6 Helpful Hangover Cures for Your Saturday Morning Playbook

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Hangovers are no fun. Nothing is worse than waking up to a packed daily schedule with a splitting headache, zero energy, and an upset stomach that feels like it wouldn’t be able to handle even a glass of water.

Hangovers are caused by dehydration. When alcohol is drank in large amount it slowly depletes your body of water. The best way to avoid getting a hangover is the rule of thumb to drink one glass of water per every alcoholic beverage you consume.

Unfortunately, every night in this world people drink to excess and avoid this rule, thus resulting a terrible hangover feeling the next morning. Common hangover symptoms are:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Thirst
  • Pain
  • Headaches/Migranes
  • Decreased energy
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound
  • Depression, anxiety, and irritability
  • Decreased attention and concentration
  • Tremors, sweating

These symptoms can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks and get the most out of your life. While the night before may have been a blast, the morning after is never a fun one if you don’t treat the hangover. Next time this happens to you try adding one or more of these six hangover remedies to your Saturday morning playbook.

1) Myth: best way to cure a hangover is to drink more. The alcohol may temporarily help your symptoms but could hurt in the long run and lead to a worse hangover. Your body needs to recover after a night of drinking. Instead, wake up and drink water, juice, or a sports drink.

2) Eat a greasy breakfast. Although there is no scientific evidence that a big plate of bacon, eggs, and hash browns will ease hangover, many swear by it. After all, if it doesn’t help the hangover it still tastes good!

3) Alka-Seltzer has been used to cure hangover for a long time. In 2001, the company even introduced a “Morning Relief” formulation specifically marketed for hangovers.

The reason Alka-Seltzer works is because it  contains sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda), which will help settle an upset stomach by neutralizing stomach acid.

4) Drink coffee. If you’re not a regular coffee drinker, drinking a cup may help ease the hangover. However, if you are a regular coffee drinker you may wind up with a pounding caffeine-withdrawal headache on top of your hangover.

5) Exercise. A gentle workout could help you feel a lot better, if (and only if) you can manage it. However, it is crucial to drink plenty of fluids while you exercise to stay hydrated since consuming alcohol dehydrates the body.

6) Sleep. Although you may fall asleep fast after a night of drinking, the withdrawal will start to kick in and wake you causing restless sleep throughout the night. After all, the best treatment for a hangover is time. If you have the luxury of sleeping in, do it!