How to Get Rid of a Hangover
On your To Do list for the day is one item, and it is both urgent and important:
How Do You Get Rid of a Hangover?!
A Hangover Remedy and some pampering are what you will need.
Those best of times have somehow made for the grapes of wrath. Or is this the Wrath of Grapes? (Sorry, on the Charles Dickens / John Steinbeck smashup…)
Uh oh… Morning……
Hungover… You wake up to the sensation that a small animal has slept in your mouth.
Pain, fatigue, that fuzziness and parched mouth.. and that wild wailing noise in your head, like a child with a broken toy.
Yup, you are unmistakably hungover. That broken toy is you.
Holy Mother of Cuervo!! What WERE you thinking?
Hmmm… thinking? Seems the night was young, and just kept getting younger. You clearly weren’t thinking about proper care of your liver, were you?
Now it’s time to pay. Or can you be saved?
Let’a take the Hangover Inventory:
Dry, parched mouth? — Check
Body aches? — Check
Splitting headache? — shhh! Check
Dizziness and nausea?? – Check, and Check again.
Remember last night? — Ummm……
Wish you were dead?
“What!! I’m NOT?!?” You just thought this was Hell. OK, better deal with it.
So the idea, really, is to avoid hangovers for the most part.
But it’s all right to allow yourself a planned assault on the senses every now and then, right? A little indulgence, if it helps keep the sanity for the vast majority of your nights of NOT going too far.
BUT you drank way too much, didn’t you?
When you do, there’s a pleasure/pain formula that comes into play. The more fun you (think) was had last night, the higher the price.
Paid once in cash, or plastic whipped out in a frenzy of goodwill, an urgent payment also comes due in the morning.
Okay, so you passed the last milepost of the Highway of Fun which dead-ends in Hangover, New Mexico. Or IS this MEXICO?… Now what?
Start by checking all your parts are in the right place, there’s no blood, and hopefully nobody really strange in the room.
Good. Then move to the next section. (If not, either run like the wind, or dial 911, depending on the situation.)
Back to what feels like a very bad dream… you wish…
Who’s that knocking?!? Ah, that’s noise in your head again, a brain shrunken by dehydration, is rattling in your skull.
YOU… MUST… HYDRATE…!!
Water has left your temple in waves. Drinking LOTS of replacement water is a necessary start. If you do nothing else: water and more water for a hangover, is your most critical mission.
SThat said, a soothing tea is also good: peppermint, green tea, or chamomile are all easy on the stomach, and comforting. And green tea: it has many other benefits, like antioxidants, helping in weight loss and detoxification of a system abused by daily life, beyond the occasional hangover.
Green Tea should be a regular part of your beverage diet anyway.
Drop a couple of Blowfish tablets into your second glass of water to fizz. Sip it down and let the relief begin.
Do NOT guzzle coffee, as that mythical cure is also a diuretic and will dramatically slow your water uptake as you try to rehydrate. Blowfish does include a moderate amount of caffeine, so if you’re afraid of a caffeine withdrawal headache compounding your hangover, you’ll be OK. Try some Green Tea instead.
It’s a little late to remind your fun loving self that a glass of water between each drink last night is essential etiquette to show your body that you care.
Alcohol acts as a diuretic
…and causes a lot of water to be flushed out of the system.
Drinking a glass between each beer, glass of wine, mixed drink, shot, whatever the poison, is a good idea. Makes it much like drinking on a full stomach – also a good idea: a balanced meal of protein and carbs before bellying up to the bar.
But that’s all hindsight. Notes to self…
So first, some water and eat some fruit, bananas are good: they’re easy on the stomach, replace some of the potassium that was robbed from your system, and the fruit sugars will give you some energy and turn the metabolism up a notch or two. Plus they’re tasty, easy to get down, and come in at just 100 calories.
Coconut water is good too, has electrolytes, antioxidants, trace minerals… with a natural sweetness, it has no chemicals, colorings, or artificial sweeteners like the sports drinks. Refreshing.
Then, more water.
Are you noticing a theme? Some folks like soda or mineral water with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of salt – which not only tastes great, but gives back Vitamin C and electrolytes, and also isn’t crammed with chemical crap.
