Who hasn’t been searching for a way to cure the common cocktail flu? The truth is there really isn’t a “cure,” per se, but there are certainly some items which will help take away the aching head, queezy stomach, and overall “hangover” feeling.
1. Drink plenty of water. With alcohol being a diuretic, it dehydrates your body drastically, disabling your liver and kidneys from removing the alcohol toxins. When hungover, try to stay hydrated; it won’t cure the hangover, but you will feel more refreshed, and your body will be able to start ridding itself of toxins.
2. Drink an electrolyte drink like Gatorade or Powerade. These help replace the diminished electrolytes lost from drinking.
3. Drink tomato or a vegetable juice like V8. This is a double-whammy to the hangover. These provide fructose, which aids in metabolizing alcohol, and Vitamin C, another item the alcohol diminishes. This is how the Bloody Mary came about as a “hangover helper,” but the addition of vodka, even though it may help ease the pain temporarily, will only delay the inevitable.
4. Stay away from caffeine. It’s only natural to want the extra energy boost when feeling so run down, but remember, caffeine is also a diuretic, so it will make you even more dehydrated. No good.
5. Light exercise. A fast-paced walk around the block, or a a few trips up and down your stairs will help get your blood circulating which aids in releasing toxins from your tissues and cells.
6. Eat a banana. Potassium is another key element which gets depleted from drinking alcohol.
7. Take a multi-vitamin. In addition to the above items, or if the juice and bananas aren’t accessible, the multi-vitamin will help replenish the body with a wide array of vitamins and minerals which alcohol depletes. A multi-vitamin with plenty of B vitamins (or a special Super B Complex vitamin) will help pep you up a bit as well.
8. Stay away from the grease. Another natural go-to item for many is the greasy meal usually consisting of fried eggs, extra breakfast meats like bacon, melty cheese items like a grilled cheese, or a big sloppy burger. This type of meal is harder for the body to digest. Try reaching for lighter milder items like toast, fruit (like the aforementioned bananas… bananas is good!), or plain crackers.
9. Sleep. Sleep is really one of the best hangover remedies. It allows your body the time to process all of the alcohol you have consumed.
10. Ibuprofen. As Tylenol can be harsh on your liver, and you can’t shake the pounding headache, try a couple of Ibuprofen to help ease the jackhammer road construction occuring inside your head.
11. Time. Unfortunately, this is the most inconvenient remedy, but the only effective one, “the cure.” Sometimes you just have to wait it out.
Hopefully these items will help some of you rid the nasty hangover symptoms. By all means, I am not a doctor or any kind of medical professional, just citing some factoids I have found in my many years of having to cure hangovers which seem to help ease the pain and get me back to feeling semi-normal. My personal remedy of choice is a banana, an 8-oz. glass of tomato juice, some toast (with little to no butter), a couple of large glasses of water, and a Gatorade… and some Ibuprofen for the pounding headache.
Also, some preemptive measures can be taken the night before: try drinking a glass of water in between each cocktail/beer, try taking a multi-vitatim (and/or B vitamin) before you start drinking, and try to drink a full glass of water before passing out.
But the ultimate cure, of course, is to not drink so much in the first place!