We have all had that feeling; a headache so bad you have a second heartbeat that your co-workers can hear, last night’s vodka is seeping out of your pores and you cannot speak too quickly without getting nauseous. That’s right, you have a hangover. So now what? After many years of drinking, sometimes to excess, I have five different ways to treat a hangover.
1. Rest. Get yourself into bed and relax. Your liver has worked hard all night long, iv therapy long island even while you were passed out and your body needs to continue to recover.
2. Drink. By drink I don’t mean alcohol, I mean water, fruit juice or sports drinks. They all have essential sugars and electrolytes that you have completely burned up already, so don’t listen to your buddies and crack a beer to start your day.
3. Medications. If your stomach isn’t too queasy, look to take an over the counter drug like aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, but only if your stomach can handle it.
4. Exercise. As bad as you feel, exercising will help to excrete the alcohol out of your body and allow your body to recover quicker. A brisk walk, jogging, biking, hiking, even sitting in a steam room for 15 minutes will help you. Sweat!
5. Prickly Pear Cactus. Seriously? Yes. Researchers at Tulane University and University of California, San Francisco have found that prickly pear extract is proven to reduce inflammation, one of the main causes of hangovers.
Treating a hangover is not the type of thing you like to research, but sometimes your brain is so fried the next morning that you could use the help. There are plenty of ways to prevent a hangover, like drinking a glass of water between shots, and eating before and during drinking
So, next time that you wake up in bed (or the bathroom floor) seeing triple and not able to move, remember what it takes to treat a hangover and move slowly.