Posted on | December 31, 2011
This hangover recovery kit is a surefire way to reboot the body after too much fun.
- Mineral Water
Water is going to be the best thing to treat your hangover. A big reason you feel horrible is because the alcohol dehydrated your body. Drinking water before, during and after boozing will always help. What happens when your stomach is too queasy for even water? Try sipping carbonated mineral water. The bubbles will help ease your nausea.
Recommendation: Anything that contains sodium and potassium, two things alcohol causes you to lose.
- Sports Drinks
Replenishing fluids after a night of drinking combats dehydration, and it helps mitigate the effects of byproducts left in the stomach. Non-caffeinated, non-carbonated sports drinks replace sodium, glycogen, potassium, and other minerals lost to alcohol’s diuretic effect.
Recommendation: Try one that is low in sugar and calories.
- Body Wash
When you finally pull yourself from the bed, nothing will make you feel better in the morning than a shower with refreshing body wash. It’s important not to smell like keg beer for too long between the sheets. The water and fragrant soap will wash off the toxins you’ve been sweating, not to mention last night’s ugly memories.
Recommendation: Get something that will clean and exfoliate.
The protein in eggs provides the body with needed energy. Eggs also contain large amounts of cytosine, a chemical that breaks down a hangover.
Recommendation: Go organic. Happy chickens lay better eggs and you don’t want any weird growth hormones in your body.
Bananas will help replenish lost electrolytes and potassium, as well as lay a healthy base in your queasy stomach. The water and natural sugar in fruit are easier on your stomach than processed foods are. The fructose also increases the body’s energy.
Recommendation: Fruits like oranges, bananas, kiwis and grapefruit are great for replacing vitamin C, which will help boost your immune system.
Acetaminophen, found in Excedrin, is great for pain, but has been shown to cause liver damage. Painkillers with caffeine will reduce the size of the pounding blood vessels, lessening the pounding in your head, but caffeine is a diuretic, which will further dehydrate you. So use items with caffeine sparingly.
Recommendation: Alka-Seltzer. Its active ingredient is aspirin. It does have some caffeine, so don’t drink coffee when taking it.