How To Prevent And Manage A Hangover; Part 5/5
Part 5/5: Do This The Next Day
In part one of my How to Prevent and Manage a Hangover series, I outlined the symptoms and causes of hangovers. In the second post, I provided tips on what you can do before drinking. The third article detailed actions you can take while drinking, while the fourth article of the series explained what you can do immediately after the party. In this fifth and final article, I help you avoid and manage a hangover by showing you what to do the next day.
Avoid a dreaded hangover by following these nine tips the day after drinking alcohol.
1. Drink non-alcoholic fluids
After a night of heavy drinking, you will be dehydrated. At this point, the body’s organs will try to replenish water on their own by pulling water from other resources such as the brain (hence the mind-splitting headache you may have upon waking). This is the time to give your organs much needed assistance.
Here are some beverages you should drink:
A. Warm water with lemon and honey
The average-sized lemon contains 48.3 grams of potassium, which is more than a bottle of Gatorade! By adding lemon to your water, you will be giving your body important electrolytes and vitamins that will:
- alleviate digestive distress
- balance your body’s pH levels
- normalize digestive juices
- reduce intestinal bloating
- support liver detoxification
- Combine the juice of one lemon or lime with a drizzle of raw honey and mix this into a glass of warm water.
- Drink this as soon as you wake up in the morning.
B. Infused water
For added flavor, try making infused water.
- One of my favorite infused water recipes is cucumber, mint and lemon infused water.
- For more recipe ideas, visit another article of mine, “Increase Hydration With Infused Water.”
C. Plain water
- Continue to drink high-quality plain water throughout the day.
- Don’t stop once you start to feel better – just keep pouring water down your dehydrated hatch.
It is believed that peppermint, fennel, chamomile, anise, lemongrass, ginger, and mint teas all have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also known to be helpful with:
- soothing the gastrointestinal tract
- aiding in detoxification
- calming and relieving stress
To make your own ginger tea:
- Peel and slice a two-inch piece of fresh organic ginger root.
- Add this to three cups of boiling water.
- Brew for five minutes.
- Strain the ginger.
- Pour into a mug and sip slowly.
Here are some of my favorite antioxidant teas:
- Numi Organic Moroccan Mint Tea
- Numi Organic Chamomile Lemon Tea
- Rishi’s Pacific Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea
- Traditional Medicinals Organic Fennel Tea
- Traditional Medicinals Organic Green Tea Lemongrass
E. Bone broth
Drinking bone broth the day after drinking will provide the body with necessary electrolytes and minerals needed for proper recovery.
- You can find bone broth already prepared at a grocery store such as Whole Foods or you can make your own.
- Using bone broth as a stock for soup is a great way to reap its healing properties.
2. Take a dose of B-vitamins
- Take another dose of B-complex vitamin supplements (100 mg) upon waking to help break down the alcohol in the body.
3. Eat whole foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
High in an amino acid called cysteine, eggs are a perfect go-to meal the morning after overindulging in one too many hot toddies. Cysteine breaks down acetaldehyde in the liver and aids in the detoxification process.
Allergic to eggs? Not to worry. Many other foods contain cysteine, including:
- Brussels sprouts
- red pepper
- wheat germ
Avocados are chock full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which will help the body combat and clean up toxins left in your body. They are also high in powerful hangover-fighting nutrients such as:
- vitamin c
- vitamin e
Avocados are also a beneficial food to eat the day after drinking because they are a great source of protein, fiber and healthy fats.
C. Potassium-rich foods
Eating potassium-rich foods the morning and day after a night of heavy drinking will help replenish important electrolytes that were lost due to alcohol’s diuretic effect.
Some potassium-rich foods include:
- coconut and coconut water
- dark leafy greens (spinach)
- dried apricots
- kefir or yogurt
- kiwi fruit
- orange juice (freshly-squeezed is best)
- sweet potatoes
- white beans
Bananas and coconut are great choices because they are easy on the stomach and are rich in magnesium.
- For a fast and easy way to ensure that you are eating several potassium-rich foods, I suggest throwing some of the above listed fruits and veggies into a blender to make a nutrient-packed smoothie. Just remember to wear earplugs so that you protect your throbbing skull. 😉
Here are three smoothie recipes you can try:
- Decadent Cinnamon, Berry and Walnut Smoothie
- Organic Berry and Veggie Smoothie
- Organic Green Smoothie
Honey by itself is a popular hangover remedy because it is both potassium and antioxidant-rich.
- Take two-six teaspoons of honey every twenty minutes upon waking, depending on the severity of the hangover.
- Continue until you start to feel better, then take four teaspoons with your first meal.
Note: If possible, only consume raw unprocessed, unfiltered/unrefined, certified-organic honey. Raw honey sourced from a local beekeeper or farm is best.
E. Chicken soup
If the thought of eating these foods makes your stomach cringe, eat something comforting like chicken soup. The delicious flavor of chicken soup warms and recharges the senses, while the vitamins and minerals heal just as it does for the common cold.
