Top 10 Hangover Remedies

Last week a few guys I work with protested reading my blog because they thought it was getting too “feminine”. They requested that this week I post the Top 10 hangover remedies to satisfy both my male and female audiences. I am a 33 year-old mom of two young kids so I’m not sure I am equipped to give advice on hangover remedies. But I did some research with a little help from my friends and came up with a list that hopefully will help some of you on this Sunday morning.

  1. Pedialyte: Dehydration causes the brain to contract, which is one of the reasons why people normally have headaches after a night of drinking. My go-to hangover beverage is Gatorade but I’ve heard Pedialyte works a lot better than Gatorade. Both Pedialyte and Gatorade contain electrolytes that will help with the headache part of your hangover, but Pedialyte contains more electrolytes. Pedialyte and Gatorade both have a lot of sodium and potassium, but Pedialyte has less calories and less sugar. I heard Strawberry is the best flavor of Pedialyte – look for it at your grocery store or pharmacy, you won’t find it at a gas station.pedialyte
  2. Stick With Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen helps reduce inflammation so pop a few and wash it down with some Pedialyte. Set an alarm on your phone to remember to take it regularly throughout the day. Stay away from Tylenol as it will actually harm your already damaged liver.150710175147-ibuprofen-stock-super-tease
  3. Eggs and Toast: Eggs contain cysteine (an amino acid that helps aid your liver). And toast is a no-brainer for upset stomachs. Combine the two and it’s the perfect breakfast after a long night out.eggs and toast
  4. Drink a Caesar (or Two): Caesars are the Canadian form of a bloody mary. The difference between the American and Canadian version is that the tomato juice in a Caesar contains clam broth. Sounds kind of gross, but clams are packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B, and riboflavin. And tomato juice is high in antioxidants. All hail caesar!casears
  5. Get Hooked Up: Recovery IV services have become the Cadillac of hangover cures, putting the old ibuprofen-and-hydrate ritual to shame. While services vary from clinic to clinic, most hangover IV treatments promise to rid you of headaches, nausea, and dehydration through an intravenous drip of fluids, medications for pain and nausea, electrolytes, and vitamin additives (usually a Vitamin B complex for boosted energy). The average cost is $90 and from what my friend Claire says, it more than pays for itself. There are a lot of places (such as Las Vegas) that have IV buses that park at the front of hotels in the morning. Genius.IV hangover
  6. Morning Recovery: According to my friend Erin, these little drink shots are the best thing that have ever existed. Drink one of these babies before bed and you will wake up feeling terrific. Morning Recovery drinks contain Dehydromyricetin (DMH) which helps detox and counter the negative effects of alcohol. They are $5 each and available with Amazon Prime. Morning Recovery
  7. Potato Perogies: This one came from one of my best friends Emily who almost always gets awarded MVP the day after drinking. I am obsessed with Perogies in the first place thanks to my stepmom Marybeth and sister-in-law Maggie who have Polish roots. I mean carbs dipped in sour cream – what’s not to love? If you are in Canada find yourself a poutine and perogies combo and you will be set.perogies
  8. Exercise: 15 minutes of exercise will do more than you think to help cure a hangover. The release of endorphins won’t cure it completely, but it will help you feel a little better. The most common hangover cure I heard when asking my friends is sex (this came from my female friends more than my male friends by the way). If you want to be super ambitious go to the gym, but I have never in my life thought to go to the gym when hungover. Ever.exercise
  9. Salt and Vinegar Chips: This one came from my friend Lorne who is the master of powering thru a hangover after a long night of drinking. I would pair these yummy chips with a big glass of ice cold Coca-Cola. This actually makes me crave that combo right now!salt and vinegar chips
  10. Stay in the Clear: One of the best ways to lessen your hangover is to stay away from drinks that contain congeners. Congeners are chemicals developed during the alcohol fermentation process. Congeners give many types of alcoholic beverages their flavor and can contribute to hangovers or worsen their severity.  Dark alcoholic beverages such as bourbon, darker beers, and red wine contain more congeners than clear liquors such as vodka, gin, and lighter beers. Everytime I start off a night of drinking with a few IPAs my hangover is always worse the next day. IPAs are my favorite kind of beer so I’m not cutting them out, but I will make sure to try #1-9 above the next morning.stay in the clear

 

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