Well you messed up a bit this time didn’t you? You stayed up late drinking with some friends, did not drink enough water or eat enough food and then you spent the wee hours of the morning throwing up. If you are really unfortunate you also have to get up early for work, and it’s not like there is even a guarantee that you can get away with calling in sick, so you may as well just go and deal with it. Thing is, a hangover, regardless of just having to deal with it, is a horrible thing to deal with period. You have a headache, a stomach ache, no energy and you probably regret ever leaving your bed. Hangovers are generally caused by a mix of you being dehydrated and the fact that most alcohol contains a lot of sugar and overall impurities that will throw your body’s rhythm off. If this is happening to you and you are lucky enough to be at home, there are a few things you can do to help yourself.
First and foremost, do not drink anymore alcohol while you are recovering. Even if you heard the old piece of advice to have a bit of “hair of the dog that bit you” it is not a good idea for obvious reasons. Drink lots of water. One of the reasons why you do not feel good when you are hung over is because you are dehydrated. In addition to drinking water you should also drink something that is rich in electrolytes (coconut water is a very good option for this situation). It is important to have a healthy breakfast the next day as well. Consume healthy fats, carbohydrates and proteins the next day to help re-build your energy and to have something in your stomach besides alcohol remnants and bile. While a greasy meal before drinking may help, a hangover needs foods that are easy to digest, like toast and cereal. Another thing to keep in mind is what you consume before you go and drink. It is crucial to load up on B vitamins. Vitamins B1 and B6 actually help to prevent some of the more severe hangover symptoms by nourishing the nervous system. Also since being hung over tends to deplete the vitamin B in your body, it is good to stock up ahead of time. Milk thistle is also a must for preventing hangovers. Since milk thistle protects the liver, it helps to reduce some of the negative effects of alcohol. More so than anything else, try not to drink so much! It is not healthy to get absolutely smashed and a hangover should not be a regular thing to deal with for anyone. Ever.