If you are reading this, we assume you are looking for ways and remedies to prevent hangovers, in which case the best remedy would be to sit out this weekend rather than to go for the gusto. If however, you already are in the midst of a hangover, then we completely sympathize with you. No one likes that nauseated, cotton-in-mouth, headache and ‘why-didn’t I just die last night’ feeling. However take heart: the following 17 best remedies for hangover nausea really work-so try them!
1. Do not consume any more alcohol
Many people say that the “hair of the dog that bit you” remedy for hangover works. But this is not true and it is just folklore. So the first thing to do to stop hangover symptoms and associated dizziness is avoid alcohol completely. If you are still in your senses after drinking, then drink lots of water before going to bed. The next morning, avoid alcoholic beverage no matter how bad you feel. This will help your body get rid of alcohol within 24 hours.
2. Eat a breakfast of eggs
Eggs contain cysteine-a protein that can break down alcohol. You can eat eggs in any form and if possible, have a banana as well on the side. The potassium in banana is one of the best remedies for hangover upset stomach. It will help replenish your body with potassium and replace lost electrolytes from dehydration.
3. Have strong black coffee
Coffee will wake you up instantly and is one of the best remedies for hangover vomiting. Do not add any sugar to the coffee. Instead, add a dash of lemon juice to help your stomach settle down.
4. Have a tablespoon of honey
The fructose sugars in honey help metabolize the alcohol and flush it out of the system. That is why honey is considered one of the best remedies for hangover sickness.
5. Take antacids
Certain medications like antacids can counter hangover headaches, dizziness and upset stomach. You can even take NSAID like Ibuprofen for reducing headaches and muscular aches associated with hangovers. If you have upper abdominal pain or extreme nausea, avoid anti-inflammatory medications which could aggravate gastric irritation. Also avoid acetaminophens completely.
6. Don’t stay in bed
While it is best to sleep off the hangover, if your dizziness is bearable, get up out of bed and walk around a bit. If you are unable to control vomiting, let it out. Your body is trying to get rid of alcohol and vomiting is the best way about it. Drink plenty of water after each time you vomit.
7. Drink rice vinegar
This is one of the Chinese natural remedies for hangover cure. Mix rice vinegar (4 tbsp), some brown sugar and pieces of ginger. Boil the mixture, cool and drink it. This might increase your nausea for a bit, but is one of the best remedies for treating hangover upset stomach.
8. Treat hangover with Daikon radish
Take some Daikon radish and juice it in a juicer. Add 1 tbsp of vinegar and drink the mixture. This will stop hangover completely.
9. Treat hangover headache with heat or cold
One of the best natural remedies for hangover headache is hot or cold water baths. Take the water on your head and regulate its temperature to see what helps-heat or cold. You can also use gel pack as remedies for hangover headaches and apply them on the forehead or neck where it hurts.
10. Use Angostura bitters
Sometimes the only thing you can do to cure a hangover is to seek help from the liquor cabinet. Use a few drops of Angostura bitters to a cup of boiling water. This cocktail ingredient is derived from Gentian root and helps remedy all kinds of hangover related upset stomach, dizziness, nausea and headache.
11. Use willow bark
White Willow bark is one of the best herbal remedies for hangover. It has effects similar to those of aspirin and these extracts are readily available in drugstores. Add a few drops to a glass of water and drink up.
12. Try Kudzu root
Looking for herbal remedies that cure hangover fast? Try the powder of Kudzu root available in many herbal and health food stores as well as Chinese shops under the name of Pueraria. Not only is this one of the best and quickest hangover cures; it is also known to discourage the drinking habit. Take 2-3 capsules before a night on the town.
13. Lime and cumin-a great remedy for hangover
Lime and cumin is a trusted Ayurvedic remedy to shorten the duration of hangover. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and pinch of cumin powder to a glass of orange or grapefruit juice and sip all day.
14. Take vitamin B complex
Vitamin B complex-especially Thiamine or vitamin B1 can dramatically reduce hangover and shorten its effects. Drinking depletes B-vitamins, so take up to 100mg of B complex (before drinking, before bed time and once again in the morning after breakfast).
15. Eat before and after drinking
Food with high amounts of sugar can slow down the absorption of alcohol and prevent hangover.
16. A glass of milk before you drink
A glass of milk or dairy items like cheese eaten before drinking can help slow down effects of alcohol in the system.
17. Light meals for queasy stomach
Eggs, cucumber, crackers with honey are some examples of light meals that can help you settle the post-drinking queasiness. Do sip on herbal mint tea or ginger, honey and lemon tea all day to calm nausea and upset stomach. The best nourishment for hangover are foods like bananas, tomatoes etc. These are high in potassium and help replenish lost electrolytes. Also eat oatmeal which is detoxifying agent. Have some chicken or bean soup. Bread, fruit and fruit juices are higher in carbohydrates and simple sugars which burn alcohol off. Avoid too many dairy products and junk food in the morning after heavy drinking.
We hope these 17 quick hangover cures cure your hangover fast!