Hangover remedies to try after a night out

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Photo by Eva Ou

As someone who is lucky enough to not get the dreaded hangover after a night out, I have seen a good portion of friends and coworkers who unfortunately do not have the same experience. A groggy morning is in need of a hangover remedy, but how should you know which one will get rid of that awful feeling?

It’s important to be in tune with what your body is telling you and how to give it what it needs. Many things can help, but it’s important to know which one is best for you.

The most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated. As everyone knows, our bodies are made of mostly water and after dancing our hearts out on the dance-floor and responsibly drinking alcoholic drinks, our bodies will be in desperate need of some water.

The best way to ensure a hangover-free morning is to prep the night before.

Once you get home, drink a glass or two of water and hit the hay. Another thing to consider is drinking different fluids other than water.

Electrolytes can be found in things such as Gatorade which contain sodium and potassium to help rehydrate the body and retain more water.

Another source of electrolytes is a new drink that’s emerging that was originally meant for babies suffering from dehydration: Pedialyte.

Pedialyte also contains sodium and potassium, just in higher amounts and fewer calories.

Don’t forget all those vitamin-rich foods and drinks either. Depending on who you are, some of these remedies might not be the right fit, and that’s ok.

Another option that might be a more attainable (and natural) for some, is good ol’ tomato juice. Tomato juice might sound like the complete opposite of what your body needs, but tomatoes are full of nutrients that your body has lost over the course of the night, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, antioxidants and natural sugars to get your body back to normal.

Both of these could be serious contenders for those pounding headaches since the most likely culprit is dehydration, but that’s not the only aspect of a hangover.

In the morning, try having foods that are high in potassium such as bananas and other nutrient-rich foods such as eggs, whole wheat toast, veggies and fruit.

When dealing with a hangover, it’s always better to give your body what it is lacking rather than trying to suppress the problem. 

Taking medication such as Advil and Tylenol is also a good idea at the time, but it isn’t helping your body re-coop from what it already lost. Instead, try to stick to more natural remedies that will help aid your body, such as things like ginger, which can help with nausea and upset stomachs.

Don’t forget all those vitamin-rich foods and drinks either. Depending on who you are, some of these remedies might not be the right fit, and that’s ok.

Everyone is different, but as long as you listen to your body and understand what it needs, you can avoid those pesky hangovers altogether and enjoy the blurry photos of you and your friends from nights gone past — but always remember to drink responsibly.


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