Waking up with a hangover means you probably feel like a fish out of water, grasping for any drink, besides tequila, within arm’s reach. And the progression of your hangover may make your nightstand look like the local corner store: five gatorades, three large bottles of water and basically anything in a liquid state.
It’s true. Your body is craving liquids after a crazy night out, and that’s because, according to a registered dietitian, RD, CDN, and MPH, Brigitte Zeitlin, alcohol is unbelievably dehydrating. It inhibits your hormone vasopressin, which normally stops you from urinating by helping your kidneys absorb water. When you’re drinking, you use the bathroom more often than when you’re not, and that means you’re losing more and more water.
Thankfully, the dehydration you experience during a hangover doesn’t have to last forever. These outrageous and effective hangover cure drinks will help squash that headache and pull yourself out of bed sooner.
Beets and pineapples may sound like they go together like oil and water, but when it comes to combating your hangover, they make a great team. When you’re drinking, your liver is hard at work metabolizing ethanol, and all of that hard work can make you feel awful the next day. Fortunately, beets contain the antioxidant betaine, which is full of anti-inflammatory compounds. The pineapples provide the vitamin C and the sweet flavor you need to choke down all of that earthy beet juice.
You probably won’t wake up craving bone broth after a night of too many margaritas, but if you can keep it down, it offers a number of hangover benefits. Bone broth is rich in glycine to support detoxification and L-glutamine, which aids the health of your small intestine. There’s a reason your mom made you sip brothy soups when you had the flu.
It may not be that Starbucks latte with a double shot you’re craving, but chicory root and dandelion “coffee,” will cure your hangover much more quickly. Chicory root extract can help balance your blood sugar levels while aiding as a diuretic, purgative and laxative to kickstart your digestive system. The dandelion adds that roasted coffee flavor, while a tablespoon each of coconut oil and coconut concentrate add a touch of sweetness. Grab a mug and start sipping your hangover away.
Firing up your juicer may feel like a monumental task when you can barely drag yourself to the kitchen, but it’s worth the effort if you have carrots, apples and a touch of ginger around. The beta-carotene in carrots helps diminish the free radicals created by excessive drinking, while ginger eliminates nausea and serves as an anti-inflammatory. The apples add vitamin C as well as the sweetness you need to choke down root vegetables this early in the morning.
Milk thistle is a plant used as a natural remedy for several health problems, and it can greatly improve your hangover too. In fact, it’s often used as a natural treatment of liver issues, like jaundice and cirrhosis.
The top active ingredient in milk thistle is silymarin, which is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It’s said to aid in treating liver problems as well as preventing future damage. Another major perk is that milk thistle tea, which can be found in most health-food stores, tastes great with a touch of milk and honey added. Finally, something that tastes good and fights hangovers too!
If your hangover is the result of Pickleback shots, slamming pickle juice the next morning probably won’t work for you. However, if pickle juice wasn’t a part of last night’s indulgence, it can do a great deal in making you feel better the next day. According to Dr. Oz, ¼-cup of pickle juice first thing in the morning can lessen your hangover. The natural salts in pickle juice will aid in replenishing your electrolytes, end eventually easing your dizziness, cramping and headaches.
The best way to combat a hangover is to prevent it before it starts. That is, while you have a clear head before you start drinking. OverEZ is an all-natural hangover helper designed to make your morning-afters drastically less painful. This easy-to-take capsule includes hangover-fighters, like magnesium, zinc, and L-cysteine to protect your liver from the damage it normally experiences during a night of drinking.
Even more, the capsule includes many of the ingredients in the effective hangover cures above, like milk thistle, chicory root, and beet juice. These ingredients, plus several other hangover fighters, replenish the nutrients and vitamins you need to roll out of bed feeling like an actual human being the next morning.
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