The holidays are a time when you’re expected to eat too much food, chat about inane stuff with relatives you only see once a year and indulge in merriment at parties. These festivities often involve drinking copious amounts of eggnog, punch and special concoctions that are spiked with alcohol. Sure, you tell yourself that this year you’re not going to over do the drinking. You plan to limit yourself to only two glasses of rum punch at the office Christmas party, and one glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve.
Of course, the exact opposite happens and you somehow get caught up in making all of those toasts to keeping your sanity for another year. Your friends are no help in this situation because they keep egging you on to have just one more drink, because, you know, it’s a special occasion. You give in and have another because, well…they’re your friends and you enjoy these fun times together. Besides, that punch tastes so good.
The Holiday Hangover Strikes Again
The morning after you wake up and feel like you’ve been run over by an angry Scrooge. Your head is pounding. Your mouth feels like you’ve eaten sand. Your mood is anything but cheerful. You realize that you’ve gone and done it to yourself again. You drank one too many and now have to deal with the inevitable holiday hangover.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be visited by the ghost of Christmas past like old Scrooge to find out what to do to cure your hangover. It’s a good idea to prepare for a hangover ahead of time so that you’ll have everything you need on hand.
Hydrate Your Thirsty Body
The whole reason why you are having a hangover in the first place is because your body is busy getting rid of toxins. It is ridding your body of all of that alcohol you drank. Meanwhile, the process causes severe dehydration. Pour yourself a big glass of fresh water and drink it all. Continue drinking water throughout the day.
You can also have a nice, warm bowl of soup. Another alternative is to drink a glass of fruit juice. All three replenish the water in your system.
Eat Something Spicy
Get yourself a hearty bowl of chili that includes chili spices, garlic, and some peppers, or, any food that has some heat to it. This is a popular South American hangover cure.
Eat a Plate of Eggs
Eggs are your friend in this situation. They contain a natural amino acid called cysteine, which breaks down the toxin that’s making you miserable. A plate of scrambled, eggs, fried eggs or eggs over easy should help to alleviate your symptoms. Skip the greasy bacon and sausage, which might make your stomach queasy.
Bite The Hair of the Dog
A legendary remedy involves chasing a hangover away by drinking more alcohol. The Hair of the Dog recipe includes gin, lemon juice, a dash of hot sauce and a chili pepper. There’s no proof that this actually cures a hangover. But, it will most likely make you forget you even had one.
Go Out for a Walk
Get dressed and go out for a long walk. When that fresh air hits you, it will give you a mental boost. In addition, the physical exercise releases endorphins that speed up the sobering process.
Enjoy a Hot Sauna
The Russians are known for enjoying their vodka. As a result, they have their own special hangover remedies. The Russians enjoy healing their hangovers by hanging out and relaxing in a steaming hot sauna. Sweating from the steam helps the body release toxins. But steam can also dehydrate you. So, if you use this method, be sure to drink water before a session.
Take Your Vitamins
Vitamin B has lots of great benefits for the body. This vitamin helps shore up many body functions. Take a B complex tablet to fight off the effects of a hangover. However, there’s a catch to this cure. You must take the vitamin before you go out drinking.
Of course, the best anti-hangover cure is to simply not drink. Okay, that’s not very realistic. Anyway, pace yourself, and eat something between drinks to avoid the unpleasant consequences of the holiday hangover.
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