A pounding headache, red eyes and feeling sore all over? Just some of the remnants from last night’s bout of seemingly endless alcohol-induced fun. Well, that’s hangover for you. Fortunately, there are things you can do to cure a hangover and go about your day.
Home remedies you can try to cure a hangover
There are various tried and tested remedies that can help get rid of hangover symptoms. However, keep in mind that it might take you somewhere between 8 to 24 hours to fully cure a hangover. Aside from keeping your headache at bay, these remedies help you address other problems like generalized body pain and vomiting.
- Drink water to flush out the toxins and stay hydrated. Alcohol can make you want to pee more, so part of that headache may actually be due to lack of hydration.
- Drink fluids like soups, coconut water, and energy drinks. This helps replace nutrients lost from flushing out.
- Eat a healthy breakfast on the morning of your hangover. Though it may be quite a challenge to take some food (what with your head pounding and feeling awfully nauseated), a hearty meal can keep you feeling less nauseated. If you can’t manage a full breakfast, you may opt for ginger, hard boiled egg whites, toast or some crackers for the meantime.
- Drink some tea with honey. The sugar found in honey can help quicken up the metabolism of any extra alcohol left in the body. This can reduce the severity of hangover symptoms. Alternatively, spreading honey on toast or some crackers, or taking it directly can help as well.
- Get more sleep to help regenerate your system. A short nap can also help ease a headache.
OTC meds for hangover symptoms
There are a number of medications that can help with easing a hangover. Here are a number of them:
- Activated charcoal. This product typically comes in the form of capsules. It helps ease a hangover by absorbing the remaining chemicals from alcohol circulating in your system.
- Dihydromyricetin. A popular herbal product for a hangover, it has some anti-inflammatory properties that may help ease your symptoms.
- Painkillers like naproxen, ibuprofen, and aspirin. These meds aid in relieving that horrible headache along with any muscle pain present.
- Caffeine in medications. Caffeine helps combat a headache and sluggishness related to hangovers. If you don’t opt for a medication that contains caffeine, a cup (or two) of coffee may help as well.
- Milk thistle. This product is a natural supplement that can help protect the liver from alcohol-related harm.
- N-acetylcysteine (NAC). This medication aids in speeding up alcohol metabolism. It helps the body get rid of certain components that cause hangover-related symptoms.
Read more about how to treat a headache in my blog: Headache Remedies – Which Over-the-counter Medicine is Best for You?
A basic rule of thumb in addressing your hangover symptoms is to get as much alcohol out of your system as you can. Once most of the alcohol content is out of your body, you’ll begin to feel a lot better. The course of “recovery” will vary from person to person. If relief doesn’t come right away, don’t fret. Just do your best to relax and hydrate, and the symptoms will surely fade within the day.