A night full of unforgettable memories of drinking is usually followed by a painful morning of having a hangover. Most of the people who’ve had alcohol have, at one point or another, experienced a dreadful hangover. What is worse than waking up with nausea, fatigue, anxiety and headache? Save yourself from missing more days at work or days full of new possibilities by sobering up the smart way. Follow these tips and remedies to cure a morning full of sickness.
Check this video to know what causes a hangover
- Drink Plenty of Fluids
You have a hangover because your body is dehydrated. If you want to cure your hangover, it is very necessary for you to hydrate your body. In order to hydrate your body, drink a lot of fluids such as plain water, coconut water or sports drinks. If you’ve provided enough liquids to your body, it will ease your headache and lightheadedness. While choosing a sports drink, look for drinks with magnesium and calcium salts in it. Magnesium and calcium containing drinks will not only nourish your body but deliver all the nutrients that the alcoholic toxin has taken away from you. Remember not to take caffeine in order to wake up from a hangover as it will only make the matters worse by further dehydrating your body. Try the classic ginger ale instead. Ginger ale will keep your stomach calm and save you from being nauseous.
2. No Further Alcohol
Most of the people would suggest you to kill a hangover by taking further alcohol. Do not fall under this trap. Alcohol will sure make you feel better at the time you take it, but leave you dehydrated and feeling worse later. If you have to have a drink, only stick to a chill beer or Bloody Mary. Do not drink too much in order to feel better immediately. Instead, take a pill if the hangover is too much to handle. If you’re thinking of taking a painkiller, do not use Acetaminophen while having a hangover as it will damage your liver. You can go for Aspirin or ibuprofen.
3. Take Food Containing Carbohydrates
After a hangover, you can always go for food containing mild flavored carbohydrates. Eating crackers or toast will soak the alcohol in your body and also will help your body to treat nausea. In a hangover, do not take food that is spicy as it becomes difficult for your body to digest. Oily food or heavy diet will only make you sicker. Avoid taking them. A light meal containing carbohydrate should be able to give your body enough strength to heal a hangover.
4. Take Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is amazing when it comes to curing hangovers. According to a study done in the American Journal of Physiology, it was found that ginger tea helps in reducing nausea and motion illness. To make ginger tea, follow the recipe below.
- Take a ginger and wash it properly
- Remove the root and peel off the skin.
- Cut the ginger into small pieces.
- Take one to half a cup of water and put the pieces into it.
- After five to seven minutes in boiling, take it off the heat.
- Add sugar according to taste.
You can also go for Green tea as it is good for your liver.
5. Take Sprite
Sprite is a caffeine-free soda which helps in providing relief in a hangover. A study published in The Journal Food and Function, said that some Chinese researchers found out that sprite helps our body to increase the metabolism of the alcohol by speeding up our body’s ability to process aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), which is believed to be the main cause of the hangover. The study further said that sprite is even better than herbal drinks in treating a hangover. Herbal drinks consist of pharmacological actions that can both harm and benefit our health. Moreover, taking herbal drinks can also slow down the process of aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) which might make hangover stay for long.
6. Lemon, Salt and Sugar Water
Water containing salt, sugar and lemon can be one of the best home remedies for curing a hangover. Alcohol takes away your body’s electrolytes which can be regained by taking sugar and salt water. Lemon is amazing in comforting hangover as it helps to eliminate dizziness, vomiting, muscle ache and sensitivity to light and sound. Lemon when is mixed with salt and sugar which are rich in vitamin C, it does great to refill the lost nutrients of the body.
Here is how to make lemon water with sugar and salt.
- Take a teaspoon of lemon, salt and sugar and add it to one liter of water.
- Warm the water as it gives a better result.
- Mix it all up and drink it throughout the day.
Honey is another great way to cure a hangover. Raw honey has antioxidants that help to neutralize the alcohol toxins present in your body. Honey contains fructose which helps to increase the rate at which your system can get rid of alcohol. Furthermore, honey contains high amount of potassium which helps to lessen the effects of drinking alcohol. Use this remedy.
- When you have a hangover, take three teaspoons of honey every hour till the symptoms.
- You may also take a tablespoon of honey and add it to a glass of water and drink it throughout the day.
- You can even spread honey onto a piece of cracker or toast and eat it while having a hangover.
8. Eat Banana
When you drink too much alcohol, potassium gets worn out of your body. To restore those drained potassium, banana can be a simple answer. Banana also helps to soothe your stomach after a hangover and boost up your energy. You can eat one or two bananas in the morning of the hangover. You can also go for a banana milkshake with honey. Here is the recipe to make banana-honey milkshake.
There are many ways to cure a hangover and these are the most effective ones with quick result, however, the best way to go about it is to have a controlled amount of drinks and not to over indulgent.