Halloween parties. Office holiday parties. Food and wine pairings. Casual gatherings with friends. Football season heating up. And a drink to relax after shopping. The holidays involve a lot of eating. And that often means drinking too.
The best cure for a hangover is to not get one in the first place, of course. But if it’s too late for that, is there anything you can do to start feeling better, quickly?
When we drink more alcohol than our livers can process in a timely fashion, our bodies pay a price for the backup: lower blood sugar, dehydration, headaches, fatigue, nausea. The best methods for feeling better are the ones that counteract the hangover symptoms by trying to re-balance your body.
Here are four natural hangover cures for feeling better sooner rather than later.
No, not hair of the dog–water. Alcohol is dehydrating. This can be a major factor behind your terrible hangover headache. Loading up on H2O before bed is a good way to save yourself some pain in the morning, but drinking a lot of water when you get up will also help.
Eat A Banana
Drink Ginger Tea
Not sure if you could even keep a smoothie down? There’s a reason that natural medicines for motion sickness are made with ginger–the root has stomach-settling properties. If that sounds pretty good right now, sip on a ginger tea or an infusion made with sliced ginger root and hot water. Peppermint tea can also help calm the sea inside.
Get Your B Vitamins
Naturopath Natasha Turner says that B vitamins are essential for the breakdown of alcohol in our bodies, and research has found that vitamin B6 reduced hangover symptoms. Turner advises taking a B-complex supplement both before and after drinking.
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