You’ve opened your blurry eyes and all your senses come back online, and the headache, nausea, and queasiness sets in. You’ve fallen victim to what people fear most about drinking, the Hangover.
No judgment, we’ve all been there and drank too much. But before rummaging through your medicine cabinet looking for cures that may make it worse before it makes it better, take a look at these 11 home remedies for treating your hangover fast.
#1 - Water Hangovers
When it comes to the first step at treating your hangover naturally or with medication, water should be the absolute first thing on your list. Before you put in your contacts or crawl your way to the shower, you need to stumble your way to the fridge and pour yourself a giant glass of water.
The really bad effects of a hangover, such as a pounding headache or upset stomach, are caused by a combination of dehydration and an imbalance of stomach acid. Drinking water is one the fastest remedies for getting your body back to feeling normal, so start chugging.
- As soon as you wake up drink at least 4 glasses of water before you do anything
- Don’t take a shower until you’ve urinated at least twice
- Drink a total of 1 gallon of water over the course of 8 hours to-rehydrate your body
#2 - Sleep Off Your Hangovers
Recommending sleep is an obvious remedy because when you have a hangover your senses are all telling you that laying down for more sleep is is what you need.
Alcohol, consumed in large amounts over a short period of time, derails your circadian rhythm which means that no matter how much sleep you got the night before, it was likely very poor quality.
- After you get some quality food and at least ½ gallon of water sleep for 2-3 hours
- Be sure to be in a dark quiet place without any disruptions so your body can wake up naturally
#3 - Lemon for Hangovers
Lemon is a godsend when it comes to treating your terrible hangover symptoms such as muscle pain and nausea. Add a half slice of lemon to each glass of water you drink the day of your hangover for the best results.
Drinking squeezed Lemons is a great natural way to rebalance your stomach acid as it goes right to work altering the pH level in your body, and balancing out the blood sugar in your body.
- Squeeze half a lemon into each 10-16 oz glass of water you drink during the day
- If you prefer to make a hot lemon tea for the taste that works great as well
#4 - Natural Caffeine for Hangovers
Caffeine is an awesome hangover cure, but can also be a catch-22 so be sure to follow the directions carefully and be sure to listen to your body.
When it comes to caffeine there is a bell-curve of effectiveness meaning there is a sweet spot to abide by and not take it too far, or the crash could be worse. Coffee, instead of energy drinks and sugary vitamin shots, is one of the best and least harsh ways to get caffeine into your bloodstream.
- Depending on your tolerance drink one cup of coffee after 2 glasses of water
- Wait 15 minutes after drinking your first cup and drink another glass of water
- If the hangover is still lingering drink another cup of coffee and see if your symptoms improve
#5 - Baking Soda for Hangovers
When it comes to resetting your stomach, and naturally balancing the pH back to normal Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is the first thing you should be reaching for.
Baking soda is used for countless stomach ailments, and the self-inflicted pain of a hangover is no different. Baking soda when mixed with water goes to work fast easing the uneasiness of your stomach and some users report it helping their headaches to boot.
- When you first wake up mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 full glass of water
- Mix Thoroughly until you can’t see any of the powder
- Drink up to 3 times a day if the symptoms persist
#6 - Hot Shower for Hangover Relief
This should be the first thing your body is craving and rightfully so. There is just something about taking a hot shower to reset and start the day right and there is science that backs it up.
Taking a hot shower has been shown to increase oxytocin levels in the body
which may not fully cure all your symptoms, but will help you naturally feel more positive either way.
- Spend at least 15 minutes in a hot steamy shower breathing deeply
- Let the hot water run over the back of your neck and head to help remedy headaches
#7 - Cold Shower for Hangover Relief
Okay, okay we know they sound unbearable and probably one of the last things you want to be doing after you wake up with a hangover, but it’s sometimes the most difficult things that will give you the best results
One of the reasons people hate hangovers is that they are wiped-out. A cold shower is a great remedy for those of you that drank on a weeknight and have to work because cold showers have been show to effectively fight fatigue.
- Get in a Warm Shower and turn the water as cold as you can stand for at least 5 minutes right before you get out.
#8 - Honey for Hangovers
Honey has been around for millions of years, and found in the tombs of ancient pharos (to nurse their afterlife hangovers!).
Honey is naturally rich in potassium and fructose to aid the effects of a late night out.
- Spread 1-3 tablespoons of honey over a piece of toast or several crackers
- Eat throughout the day to remedy your hangover
#9 - Ginger (Tea) for Hangovers
Ginger, and Ginger Root Tea, is a time-tested remedy for curing hangover symptoms like queasiness and headaches because it is excellent at coating the stomach.
The easiest way to consume enough ginger for it to help with a hangover is to make a tea.