Others prefer a surprisingly tasty and robust vitamin and mineral supplement: Emergen-C. It’s fizzy, has a bunch of essentials like Vitamins C, B6 and B12, Thiamine, Folic Acid, minerals and electrolytes that every cell in your body is lonesome for. Body says Yum!
Makes you feel even a bit better right away, too. It’s a great idea to lay some in for everyday use, and the single serving envelopes are easy to stow in a pocket or purse.
If you think you can handle the blender after margaritas last night
Make yourself a Hangover Killer Smoothie. (wicked recipe coming here).
Fortunately, this time you were smart enough to make up a large one before going out, and stored a glass in the fridge for morning. Clever.
So you did have a smoothie before going out, good thinking again, but you must have had a lot of drinks – it was, after all, your best friend’s bachelor party / bachelorette party, and even well meaning precautions can have their breaking points…
One precaution you did NOT violate, was having a designated driver. OK, it was a chauffeur in a stretch limo. But the point is, a responsible recreational drinker always makes sure there is a designated driver, or cab money stashed in the wallet (or purse). You want to AVOID facing a breathalyzer. Or worse.
That said, thankfully, you’re home safe, this is a Saturday morning, and the discomfort was not unexpected. It was anticipated actually, this one’s been on the calendar for a while…
Now then. Umff…
Time to get up and move a bit
Take that walk! Movement is good, go ahead and start slow, and don’t over exert.
But DO rally to take a walk. Take a brisk-but-not-life-threatening walk with the dog, to make sure you’re alive. (increasing circulation helps to burn off some of the haze). Walk someplace quiet and peaceful if you can, preferably avoiding horns and sirens.
Oh, how nice it would be to switch places with that sweet puppy right now… tail wagging, eyes bright, full of joy and energy…
When you get back, shower
It’s better to smell the way you want to feel, than to feel the way you don’t want to smell…
Dry off and slip into some clean pajamas, or some favorite soft loose clothes.
Make a quick and easy lunch
Miso Soup and rice are legendary in some circles, but a can of chicken noodle soup and a piece of toast will work fine.
The idea is to get nourishment and liquids steadily as you come around.
Eat sitting at the table, so you don’t feel like a slob.
Round up an afternoon snack
Head for the couch after lunch (rest is very important too).
Put in a movie you’ve seen a hundred times (comedy), and make sure all ringers and alarms are turned off.
If your chosen snack is Tortilla Chips and Salsa, that’s great! The salty chips and heat of the salsa (use mild for this one) will keep you drinking water, and you’ll be getting more electrolytes from the salt. Avocados, having lots of Cysteine, are also great for a hangover, and your liver.
You’re feeling better now but still take it easy
So as not to feel like the day is a total loss though, go back through your to-do list for the week. The “Get rid of a hangover” entry you scrawled this morning can now be mostly scratched off…
You had also written “don’t drink again, EVER!”… but after a while you’re feeling better, thanks to Blowfish kicking in and some pampering, the hangover hell has oozed to the background, to gently, persistently just remind you for the rest of the day that there’s a price for this fun.
Nice that it’s now getting to be fully manageable, and will not totally waste your day.
You can now scratch “don’t drink again..” off too, because you’ll will be even better prepared next time, right? And hey look! The annual fishing/beer-derby is in two months, and then later there’s St. Patrick’s Day. And Mardi Gras next year… (get the beads, Baby!)
And your best friend just texted: “2 hunghover no move”. A sympathetic (slightly smug) smile creeps to your lips. You are, after all beginning to feel pretty good now…
Last, but certainly most important is to take care of yourself
Even if you drink as moderately as one glass of wine with dinner, your liver is still being asked to do extra work.
Your liver is truly a vital organ, with more than 500 functions going on, and it’s performance and health are affected by everyday toxins of all stripes, not just alcohol. So if you drink, you owe it to your self to look into the Smart Drinking pill for supporting your liver and other vital organs, including your brain. Your body will thank you.
So maybe these thoughts help you, and please, if you are going to drink, do it legally and responsibly, and be prepared.
Life will go on. For now, all you should have to do is take care of yourself, update your hangover prevention preparedness kit, get rid of a hangover this time, catch up with some rest, and finish the movie…
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