6 Ways to Ease Your Hangover

Relieve your dreaded New Year's Day hangover with these doctor-approved remedies

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Happy New Year! If you’re one of the many revelers around the world who over-imbibed last night, remember for next time that the only real way to cure a hangover is to drink in moderation and avoid getting one at all. But in the meantime, don’t panic, because there are a few easy remedies that will ease your head-pounding, body-aching, regret-having pain.

NewsFeed consulted Dr. Jason Burke, an anesthesiologist who specializes in the treatment of veisalgia (otherwise known as the common hangover) to shed some light on which cures will best alleviate the symptoms. Before you read on, go ahead and grab a glass of water to tide you over.

1. Greasy breakfast food

If you’re craving a big breakfast full of fatty foods, follow your instincts. Fat contains more calories than protein or carbs, so it’s the fastest way to help your body process out the breakdown products of alcohol, Dr. Burke says. Sausage, ham and bacon are also rich with B vitamins, which help further metabolize alcohol’s breakdown products. And then there are eggs and cheese, whose antioxidants will help ease your overall discomfort. So get yourself to the nearest diner and eat up.

2. Wheatgrass

The high concentration of antioxidants will alleviate your hangover symptoms. But be warned, Dr. Burke says: if you’re not accustomed to the taste, it may aggravate the nausea that often accompanies a hangover. So it’s a bit risky, but if you can stomach it, wheatgrass is a great remedy.

3. Pedialyte Freezer Pops

Yes, Pedialyte is meant for children who are dehydrated from diarrhea and vomiting, but it’s also great for adults who are dehydrated from Disaronno and vodka. The electrolyte-heavy formula will easily replenish your body’s fluids and minerals. Slate recommends opting for the freezer pop version over the regular, drinkable stuff because they’re easy to eat and won’t make you feel more nauseated than you already do. Plus, if you stash a box of them in your freezer now, you’ll have them handy the next time you inevitably get another hangover.

4. Exercise

We know, we know. When you’re hungover, you usually don’t feel like moving. But a gentle workout (don’t worry, we’re not talking about Tough Mudder or anything) will make a big difference. Boost your metabolism with some yoga, pilates or just a good old-fashioned walk, and you’ll get the alcohol out of your system faster. Just remember to drink plenty of water to keep your dehydration from worsening, Dr. Burke says.

5. Alka-Seltzer

This famous fizzy elixir is a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and aspirin, Dr. Burke explains. The former neutralizes stomach acid and the latter targets inflammation, both of which will help ease your pain and get you on track for a nausea-free day.

6. Nothing

Sorry, friends, but when it comes down to it, there’s simply no remedy that will completely cure your hangover. So if you’ve got the luxury of a day off from work, just take it easy. Wallow in your self-loathing for a bit and then fire up the Netflix for a Scandal marathon as you vow to yourself, I’m never drinking again. We all know it’s a lie, but sometimes making false promises to yourself is the only thing that will make you feel better.

8 comments
TheWorldwider
TheWorldwider

I know this is an article about easing a hangover, but why not make some small changes before starting to drink? One way to slow down the alcohol's absorption rate is to drink a cup of milk before you start drinking alcohol. It creates a lining around your stomach and as a result slows down your alcohol intake :)


- Sharon (theworldwider.net)

glubber
glubber

Let me add one: A "bloody mary" drink will help definitely! :-)

breindrein
breindrein

Drink the lower alcohol version of your drink like ciders, beers. Stay away from whiskey/brandy and other spirits since the more you drink , the quicker you go through drinks eventually. Dont do shooters because it all goes downhill from there. Sneak in a glass of water between drinks if you can. Put an alarm on your cell to remind you to evaluate yourself if you nicely buzzed or starting to think you are the best dancer in the room. Maybe around 11am. For a heavy night out, eat a proper dinner at around 7 since you can only fit so much food and liquids in your stomach at one time. When you drink, put glass down between sips since having in your hand all the time makes it easier taking a lot of sips quicker. Take headache tablets before going out as well. Also get some proper amount of sleep. Going to sleep at 5am while hammered will make for a painful day. Apart from these, drinking water, sodas or coffee might be a good idea.

JennaSmith1
JennaSmith1

hey, greasy burgers is not the best way to cure a hangover, it gets you fat!  that is pretty silly, being from boston, i use the local secret, which is a Clarex tablet and a gatorade and off and running i go.  found the good stuff at the local Whole Foods, pretty excellent stuff

JayCee2
JayCee2

a hangover is the body withdrawing from alcohol....thats right, no need to be a chronic alcoholic to have withdrawals. this is why a bloody mary...or any beverage with alcohol,  will help your hangover. your body is detoxing and by feeding it more alcohol youre stopping the detox process.

JayCee2
JayCee2

one greasy burger will not make you fat. live a little. *rolling eyes*