It’s 8.30am. Your eyes creek open just enough to allow sunlight to burst through the miniscule inlet and burn craters in to the depths of your soul. A vice like grip seemingly crushing your skull against the soft grey matter that makes up your brain as a whirlpool surges inside your stomach sending red hot waves of bile shooting up your oesophagus like a bullet. As you battle the tsunami rising in your throat you muster just enough energy to pull yourself out of bed and drag your dishevelled body to the toilet. You are a mere shell of the man you was yesterday and you glance at yourself in the mirror you don’t even recognise the zombie that is staring back at you.
It’s happened again.
One. Just one they said. Quick one with the boys they said. Won’t be a mad one they said. Yet, the evidence in front of you, the steep reduction of your bank balance and the fuzzy memories that are being replayed inside your head suggests they were lying.
Unfortunately the hangover has kicked in and we have all been there before. It is a miserable day of soul searching and wallowing in self pity and can often lead to the day being written off. However, we’ve scoured the Internet and tested a number of reliable sources and found thebest hangover cures around for the next time you feel like you have gone the rounds with Jim Beam and the gang.
Now this may seem like the most obvious answer and actually, it is. During a heavy session you have lost a number of fluids from your body. Alcohol is a diuretic and, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, it will force you to the bathroom quicker leading to dehydration. Before you go to sleep make sure you down a bottle of water. Also, to be noted, sports drinks have been proven to be no more effective than water. So, save the cash.
The morning after the night before will lead to your liver using a lot of the bodies glucose to break down the alcohol you consumed. One of the best ways to recover this is by eating some food. Try and keep the food high in carbs to replenish any glucose stores your body is using.
The quickest and most reliable way to unlock the death grip on your skull is to take some painkillers. Stick to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen to do the trick. Avoid acetaminophen such as Tylenol as your liver is already working overtime to metabolize the alcohol and these drugs can be dangerous.
Generally it takes the body about an hour to digest one unit of alcohol. The theory that you can speed this up by exercising is actually a myth. However, exercising will induce a number of happy hormones to be released into your body and could help you wash away those hangover blues. They may also help you feel better about all the alcohol you consumed the night before, and lets face it burning a few extra calories is never bad.
Once you have finally woken up and dragged yourself out of bed, get yourself in the shower. Not only will this make you feel fresh, if you take a slightly cooler shower it will completely wake up your senses bringing you back to life.
Once you have followed the step-by-step guide above the next and most important issue is to nurse your hangover in something comfortable. Guess what? We have found just the answer!