While there is no scientifically discovered hangover cure (yet), there are some natural hangover remedies to help speed up the process.
So if happy hour got too happy and if wondering how to recover from alcohol the next day, take to these natural remedies!
How to Get Rid of a Hangover
1. Sleep It Off
Though that late night might have eased your transition to sleep, alcohol can actually disrupt its quality throughout the night. And while sleep isn’t exactly a hangover cure in itself, sleep deprivation can make that hangover worse.
So if you can, go back to bed for at least another hour or two before embarking on your day. A 20-minute nap somewhere in the day can also help recharge the body, zap stress, and boost mood during this recovery process.
2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Did we mention hydrate…?
Alcohol is a natural diuretic, which prevents the kidneys from reabsorbing water, and the primary culprit of those extra trips to the bathroom and that pounding headache.
Rehydrating with glasses of cold water can help increase your energy levels, alleviate the pain, and get blood flowing. And (if you can remember) drink water as soon as you get home and right before you hit the sheets.
3. Replenish Electrolytes
But hydration is much more than water, as alcohol also leaches out precious nutrients.
Sipping on a sports drink, noshing on bananas and watermelon, and slurping down bone broth can help replenish those lost electrolytes.
4. Freshen Up with Mint
Brushing your teeth is not only helpful to rid that alcohol still lingering on your breath, but freshening up with mint can help deter that brain fog and increase cognition.
But beyond the toothbrush, diffuse peppermint oil to aerate the room or rub the oil onto temples, forehead, and back of the neck. You can also add a drop or two into a glass of water or brew up some mint tea.
5. Take A Shower
And no, not a beer shower… But once you have mustered up some energy to crawl out of bed and brush your teeth, take a cool shower.
Doing so can wash off that beer that got spilt all over you, along with stimulate your senses to help you wake up. Gently alternating between warm and cool water might also awaken senses even more.
6. Eat A Good Breakfast
Either you want nothing to do with food during a hangover or crave a breakfast platter, we suggest the latter…
Hangovers can cause low blood sugars and eating a good breakfast can help stabilize them when you finally make it out of bed.
But rather than going for that greasy breakfast sandwich, that can truly only make gastric discomfort worse, consider these nutritious options for your next hangover cure:
The mild flavors of toast may be one of the only you can stomach after that night bender. Going for a slice of whole grain toast supplies B vitamins and essentially “soak up” the excess alcohol to subside those unpleasant hangover symptoms.
While the toast is well, toasting, crack that hangover with eggs. Eggs are rich in an amino acid known as cysteine and shown to assist in the breakdown of acetaldehyde, the harmful byproduct of alcohol metabolism.
Like toasts, oats are also mild in flavor while being packed with fiber and B vitamins. The complex carbohydrate can help stabilize blood sugars and uplift energy levels whenever you are ready to tackle the day. Prepare overnight oats before a night out for one less task the morning after…
7. Make Yourself a Ginger + Turmeric Latte
Want to shake up that hangover with coffee? While there are personal testimonials coffee regarding coffee’s life-saving ability the day after, caffeine might make matters worse and even prolong your hangover.
However, this ginger + turmeric latte recipe is a caffeine-free hangover remedy and grants some pretty remarkable healing properties.
The cultivation of the ginger, turmeric, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg can combat against a nagging headache, upset stomach, vomiting bout, insomnia, and hypoglycemia.
8. Wait It Out
Sobering up is based primarily on digestion rate, with time being the dominant factor of lessening feelings of drunkenness. As a general rule of thumb, one drink takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half to process within the body.
So even if easing those unpleasant symptoms with the natural hangover remedies, the only way to truly cure it is by waiting it out.
But hang in there, champ! And if next time you want to completely avoid that hangover, try these tips:
- Eat before or while drinking, as partaking in happy hour on an empty stomach is a huge no-no. Go for foods rich in healthy fats, including a lean burger or salmon. Fat helps slow down the rate at which food leaves the stomach, subsequently slowing the alcohol gets absorbed into your bloodstream.
- Drink a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage, along with slugging down water as soon as you get home.
- A study conducted by Tulane University (located in the party city of New Orleans) evidence shows an extract of prickly pear cactus can prevent a severe hangover.
- Go for beverages lower in congeners, or the byproducts of fermentation in some alcohols, to lessen hangover risk and severity. Greater contents of congeners are found in red wine and dark liquors, while white wine and light liquors contain fewer of the byproduct.
- Well, limit your alcohol intake… Men are advised to two drinks per day while women are advised to one.