Going out with friends, drinking, dancing and enjoying the night can be a lot of fun. The aftermath, though, can be a real headache. You know what we’re talking about – hangovers. Nausea, headaches and general lethargy can all hit you hard after a night out on the town.
The only way to completely avoid a hangover 100 percent of the time is to abstain from alcohol altogether. For a lot of us, that doesn’t sound like a fun option, which means that you will likely end up suffering from a hangover every once in awhile. What can you do to make them better once you’re in the middle of one, though?
We all know there are a lot of hangover “cures” out there – the internet is full of them – but we’d like to offer you a few ideas of healthy ways to help your body recover and refresh after a hangover.
Restoring the fluids and electrolytes your body has lost is the first thing you need to do. Drink water – and plenty of it – but also be sure to consume electrolyte-rich things. This includes sports drinks, coconut water, broth soups and other things. All of this will help restore your sodium and potassium levels, too.
Fluids not only help rehydrate you but will also help flush the lingering junk from your system and give you a fresh start. They can also help with headaches and grogginess. (Note: The best way to do this is to drink a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage, but if you forget, be sure to drink some as soon as you wake up the next morning.)
2. Eat Ginger
Ginger has been used for a long time to treat nausea and sooth unsettled stomachs. When you’re dealing with a bad hangover, ginger can help settle your nausea. Crystallized ginger, ginger tea, and other forms are all a good way to get some of this powerful ingredient into your system. Interestingly, this study showed that a combination of tangerine pith, brown sugar and ginger before drinking could help with preventing nausea and vomiting afterward.
3. Eat Light Food
Some people swear by eating a large, greasy breakfast when they wake up with a hangover. But experts recommend that you stick to things that are blander and easy for your stomach to digest, things like toast and not-sugary cereal. A greasier breakfast will probably just end up worsening your upset stomach and possibly giving you heartburn. You do need to eat – your body needs the electrolytes and calories. Just be careful what you choose.
Also, if you’re a regular coffee drinker, you might want to go ahead and have that morning cup. The only thing worse than a hangover headache is a hangover headache coupled with a caffeine withdrawal headache! Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water, too.
4. Rest and Sleep
Sleep is our body’s favorite way to recover from things. A long nap can often help sickness, stress, exhaustion and more. A hangover is no different. Most people don’t sleep well after going out and drinking, but if you had a fitful (or short) night of sleep, try to catch a nap the next day. Your body needs to recover. While it won’t cure or eliminate your hangover, it might help, at least with a headache and grogginess.
5. Give it Time
Ultimately, a hangover is cured by time. Your body has to process and eliminate the alcohol you consumed, recover from the stress and get back on track. Sleep, eating well and other traditional “cures” can help with the symptoms or shorten the amount of time that you suffer, but they may not get rid of it entirely.
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One of the last things you want to do when you have a hangover is getting yourself dressed and out the door. And if you have work or other responsibilities, you might not have the luxury of taking time away to feel better. Thankfully, we offer a solution! Our concierge service can come to you, wherever you are, and administer IV fluids so you can get back to your routine.
We specialize in helping people recover from different things including sporting events, overheating, and hangovers. Whether you’re at home or in a hotel room, we’ll come to you. We can add in extra vitamins and even anti-nausea medicine if you need it to get you back up on your feet.
So, go out and enjoy your night with friends. And, if you’re feeling a bit rough the next morning, contact us to help you out and get you perked back up.
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