A late night of heavy drinking will keep you down the next morning, but it doesn’t have to steal your whole day. The faster you’re up on your feet, the faster you can stop regretting your decisions from the night before. There are a lot of myths when it comes to hangover cures, so get the facts to avoid doing more damage than good in your efforts to get right again. The best cures are all found in your kitchen, so keep it simple.
The number one most effective cure for your hangover is water. During a hangover, the part of your brain that registers the sensation of thirst has shrunken. You may not feel thirsty, but you definitely need water to boost your liver function and flush the alcohol out of your body. Drink as much as you comfortably can and let the toxins flow.
Eating breakfast is a highly recommended treatment for hangovers, but keep it light and simple. One myth is that greasy foods will mop up the alcohol in your stomach, but this is only effective the night before to prevent alcohol from being absorbed. The one food that actually does mop up alcohol the morning after is eggs. Eggs have cysteine in them, which absorbs the hangover-causing chemical acetaldehyde. Plus, you can make them into almost any dish for a light breakfast that won’t make your stomach feel worse.
Bananas are rich in potassium, an important vitamin for our muscles. To fight the discomfort of your cramped, dehydrated body, have a banana. There are plenty of other fruits that provide potassium as well, including kiwis, apricots, peaches, and avocados.
Fruit Juice or Gatorade
For a sugar boost that won’t leave you with a worse crash later on (like coffee), drink some fruit juice. Again, hydration is crucial for detoxing after a long night of drinks, so combine your treatments into one swift cure with orange juice, lemonade, or any type of natural fruit juice that does not have a lot of added sugar. Sports drinks like Gatorade are also a great option because they provide electrolytes like sodium and potassium for refueling on top of the sugars that give it flavor.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure. The best time to fight a hangover is before it even starts. Drinking a glass of water between drinks might seem like a party foul, but you will be partying longer and feeling better than all the people teasing you for your responsible drinking habit. Even a big glass of water before bed will work wonders for your head the next morning.