- Chop 10-20 slices of fresh ginger
- Add slices to a small pot of water and bring to a boil
- Strain slices out and drink tea when it reaches a drinkable temperature
- Don’t drink more than 2 of these a day
#10 - Greasy Foods BEFORE Drinking
It’s one of the first things you crave as soon as your eyes open and the reality of your hangover sets in. However just because greasy food is what your body is craving, doesn’t mean that’s what will work on your hangover – in fact, it makes it worse!
But don’t be disappointed, there is a time to eat some greasy food, and that time is before you go out drinking. The extra grease coats your stomach before you pour that poison down your gullet.
- Try and eat greasy food such as Mexican Food, Burgers, anything fried before your go out drinking
- Be sure not to eat in excess or the stomach protection effects could backfire
#11 - Eggs for Hangovers
It’s incredible, it’s edible, and most importantly eggs are amazing at soothing your hangover symptoms fast.
Eggs contain large amounts of cysteine, which is the amino acid responsible for breaking down the toxins that cause hangovers in the first place.
- Cook up 2-3 eggs however you like them
- You don’t have to stop at breakfast, if you hangover symptoms continue have them for lunch or dinner
#12 - Slippery Elm for Treating Hangovers
Slippery What? Yes Slippery Elm is the name of a plant used for centuries’ to cure all kinds of problems outside the body like, open wounds and boils; and inside the body like ulcers, and diarrhea.
Slippery Elm naturally creates a lining between the acid and the lining of your stomach and esophagus.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of slippery elm powder to either water or milk
- Stir very well getting rid of all clumps
- Drink at least twice a day, and try to consume before bedtime
#13 - Tomato Juice for Hangovers
Drinking Tomato Juice is an excellent remedy for your hangover (that is if you’re not hung-over from drinking Bloody Mary’s ☺) Pure Tomato juice is high in vitamin C as well as sugar which will help you to feel more energized while helping your body metabolize the remaining alcohol in your stomach.
If you’re not a big fan of tomato juice, but can actually stand to eat actual tomatoes, consider adding them to the above home remedy of eggs.
- Drink 1-3 Glasses of Tomato Juice as needed throughout the day
What Causes a Hangover?
Hangovers are caused by a combination of dehydration and consuming too much sugar. The severity of hangovers are closely correlated to the amount of alcohol consumed as well as the amount of sleep after the last drink.
Hangovers can really happen at any time of day, but the majority of hangover sufferers notice their symptoms hit their peak right when they wake up the morning following a night of drinking.
Common Hangover Symptoms?
The majority of hangover sufferers are hit with physical symptoms, but there are also those who suffer psychological symptoms alongside the common physical symptoms like headaches and nausea. Here is a comprehensive list of the majority of hangover symptoms:
- Upset Stomach
- Muscle Aches
How to Prevent Hangovers?
It’s hard to give a blanket prevention method because as no two people are the same, no two hangovers are the same.
To fully prevent hangovers you obviously would need to stop drinking altogether. Depending on your lifestyle and habits this may be a difficult to near impossible thing to do, so simply taking some preventative measures before a night of drinking will help considerably. Follow these rules to lessen the severity of your hangover:
- Drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you had
- Take a really hot shower before going to bed
- Mix Baking soda in your final glass of water before going to bed
- Get at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep
Common Hangover Questions
Does the Hair of the Dog Actually Work?
No – There is much debate as to whether the drinking alcohol the following morning helps to settle your stomach and helps with other hangover symptoms – unfortunately it doesn’t. If you can actually muster up enough courage to drink another drink the following morning, DON’T. Drink a big glass of water instead.
Do Certain Alcoholic Drinks Cause Your Hangover to Be Worse?
Yes – Drinks that have a higher ABV level can increase the severity of your hangover symptoms. Carbonation does also play a role in the severity of nausea the following morning.
Does Throwing Up Help Your Hangover?
Yes – If you throw up the same night before you go to sleep. If you are feeling the dizzy and like you could throw up before going to bed, go ahead and do it – as long as you can drink plenty of water afterwards. Purging your bowels of alcohol in your stomach decreases the stress it puts on your liver during the night.
When Should You See the Doctor for your Hangover?
When you first wake up in the morning, it’s understandable to want to head to the doctor and get hooked up on some IV, but once you try a few of the home remedies above there really should be no need for you to visit a doctor for a hangover.
If your stomach is still upset several days after drinking and you’ve drank plenty of water, it may be worth a visit to your local clinic just to make sure you haven’t developed or aggravated an ulcer
It may not seem like it right now, but you’re going to be alright! Remember, a hangover is natures way of reminding you to drink more water, but thankfully we humans can bounce bank from a lot of self-inflicted ailments pretty quickly.
Even though you’ve probably already sworn off alcohol forever, cooler heads will prevail and remember to take some of the preventative advice above. But if and when you find yourself at a function you don’t want to be at and you’re drinking like a fish – remember these 11 hangover home remedies above to get back among the living as quick as possible.
Once you get over your hangover, we want to hear from you! Let us know which remedy above worked best for you in the comments section below.