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Friday, March 18, 2011

5 Things to Know About Curing a Hangover

Sorry for being a bit tardy on this post today. After mixing it up with my friends at Brothers and Beef O Brady's yesterday for St. Patricks Day, and having a near heart attack from the UK game, just now getting around to it.

I thought this post would be most appropriate for the day after St. Patrick's Day. Here we go:

1) Hydrate your body.

Start before you go to sleep, every bit of water you get into your system before you go to sleep helps 10 fold over the water you drink in the morning. Keeping your body hydrated is critical in processing the alcohol and preventing a headache caused by dehydration.

Do Drink:
  • Gatorade, other sports drinks - These drinks contain 3 important things to help fight a hangover, electrolytes (minerals), carbohydrates and water.
  • Juice, but make sure it's not too acidic, that will only help the alcohol eat away at your stomach liming.
  • Flat softdrink/punch.
  • Coconut water. Sounds gross. Tastes worse. But it works.
  • Water
  • TIP: Keep some water or any drink close to your bed, when you get up in the middle of the night to take a leak or any time you wake up, drink some.
Don't Drink:
  • Coffee - This will dehydrate you further and it may feel good for a bit, you will feel worse in the long run.
  • More Booze "Hair of the dog"
  • TIP: Don't drink anything that tastes too strong or too sour, you don't want your body to do any extra work processing it or messing with your stomach. Don't drink highly carbonated drinks, they may upset your stomach.
2) Eat.
Eating not only helps to slow down the absorption of additional alcohol already in your stomach, it will give your body nutrients. Eating a large meal may also cause drowsiness, which will help you sleep and let your body rest and repair it self.

Do eat:
  • Eggs
  • Bananas and Kiwis
  • Chicken Soup
  • Pickles
  • Toast
Don't eat:
Stay away from solids if you're nauseous. - Start out with soup, and work your way up to solids throughout the day. Your stomach is less likely to react negatively towards a liquid diet.

3) Exercise
I know, it's probably the last thing you want to do, but sweating out a hangover is probably the quickest way to getting over a hangover. Or just sit in a sauna. That sounds easier.

4) Pain medication.
Ease a pounding head with a pill (or two, depending on the recommended dosage), but stick to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen), not acetaminophen (Tylenol) - which is bad for your liver.

5) Rest.

"Rest is the best medicine" and in this case it's probably true. It's remarkable how much better you can feel with even a couple of hours of rest.

Alright, back to the couch and basketball.

1 comment:

  1. I heard roast beef sandwiches are good. Just don't go to Bellevue's Arbys....their dirve thru is slower than their walk up counter.