We've all been there – a night of celebration, fun, and maybe a little too much to drink, leading to that dreaded morning-after feeling; the hangover. While the best way to avoid a hangover is moderation, sometimes (and particularly at this time of the year) it's easy to overindulge. Here's a quick guide on how to fix a hangover and get back on your feet.
Hydrate: Dehydration is one of the main culprits of a hangover. End the night before and start the day after with a large glass of water. You can also reach for sports drinks or electrolyte-enhanced water to help replenish lost fluids.
Eat a Balanced Breakfast: Food can help stabilise your blood sugar levels and provide necessary nutrients. Opt for complex carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats. A hearty breakfast can help replenish your energy. Try a green smoothie – it certainly can’t hurt.
Pain Relievers: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin can help alleviate headache and body aches. Avoid acetaminophen as it can be harsh on your liver, which is already dealing with the aftermath of alcohol.
Ginger or Peppermint Tea: These herbal teas are known for their soothing properties and can help with nausea and an upset stomach.
Rest: Take a little nap or simply relax. Your body needs time to recover, so allow yourself some downtime.
Vitamin B and C Supplements: Alcohol depletes essential vitamins, so consider taking vitamin B and C supplements to help your body recover more quickly.
Honey: Honey can help speed up alcohol metabolism and alleviate some hangover symptoms. Mix it with warm water or spread it on toast.
Light Exercise: Gentle exercise, such as a short walk, can help stimulate blood flow and release endorphins, which may improve your mood.
Fresh Air: If possible, get some fresh air by stepping outside. It can help you feel more alert and rejuvenated.
Avoid More Alcohol: Hair of the dog is a myth. Drinking more alcohol will only prolong the hangover and potentially lead to more serious health issues.
Over-the-Counter Anti-Nausea Medications: If nausea is severe, consult a healthcare professional about over-the-counter anti-nausea medications that may help.
Time: Ultimately, the most effective remedy for a hangover is time. Give your body the time it needs to process and eliminate the alcohol and its by-products.
While there is no magical cure for a hangover, these tips can help alleviate its symptoms and get you back on your feet. Stay hydrated, eat a balanced meal, and give your body the care and attention it needs to recover.