Everybody knows the day after a night of bar hopping and the ingestion of copious amounts of beer, tequila, and cute girly cocktails, can leave your body feeling sluggish, toxic, and foreign. You probably did some things you normally wouldn’t; like order a Wendy’s chicken sandwich with bacon – and you’re a vegetarian. Tsk, tsk.
At some point we’ve all been there.
“Drinking leads to positive decision making,” said no one, ever. There’s nothing positive about dancing on the pool table of your local bar…stripping.
Some sage advice: Before you stumble into the house and start rummaging through your fridge or pantry, pour yourself a tall glass of water. No, ladies, I do not mean Ryan Gosling. I mean a literal glass of water. It’s the cure to everything.
The alcohol you just consumed dehydrated you horribly. That tall drink of divine refreshment will keep you hydrated after you’ve passed out on the kitchen floor. And the next day you’ll be saved from dry mouth and aches.
It’s 10AM the next morning and you’re disappointed in yourself for over sleeping; your guilty mind is retracing the steps that aren’t a total blur and you feel like you were infected with some God-awful virus, then hit by a semi. However, before you spend the next 10 minutes either worshipping the porcelain god or sitting on it, one might wonder how to escape the hangover doldrums.
The solution is simple and one you’ve known since grade school: breakfast. Everyone’s always saying how it’s the most important meal of the day. They’re not kidding. Breakfast (especially with a hangover) really is the most important meal of the day. In your best pitiful, whinny voice you say, “But I don’t wanna eat anything right now. I’m so nauseous.” Suck it up, buttercup. By the time you wake up from your drunken stooper, your body is dehydrated, your blood sugars are all fucked up, and certain nutrient storages have been seriously depleted.
Once your session at the porcelain throne is finished, take your lethargic behind to the kitchen, grab your blender (if you have one), and make a Hangover Bananza (get it?) protein shake. Why? Well, you may not remember the haze you called a party, but you do remember all those trips to the bathroom. Chances are you pissed away your potassium. That peanut butter/banana protein shake you just made will replenish your potassium storage.
1 Ripe Banana
1 large Tbs Peanut Butter
1-1 1/2 Tbs honey
1-2 cups filtered water (for additional hydration)
1-2 scoops of soy or whey vanilla protein
Blend and enjoy!
So, maybe you’re not a fan of bananas. Or you’re a broke college student who can’t afford any right now. There are other ways to say “Good riddance!” to that pesky hangover.
I know from experience that a glass of fresh squeezed juice is a Godsend after a night of alcoholic debauchery and devilry. I didn’t acquire a juicer until after college because they can cost anywhere from $100 to $400! But, in the meantime, I used my trusty handheld juicer to make O.J. Orang juice, especially, raises your blood sugar. It’ll work wonders since your blood sugars will be low from the alcohol. Although, if you’re feeling like someone’s shaking your stomach in a cocktail mixer, you may want to ditch the orange and go with the apple.
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10-12 slices of fresh ginger root
Juice from 1 orange
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup honey
4 cups filtered water
Boil slices of ginger in 4 cups of water for 10 minutes, strain and add orange juice, lemon juice, and honey.
My friends, I urge you to remember the cardinal rules of drinking: 1) Know your limits when indulging in the pleasures of your cocktails; 2) Remember that alcohol lowers inhibitions, and brings out your inner wild child; 3) Always have a designated driver, and most importantly, 4) Have fun while you can because the next day is gonna be a real bitch.
I can’t guarantee you’ll wake up in your own bed, or in any bed at all, but I can promise you these remedies will help ease your suffering.
Namaste and happy trails!
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