You can thank us later.
So, you're hungover. We'd congratulate you on a successful night, but we're fairly certain you knew that already. If you're suffering from one of the following hangover symptoms, among others, you've come to the right place:
- Thirst (dehydration)
- Headache and/or sensitivity to light and sound
- Weakness, muscle aches, or sweating
- Nausea, stomach pain, or vertigo
Did you know that it can take up to 72 hours for you to feel relatively normal, depending on how much you had to drink? Yeah, ain't nobody got time for that! Let's find you some of the best hangover cures out there.
Now, what are the best hangover cures, you may ask? Well, coming from personal experience (hello, college!), we always suggest rest and patience as the best hangover remedies. But you're not looking for that, right? You need something that'll work sooner rather than later. Below are five of the best hangover cures and remedies that'll help ease the pain and (hopefully) get you back up and in working order in no time. You're welcome.
Oh, and one more thing: not every "cure" listed below is a one-hat-fits-all scenario. Everyone is different, so you'll have to find what works best for you and may even need to combine a few of these for the best results. May the odds be ever in your favor.
Water. Water. Water.
It seems rather obvious, we know. But you'd be surprised at how many people forget to drink water after a night of drinking, only to wake up hungover and miserable. Make sure you've got a water bottle handy, 'cause you're gonna need it.
It's also suggested that you drink water while you're drinking, not just after. Try rotating between a glass of water and a drink throughout the night. Not only will this help you stay hydrated (as much as possible), it may even help alleviate those dreaded hangover symptoms before they start.
Avoid Pain Relievers, Take Vitamins
It may seem like the perfect solution, but over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen and Tylenol, may have side effects that become more apparent with alcohol in your system. Instead, take your vitamins.
"Alcohol depletes a broad range of vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, proteins and minerals from your body," said Carolyn Dean, MD, a diet and nutrition expert and author. Your body will see a decrease in these vitamins, and this, in turn, will aggravate your hangover symptoms.
Bacon and Eggs
Yep, your favorite go-to breakfast items may be just the thing you need to help with that killer hangover! Who knew?
According to research, scientists have found that bacon and eggs both have cysteine, an amino acid that could decrease the amount of acetaldehyde in your body, which can enter your blood and damage "your membranes and possibly causing scar tissue."
Cool Off in the Shower
Nothing will make you feel clean and refreshed like a cool shower! This will not only wake you up, but it'll improve your circulation, reduces inflammation in your muscles, and more. Hangovercure.com has a list of the pros and cons of taking a shower for a hangover, and it's definitely worth a read!
Get Up and Moving
We know. This is probably the last thing you want to be doing right now. Exercise, in general, is good for you, and that's equally true when it comes to curing a hangover. Don't feel pressured to work up a sweat or push yourself too hard, but at least take a short walk outside. This can do wonders to help ease your symptoms!
Any other home remedies or cures out there for hangovers that you suggest? Leave a comment below. And just think, you survived the night, so you're more than capable of getting through the day. Good luck!