Hangovers suck, to put it lightly. Your head is pounding, your stomach is turning, and you most likely still have your makeup on from the night before. And if you don't, congrats! You just beat the system. While hangovers are technically our fault, we definitely didn't sign up for the aftermath. It's a shitty feeling knowing you did it to yourself, but the memories are worth more than the hangover.
If you're celebrating this weekend, week, or whenever, then you probably dread the hangover that comes with drinking with friends. But sometimes, you just have to suck it up. Whether you work the day after drinking, you have plans, or you just can't afford to lay in bed all day, these remedies will work for you. They're simple, easy, and affordable. You can try some of these the day before drinking or the day after. Good luck!
Coconut water is one of the most hydrating drinks out there, and research has shown that it's actually easier to drink than just plain water. Coconut water has a ton of electrolytes, and it's all natural. Stay away from sports drinks that claim they have electrolytes, because they also have a ton of sugar. It also includes potassium, which your body is desperately needing after a night of drinking.
I know you may not have an appetite when you wake up with a hangover, but once you do get your appetite back, eat some eggs! Eggs contain L-cysteine, which is an amino acid. L-cysteine is good for breaking down toxins and releasing them from the body which is exactly what you need when your body is full of alcohol. Because they also have a great source of healthy fats and protein, your energy levels will be way better.
Activated charcoal has been around for a long time, but it's still not getting the love it deserves. To keep it short and sweet, activated charcoal tablets is a highly absorbent material that absorbs and removes toxins from the body. It's been proven to see results the day after drinking, making you not want to stay in bed all day but actually be able to do things. Plus, it can really help with the drunk meal you have too.
Basically, ginger saves lives. Whether it's ginger candy, ginger tea, or a juice with ginger in it, there is no way you won't feel a little better after consuming the spicy superfood. Ginger really settles the stomach, which is great if you're super nauseous after a night of drinking. Also after a night of drinking comes low blood sugar, and ginger is a good way to stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Who the f*ck wants to exercise while being hungover? While it may seem like the worst idea ever, it probably is if you're dying in bed. But if you just have a headache or feel gross, sweating can actually make a huge difference. I'm not saying go and take a Crossfit class, but even a hot yoga class or a ride on the stairmaster can do the trick. Or if you're too tired for all of those, a nice walk!
I know after a night of drinking, everyone assumes a greasy breakfast will "soak up all of the alcohol". It really doesn't work that way. The grease sitting in your stomach will actually make you feel worse and more tired. You probably won't have that much of an appetite, but a banana protein smoothie is a great start as it's easy on the stomach and bananas have a ton of potassium. Eating clean is another way to flush out all the gross stuff in your body, and you won't risk still feeling hungover for two days straight.
Sleep It Off If You Can
Even though a lot of us mistakenly make plans the next day, have to work, or just have to live life, it's actually a good idea to sleep off the hangover. You usually don't have the best sleeps once you have been drinking, which is also why you feel so tired the next day. Sleep is a natural healer, it's amazing what a ton of sleep can do. And for a hangover, it can pretty much cure it. Just make sure you're waking up to get some water and some food every few hours.