It happened again. You had a little too much to drink last night, and you're feeling nauseated, you have a headache... scratch that, your whole body aches, and you're feeling that hangxiety (hangover-related anxiety).
How can you make all of these awful symptoms go away? Here are my top 5 tips for getting rid of hangovers, once and for all.
1. Eat up, but not just anything
When you drink alcohol, it travels to your liver where enzymes turn it into toxins, and then enzymes neutralize those toxins. Once you use up your enzymes, toxins escape your liver and flow all over your body. These toxins cause inflammation and cell injury. That's why you feel hungover.
Certain foods are particularly good at helping to recover from a hangover because they contain substances that support the body's ability to protect itself from damage caused by these alcohol-related toxins.
- Eggs: This hangover standard contains tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It's also packed with cysteine, which is an amino acid and key component in helping eliminate those alcohol-related toxins built up in your system.
- Spinach: Rich in folate, this triple threat is a wonderful antioxidant that helps prevent cell injury and also supports brain function and liver function.
- Bananas: This fruit is rich in potassium, which is a great electrolyte
- Almonds: These nuts are rich in magnesium, which is another great electrolyte.
- Curry with turmeric: Maybe not the first thing you think of when you're feeling hungover, but turmeric contains a powerful antioxidant known as curcumin, which helps protect your cells from free radicals that cause cell injury.
2. Sweat it out
You can help that hangover by adding things to your body, like eating foods that help neutralize those alcohol-related toxins. Did you know you can also get rid of that hangover by eliminating things from your body?
You can eliminate those alcohol-related toxins through the skin by sweating. So, do something to help your skin breathe!
I found that infrared sauna treatments, like the HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket are especially effective at getting you to sweat out the bad stuff.
3. Hydrate properly
Alcohol is a diuretic. And if you do choose to sweat out your hangover you'll need to replace additional lost fluids. But to help that hangover go away, and replace lost fluids in a meaningful way, you need more than just water. You need electrolytes and minerals to help you absorb it.
Find a water-based beverage with potassium or magnesium (electrolytes) and zinc (a mineral), and you'll be able to absorb that H20 more effectively.
4. Sleep it off
Time heals many things, including hangovers. On average, your body processes 1 alcoholic beverage per hour. Head back to bed and you should feel incrementally better for each hour of Zzzzs.
5. Be proactive
Remember what caused your hangover? Your liver ran out of enzymes to neutralize those alcohol-related toxins so they started flowing all over your body.
Is there a way to boost your enzymes so you have fewer of these toxins to begin with? Yes!
I specifically created H-PROOF to give your body building blocks to help you create more alcohol-processing-enzymes so you can neutralize more toxins. If you take H-PROOF after drinking and before bed, it may be able to help prevent your hangover in the first place.
Dr. Linda J. Kaplan, MD is a double-fellowship trained board-certified surgeon