Wild nights out are great occasionally. But the price you pay? Nausea, tiredness, a cracking headache and a general urgh feeling the next morning. There’s got to be something out there to ease the pain. Right?
We’ve compiled a list of hangover solutions that really work. Forget miracle cures – there’s no one solution to fix all the symptoms. But mixing and matching a few things could help lift the overall misery!
Drinking a lot of water is the biggest cure for a hangover. This is because a hangover is primarily dehydration. Your body organs need to replenish their water so usually steal water from the brain, shrinking and pulling on it. Shudder.
After water, sports drinks are a good option. Not only will they rehydrate you, they also replenish your electrolytes. Just stick to the no-sugar options so your blood sugar doesn’t sky-rocket.
A simple slice of toast. Wholemeal, not burnt. Toast contains carbohydrates which can help bring your blood sugar levels back up the morning after. Hopefully you’ll then feel less irritable and tired. Wholegrain gives you an extra hit of magnesium which alcohol can deplete.
Eggs for breakfast lovers rejoice! Eggs contain cysteine, an amino acid which helps your liver get rid of toxins that cause hangovers. Any style will do. Fried, scrambled, boiled, chucked into a raw smoothie. Just get one down you!
Pounding headache or muscle pain? A pill or two could ease the pain. Stick to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAISs such as ibuprofen and aspirin). The bad news is they’re also gastric irritants so could make any nausea worse.
The old reliable - Alka Seltzer – can help your dodgy stomach. Containing sodium bicarbonate, it sorts out queasiness by neutralizing all that extra stomach acid. Nice.
Gentle exercise could help you feel better – if you can manage it (and that’s a big if). While the whole ‘sweat it out’ theory is a myth, the endorphin release could pep you up and boost your mood. You will need extra hydration though so don’t forget your water bottle!
But actually, what you probably need to do is recover in bed.
If you have the luxury of sleeping it off – do it. Your body has an amazing capacity to heal on its own.
Ultimately, the only surefire treatment for a hangover is time. You'll feel better when you wake up the following day!
I swear by toast at any time to make me feel better. It's what I had after labour. Definitely good comfort food.
Sorry. But there is no way I would exercise on a hangover. Sleep, water and lazy day sorts it out.
I swear by lots of water, lots of food and lots of sleep. That said, I've not been in need of it for many years now I'm much more sensible
..and possibly laughter. Let's face it, if you are over 25 and getting in this state you are going to be a bit of a joke to all around you. sort it out but don't expect any sympathy, least not from me!