We’re all human and push the boat out every once and a while only to pay for it big time the next day. As good and steadfast our intentions are to just have one glass or have a water for every wine, sometimes the night has other plans in mind.
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Once upon a time backing it up night after night was no problem and running on zero to little sleep was the norm. Sound familiar? Oh, how times have changed. Unfortunately, as we get older our body just can’t hack it like it used to. There are a multitude of reasons for this – but put simply, we’re out of practice and for the most part lead pretty healthy lives so when we do drink (or binge drink!) our body goes into shock, doesn’t know what’s hit it and struggles to bounce back.
Read on for seven ways to get rid of a hangover…
While alcohol severely dehydrates your body resulting in a pounding headache, the severity and longevity of a hangover often comes down to inadequate sleep. It’s basically you’re body crying out for sleep. Do you ever find even when you’re well-behaved and in bed by a reasonable hour you still wake up with a raging hangover? Alcohol may make you fall asleep quicker but you have very low quality sleep – your body doesn’t even enter the REM phase (AKA a deep sleep). The best cure for a hangover is undoubtedly sleeping through it – or at least the worst of it. Either have a quick nap during the day or get an early night for a good night’s sleep.
Mind over matter
On those mornings where you have other commitments – work, brunch plans or maybe even round two – and sleeping in isn’t an option, then fake it till you make it! Hop in the shower, wash away evidence of last night (reminder: scrub off those stubborn club stamps!) and give yourself an internal pep-talk! Then, brush your teeth twice and use mouthwash if possible because despite what you think one brush will not get rid of beer breath. And ladies, put on a full face of makeup etc and fake it till you make it!
Drink water. A lot of it.
As said, alcohol drains your body of hydration so it’s crucial to rehydrate as much as possible the next day. If water isn’t your thing, opt for electrolyte alternatives like coconut water and the renowned ‘blue ambulance’, also known as powerdade. Electrolytes, including sodium and potassium, help your body hold onto the water it needs.
Ginger is great for kerbing nausea and may also reduce lingering faintness. Sip on ginger tea or quench your thirst with a ginger beer.
Sweat it out
It may be the last thing you feel like doing but getting up and pounding the pavement is one of the best ways to remedy a hangover. The fresh air will also do you wonders. If you’re game we also recommend a higher intensity workout to get your blood and oxygen flowing, as well as sweat out the toxins. Trust us, even just 30 minutes at the gym doing some bodyweight training, and you’ll be on your way to feeling half-normal again.
Avoid beige and fried foods
The main reason you crave naughty foods when hungover is because you’re tired. A lack of sleep and food cravings are directly linked. As a rule of thumb, resist the temptation to eat potato crips, french fries and carb-heavy foods – especially anything fried. They actually make you feel worse, deplete your energy, and cause bloating.
Boost your energy
Alcohol is a diuretic that drains your body of essential vitamins and nutrients during a night on the town – the most important being vitamins B and C. Those that take a vitamin B complex to combat hangovers swear by their effectiveness. The most commonly taken is B12, which performs a key role in the functioning of the brain and nervous system, as well as boosting energy.