As the end of the year quickly approaches, we start thinking about what we’re going to do for New Year’s Eve. Do we stay in? Do we go out? No matter where we decide to raise our glasses at midnight, one thing is usually a big part of the celebration: alcohol.
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Even if we try to keep our cool on NYE, many of us usually end up finishing off way more drinks than we planned. And while we do our best to be good for the new year, unfortunately lots of people tend to wake up on January 1 with the worst hangover.
Since no one really knows who’ll be struck with the massive headache or feel like dead weight in the morning, we’ve put together a list of cures that can get you through the beginning of the new year. Don’t worry, these don’t require too much energy and can usually be found at home. Or if you’re a great planner, then at your nightstand when the sun comes up.
Although you would probably rather stay in bed all day, getting a little active will help you get through a hangover after the raging New Year’s Eve party. The Yoga Journal suggest doing specific, gentle poses and movements to help the blood circulating and move along the recovery process.
There are many movements like the cat-cow pose or corpse pose (we promise it’s not as depressing as it sounds) that require hardly any effort at all. And if there are still some sequences that make you feel more nauseated than better, then you can always resort to the child pose and lie on your yoga mat like a happy(ish) clam.
Since alcohol has some sedative components, it can make you feel more relaxed. But this only really happens in small or moderate amounts. So if you’re downing glasses of wine or really going for the tequila shots, then you’ll probably be more likely to have a harder time falling asleep.
And since you’ll probably be getting to bed at some ridiculous hour, sleeping in will be a good way to actually rid yourself of a hangover. If you’re planning to sleep into the first day of 2018, perhaps getting blackout curtains for your windows will help you stay in slumber and hopefully rid yourself of that pounding headache the morning after.
3.) Drink Lots of Water
Even though you’re having drinks, alcohol actually makes you more dehydrated because it has diuretic effects and explains why you feel like your bladder can’t hold enough fluids, making trips to the bathroom are more frequent. All the loss of fluids in your body leads to headaches, dizziness and fatigue. But if you drink water in between each cocktail or follow some H2O with every shot, it’ll save you from feeling the effects afterward.
If you completely forget to hydrate, then you should leave a large bottle of water near your bed like this Swell one to make sure you have water near you. If you pass out before getting a sip, at least the water won’t be too far from you when you wake up with that splitting headache.
2.) Take Some Electrolytes
Electrolytes are some of the most important nutrients that keeps us alive. And like water, they heavily decrease when we drink a lot.
When you’re hugging a toilet at the end of the night, you also lose massive amounts of electrolytes. So aside from water, it’s also best to pump up these nutrients.
Coconut water is a great supplement that will increase electrolytes in your body. You can also consume bananas to load up on the potassium. And if you’re looking for a quicker fix than diving into a fruit salad, you can take the How To Be Single route and load up on the Pedialyte. If you want something less juvenile, you can also grab some of these Nuun Hydration tablets, too.
1.) Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And after a night of heavy drinking, it’s extra critical. Whether or not you ended up kissing the porcelain at the of the year, refilling the nutrients that left your body throughout the party will surely make you feel better by the afternoon. But before you start digging into anything that’s in your fridge, you probably should think about what you’re eating before you put it in your mouth.
Although we crave burgers, pizza and the greasiest of foods after all the alcohol, loading up on the fatty foods aren’t going to heal you of all your morning ills — they’re more of a temporary fix for it. And if you’ve already vomited, then your stomach can’t really handle all the grease.
Instead, go for more nutritious stuff. We’re not saying you’ll have to go for full-on healthy, but think about the nutrients that your body is lacking at the moment. According to some research, the amino acids in eggs are great in helping flush your liver of the toxins from alcohol. Chicken noodle soup might not be breakfast food, but it has been good for sick days. So why not try it out for the hungover ones, too? But if you need something a little lighter, you can’t go wrong with some crackers and jam.
What are your best hangover cures? Let us know in the comments below!