How to Recover from a Hangover
The Christmas party season is almost in full swing, and if you’re hell bent on letting your hair down, chances are you’ll be feeling it the morning after. Fortunately, science is here to help you. Below you’ll find some hangover remedies that will help you throw off the Sheets, roll out of bed and get back in action.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!
We have to start with the obvious: When you wake up with that oh-so-horrible combination of feeling thirsty, dizzy and lightheaded, reach for the agua. Since alcohol is a diuretic — coupled with the fact that you’re likely not drinking much water while you’re out — those nasty feelings are symptoms of dehydration. To help, drink at least a 1/5 litre of water before going to bed. Even better, alternate your alcohol with water throughout the night to avoid getting too tipsy (which, we know, is really the only guaranteed way to prevent a hangover) and keep yourself hydrated.
BREW SOME GINGER TEA
If you suffer from nausea when you’re hungover, try keeping ginger tea on hand. Ginger naturally helps relieve nausea and can also help aid digestion, bloating, gas and vomiting. A ginger pill will do the trick, too, if you’re not into its flavor, though you lose the benefit of the additional hydration the tea offers.
REACH FOR THE FRUIT BASKET
Research from Australia’s national science agency released a study earlier this year showing that when eaten before consuming alcohol, pears may help metabolize alcohol more quickly. Though findings are preliminary, it’s worth a shot, especially considering pears are a staple in many a gift box and appetizer spread.
SWAP THE SPORTS DRINK FOR A SPRITE
While many think that sports drinks with electrolytes will help them feel better faster, the fact is you don’t lose that many electrolytes when drinking (and the additional chemicals and ingredients may be hard on your stomach). Instead, try a Sprite. Chinese researchers tested a variety of beverages and found Sprite to be the most effective at helping your body speed up the alcohol digestion process, therefore easing your hangover symptoms.