I’ve had my fair share of hangovers, and now that I am over 30 (*fights air*) these hangovers are even worse. Womp. Heck, just this past Sunday was spent in bed nursing one all day. After working in clubs and bars for years, and being a frequent patron in said bars and clubs…not only have I had my fair share of hangovers, but I have also experimented with ways to prevent, and if that fails – cure these hangovers.
Of course, the best way to prevent a hangover is by laying off the hooch…but with St Patrick’s Day coming up, that can be easier said than done. My gift to you are the following tips and tricks for preventing and/or ultimately curing a hangover, as easily as possible.
Before you start drinking there are a few simple things you can do to prevent, or aide in preventing, a hangover.
Most people think that a hangover means you’re simply dehydrated. Wrong.
“After a big workout, does a person have severe vomiting, headache, and nausea? Generally, no. Hangovers are way more than dehydration.”
Hangover Heaven, a mobile medical clinic based in Las Vegas that delivers on site IV treatments for hangover sufferers (genius idea!) points out that the main issues when it comes to a hangover are inflammation and oxidative stress. So – before taking that first sip – pop an extra multivitamin because those antioxidants may help.
Use food as fuel. Before a big race, runners carbo-load. Skip the salad at dinner and scraf down a burger or even a steak dinner. Get some red meat in your system (ayyoo!) because there is a higher level of amino acids and B vitamins.
It’s a well-known trick of the trade to sip on water between drinks when you are having a big night on the town, but swap out that h2O for something with a little more substance. Try some Gatorade, or coconut water because these will replace the nutrients you lose while downing bevvies (read: electrolytes).
If you’re drinking mixed drinks, try mixing them with juice instead of soda. You’ll also get some extra vitamins snuck into your liquid diet that way. Ha!
Not to sound too snotty (because that is sooo not my style), if you’re ordering cocktails with vodka, or gin, or anything of that sort…spend the extra dollar or two and NOT get bar rail. These top-shelf brands are filtered more, removing more toxins. And let’s face it – if you’re spending a bit more on your cocktail, you’re less likely to chug it…making it last longer, and thus – drinking less overall. Boom.
The Fourth Quarter
Before you go to bed, there are a few easy things to do to ensure you don’t feel like utter death when you wake up. First and foremost – drink a glass or two of water, but that’s it. If you drink more, you’ll end up having to get up throughout the night and a disrupted sleep = no bueno. You want to clock in as many solid hours as possible. Plan ahead and have a full glass on the bedside table waiting for you though, that way you can down it as soon as you wake up in the am (or afternoon – no judgement).
It might be a good idea to pop an Advil before hitting the hay too, because it’s an anti- inflammatory and this will counteract the inflammation that alcohol causes. Always avoid the ones that contain acetaminophen though: these are NOT to be mixed with alcohol and can do some serious damage to your liver and kidneys.
The Next Day
Do not, I repeat – do not for a second believe that the “hair of the dog that bit you” thing is real. It surely is not. If you do have a cocktail and feel better – jokes on you, because you’re likely still drunk and that cocktail is just postponing the inevitable. Do eat breakfast though. Greasy breakfasts may seem alluring, that’s just your body craving it..but after you eat said greasy breakkie – your body may very well reject it. You know what I mean. Try some eggs and toast.
One of my personal hangover cures is a big glass of strawberry milk. That always does the trick for me. If that’s not available – I drink ginger ale like it’s going out of style.