Healing From a Hangover

By: Mariana Hicks Email
By: Mariana Hicks Email

When the clock struck midnight, many of you celebrated with a little bubbly. And if you partied a little too heartily, you may end up hung over Saturday.

"I've never experienced one myself," Robert Cassel said.

Not many people could stake that claim. But, from hair on the dog to hot, greasy food, what is the best way to heal a hangover? According to health.com, some of these methods may make the pain worse.

One myth is having a drink the morning after. Doctors warn while it may temporarily ease the illness, it could make it worse to get over. Another one that could be hard to swallow is eating greasy food.

"We usually go out and get a hamburger,” Ryan Gonzales said. “And Coca Cola is the best--the caffeine in it."

It could work, but doctors recommend chowing down on something easy to digest.

But if you can’t eat, try drinking something healthier. Water, sports drinks and juice can help hydrate you after a night of reveling. And depending on your caffeine tolerance, a cup of Joe could cure you.

"I have a couple aspirin and Gatorade bottle by my bed when I wake up," Scott Harrison said.

How about pills for pain relief? Some over-the-counter medications can certainly help heal hangovers, but read the labels first. Depending on how much you drink, you could do more damage to your liver.

The best relief is rest. Shut-eye can shutter the pain, while helping your body rid itself of the toxins in alcohol.

"Usually when I wake up, I just lay in bed for an hour or two,” Gonzales said. “Just rest and I like Coca Cola."

"Basically, I just let it go and slept it off," Melissa Brown said.
Of course the best way to avoid a hangover is to not drink. But if you do, doctors say, do it in moderation.

Click on the link to be directed to Health.com


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