12 Dec Top Hangover Survival Tips
It’s New Years, and that means ringing in 2018 with plenty of drinks and partying like there’s no tomorrow. Starting off the new year with a hangover is not uncommon, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Here are our top hangover survival tips to help you get 2018 started off right.
Top Hangover Survival Tips
Although it may feel like your hangover will never end, don’t fret – you’ll get there with some time and patience. These top hangover survival tips will help you feel more like normal in no time at all.
When you have a hangover, your body is very dehydrated. The tissues in your body – most notably your brain – shrink and lead to uncomfortable or painful symptoms like headaches.
Drinking fluids throughout the night will help prevent a hangover. Alternate alcohol drinks with non-alcoholic to reduce your chances of developing a hangover. In the morning, grab a glass of water as soon as you wake up will help you start feeling better more quickly.
If you’ve planned your night out for a few weeks, then make sure to grab some sports drinks beforehand so you won’t have to trudge to the store while you have a hangover. Sports drinks contain nutrients, vitamins, and electrolytes that help your body replenish and rehydrate faster than water.
Recommended beverages include:
- Sports drinks
- Tomato juice
- Apple or orange juice
- Coconut juice
- Vitamin water
- Low-calorie drinks. These may hydrate you, but they won’t be as effective at reducing symptoms of a hangover due to the sweeteners.
- More alcohol. While it’s true that symptoms of a hangover really start to kick in once the blood-alcohol levels in your body hit zero, grabbing another bottle of beer is only going to postpone the symptoms. That hangover will catch up with you eventually!
If you’re feeling nauseous and sick, the last thing you’ll probably want to do is eat something. But in reality, food is one of the best ways to restore nutrients to your system. There’s a reason most people tend to crave high-protein, fatty foods like eggs and bacon!
You may have heard about asparagus being a good hangover remedy. The compounds in asparagus help break down the alcohol in your body more quickly, alleviating symptoms. If you can nosh on some asparagus while you’re still partying, even better. Otherwise, steam some up and get to feeling better!
Try some Ginger or Peppermint
Ginger and peppermint are natural remedies for sour stomachs. Ginger and peppermint are especially useful if you’ve been vomiting. They’ll both help settle your stomach once you’ve finished emptying your stomach. They may not cure a hangover, but they can help alleviate symptoms.
- Ginger usually comes in candy or tea forms
- Peppermint tea not only rehydrates you, it will help settle a sour stomach
- Spearmint or peppermint gum is another great option and easy to get at your local shop
Take Some Medicine
Hangovers take time to recover from, but they all eventually pass. The best thing you can do to wait it out is to get comfortable.
- Pain relievers can help with pounding headaches and body aches. Take some as soon as you wake up to improve your comfort levels.
- Antacids can alleviate churning, sour stomachs.
- Anti-nausea medications are great for upset stomachs as well.
- Electrolyte tablets may improve symptoms of a hangover, so take some if you have some on hand.
With these top hangover survival tips, you’ll feel back to your normal self in no time at all!