Home Remedies for Hangovers

Here's how to apply home remedies for hangovers to ease the pain and feel better quickly. Most of these are pretty easy to accomplish, but you will probably need a little self-discipline to get through them all while you aren't feeling very well.

You told yourself you'd only stay for a while last night, but somehow ended up staying the entire night. Must have been the weather's fault, right?

You rush frantically in the morning knowing you've got to get to work. The only problem? You're feeling really hung over. Your head hurts, everything is so bright and you feel like there are loudspeakers in your ears.

You're exhausted and feeling a bit ill, and not looking forward to a long day with the boss, or in class. There's no time to sleep it off, so what do you do?

Try to recoup with these fast hangover solutions!

If you're wondering how to cure a hangover quickly, here are some good pointers.

Best Hangover Home Remedies

If you've woken up after only a few hours of drinking, and you're pretty sure there is still alcohol in your stomach, the best thing to do is get it out! If you feel sick enough to throw up, this will probably help.

If not, charcoal tablets are excellent for soaking up anything unwanted in your stomach. In fact, these are often what hospitals use in patients who have been sent in with alcohol poisoning. It also works well for food poisoning.

Do not, however, over indulge thinking that you can simply take it all back using these tablets. Be smart about your consumption. If you don't have any charcoal tablets, try eating a package of Saltine crackers instead.

Next, start drinking a lot of water. You would be surprised how many people let this one slide. Hangovers occur when the alcohol has sucked water out of your brain and dehydrated your entire body. You may also feel sick to your stomach because your body hasn't been able to process all of the poison out of your body. 

Lack of fluids is what causes hangovers and headaches, aside from alcohol simply being a toxin. So drink up! You may also consider alternating glasses of water with a drink that contains electrolytes to help your body along.

Adding natural electrolytes to your body is one of the best home remedies for hangovers. Notice that I said "natural electrolytes". Put the Gatorade back and try one of these options:

  • Coconut water
  • Almond milk and frozen banana shake
  • 1/3 Lemon, 2 apples, 1" ginger drink over ice (this is my favorite juiced drink and really does taste like Sherbet)

One of the best home remedies for an upset stomach I have found is ginger tea. After a night of partying, you may feel queasy and nauseous. Fresh tea steeped with ginger will help you feel more stable. You might even be able to get a little food down.

The next step is to slowly eat a good amount of carbs. The best home remedies for hangovers always advise proper fuel to get your body on track again. An apple with peanut butter or freshly squeezed orange juice with a small breakfast burrito would be a good choice. This should help settle your stomach and bring you out of your slump.

Here are a few good hangover food options:

  • Fruit
  • Berries
  • Peanut Butter
  • Fresh Juice
  • Eggs
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Fresh Salad

Try to avoid the desire to go to the nearest pancake house for a meal full of fatty meats and sugary breakfast items. While it may sound appealing at first, you will only feel worse afterwards. Eat light, fresh, whole foods to bring your immune system back up and to comfort your poor digestive system.

Once you are feeling a bit better, you will probably wonder if it's possible to avoid a hangover in the first place, and still be able to have fun with your friends. The answer is yes.

It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but making every other drink a glass of water is a surefire way to prevent a hangover. You should also avoid mixed liquor drinks. Don't forget this drinking rhyme:

Liquor before beer, never fear

Beer before liquor, never sicker!

This may or may not be your cup of tea, but alternating water with alcohol is pretty much the best hangover cure. Also try to drink slowly throughout the evening. It will take less of a toll on your body and, mixed with regular cups of water, will make morning come merrily.

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