6 Need-to-Know Ways to Cure Your Hangover

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6 Need-to-Know Ways to Cure Your Hangover
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Sure, you're technically supposed to limit your drinking to 1 to 2 drinks daily. . . but we all know that isn't always realistic. And while the occasional indulgence is fine, an extra drink (or three) can cause some serious head-pounding, nausea-inducing consequences. That doesn't mean you're doomed to a whole day of misery, though. Try these hangover-busting tips to feel better soon!

Rehydrate (Then Hydrate Some More)
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Rehydrate (Then Hydrate Some More)

A serious hangover usually means you’re seriously dehydrated. Alcohol naturally boosts fluid loss, so even if you drank a lot of actual liquid the night before, you’ll still wake up dehydrated. That’s part of the reason a hangover feels like hell. Dehydration makes you feel tired and weak. It also prevents your liver from functioning like it should (definitely not great when it’s trying to process lots of liquor!).

Drink a Liquid Meal
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Drink a Liquid Meal

Not exactly up for a 3-course meal? No problem. Instead, opt for a mild, easy-on-the-stomach smoothie. It’ll help provide detoxifying B-complex vitamins that help you liver function and -- not to sound like a broken record -- it’ll boost hydration too. Liquid meals also digest more easily, so you'll be able to get those nutrients quickly for a speedy recovery.

Pop a Multi
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Pop a Multi

While you’re downing that water (or your smoothie) take a multivitamin, too. Alcohol flushes certain nutrients, like vitamin B-12 and folate, out of your system. Those vitamins not only support blood flow (essential for flushing toxins from your liver) but also boost your metabolism and your energy, something that’s definitely lacking when you’re nursing a hangover. In addition to vitamins, a multivitamin supplies other essential nutrients you need to get back to normal.

Nix Nausea with Ginger
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Nix Nausea with Ginger

There’s a reason your mom used to recommend ginger ale for a stomach ache — it’s great for relieving nausea, alcohol-related or not. Ginger helps settle your stomach, fights nausea and vomiting (always a good thing!). It also helps reduce motion sickness, whether that’s caused by a subway or bus trip home, or just a too-long trek to the kitchen for some water.

Try DIY Sensory Deprivation
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Try DIY Sensory Deprivation

Let’s face it -- it’s not fun doing anything when you’re nursing a hangover. But practicing some super-simple self-care can help you recover (and, bonus, the relaxation can help with a headache).

Head Back to Bed
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Head Back to Bed

Sure, it’s not always an option, but sleep is the best hangover cure. Crawling back to bed (after you have a few glasses of water, naturally!) lets your body get back into recovery mode. Your liver will be able to work harder to eliminate toxins, and you’ll get to sleep through the worst of a hangover headache. Even if you don't have a time, try to fit in a power nap. Just set a few alarms to prevent accidental oversleeping.

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