Headaches, nausea and light-sensitivity are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to hangover symptoms, which are experienced by upwards of three million Americans every year. While some actually claim to never experience the alcohol-induced phenomenon, science calls this a bluff, claiming that people exempt from hangovers are actually non-existent. So, rather than trying to ignore it, cure your hangover with these natural remedies:
Rest allows your body to rejuvenate and repair itself, while allowing blood to dilute and clear out all of the alcohol from the night before. Make sure wild nights are followed by a day where you can sleep in, or you’ll be craving your bed all day. But if you do need to get up and at them, we’ve got you covered.
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A Big Breakfast
Electrolytes found in a variety of foods help replenish a dehydrated system and get calories back into your body. Do make sure, however, the food you’re fueling up on post-drinking is easy to digest, like toast, oatmeal, and cereal.
Gatorade and Pedialyte
Instead of sugar or caffeine, reach for Gatorade, or even better, a bottle of Pedialyte for electrolytes. Since 2012, adult consumption of Pedialyte has risen by 57 percent and it doesn’t take a genius to realize why. Tons of vitamins and electrolytes make this a hangover-must.
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The trend isn’t just hotly contested as a possible fix for yellowing teeth, activated charcoal is all the rage these days with manufacturers claiming it can absorb and deplete toxins from pretty much anywhere in the body. The substance is available in both liquid and capsule forms.
Great for the tummy and for keeping blood sugar high, grab a banana to fuel you during a hangover. Bananas contain a ton of potassium, a mineral lost while intoxicated with alcohol, which contributes to the dehydration symptoms of a hangover.
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Ginger Root Tea
Ginger has been a proven digestive aid and nausea remedy for centuries. Grab some ginger root from your local grocery store, peel it and then chop into small pieces. Place the ginger root in a mug along with some honey and pour hot water overtop. Let steep for several minutes, then drink this to ease your hangover’s nauseating side effects.
The Royal Society of Chemistry suggests honey is an ideal way to combat a hangover. Apparently, fructose found in honey helps the body metabolize alcohol, plus it contains potassium. Honey also contains antibacterial properties and is full of enzymes, all of which will help you feel better in a hurry.
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