SO, YOU'RE HUNGOVER...NOW WHAT?
A really special thing happens to us as we get ‘older’ – and by older, I mean the day after we turn 21 – our hangovers get worse every time we drink. I don’t know about you girls, but I’m not the girl who recovers by drinking a green juice and going to spin class to “sweat it out” (those girls are aliens). I am LAID OUT – head pounding, over the toilet, in bed all day, repeatedly asking myself why I drink until about 8pm. My new thing is the two-day hangover, which is really fun because you think you’ll wake up feeling some relief on day two, but surprise…you still feel like shit. Anyone with me?? I’ve tried EVERY hangover cure and prevention method out there and have found what actually works. I’m obviously not a doctor and these remedies are obviously not for everyone, but there is literally nothing worse than being hungover so for those of you that they do work for, your welcome.
THE NIGHT BEFORE:
I hate eating once I’ve started drinking, I’m just not hungry, but I force myself to eat a full dinner and the nights that I don’t I feel it the next morning. Despite popular belief, a slice of pizza is not going to ‘soak up’ your 10 vodka sodas, you need veggies and protein to go along with your carbs. It’s a force, but it will help you tomorrow.
Let’s be honest, NO ONE is drinking a glass of water with every drink – most of us can’t remember to drink water sober, never mind buzzed. This is more realistic; drink a 16oz bottle of water (or two) right before you go out and a full bottle before you go to bed. Keep it next to your bed and chug.
TAKE ADVIL (NOT TYLENOL)
Take 2-3 Advil before you go to bed, it’s the difference between waking up with a pounding headache or sleeping the extra hour.
THE DAY OF:
LIQUID IV (no needles involved)
I talk about this product all the time because it is SUCH a game-changer. Liquid IV is a hydration multiplier, so you put one packet in your water bottle and it tricks your body into thinking you’ve had four. It’s a must and its portable – grab it on amazon.
If you can do needles and are willing to spend the $ this will REVIVE YOU!
If your head is still pounding when you wake up, the only thing that will touch it is Excedrin – it has caffeine in it, which is awesome and works faster than anything else.
Bubbles help settle your stomach, so reach for a seltzer or a coke over ice (my personal fav), just no diet sodas, to help nausea.
EAT BREAKFAST, BUT SKIP THE GREASE
Have a wholegrain bagel with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper to get something in your stomach – if you can, add some tomato + mozzarella cheese (this will fill you up and tomatoes help you process alcohol more efficiently).
I’m like the father in, ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ but my Windex is lemon water. I honestly believe that lemon water is the cure all, it detoxifies, restores energy and replenishes minerals. Bonus points if you add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt to get your electrolytes back.
TAKE A COLD SHOWER
This is painful but getting your head under cold water is so key. You will literally feel like a new person if you can get through even 2 minutes. If you’re by the ocean, take a dunk (like head fully under) – it’ll have the same effect.
May the anti-hangover force be with you - love you, mean it.