The best 5 ways to beat a morning hangover
How to beat a morning hangover
Many of us are celebrating our first and second vaccination shots. Hurray! It’s time to rejoin humankind in meaningful harmony at our favorite places. Where will you go first? The gym? The library? Church? Grandma’s house? (Joking aside, we hope that when it is completely safe, you do go see grandma, because it’s been a minute and she misses you).
Before too long, you will be headed to a happy place -- a place of comfort, conversation, and conviviality. A place, perhaps, that you’ve missed more than any other.
And at the bar, you might get drunk. The next morning? There’s a good chance you will be hungover. Let’s not sugarcoat it. We are not judging, just forecasting. In fact, we may even see you there. The forecast calls for revelry and, for many, that means headaches, cotton-mouth, and nausea the next day. We even predict light sweating and muscle aches towards noon!
If you like to celebrate with booze, there is morning blech in your near future. Which means you will need some extra morning help. In fact, many of us could use some morning help. You don’t need to be a drinker to benefit from our Morning Rescue wellness shot. There are plenty of folks who wish for nothing more than to sleep just a little longer. We understand. We are a little less carpe diem and a little more “easy does it”. Our positive headline is “Mornings: Not That Bad”.
Celebration is good, and we can forgive ourselves for overshooting the mark. We can also sympathize with the perpetual battle against the forces of inertia and the dreamy call of the snooze button. So, we are sending forgiveness and compassion your way, and also some tips to keep those mornings chipper. Here are 5 ways you can be our kind of (less annoying) morning person.
5 Ways to beat a hangover
1. Don’t drink more alcohol
You probably thought we were going to say, “Hair of the dog.” Hair of the what? When you are dehydrated, de-electrolyted and de-vitaminized, the last thing you need is more of the same. A drink the next morning may take the edge off for a moment, but you are just delaying the inevitable.
You also don’t need:
- A raw egg and anchovy milkshake
- Greasy deep-fried whatever (you already had that at 2 am, remember?)
- To rub a canary under your armpit
Hangover folk remedies -- all cultures have them. And although some do contain a grain of truth, they’re often not the solution. For example that greasy food might help a little (if you eat it before the fun starts; see tip #3); on the other hand, it might speed dehydration and upset your stomach. Fortunately, there are some “cures” with a little more science to back them up.
2. Get more electrolytes, stat!
What you do need is water, rest, and a healthy dose of electrolytes. This cocktail will help your body replenish the minerals you desperately need to stay hydrated. Alcohol depletes your body of electrolytes, both by being a diuretic (aka something that dehydrates you) and also by causing you to excrete electrolytes faster.
You can get electrolytes from foods and juices:
- Citrus and bananas contain the electrolytes to cure what ails you. In fact, potassium is an electrolyte and bananas are a great source of potassium. Yes, this is why we put banana juice in Bailout Morning Rescue.
- Spinach and kale are also rich in electrolytes. Toss them in your morning smoothie, Popeye-style, or try cooking up a morning meal with an egg and some greens. A healthy, electrolyte-rich meal is bound to improve the state of things.
While we are on the topic of things that make you feel less toxically terrible, let’s hear it for the humble ginger root. Does it have electrolytes? Does it have vitamins? Will it help you not throw up? Yes, yes, and yes! Ginger not only has potassium and vitamins, it will help soothe your stomach. Stick with the root or cold pressed-juice. Peppermint can deliver some of the same benefits. Yes, both are found in our Morning Rescue :)
3. Eat a healthy breakfast
You should definitely eat a healthy breakfast -- not greasy ‘booze mop’ foods that are often mistakenly touted as hangover cures. In other words, step away from the syrupy, buttery waffles and oily, shredded hash browns.You should have eaten those at 7 pm last night before you started drinking. Because low blood sugar is associated with hangover symptoms, we suggest eating something that will help you maintain healthy levels. Replenish your vitamins (we put some B6 and B3 in Morning rescue as well) and prepare something wholesome. Remember the spinach and eggs we mentioned in Hangover solution #1? Eggs are a good hangover breakfast because they are easy on the stomach.
4. Pre-Game by eating before drinking
The best offense is a good defense! Or is it the other way around? Whichever it is, let’s just say that eating before boozing is always a good idea. You need to sit down and have an honest talk with your stomach about what you are about to do to it. Instead of giving your tummy a double cheeseburger and hoping that lining of grease will help keep you on your toes, consider drinking a little prickly pear extract. Will it make you less drunk? No, because that is not a thing that happens (neither will black coffee or a cold shower, either). It will, however, reduce the pain and suffering of the morning after.
5. Drink Morning Rescue
We don’t hate mornings, but we do like staying up too late, with or without the adult beverages. So we need help in the morning. And depending on how you spent your evening, your stomach may or not be able to handle that much-needed, caffeine-packed cup of coffee. If you are feeling gnarly, green tea is a better bet. While your water is boiling, go ahead and take a shot of Morning Rescue. Yes, you can thank us later. But seriously, we formulated our Morning Rescue shot with all the good stuff your body needs to give you a fighting chance the morning after a ‘fun’ night out.
The moral of the story is this: Even though our brains are begging for more of the same after a wild night of nachos and tequila, that’s not what our bodies actually need. Instead, pump yourself full of wholesome nutrition and much-needed electrolytes to get back on your game. Because, really, we need you thinking straight and feeling good out there.
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