Party too hard New Year’s Eve? Here are 5 ways to cure that hangover
A breakfast burrito is all that sounds good for Justin, of Colorado, after a rough night of too much fun. Not just any breakfast burrito, though. His traditional hangover cure is specific: a breakfast burrito filled with sausage and hash browns and smothered in green chili, sausage gravy and eggs over easy on top. Served with a cold Pepsi.
Many people have their hangover go-tos: toast, coffee, eggs, bacon—often anything you can find on the menu of a greasy spoon.
Experts, however, say the best way to feel better after a long night is with food that replenishes your electrolytes and potassium, such as kiwi and bananas. Fried food can make your belly hurt more, and even coffee can make you more dehydrated, which is one of the greatest pains of a hangover to begin with.
Looking to undo last night’s champagne overdose?
Here are some other ways to “cure” a hangover—or at least try.
Drink Emergen-C with lots of water. This supplement is packed with lots of healthy goodies, including vitamin C, antioxidants, zinc, manganese, B vitamins and more. But it’s the electrolytes that will really replenish you and make you feel better. Find it at Walgreens and always keep it in your pantry.
Get active. The very last thing you probably feel like doing is working out, but Jason, a Boulder personal trainer, says getting your blood flowing and circulating the toxins in your body will help. Go for a walk. Get some fresh air. Sweat. You’ll be surprised by how much better a little activity can make you feel.
Drink or eat fresh ginger and sip lemon tea. Sarah Elizabeth, of Colorado, swears by this. And she may be on to something. Ginger is known to help with nausea, and it also can help blood circulation, improve the absorption of nutrients in the body and more. Some studies show it has a 75 percent success rate to helping morning sickness and the stomach flu, neither of which feel too far off from a rotten hangover. Chew on some ginger candy. And lemon tea can help spark detoxification.
Water and veggie coconut curry. Megan, a healthcare professional in Colorado, says, “Drink a lot of water before bed. Eat a substantial snack before going to bed. The next day: Aspirin and more water. Plus veggie coconut curry. It has all the B vitamins you lost the night before.”
Go back to sleep. If all else fails, rest your body and let it fix what you have done.
Want more ideas? Our readers say:
- “Water, Aleve and a greasy breakfast.” —Jason, of Texas
- “Coconut oil pulling, electrolytes and hot yoga.” —Desirae, of Colorado
- “Cuddling.” —Ryan, of Colorado
- “Lots of water. No Aspirin. Spicy Mexican food.” —Mary Jane, of Colorado
- “Chinese herbs.” —Betty, of Colorado