausea and help your body soak up the alcohol in your system.
- Avoid foods that are acidic or spicy, since they are more difficult for your body to digest.
- Avoid foods that are heavy or oily, since they increase the feeling of nausea.
- Make ginger tea. Ginger helps alleviate nausea due to hangovers and motion sickness. To make ginger tea, cut up ginger root and boil it in water.
- Drink boiled water with honey and lemon. Lemons replenish the vitamins you need and honey helps balance your blood sugar levels, which may have fluctuated due to alcohol consumption.
- Apart from these solutions, get a few more hours of sleep which will have you feeling better in no time. Alcohol disrupts the sleep cycle, so part of the reason you are feeling so tired is because your body is sleep-deprived.
- Avoid bright lights and/or loud noises. Hangovers cause hypersensitivity to light and noise. Wear sunglasses if you are leaving the house, and avoid listening to loud music.
- One drink—a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor—is metabolized by your body in about an hour, so the whole “sweat it out” theory to cure a hangover is a myth. At the same time, the endorphin release could boost your mood. And burning off a few calories may ease your guilt about how much you drank. Just be sure you keep your water bottle handy so you don’t become even more dehydrated.
- Also, most importantly, don’t drink more than one drinks together.