HANGOVER REMEDIES THAT ARE SURPRISINGLY EASY
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Hot summer days call for testing out those fun alcohol-filled drink concoctions you saw on TikTok and Pinterest. Unfortunately sometimes it also comes with a dreaded next-day hangover (is the room spinning or just me?).
While you may not be able to cure a hangover in mere minutes, there are some ways to prevent the symptoms from lasting longer than they need to. These tips are for everyone…even those who “don’t get hungover” but are fighting off symptoms of fatigue, nausea, and headaches (nope, doesn’t sound like a hangover at all).
BALANCE YOUR FLUIDSAs more alcohol goes in, more essential minerals, also known as electrolytes, get peed out. Low electrolyte levels are to blame for a lot of our hangover symptoms, such as fatigue, headache, nausea, muscle cramps, and low energy. Fermented drinks like kombucha work well because they're rich in minerals and antioxidants. You can also buy electrolyte water so that you can rehydrate and re-electrolyte your body all at the same time.
Also, if you have some extra pickle juice in your fridge (and by extra, I mean the pickle juice that didn’t get thrown away out of pure laziness even though there are no more pickles in the jar), you can try that too! Pickle juice helps replenish some of the sodium your body lost after that epic and blurry night out.
GO LOCO FOR COCOThe headline might be a little extra, but hopefully it got your attention! Besides being a really yummy everyday beverage, coconut water is super beneficial for curing hangovers. It’s chock full of all the good essentials like potassium, calcium, magnesium, antioxidants and amino acids to help kickstart your body’s recovery.
READ THIS BEFORE BREWING ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEEMany will suggest curing hangover symptoms with some caffeine because it takes away the disorientation and grogginess. However, without water and other things to put in your body first, it can also be a potential disaster waiting to happen. Caffeinated drinks are also diuretics, which make you pee more and can end up dehydrating your already dehydrated body. It’s important to rehydrate your body and THEN you can have that delicious coffee.
CHOOSE CLEANER CARBSOf course giving your zombie-like body some food is a good idea, but what goes into your body can make a huge impact on how quickly or not so quickly your hangover goes away. I’ve always heard that eating greasy foods would help my hangover by soaking up any of the alcohol left in my system. Sadly, this might just be wishful thinking on my part (I still love you, loaded fries). Greasy foods can cause more issues like heartburn and pimples, and that’s the last thing that any of us want when we’re battling a pesky hangover.
Why not replenish your body with food it can actually put to good use? Try healthier, complex carbohydrates like wholegrain bread that are a fantastic source of detoxifying B vitamins and fatty acids that help the liver. Brown rice is another great option and is packed with B vitamins and protein. These types of cleaner carbs will fuel your brain and bring those blood sugar levels back up to normal.