3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Hangovers

We have all been there, you thought that last Vodka shot was a good idea, until the next morning. I hate being hungover, it can take a full day to recover. I’m trying to build an empire, I don’t have time for that. There are a few times when I can be like the cast of Vanderpump Rules, and drink like there is no tomorrow, without any side effects. So, how does that happen? My Birthday weekend has officially come to an end. I knew there was going to be a lot of celebrating, so I investigate how to bounce back from a hangover. I am not condoning binge drinking, which is 4 drinks within an hour. I am being realistic, there are nights when the drinks are flowing and you feel invincible until the next morning. Here is how to recover from a hangover the healthy way.

SIDENOTE: I’m drinking a Vodka Soda while writing this.

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Hydrate During the Night

Alcohol is an antidiuretic, which means it causes you to pee more often. Breaking your seal, is a real thing. You want to stay hydrated no matter what, but when you are drinking an antidiuretic, it triggers your Pituitary gland to produce more urine in your kidneys. Hence why people drink Pedialyte to help with hangovers. It helps rehydrate you. There is another trick to avoid dehydration while dancing with drag queens, is to drink a glass of water between every glass of alcohol. Yes, you will be going to the bathroom, but your body will thank you, especially the next morning. Because you are putting back what the alcohol is letting go.

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People who got less than 7 hours of sleep started to have more severe hangovers. Picture:Kinga Cichewicz
 

Sleep It Off

There is a lot of research that indicates, amount of time slept can predict a person’s hangover status. One study from, Nature and Science of Sleep reports sleep can help with side effects of a hangover. There is an association between the amount of sleep and severity of a hangover. People in the study, who sleep longer than 7 hours experience fewer hangover symptoms. When, people say to sleep off your hangover, they are right! People who got less than 7 hours of sleep started to have more severe hangovers.

Sleep has a positive effect on recovery from a night of Long Island Iced Teas. The main symptoms of hangovers usually relate to cognitive functions (brain function). For example, it’s hard to focus or you might have a pounding headache.  Nausea is also a common symptom, in the same study people with less sleep reported having terrible hangovers the next day. They suffered from these symptoms and it took them longer to bounce back. Hangover headaches seem to never go away even with an aspirin. Make sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep after drinking, your hangover will be a breeze.

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Stick with a whole-grain bagel to help with your hangover. Picture:Tara Evans

Eating Your Hangover Away

Alcohol is a toxin; our bodies treat it like any other toxin. When our bodies think there is a toxin, response happens which causes inflammation. Now, inflammation is gnarly, it can have some adverse effects on our bodies, like heart disease and cancer. Don’t freak out! We can eat foods that help with inflammation, so fast that we can still make our spin class. Vitamin K has some great anti-inflammatory effects. Eating leafy green like kale, spinach, and broccoli can help your body back to its sober self. In the post bar hopping morning, if you can stand the noise, make a smoothie. It is light, good for any nausea you might have and help your body fight off the night before. Avoid eating process or greasy foods, it will only aggravate the inflammation. As much as McDonalds Egg McMuffin sounds when you’re hungover, it won’t help you fight it. Stick to whole-grains, fruits, and veggies, instead and you will feel better in no time.

  • Whole-grains
  • Fruits
  • Veggies
  • Lean Protein like Fish

Binge drinking is unhealthy and unsafe. Try to space out your drink by at least an hour. It takes your body 1 hours to be metabolized. If you 5 Cosmos, then it will take 5 hours for your body to burn it up. Excessive drinking can relate to hangovers. I think hangovers feel just as bad as food poisoning. It’s terrible, you can’t focus and you just want to lay in bed and regret why you drank so much. Don’t leave with regret and follow these health tips and your hangover will be either manageable or non-existent. We should be able to have some drinks and still be able to slay the next day.

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