Whether it be food or your favorite tipple, it is no secret that many Brits and Americans can overindulge in a good thing. And we have all been there the next morning: thirsty, exhausted, nauseous, and in pain. It doesn’t help to take up to 72 hours to get back to our pre-drinking state. Hangovers happen because the body can only absorb a certain amount of alcohol, depending on sex, weight, and the type of alcohol you are consuming. Unfortunately, there are only minimal things you can do other than be patient with the damage already done. Nevertheless, here are a few simple steps you can take to ease the dreaded morning-after discomfort.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking alcohol leads to dehydration. Dehydration is why you might find yourself waking up with a headache. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that you usually have to go to the toilet more when drinking. Dehydration, in turn, leads to the loss of fluids that your body requires to function. Alcohol-induced vomiting can also contribute to this problem.
Drinking plenty of water can minimize the symptoms of a hangover. And if you think ahead, drinking a glass of water after each alcoholic beverage can reduce your level of dehydration. You can also drink fruit juice for a quick vitamin boost. And while you may usually start your day with a cup of coffee, this is not the best idea when you are hungover, since just like alcohol, caffeine is a diuretic.
Sleep it Off
Since we often tend to lose track of time when drinking alcohol, our hangover may have a lot to do with a lack of sleep. Consuming alcohol can also lead to sleep disturbances, which means that you may not be getting the best quality sleep after a night out on the town. Sleep is especially necessary if you are consuming high amounts of alcohol. Since rest is the time when your body recovers from your recent excesses, staying in bed for an extra hour or two can mean the difference between an OK day and one filled with fatigue and discomfort.
Hair of the Dog
OK, so this is not recommended. However, drinking an alcoholic beverage after a night of partying can reduce the symptoms of a hangover. If you decide to use alcohol to ease your pain, it is best not to go for a whiskey shot or whatever it is you have leftover from the previous night. Instead, fix yourself a bloody Mary, which is full of nutrients and vitamins. Another popular morning-after drink is a combination of lemon juice, gin or vodka, and hot sauce. Whatever you opt for, be sure to keep your hair of the dog routine to one drink. Remember, another binge will only leave you feeling worse for wear the next day.
Consume Vitamins and Spices
Based on data provided by Supplement Nation UK, people that regularly consume foods and supplements that contain zinc and vitamin B have less severe hangovers. For example, Vitamin B can speed up your metabolism, meaning that the alcohol you consume is absorbed from your body faster. Zinc, on the other hand, promotes the enzymes that help the body breakdown alcohol.
Some everyday spices may help you deal with a hangover. These include red ginseng, prickly pear, and ginger.