You are probably regretting your decision for drinking too much last night. The constant feeling of throwing up, pounding headache, and excessive sweating can make you feel anxious and irritated at the same time.
So what is going on? The problem is too much alcohol in your system has left you dehydrated depleting you of all the vital minerals in your body. Additionally, alcohol has caused the blood vessels in your head to dilate, which is the main reason for that unbearable headache. Finally, alcohol has increased the acidic property of your blood which is making you feel nauseated.
So, how to get rid of this terrible feeling of handover quickly? Try out these simple time tested remedies listed below and you should start feeling normal again as the day progresses.
Step 1: Undo Dehydration
Drink a lot of water
As alcohol has left you dehydrated, the first thing you need to do as soon as you wake up in the morning is to drink a lot of water. Health experts recommend drinking as much as 16 ounces of water to undo dehydration caused by alcohol.
Drink a large glass of grapefruit, orange, or tomato juice
Juices of grapefruit, orange, or tomato contain simple sugar fructose, which helps to speed up the metabolism of alcohol and helps you to expel the alcohol in your system more rapidly.
Caffeine present in coffee is vasoconstrictor, meaning it narrows down the dilated blood vessels in your head that is causing you a headache.
If you have the habit of drinking coffee try to drink a cup or two as soon as possible in the morning to get rid of the headache.
Try not to go overboard because just like alcohol, caffeine is also diuretic. Drinking too much coffee can lead you further dehydrated. Do not drink more than a couple of cups of coffee.
Step 2: Restore Mineral Salts
Have a Bowl of Chicken Soup
Once you have overcome the initial queasiness, its time to restore the vital mineral salts in your body. To do that consume a bowl of chicken soup or bouillon. This restore the salts and lost potassium due to alcohol.
Drink a glass of banana milkshake
Another best way to restore salts and potassium is by drinking a banana milkshake. Combine half a cup of fresh milk with a banana and blend it well. You can add a teaspoon or two of honey to taste. While banana is a rich source of potassium, honey is a good source of fructose. Both of which will help to get started with the day.
Have a fruit salad with honey for breakfast
If you are starting to feel better, then your ideal breakfast option will be to have a fruit salad topped with honey. Both fruits and honey are good sources of fructose, which provides you with instant energy to kick start the day.
Try to avoid meats, eggs, bacon, and sausage for breakfast.
Although you might feel like spending the rest of your day in bed, health experts recommend to start moving, go for a walk or jog in the morning when you are having a hangover. Why? when you start moving around your body naturally produces a hormone called endorphins, which is a natural painkiller that will help you to do away with headache and body ache you might be dealing with.
Step 3: Prevention
Eat something that’s greasy and fat-rich before heading to a party or a social occasion where alcohol will be served. Greasy fat-rich foods will form a lining in your intestines and slow down the absorption of alcohol and reduce your chances of a hangover.
If you cannot avoid drinking then try to opt for vodka, and white wine over bourbon, rum, cognac, and red wine. Both vodka and white wine have less or fewer congeners, a compound that contributes or headache and nausea.
Do not gulp a large amount of alcohol in one go, instead drink slowly. When you drink slowly you will give your body enough time to burn it. Your body burns roughly around one ounce of alcohol in an hour. When you give it enough time, you will prevent a large amount of alcohol from reaching your brain.
If possible try to mix or alternate alcohol with soda or a juice, or any non-alcoholic drinks.
Do not drink alcohol with bubbles in it. Effervescence will add alcohol into your bloodstream more rapidly.