December 31, 2020 | By Julie Walker
You know what they say: with great New Year’s Eve partying comes great hangovers. You know the feeling: headache, fatigue, nausea, and the kryptonite of bright lights and loud noises. No one wants to greet the new year feeling less than their best. Here are 8 hangover cures to help you start the year off on the right foot!
As you probably know, the big reason you feel rotten after a night of heavy drinking is dehydration. This is why it’s a good idea to have some water in between other, more interesting drinks when partying. Finishing the night and starting the morning off with a big glass of cold H2O is sure to help you recover more quickly. If your stomach isn’t up to the task, crush some ice and try that instead.
You’ll also need to boost your electrolytes after a night of imbibing so that you can rehydrate more easily. Electrolytes (essential minerals such as sodium, calcium, and potassium) help your body better absorb fluids. A sports drink will supplement these easily, or you can get in touch with your inner child and pick up some oral supplements such as popsicles or pediatric electrolyte drinks. For a drink with naturally-occurring electrolytes, try coconut water!
It may not help with your New Year’s diet, but we won’t tell. If you can stomach it, a hot and greasy breakfast may be just what the hangover doctor ordered. Whether toast, bacon and eggs, or cold pizza, this comforting hangover tradition is a good way to feel normal again – even if it doesn’t bear much scientific backing. One thing is for sure, the carbs will help restore your blood sugar back to normal levels! A better bet is to enjoy the greasy food while partying, as the oils will coat your stomach and help to slow down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream.
Did you know exercise can help beat your hangover? No, we aren’t talking a serious, sweat-inducing workout; you’re likely dehydrated already. Instead, focus on gentle exercises that will push you just enough to get those endorphins going. The anti-depressant quality of exercise has long been touted, and for good reason. When you work out, powerful neurochemicals get released, making you feel better. Try some light weights (you lightweight) or go for a walk around the neighborhood to release those happy hormones and feel human again.
Rest is best when it comes to recovering after an extra festive New Year’s Eve. Give your body the energy it needs to finish processing the alcohol in your system by staying in bed until you feel ready to greet the new year. Alcohol can also make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, so catching up on those Zs in the morning might be key!
To treat the pounding headache that usually comes along with a hangover, you may just need to medicate. Anti-inflammatories such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other NSAIDs will help relieve the pain while also being gentle on your body. Avoid acetaminophen, which can be toxic to your already busy liver.
While pouring out a big cup of joe may sound like a good idea, it can actually have an adverse effect. Caffeine has been known to both cure and cause migraines, so it isn’t worth the risk. In fact, it causes your blood vessels to narrow and is a diuretic, neither of which is good for a hangover. Skip the java and stick to water and electrolytes until the hangover is gone, then – if you really need it – you can have your morning cuppa.
Look, we get it. We like drinking as much as the rest of you (obviously). However, the old “hair of the dog” remedy – or starting the day off with more alcohol – is probably the worst idea ever. Let’s face it, it only offers temporary relief and you’re just delaying the inevitable. Once that extra drink wears off, you’re back to where you started – and you may have wasted your morning. With seven other options on this list, you definitely have the tools to bounce back and start the new year right!
By keeping yourself hydrated and well-nourished while drinking you may be able to avoid needing these remedies all together. However, if you’ve had a bit too much fun this New Year’s Eve, be sure to check out these remedies so that you can greet the day ready to take on the world – after breakfast, of course.