I’m way too hungover to be writing this post. But since I love you, Dear Reader, I wanted to share 10 of my personal favorite hangover remedies. I’ll talk softly.
#1 Water and lots of it
Dehydration is the main culprit of the pain and suffering associated with a hangover. So load up on the H20.
With a hangover, your body is depleted of necessary vitamins and minerals. A quality multivitamin helps you replenish them.
Note: The best cure for a hangover is prevention. The first two hangover cures in this list are most effective when consumed before or during drinking.
#3 Apple cider vinegar
Excessive alcohol consumption creates an acidic pH in the body. Apple cider vinegar helps create a more alkaline environment. Take a teaspoon or two of apple cider of vinegar in a full glass of water. The taste of the vinegar can also help ease nausea.
#4 Fresh citrus fruit
High water content helps with dehydration. Lots of vitamins help replenish vital nutrients. And the sour taste helps combat nausea. Honestly, almost any fresh fruit would be a great hangover cure, but citrus is my personal favorite.
If ‘hair of the dog’ hangover remedies are your thing, I suggest beer. Beer contains more water than other alcoholic beverages, which will prevent you from dehydrating your body any more than you already have. And the numbing effects of alcohol can help with your hangover headache.
Increasing your heart rate helps speed the metabolism of alcohol out of your body. Plus, the endorphins provide a much needed natural dose of feelgood.
Beets are nutrient dense, and antioxidant rich. Plus their mineral-ly taste can help your nausea. And they’re Zach Galifianakis’ (you know, that bearded guy from The Hangover) hangover cure of choice.
The caffeine in coffee constricts blood vessels. This can be a tremendous boon if you’re suffering from a raging hangover headache. Unfortunately, coffee also dehydrates your body, so make sure to chase your cuppa with some good ol’ H20.
Acidophilus (aka, Lactobaccillus Acidophilus) – a strain of ‘good bacteria’ found in yogurt – helps maintain a healthy pH in your body and speeds the metabolism of alcohol out of your body, which will help you get over that hangover faster. Acidophilus is available in capsule form at most health food stores.
“Did you know that having a hangover is… is not having enough water in your body to run your Krebs cycles? Which is exactly what happens to you when you’re dying of thirst. So, dying of thirst would probably feel pretty much like the hangover… that finally bloody kills you.”
~ Charles Herman in A Beautiful Mind