Your night was a blur – snippets of your memories show you dancing on tables with uncontrollable limbs, another moment you were outside a club hollering “Its my eighteenth birthday!”, when you are really twenty-three. Then it all zooms in to a single point and you wake up the next morning with a splitting headache, hoping that last night was nothing but a bad dream.
I don’t have a cure to wipe away embarrassing memories, but I do have a trick or two up my sleeve for curing a bad does of hangover.
WHEN YOU FIRST GET HOME:
Needless to say, most of these tricks will require you to have some degree of bodily control. So drink wisely!
1) Drink a Soluble Vitamin C
When your body is detoxifying itself from the alcohol, a huge number of free radicals are released in to the body. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which helps combat these free radicals and alleviate the stress from your body. This will help prevent your hangover. Drinking soluble Vit C maximises its absorption because your body is already dehydrated.
You might find it easier to lay out a cup, the vitamin C, and a jar of filtered water before heading out for the night!
2) Save your Skin!
The worst thing that could accompany your hangover is a big spot on your forehead. You have heard it before, but I will say it again –
Remove your makeup: Using an oil based cleanser or the oil cleansing method will be great here, because this ensures that you will remove every trace of your makeup even when you don’t really know what you are doing.
Do not exfoliate: Before I converted to using all natural products, I used to use my Alpha H Liquid Gold as a treatment after night outs – bad choice! For those who are not familiar with liquid gold, it is a one-step Glycolic Acid treatment that is designed to replace your entire skincare regimen for the night. Sounds like a dream, but it’s more like a nightmare when you wake up with extremely dry and itchy skin. You skin is already dehydrated from the alcohol – don’t strip it from moisture! Instead –
Put on your oils and heavy creams: Don’t go to bed with your face bare, at least try to slather on some oil and your heaviest cream. Do this even if all you want to do is slide in to bed – your skin will thank you later.
IN THE EARLY MORNING/ WHEN YOU FIRST WAKE UP:
Drink Water by the Gallons
If you, like me, always wake up in the wee morning after a night out – don’t stay in bed, go pour yourself some water. And I don’t mean a glass or two. I drink mine in a 600ml bottle, and I drink two of those. Drinking more water than just replenishing your thirst can help flush out the toxins.
Go back to sleep if need be.
FOR BREAKFAST/ BRUNCH:
1) Eat your Eggs!
At this point, you would have at least regained the ability to perform normal human activities such as cooking. In this case, make yourself some eggs! Did you know? Eggs contain cysteine, an amino acid which can counter the effects of acetaldehyde, which is a toxin created in your body from consuming alcohol excessively. Try to eat it with some toast too – starch can help increase your blood sugar level.
2) Drink a Honey, Lemon and Ginger Tea
Honey is great for replenishing the body of good sugar, and it can also helps sooth the throat. Lemon juice is great for detox, and ginger is antibacterial and great for settling the stomach!
Boil water with some ginger, then add a dash of lemon and honey when the water is cooled. Or if laissez faire is your style, use a teabag!
3) Carry Water in a Bottle Throughout the Day!
When you can resume activities for the rest of the day, don’t forget to rehydrate!
Drinking is bad for your health and wallet, but it is understandable that sometimes, be it your birthday or if you are just out with some friends, you could get a bit carried away. As with everything else, try not to drink too much consecutively – let your mind and body heal 🙂
Have a great recovery!
Disclaimer: This article is in no way promoting excessive consumption of alcohol.