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Quick hangover cure? Maybe not

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The morning after a night out is enough reason to make you swear an oath never to drink again, but you always find yourself in the same position over and over, I’ve been there. So how to cure a hangover fast and get back to your normal routine? There are many common cures for hangovers, but they are not really effective.

Sports drinks, such as Gatorade, may replace electrolytes in the body but research has shown that you don’t need to replace them right away; don’t spend money on this when regular tap water could work just fine. Painkillers too may seem like a good idea when you feel like your head’s splitting in two, but they cause serious long-term effects: aspirin is a blood thinner, just like alcohol, and would prevent blood clots in case you cut yourself; ibuprofen can cause stomach bleeds; there are far easier and safer methods.

 Hydrate

Keep your body hydrated to help the detoxifying process along; water is fine but a concoction of sugar and lime with the water or tomato juice will be better. This will help replenish electrolytes and stabilize your blood sugar levels.

Do not take more alcohol! You may think that it helps, but really you’re just postponing the effects. Alcohol may take away the edge and make you relaxed but in the end you’re still going to get a hangover that’s probably even worse. Instead, just keep taking water regularly from the moment you wake up.

Toast and crackers

Taking alcohol lowers your blood sugar, which is okay because your liver metabolizes stored carbohydrates to produce glucose, but with alcohol in the bloodstream, the liver has to handle that first. Alcohol becomes a priority because it is toxic and the liver can’t help with blood sugar, this is why you feel tired. High carb foods will help bring your blood sugar levels back up by providing alternative sources.

Keep away from greasy foods; while most people swear that it helps, these foods will probably only give you heartburn. Take foods that are easy to digest and that will be gentle on your already weakened stomach. Dry carbs also help to soak up the alcohol in the body.

Exercise

This might be the scariest of all methods, don’t be scared though, I’m not saying that you have a complete workout. A light walk or run may speed up the alcohol metabolism, alleviating the symptoms of a hangover. In the process, you also release endorphins which stabilize your mood and make you less irritable and anxious. To prevent further symptoms, ensure you properly hydrate before, within and after the workout.

Conclusion

Prevention still remains to be the best way to avoid a hangover, and there are plenty of options such as taking greasy foods and properly hydrating before you start drinking. The above solutions will not work when you did not have time to prepare, which is the case most of the time, especially during holidays.

Remember curing a hangover is a process of healing that may take some time, quick remedies might be detrimental to your health. Avoid them if you would like to keep drinking for a longer time.

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  • BuzzedAldrin May 19, 2015, 7:42 am

    The best way to cure a hangover is to prevent it in the first place. If you use soda for a mixer, use diet sodas. You’ll find that the tastes are different, but it easily doubles the amount of interesting new drinks to try simply because many bartenders will create drinks intended to compliment a diet drink.

    You’ll need to hydrate as much as possible, even with beer, but moreso with hard liquors. A good rule of thumb is an eight ounce glass of water for every drink (1oz hard liquor, 8oz wine, or 12oz beer if I recall correctly) you guzzle down, and snacks along the way to slow absorption.

    Most kinds of alcohol don’t get better in large quantities. It’s better to spend a larger amount on a bottle of liquor that will give you many nights of enjoyment than to drop ten dollars with the sole intent of getting wasted. If you must drink to the point where a hangover is a viable outcome, do so responsibly and make sure to take care of yourself. Livers aren’t cheap and neither are hospital bills or coffins.

    • Tipes August 21, 2015, 12:31 am

      I can’t agree enough and I think before anyone decided to go out for a night of fun I would like them to think about planning their funeral. Why? Simple, because once they see the price of where they could possibly be heading to in a few hours then they might change their mind. It cost a lot! Plus, this way they can just avoid paying the hospital bill and go straight to their prepaid coffin. Isn’t that neat? (NO!) I think the tips in this article are very helpful, but only if they were preparing it ahead of time. Plus, even if they are prepare you never know if they’ll make it back to actually use it. So, please listen to BuzzedAldrin and use some sodas in your drinks. 🙂

  • dawnolsen May 31, 2015, 6:22 pm

    I have tried many home remedies for curing a hangover and just like you stated, most do not work. Hydration and being active work the best for me. It may take me a while to get moving, but once I do I usually feel better within a short time. Occasionally I will drink a mixture of vegetable juices along with water to help combat the nausea. As for avoiding a terrible hangover in the first place, I try to stay away from cheap liquor or wine.

  • crissyfit1 October 1, 2015, 1:35 am

    I think all of the comments are great on here. I agree with all the tips listed. I would like to add a few of my own. One way that I was kind of skeptical of is to have sex and it will help with the headache part of a hangover. Me, being married and all, I tried it one day and it actually worked which is pretty much equivalent to working out as well; I just happen to find sex to be a more fun way to get rid of the headache part. Now, of course there are preventions of getting a hangover in the first place. I’m a very heavy drinker and whenever I am out drinking or at home having family and friends over drinking I make sure I have access to some water, weather it’s from the faucet or a couple bottles of water. In between shots, beers and glasses of wine or other alcoholic drinks I always may sure I take a sip or two of water. I still get tipsy/drunk like I like and I hardly ever have hangovers.

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