The Lazy Hippie’s Hangover Cure
Quick & easy tips to help beat one (or four) too many
Yogi or not, this article might have caught your eye because you like to party. Maybe you’re the type who likes to let their kombucha ferment too long on purpose, or maybe you’re the type who loves good and/or free tequila. Or maybe you’re like me and you’re both of those people wrapped into one wiggly fun-sized package. Either way, under the right circumstances, we can all feel pretty un-zen the next morning.
Even without being hungover, those natural remedy recipes things can be super overwhelming (seriously, who has ground cordyceps sinensis mushrooms just laying around the house). So! I’ve utilized my years of highly technical research to compile a quick list of some of my favorite EASY remedies to help hack a hangover. Being a yogi is not a prerequisite.
Please keep in mind that I have not turned into a doctor since my last blog post. These are things that have worked for me personally, please don’t do anything that a medical professional or your mom has told you not to do.
What: Lemon in any form you can get your hands on. Lemon slice in water at home or at brunch. Lemon essential oil in water, or applied topically on your temples and belly.
Why: Lemon contains fructose which is a form of sugar that some say can help you process alcohol faster and gives you some much needed energy. Since lemon contains citric acid, it also helps to make the body more alkaline to ease symptoms of a hangover.
Bonus: If you’re into the essential oil thing, a combination of lemon, lavender, grapefruit and peppermint taken internally, topically and diffused is my favorite hangover cocktail.
What: If you can remember, take activated charcoal before you go to bed. If you can’t remember, take it when you wake up.
I keep some in my nightstand and in my purse so I don’t have to go far to ease my self inflicted discomfort. Drink plenty of water with it.
Why: Charcoal traps toxins in its gazillions of pores and helps to flush them out of your system. It is also used for things like food poisoning. *This is also one of my go to’s to take on an international trip in case I eat anything funky.
What: Eat some eggs.
Why: Eggs have lots of cysteine, which helps break down acetaldehyde (aka hangover culprit) in the liver.
What: If you’re down with water, or if thats all you have, drink that. Water never seems to sound good to me the next morning. I try to have kombucha (the carbonation is super refreshing to me), coconut water, fruit juice (anything but orange juice), or ginger tea on hand. Don’t have any? It’s 2016, order some on Postmates.
If you can, try to drink some of whatever you have before you pass out.
Why: Alcohol is a diuretic, aka it pushes liquids out of the body. Once your body has run out of liquids, it will start looking for other places to pull water from. Including your brain. Which is why you feel like a stale raisin in the morning.
Rehydrating helps restore the liquids depleted from drinking; Coconut water has 5 electrolytes found in human blood, fruit juice has fructose (see why lemons are helpful ^) to help raise your blood sugar, and ginger helps with nausea and motion sickness.
What: B complex vitamin. Before you drink if you can. Definitely as soon as remember after you’ve been drinking. If you can’t find a B complex vitamin, take any multivitamin you can get your hands on since most multivitamins have some kind of vitamin B in em and other goodies that will be helpful.
Why: Along with pushing liquids out of your body, alcohol also sends vitamins along with it. B vitamins help your brain and nervous system function, it helps to convert fuel (food) to energy and some also say that it helps your body get rid of the stuff in alcohol that makes you feel bad the next morning.
Bonus vitamins: NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) which helps the body detox and restore the liver to its natural state and milk thistle which helps protect the liver from damage. Try to take these pre-drink as well.
6. Fresh air
What: Open a window, turn on the AC or go on a walk.
Why: Oxygen increases the rate that alcohol toxins are broken down.
Speaking of oxygen…
Before you roll your eyes and groan like I’m trying to trick you into doing yoga stuff while you’re in pain, hear me out. The older I get, the more I feel like my hangovers stem from my mind being ahead of my body, or almost like my actual ailment is impatience. I discovered this trick a few months ago and it has been a TOTAL GAME CHANGER.
How: Use a free guided meditation app for even just 5 minutes. It helps to increase the oxygen in your blood and clarity in the mind. The best part is, you don’t have to do anything, you throw that puppy on your phone and lay there.
I promise at the very least you will be able to fall back asleep.
Life doesn’t usually work out the way we expected, and the same can be said about a night or a day out on the town. If you don’t have all of these remedies available, do one of them. If you can’t have one of them, repeating the mantra “I am not hungover” until it becomes true (or the next day) is the route I usually take.
There are tons of suggested hangover remedies out there, this is a quick and dirty list of what has been working for me lately with minimal to no preparation time. I’m hoping this has shed some light on your extra curricular activities, let me know how it goes!
An all or nothing girl searching for the inbetween