Chicken soup hydrates and replenishes important electrolytes such as sodium.
Note: Stay away from pre-made soup mixes that have preservatives. These soups can make your hangover side effects much worst.
One of my favorite homemade chicken soup recipes is from Alice Water’s cookbook,
Click the link below to get a step-by-step directions of Alice Water’s chicken noodle soup recipe:
Note: You probably won’t want to make chicken soup from scratch on the day of a terrible hangover, but you can cook it ahead of time. Make a large batch and freeze some for later… for times when the hangover-hurricane strikes.
A study has found that the amino acids and minerals in asparagus have the power to ease hangovers and protect liver cells.
Just like the day before, fruits can help you recover from a brutal hangover. They aid in replacing lost vitamins, rebalancing blood sugar levels, and increasing the rate at which the body removes toxins.
Some good fruit options are:
4. Take a hot bath
A good soak is a great way to remove built-up toxins from the body.
- Adding Epsom salts or Himalayan Pink Salt to your bath will help you relax, relieve aches, and restore lost magnesium and other important minerals.
Wasabi increases blood circulation through organs and promotes oxygenation of the cellular tissue, which helps to clear cells of metabolic waste.
- Some people suggest that adding a spoonful of wasabi (Japanese horseradish) powder or wasabi bath salts to your bath water aids in detoxification.
Another home remedy is to take a mustard bath (ick?). Mustard is known to stimulate the sweat glands, open the pores and help the body rid itself of toxins. When this happens, circulation is improved and pain is eased. This doesn’t sound appealing to me in the least – I think the smell would repulse me if I had a hangover, but maybe it would work for others? What do you think – yay or nay?
* Note: Use common sense here. Regardless of the type of bath you decide to take, if you are still drunk, sober-up before you submerge yourself into a tank of water!
5. Give yourself a massage
To alleviate a headache, massage pressure points to increase circulation and relieve tension.
Some trigger points to focus on are located at:
- the base of your skull
- the middle of your forehead (between the eyebrows)
- just above your eyebrows
- the corners of your eyes (at the temples)
- along your neck muscles
- between the fleshy part of your thumb and index fingers
Practicing the reflexology methods listed in part four of this series will also further detoxify the body from toxins.
It may be the furthest thing from your mind, but exercise can help detoxify the body. An added bonus is that the calorie burn you get from working out may reduce the guilt you have about last night’s binging. If possible, get outdoors for fresh air and move!
A. Short and intense sessions
- These workouts are fantastic ways to detoxify. Sweating releases toxins and the endorphin release may improve mood.
- Yoga is also favorable, as different poses help purge toxins.
Note: When exercising, keep your water bottle handy so that you don’t become even more dehydrated.
7. Ride it out with time
- The best remedy for curing a hangover is to be patient and let time take its course. I know, I know… “blech.”
What NOT to do the next day
Whatever you do, do not do the following things the day after drinking alcohol:
1. “Hair of the dog”/drink more alcohol
One of the reasons hangovers are so painful is that the liver is still processing the toxins from alcohol metabolism.
- Try to cure a hangover with more alcohol and you’ll feel far worse in the long run. As soon as the alcohol has been metabolized, you will most likely slip back into hangover hell.
2. Load up on painkillers/headache medicine
Painkillers such as Excedrin and Tylenol may provide immediate relief, but they can put a lot of strain on the liver and kidneys in the long-term.
- Do not take any painkiller or headache medicine. Your liver has already experienced enough for one day. Give it a break.
If you plan ahead, the effects of a hangover can be lessened, and even prevented. Remember to keep alcohol consumption to a minimum, stay hydrated, exercise, consume more b-vitamins, and eat real foods that contain proper antioxidants and minerals. If you regularly follow a balanced lifestyle complete with healthy eating, practical exercise, proper rest and stress management, your body should handle hangovers much more easily than if you didn’t.
If you missed any of the articles from this How To Prevent A Hangover Series, please refer to the links below:
- How To Prevent And Manage A Hangover; Part 1/5: Symptoms And Causes
- How To Prevent And Manage A Hangover; Part 2/5: Do ThisBefore Drinking
- How To Prevent And Manage A Hangover; Part 3/5: Do This While Drinking
- How To Prevent And Manage A Hangover; Part 4/5: Do This After Drinking/When You Get Home
- How To Prevent And Manage A Hangover; Part 5/5: Do This The Next Day
How do YOU prevent or manage hangovers?
- Have I missed anything?
- Do you know of any natural remedies or tips for managing the unpleasant side effects of seasonal overindulgences?
- Did you like this series of articles? Would you like to see more series on the Bamboo Core blog in the future?
I want to hear and learn from you. Please leave comments below this post.
Good luck, be safe and be merry this season. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
When she is not helping others to slay fat, build muscle, and live amazing lives, Jennifer can be found exploring the outdoors with her dogs, cooking, traveling and playing/coaching lacrosse. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.