10 of the Best Hangover Cures to Try This Holiday Season

Group of friends drinking alcohol at the holiday party

Let’s be honest – we’ve all had those mornings where we wake up after a night of drinking and it feels like we’ve been hit by a ton of bricks. It happens to the best of us, but when a crazy hangover strikes, here are some tips on how to strike back.

Water

When drinking heavy amounts of alcohol, the substance dehydrates your body. And usually, the less you weigh, the quicker you’ll become dehydrated. When you head out for a night of drinking, try alternating every alcoholic beverage with a glass of water. Then before bed, drink a glass to help lessen the effects of the hangover in the morning.

Exercise

Alcohol is a depressant that slows down your brain function, and that in turn slows down the release of feel-good endorphins. That’s why a night of drinking is often accompanied by a feeling of sluggishness. By exercising, though, you can stimulate those endorphins again, which helps you revive yourself. But this doesn’t mean you should over exert yourself. Instead, gentle exercises like yoga, Pilates, or swimming are your best bet for easing yourself out of a hangover.

Hair of the Dog

Bottomless mimosas are a thing, right? Lauren Owen, a psychopharmacologist at Keele University as well as a member of the Alcohol Research Group reported that drinking more alcohol can help aid a hangover, “Alcohol acts on a number of chemicals in the brain to increase feelings of pleasure.”

Alka-Seltzer

Alka-Seltzer has three key ingredients: aspirin, sodium bicarbonate, and citric acid. The aspirin in Alka-Seltzer relieves headaches and muscle pains, while the combination of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid creates a solution that balances pH. Basically, the medication neutralizes stomach acid, protecting your stomach lining from future acidic attacks.

Coffee

If you usually have coffee every morning, skipping your daily cup (or five) after a night of heavy drinking may actually make your hangover worse. This is because the lack of caffeine when you’re so used to having it can lead to a caffeine-withdrawal headache, which is sure to make your hangover feel even worse.

Sauna

Sweat it out! While saunas are relaxing and stress relieving, they actually make for a good alternative to exercise when you’re feeling to groggy to get in a workout. Saunas can help you hydrate thanks to the amount of water you need to be consuming during the activity, and they can also stimulate food intake and promote a healthy sleep.

Sleep

After a long night out, there truly is no better feeling than when your head hits the pillow of your bed. Not getting enough sleep can worsen hangovers, as drinking heavily already takes a toll on the amount of REM sleep you get. So try to plan for a few extra hours of sleep the morning after a night out drinking, and you could be saving yourself!

Ginger or Peppermint Tea

A nice brew of ginger or peppermint tea is great to help aid the symptoms of a hangover. Studies from 2003 and 2008 show that both teas reduce nausea and motion sickness.

Asparagus

We know this sounds really weird, but a study shown in the Journal of Food Science that asparagus improves the speed of human cells breaking down alcohol. Asparagus’ biological functions also help protect your liver cells and prevent long-term damage from alcohol’s harmful byproducts.

Combination of Bananas and Pretzels

Salt and potassium are two kinds of natural electrolytes that hold onto water to help prevent dehydration. The carbohydrates of the two are depleted during detoxing, which also helps ease the demons of hangovers, so replenish by munching on a few.