Let’s be real: you’re likely reading this because you love your alcohol—you love it so much that even when it’s becoming harder for you to recover from hangovers these days, you can’t seem to fathom the idea of missing out on any of your girls’ night out.
We get you. Nights out are really fun, particularly when your favorite pink alcoholic drinks are served. But, what comes after—not so much. The slew of nearly-unbearable symptoms like headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, brain fog, irritability, and general misery. While we can’t and will never tell you to stop partying, we recommend a few life hacks that will make your morning after party bearable.
Why is Hangover Hard to Treat Anyway
Ask a few people how to get past a hangover, and you will likely get different answers. Some would suggest drinking plenty of liquids, while others recommend loading up on carbohydrates to help you feel stronger and less tired the next day.
Did any of these hangover remedies ever work? Yes, to some degree. But, because a hangover affects almost every organ in the body—your heart, brain, gastrointestinal tract, etc.—there is just no single remedy that will get rid of all your hangover symptoms, only manage some of them.
5 Ways to Cure A Hangover
It is widely believed that drinking alcohol makes you thirsty, and that’s because it does! Alcohol is a diuretic which means it rids your body of excess water at a faster rate than other liquids, thus increasing the amount of urine you produce. Drink plenty of water after alcohol, or otherwise risk dehydration.
2. Treat the symptom
As suggested above, we don’t know for sure what causes hangovers, so we don’t have an exact cure. Your best course of action is to treat what is happening to your body instead. Headache? Take a pain reliever. Upset stomach? Down some loperamide. Just make sure to stay away from anything with acetaminophen. Mixing it with alcohol can potentially lead to liver damage.
3. Eat fruits
Bananas and kiwis are good sources of potassium—one of the nutrients you lose when you go hard on drinking. The sugar in these fruits gives you enough energy to power through the day. It can also help burn off the alcohol in your body.
While it may help assuage your guilt to exercise or show up at work, there’s no hard evidence that bouncing back to your normal routine can help make you feel better any faster. You may be better off taking the day to rest and hydrate.
5. Treat your skin and eyes, too
In relatable situations where you have a massive hangover last night and need to be in a meeting today, you should make it an effort to make your skin look radiant. Make sure to remove any leftover makeup, double-cleanse, moisturize, and use an eye mask to remove the puffiness of your eyes and hide any traces of being up all night.
How to Prevent a Hangover Before & During Drinking
Sometimes, the easiest way to treat a hangover is to prevent one from happening in the first place. We don’t mean avoiding your pink cocktails altogether, don’t worry. A hangover prevention plan is key to avoiding feeling sick tomorrow.
• Eat before drinking
Alcohol with food stays longer in the stomach. It means it is not released into the bloodstream as quickly, so you don’t get drunk so easily. Make sure to eat a little earlier before you start drinking. Include some fat such as meat, fish, or meat to slow down digestion and also the rate at which the alcohol is absorbed.
• Drink slowly
Spacing out your drinks can make you less likely to suffer from a severe hangover the following day—and it’s partly because drinking slowly is equal to drinking less overall. You may also want to measure your drinks to keep track of how much you have already chugged down.
• Drink moderately
The best way to avoid a hangover is not to drink alcohol in the first place. But, if you’re going to indulge at least once in a while, the key is to drink smart. Stay hydrated and never drink with an empty stomach.
5 Best Hangover Foods to Get Ready After A Girls’ Night Out
So, what are the other ways to keep your hangovers tolerable besides not drinking? Eat the best hangover foods, of course!
You seek-drama stars eat ramen not because they are hungry but because they are hungover. It’s a meal that you can make and eat in a hurry, which is helpful when you’re feeling dizzy after an all-night party and drinks.
When you don’t feel like getting out of bed with a hangover is when it’s most important to bring yourself to eat breakfast. Eggs are an easy-to-cook meal packed with nutrients like vitamins D and B1 and other minerals like iron and zinc. Being protein-rich, eggs can also help you feel fuller for longer.
Carb-heavy foods like bread, crackers, and pasta are on every list of hangover foods for good reasons. They are fairly easy to digest, which is something your body needs more to recover. They are also high in B vitamins and essential fatty acids that help the liver heal your body.
4. Tea & Fruit Juice
Food isn’t the only thing that can help your hangover. Sugars from fruit juices, for example, can give you the energy to power through the day and get rid of the toxins in your body at the same time. Meanwhile, teas like ginger tea and milk thistle tea are great at relieving some hangover symptoms like nausea.
A frequently cited paper on hangovers found that asparagus extract is rich in amino acids and minerals that help relieve hangover symptoms. It may also protect the liver from the toxins in alcohol, thus helping your body recover faster.
Many dread the morning after the alcoholic binge, but we have to get through it anyway. Again, there’s no one remedy to get rid of all your hangover symptoms, and drinking in moderation is always the key. But, these life hacks will help lower the alcohol levels in your blood and speed up your recovery from a hangover.