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Firstly, most of the “hangover cures” you can pick up at the convenience store are practically worthless, so you might just save your money. Some other hangover supplements may help you find relief, but it’s important to do your research to ensure they’re safe for you to use. Now let’s look at some steps that can help relieve hangovers. There are no gimmicks here, and you likely have everything you need.


Rest is your best friend in this situation because your body needs an opportunity to recover. Simply stay in bed as long as you can because even an extra hour or two of sleep will help out tremendously. If your hangover is really bad you might need to cancel whatever obligation you have in the morning. Of course, that is not a recommendation to be irresponsible, but that’s something you should have thought about last night! Just rest as soon as recover you can go back to your usual activity.


Alcohol promotes urination because it inhibits the release of vasopressin, a hormone that decreases the volume of urine made by the kidneys. If your hangover includes diarrhea, sweating, or vomiting, you may be even more dehydrated. Although nausea can make it difficult to get anything down, even just a few sips of water might help your hangover. You have to try and keep the water down because the best way to feel better is to rehydrate. You can also replenish your body with fruit or vegetable juices. Alternating juice with water is one of the best things you can do for a hangover. The water rehydrates while the juice gives you much-needed vitamins. Another option for a rehydration beverage is taking sports drinks such as Gatorade as well as products like Pedialyte. The potassium, sodium, and electrolytes included in many of these drinks are designed to speed up fluid absorption and that may help when you are hung-over.


A study recently published in The Journal of Clinical Medicine evaluated the diets for 24 hours before and after excessive drinking occurred. It was a small study and results were based on the participants saying what they ate. However, they did find that people whose food and beverage consumption contained greater amounts of zinc and B vitamins had less severe hangovers. This implies that your body could really use some vitamins when you are hung-over. The easiest way is to drink orange juice for a healthy dose of vitamin C. Another study also found evidence that zinc and B vitamins may reduce the severity of hangovers as well. If you have a multivitamin in the house, this is probably a good time to take that.


Food may seem like the last thing you want, but it can help. It doesn’t have to be much or anything that will make you sick. Try to eat mineral and protein rich food, even if you don’t feel like it. You can begin with something bland, like a piece of bread or a few crackers or pretzels. The carbohydrates will help regulate your blood sugar, easing the shakes and dizziness. If that stays down, try something with a little more substance like a piece of fruit (bananas are excellent) or a smoothie. Something with a neutral taste, such as chicken noodle, will provide protein and minerals and you can always just slurp the soothing broth.


When you are hung-over your head is pounding and it’s tempting to reach for a pain reliever but it is not the best idea. Over-the-counter (OTC) products like aspirin, Tylenol, and ibuprofen have side effects that are magnified while alcohol is in your system. This is probably contrary to everything you want to do right now, but for your long-term health, it is good advice. Just like alcohol, aspirin is a blood thinner and the two in combination can intensify the effects. Tylenol (or acetaminophen) can cause more damage to your liver and ibuprofen can cause stomach bleeding. Some alternative natural pain relievers available include pain relieving balms like Tiger Balm, Robb Balm. They are available in many drug stores and that tiny, unassuming jar can knock out a headache. Simply rub it into your temples and you should feel some relief soon after.


A weak cup of coffee may be okay, but an entire pot will only dehydrate you more and it may make your headache worse and this is the opposite of what you want right now. Even though it is tempting to grab a cup to wake up, it is not the best idea. If you insist on caffeine this morning, drink one glass of water for every caffeinated beverage. This will help counteract the dehydration side effects.


Once you have slept as much as possible, take a cool shower. This will not only clean you up but freshen and wake up your senses as well. Some people like to switch between cold and hot water in the shower and that is not a bad idea.


Experiments have shown that clear liquors, such as vodka and gin, tend to cause hangovers less frequently than dark ones, such as whiskey, red wine, and tequila. The main form of alcohol in alcoholic beverages is ethanol, but the darker liquors contain chemically related compounds (congeners), including methanol. According to some studies, the same enzymes process ethanol and methanol, but methanol metabolites are especially toxic. Congeners are toxic chemical by-products that are also formed in small amounts during the process of alcohol fermentation, with different alcoholic beverages contain varying amounts. Some studies have found that consuming drinks with a high amount of congeners could increase the frequency and severity of a hangover. Congeners may also slow the metabolism of alcohol and cause prolonged symptoms.

Finally, while there are many well-known hangover cures out there, few are actually backed by science. However, there are several science-backed ways to avoid the unpleasant symptoms that follow a night of drinking and they are listed above. Steps that include staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, eating a good breakfast and taking certain vitamin supplements, all of which could reduce your hangover symptoms. Also, drinking in moderation (with caution) and choosing drinks that are low in congeners can help you prevent a hangover in the first place.

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