Fridays are for many things, including drinking. But sometimes, we can overestimate what we can hold. Hence: a hangover. If you need to make it to another commitment on Saturday, it can be a hassle. Even if you don’t have anything to do the next day, staying in bed curing a horrible headache and regretting your decisions still isn’t an ideal itinerary.
We then turn to a few hangover cures. These are remedies that you can find or do at home and will help you bounce back quickly from the alcohol. They also come in handy if you end up being the responsible one taking care of the people who got smashed.
Eat a lot
This hangover cure comes before the fact. If you want to steer clear of throbbing pains, it’s best to drink with a full stomach. Everyday Health recommends to load up on fatty foods before a cocktail. The food will be the one to absorb the alcohol instead of your system.
If you skipped out on a greasy meal and wake up to your mistake, don’t break your normal pace. Marie Claire says that making a cup of coffee will help ease the pain. The caffeine “works to narrow the swollen blood vessels in your head, elevating your pain.” This is also advisable if you regularly have a cuppa joe in the morning.
Turn to potassium
As your body battles with the alcohol, you lose a lot of electrolytes and potassium. This is why you feel weak and the slightest pain affects you more than usual. Bulk up on these missing elements quickly via a serving of coconut water or by snacking on bananas, according to Elle.
Load up on protein and vegetables
Since you didn’t eat enough the night before the drinking spree, you defintely have to load up the next day to get over a hangover. Dr. Jason Burke tells GQ that one common mistake people make when eating during a hangover is going for carbs. “A huge serving of fries isn’t really soaking up booze because alcohol is also a carb.” What’s best are meat and vegetables.
If you can manage it and you feel you won’t cause harm onto yourself, exercising the morning of your hangover. “Exercise helps ‘kick start your metabolism,’ which increases blood flow and hurries your body’s clearance of alcohol-related toxins from your bloodstream and body tissues,” reports Time. Perhaps thinking about that morning run or how the hour you need to give back at the gym for the alcohol might make you think twice on letting all inhibitions go.
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