8 All-Natural Hangover Remedies
What Causes a Hangover?
Dehydration is the cause of that killer headache following a night of drinking. Beer acts as a diuretic by flushing water out of your body. That’s where electrolytes come in! Rehydrating is the key to feeling better. When water isn’t enough, consider having an all natural remedy to rejuvenate your immune system and/or restore your electrolytes.
The ladies of RECESS have compiled our list of all-natural remedies to help you get into the swing of things first thing Monday morning, and here they are:
Excessive alcohol intake depletes the body of B vitamins, so taking large amounts of this essential vitamin can remedy a hangover. Since Emergen-C has electrolytes in addition to 7 B vitamins, it takes our spot at #1 for hangover remedies. Emergen-C is also easy to find and easy to use. Simply drop a packet into a glass of water or add it to your morning smoothie and you’ll be ready to go for the day.
2. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea helps detoxify and cleanse the liver. Because the liver is the organ that filters alcohol from the body, drinkers may need to clean it back up to speed up the recovery time. Peppermint tea may not help much with a headache, but it is a digestive aid that helps to relieve tension and bloating in the stomach.
3. Coconut Water
Coconut water is an excellent re-hydrator and is one of the richest sources of electrolytes. It’s nicknamed “the fluid of life” because it has the same five electrolytes found in human blood, whereas sports drinks only have two!
Caution! Here at RECESS we’ve learned to READ THE LABEL when it comes to coconut water as you want to choose the brand that has just one ingredient- coconut water. So avoid any unnecessary sugar because coconut water already comes with enough on its own.
4. Naked Juice Green Machine Smoothie
Although the last thing on your mind is another green drink, this smoothie is made of 100% juice with no added sugars. The flavorful blend is packed with 10 green turbo boosts to get that old feeling back again!
That’s right… it’s not just for children anymore. Pedialyte is a new hangover cure that many people enjoy. Pedialyte is a formula created to get rid of dehydration. While you were drunk and peeing like a racehorse, lots of potassium drained from your body. Pedialyte was originally meant to replace fluid and electrolytes lost during diarrhea and vomiting, but adults are now using it to replace electrolytes lost during heavy alcohol consumption!
Ginger has long been used to treat nausea, so if your stomach is starting to feel queezy tomorrow morning, find something with ginger to help settle that feeling of wanting to vomit (not at the office, please). Try ginger tea or ginger candy, unless of course you have extra time on your hands to steep some fresh ginger tea with real ginger root. My personal favorite are Chimes Ginger Chews which can be found locally at Cost Plus World Market.
I am a self-proclaimed connoisseur of local fresh green juices, and the folks at Red Velvet Cafe pack a ton of ginger into their green juice called “Glowing Green”. So, if you want the turbo boost of the greens including kale, green apple and aloe in the Glowing Green juice, in addition to the nausea-combating ginger, then this is my first choice. My second choice would be Greens & Proteins located both at Eastern and I-215 and Flamingo and I-215.
We forgive you for “cookie-gate”, Red Velvet Cafe and you are redeemed by your awesome Glowing Green juice!
7. Hyperbaric Chamber
For the grand-daddy of all hangovers comes the king of hangover remedies. If you need to be especially sharp for a meeting this Monday morning, booking a quick hour in a local 100% oxygen hyperbaric chamber will not only take away the hangover completely, it will make your mental faculties sharper than before the big game. And I’m not one to spread rumors, so I won’t tell you which local celebrities I’ve run into at Hyperbaric Institute of Nevada on a bright Saturday morning….or maybe I will after a drink or two.
I’ve personally spent some time in a chamber at Hyperbaric Institute of Nevada (Hi John!) and can say from experience that you could be wheeled in on a stretcher from a massive hangover and come out skipping.
8. Natural Oils
For the more crunchy crowd, using all-natural essential oils blending together can bring relief. If you are prone to hangovers you can blend a few drops of peppermint, lavender, and rosemary and rub on the bottom of your feet and wear socks to bed or rub the same concoction on neck before you shower.
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