Who doesn’t like a good party at the end of a hectic week? But often it’s the fear of the next morning that stops us from enjoying to our heart’s content. Hangover! Yep, they can really get under our skin at times. Don’t we all know that hangovers can stop you from eating a special breakfast and ruin your Sundays completely?
A research paper by Yokoyama and colleagues published in Alcohol Clinical and Experimental Research in 2005 proves that ‘hangovers tend to be more severe among people with less effective acetaldehyde metabolism’.
Here are some really healthy and useful tips we have for you that would help you get back on your feet as soon as you put these to use. These tricks would work to cure an overnight hangover. Don’t take them as the magic trick to snap you out of the influence of alcohol within hours of consuming it. Remember the magic mantra – drink responsibly, have maximum fun, and try to minimize the pain of the following morning with these home remedies for hangover. Let’s get to the basics first:
What Is A Hangover?
The feeling of a throbbing head, nausea, and sensitivity after the consumption of alcohol.
What Are The Hangover Symptoms?
- Excessive Thirst
- Fatigue and Weakness
- Muscle Ache
- Poor Sleep
Want to know more? Read on!
Top 10 natural remedies for hangover:
Try these home remedies to beat the hangover blues naturally.
1. Water, Water Everywhere!
The goodness of the humble glass of water is splashed across all health mags for good reason! Now, this may sound like the most basic and boring thing to do. Yep, we get it. It’s no fun drinking bottles and bottles of plain water, but come on now. Drinking water is one of the best natural remedies for hangover. You had enough fun drinking last night, didn’t you? Jokes aside this is indeed the best way to start your day in general and especially after a night of crazy drinking. Alcohol dehydrates your body immensely making you tired, so drinking loads of water before, during, and after its consumption is the best way to rehydrate your body. How much water do you ask? Now, this works like the simplest calculation ever. The more alcohol you consume, add in more of H2O (say a glass full of water after every drink). But the following morning make sure you keep drinking a glassful of water every half an hour.
2. Take a shot of Tropical Coconut Water
Not only is Coconut water a great post-workout drink, its unique chemical composition makes it an amazingly quick hangover remedy also. Coconut water has great amounts of electrolytes, and is richer in potassium than bananas – I bet you didn’t know this one.
To give it a tangy taste add a few drops of lemon. Coconut water helps make up for the lost nutrients. For some fast results, do add some fruits rich in anti-oxidants like blackberry or blueberries and make a smoothie.
3. Go Bananas!
Not literally! Second only to coconut water in potassium, bananas are your best friend the morning after a heavy night. In case you are wondering why we are pressing so hard on potassium the reason is nothing cuts the hangover like a good dose of this chemical. Eat two to three bananas first thing in the morning. This would help to cure the hangover to a great extent. In fact, we say carry a banana to the party if possible and enjoy it as a snack in between drinks.
4. Work Out to Flush Out the Alcohol!
The next best hangover cure is to sweat it out. Not many know that working out, unsurprisingly, is an unwavering hangover remedy. Not only will you get the much-needed sweat out, but you would also start detoxifying your body of harmful substances including alcohol due to the unparalleled stimulation working out brings to your lymphatic system. Yoga is big these days, so give it a shot, spread out your yoga mats. I’d say go for the hot kind, the more you sweat, the better you fight your hangover. But make sure to be well hydrated before you hit the gym. Swimming also brings a great relief from a hangover. But swim only when you are totally in control of your senses. Follow up your exercise routine with a very warm bath. A good 30 minutes spent in a sauna would also help. Remember, anything that gets you up and moving, and makes you sweat like a pig, will lessen a headache.
5. Binge on Tomatoes!
Tomatoes have some great benefits for all you party animals who might have had one too many. With its nutritional profile totally at loggerheads with that of alcohol the red fruit – yes, the tomato is a fruit – works wonders as a hangover remedy, it replaces all the chemicals that alcohol depleted. Tomatoes also carry fructose, and it aids the body in metabolizing the booze left in your tummy. You can ingest tomato juice flavored with some extra goodness of lime, turmeric or cayenne pepper. But no, we are not suggesting the Bloody Mary approach here, as the “hair of the dog” effect will relieve the pain only momentarily. You can also try other fruits that are rich in fructose to help metabolize the alcohol.
6. A Honeylicious Cure!
This remedy is as sweet as honey literally! I always swear by honey when I wake up to a bad hangover. The fructose in honey helps in metabolizing the alcohol left in our body after the last night’s booze party. In addition to that, it is a healthy source of potassium, the quintessential hangover mineral. If you’re feeling totally wiped out internally, a small helping of honey, say about 3 to 4 tablespoons of it should help you recover within a short span of 30 minutes! Magical! Right? Do remember to eat healthy proportions of food and keep yourself hydrated too.
7. Pump up the B Vitamins
Popping a couple of B-complex vitamin tablets is again a good idea if you are looking at curing an unbearable headache or hangover. Alcohol drains you off vitamin B and leaves you feeling grumpy and exhausted. Vitamin B – complex tablets will help you fight this situation. Taking one of these vitamin pills right before hitting the bed can give you the much-needed respite from the dreaded hangover the next morning.
8. Soak In
Want to get that booze out of your system really fast but wondering how to get rid of a hangover in a minute? Why not try a wasabi bath? Wasabi has a unique way of increasing the blood circulation and the oxygenation of cellular tissue that ultimately helps detox the body. A spoonful of wasabi powder or bath salts in your tub helps you get rid of the alcohol in your body as fast as possible. Alcohol is a toxin that your body doesn’t need and the Wasabi bath takes it out through the skin; it’s a permeable organ after all.
9. Say Yes to the Carbs!
Though in regular life a low or moderate carb diet is preferred the case is a little different when you want to kill the hangover monster. In such a situation you rather load up on carbs as they have the capacity to absorb all the remnant alcohol in your system and cure your hangover.
10. Munch On Some brassica vegetables
We all love some crunchy greens on our plate, be it kale, broccoli, spinach, or Brussels sprouts. But did you know that all these leafy veggies are from the same vegetable family? These superfoods are called brassica veggies and they support our liver functioning greatly and make a perfect hangover meal. Have a plateful of brassica vegetables the next morning and you are sorted.
Now that you know how to cure a hangover, following mornings will not be a struggle. We have some additional information to make sure all your queries are answered. Read on and rest assured you will definitely cure your hangover the next time you go partying:
- What foods cure a hangover?
Foods such as bananas, dates, leafy greens, buttermilk are the best options to cure a hangover. Avoid greasy foods as they only aggravate the hangover stage.
- How do you make a hangover go away?
The best way to make a hangover go away is to have the right liquids as soon as you wake up like water.
- What helps you sober up?
The fastest way to sober up would be to drink loads of water and hydrate your body to beat the hangover blues.
- What drink is good for curing a hangover?
The best drink for curing a hangover is water. Drink as much water as you can to cure a hangover at the earliest.
As we have said, alcohol is a toxin and your body doesn’t need any part of it. So, the next time you head for a grand celebration, enjoy it, but in a healthier way. Always remember, prevention is better than cure.
Party hard! Drink moderately. Drink loads of juices and follow a healthy lifestyle to keep your hangover woes at bay and bounce back to health soon to continue your celebration of life. These hangover cures are the best way out.
Also, do get yourself a designated driver the next time you paint the town red with friends. And don’t forget to try these natural hangover remedies to fight the side-effects of partying! Do share any home remedies you have tried and tested to cure your hangover with other party-lovers here.