We’ve all been there. You overindulged last night, and now you’re paying for it. A dry mouth, a pounding headache, an upset stomach, and the overwhelming desire not to get out of bed. This age-old issue has prompted a great deal of debate over many generations, and we have been left with a large number of potential hangover remedies. Some of these are old wives’ tales, some are based in fact yet still flawed in practice, and some hold genuine promise. Read on to learn about a few of the best ways to deal with the results of a heavy evening.
Eat and Drink Something
The suggestion of a cooked breakfast, brimming with bacon, might have some scientific basis. After all, it is a great way to get a lot of calories on board very quickly, and protein-rich foods have been shown to improve your hangover by providing sorely-needed amino acids. However, the main appeal of a cooked breakfast is psychological: it is mood-boosting comfort food. Many other meals could provide you with sufficient protein and calories, but they just wouldn’t have the same mental effect. Water, meanwhile, should always be part of your hangover relief toolkit! Try drinking a pint of it as soon as you wake up. With any luck, your headache will be gone in an hour.
Get Your Vitamins
One of the things that alcohol does to the body strips it of certain nutrients; namely, water-soluble vitamins. Water-soluble vitamins, which include vitamin C and all of the B vitamins, are required for a whole host of bodily functions. Ever noticed that you crave orange juice after waking with a hangover? That’s your body telling you to get some vitamin C inside yourself. If you’re out of OJ, try vitamin pills or supplement patches. These should get rid of the sluggish feeling that often accompanies a hangover.
These have been receiving a lot of attention in the press recently. The idea is that you apply a transdermal patch before you start drinking and keep it on for a full 24 hours. The hangover patch slowly releases vitamins which will help to relieve your suffering. The massive advantage here is that the patch continues to work whilst you’re sleeping, allowing your body to absorb vitamins and minerals and hopefully meaning that you’ll feel far better in the morning.
Hair of the Dog
This hangover remedy definitely works, but it’s not something that can be recommended. It works by delaying your hangover, giving you a chance to take in more food and fluids. The idea is that when your body catches you, you will be more able to deal with the fallout. However, this obviously involves drinking more alcohol; putting more toxins in your body, and giving your liver more to process. If you do decide to take this approach, the most common drink to use is a Bloody Mary – some swear by it.