If you plan to party like it’s 1999 this New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to know these best hangover cures….
With nearly 3 million Google search results for “hangover cures”, there’s some real interest in what you can do to prevent or ease the unpleasant symptoms associated with having one too many. Read on to find out the best hangover cures.
While several published studies exist about hangovers, there is still little consensus of what you can do to avoid symptoms associated with drinking too much alcohol.
WHAT CAUSES A HANGOVER?
If you drink, you can pretty much plan on getting a hangover at some point. While genetics and body size and gender play a role in how much it takes to trigger one, most women who have more than three to five drinks will get a hangover and for men, it’s 5-8 drinks, but some people–like me–will get a hangover after 1-2 drinks.
There are a zillion nasty symptoms associated with one, including headache, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, vomiting, dry mouth, fatigue and impaired ability to think clearly or see straight.
Researchers believe the causes of hangovers are due to one or more of the following:
- Alcohol withdrawal (explains why some find relief with another drink);
- An altered immune response;
- Impaired blood sugar levels;
- Excessive acetaldehyde, a by-product of alcohol metabolism; or
- Congeners, the byproducts found in dark wines and liquor that individuals are more likely to react to compared to clear drink like vodka.
The reality is that there are probably several factors that play a role—including individual genetics—so there is probably no one fix for hangover and trying several of the purported remedies below may ease your pain.
BEST HANGOVER CURES
- Try extract of prickly pear cactus before drinking alcohol.
- Enjoy mixed drinks with fruit or vegetable juice rather than straight up as having carbs with alcohol can reduce hangover symptoms.
- Drink up: Sports drinks like Gatorade or a veggie juice like V8 will help rehydrate, boost blood sugar levels and provide beneficial electrolytes.
- Take ibuprofen or aspirin (not acetaminophen) to help alleviate symptoms associated with hangover.
- Try toast with honey…or Marmite (a British staple) toast. A piece of toast with honey or Marmite may be beneficial as both are B-vitamin rich and the carbohydrates in toast may help raise blood sugar levels.