Maybe you decided to see what bottomless mimosas at brunch really meant or ended up drinking rose’ all day, and now it’s Monday morning and you’re paying for your funday Sunday. Sadly, there’s no cure to get you back to normal fast, but there are some ways to recover more quickly. Here’s what nutritionists say you need to do to survive a hangover:
- Chug water – We know we’re supposed to drink a glass of water for each alcoholic beverage we sip, but we’re not always so good at doing it. So registered dietitian and nutritionist Elizabeth Shaw says we need to start drinking water when we wake up to normalize bodily fluids and balance our body’s chemistry.
- Drink an electrolyte-rich breakfast – You’re low on liquids, so your body can’t function normally. You’re in for headaches, body aches and you’ll be tired. “Alcohol sucks your organs dry of any liquid, so not only do you need to replenish it with water, but you also need more vitamins and nutrients to quench that hangover thirst,” says registered dietitian Isabel Smith. But don’t just grab a Gatorade, go for coconut water that’s got all the potassium but has less sugar
- Suck on ginger candies – Some pregnant women say these help with morning sickness and they could also get rid of some hangover symptoms. Smith says ginger has been used for centuries to ease vomiting and nausea. So get some ginger tea or some candies to help.
- Eat a well-balanced breakfast – You need to get hydrated but you need food too. So refuel yourself with luscious watermelon, cucumbers and leafy greens along with protein filled avocado and eggs to get you back on track.
- Sweat it out – You’re probably not going to feel like working out, but breaking a sweat can help battle headaches, bloat and fatigue. “The natural endorphins released from your body while you get your heart rate up will make you feel 10 times better,” says Smith. “In addition, you’re speeding up your metabolism so that it processes the alcohol more quickly.” Just make sure you drink plenty of water and don’t do anything that makes you puke.
- Go easy on the caffeine – Even if you never start the day without a cup of coffee, you might want to skip it after a night of heavy drinking. Caffeine constricts blood vessels and can make your headache worse, so swap coffee for a green tea to get a little boost without making things worse.
- Avoid acidic foods and beverages – After tossing back a few too many, acid reflux can be an issue. So oranges, lemons and tomatoes aren’t your friends when you’re hungover. “A bloody Mary might sound like the perfect remedy (and taste like it too!), but your bod is not equipped to handle the acidity level,” explains Smith. Instead drink a sparkling water to help get rid of any trapped air in your stomach that might be making you feel nauseous.
Source: Women’s Health Mag