We all know that the best way to prevent a hangover is to drink in moderation. But sometimes we skip dinner, go straight to happy hour, forget to hydrate, or celebrate a little too enthusiastically.
Some of the classic signs? Headaches, nausea, fatigue, and stomach upset. Try these hangover remedies out, and we have a feeling you’ll be back on your feet in no time:
1. Hot-to-cold showering:
Hydrotherapy is one of the most underrated alternative therapies. Alternating between hot and cold every 30 seconds while you’re in the shower improves elimination, decreases inflammation, stimulates circulation, and helps remove waste from tissues.Hydrotherapy has been used for years to treat a wide range of ailments—including pain and fatigue—and may even stimulate the immune system.
When you drink alcohol, your liver (with the help of some specific antioxidants and enzymes) breaks down the ethanol into a compound called acetaldehyde, which is classified as a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organization. When there is more acetaldehyde in the body than normal, it causes a lot of the classic hangover symptoms. In other words: Hangovers aren’t just due to dehydration. To counteract this buildup of acetaldehyde, turn to cysteine, which is one of the substances that help break down this compound in the body. Cysteine is present in eggs, which is why scrambled eggs are the perfect choice for breakfast.
3. N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC):
NAC will help increase your body’s glutathione levels, which is the “master antioxidant” and very important for the health of your liver. You can get NAC in supplement form, and it’s also present in foods like garlic and cabbage.
4. Dry brushing:
Dry brushing has long been used as a natural detoxification method, as it bumps up circulation and helps stimulate your body’s largest organ, the skin, which plays a big role in detoxification. Dry brushing is the perfect remedy to use in combination with hot-to-cold showering. (Try this dry brush set from Amazon.com
Everyone reacts to alcohol a little differently, but if you’re someone who gets nauseated, ginger is the way to go. Ginger can reduce feelings of nausea, so brew yourself some ginger tea and grate some fresh ginger on top for a little extra spice.
6. Coconut water:
If you’re hung over, you’re likely dehydrated but also in need of electrolytes that were lost the night before. One of the best natural sources of electrolytes is coconut water, which contains the five electrolytes found in human blood and is low in sugar, unlike most sports drinks.
If you’re a coffee person, go for it, since refraining could even lead to a caffeine withdrawal headache. If you don’t normally drink coffee, this probably isn’t the time to start. Coffee can trigger anxiety, which is often already triggered the day after too much alcohol.
Magnesium is one of our favorite minerals and is affectionately known as the “relaxation mineral.” Studies have shown that taking magnesium may help with the pressure and pain associated with headaches. Plus, alcohol can deplete the much-needed magnesium in your body. Try a magnesium supplement or soak in an Epsom bath.
9. Ginger tea:
Alcohol is hard on the gut lining and your digestion in general. Try drinking bone broth, rich in collagen and a wide array of other nutrients, organic chicken or beef bone broth is a great tool to rebuild gut function from problems such as leaky gut syndrome, SIBO, and candida overgrowth.
10. A workout:
Sweating will help you rid your body of toxins and release endorphins, which will help you feel better. Bear in mind, there’s no need to hit a 6 a.m. spin class when you’re not feeling well; just focus on working up a sweat at some point during the day.