Most of us have been there before, especially on vacation, you have a few too many and wake up feeling like you were run over by a truck. Of course the best advice is to pace yourself, hydrate and take ibuprofen BEFORE heading to bed. That doesn’t always happen, as we all know. The raging headache and sluggish feeling is the result of our bodies trying to force out the alcohol from our bodies.
So, if you do wake up with a horrible hangover and can’t spend the day in bed sleeping it off, here are a couple options.
Try Sprite to help with your hangover.
Research shows that it really helps to alleviate a hangover, even more than dark sodas. It promotes breakdown of something called acetaldehyde which causes the horrible hangover feeling.
Asparagus – Sure, not the first thing you think of when you wake up, but this vegetable can be a surprisingly good trick for curing a nasty hangover.
Contrary to the greasy burger and fries many of us use to get rid of the horrible feeling in our stomach from hangovers, Asparagus can help rid us of the hangover effect sooner. While it may not be the go to food item when waking up from a hangover, it sure does help.
So, for years my hangover cure has been a greasy cheeseburger. Not the healthiest option but it sure does make me feel better. I’ve never tried those pills, but I’ve heard they work ok too.
According to some Korean researchers when liver cells are exposed to asparagus extract, they found that they more than doubled activity in the two enzymes that metabolize alcohol. In English: Asparagus helps you sober up quicker.
I’ve never used it to combat a hangover, but hey, if it works I’ll give it a try. And, it is much healthier than my usual hangover cure. Here’s my recipe for some quick and simple asparagus:
1 Bunch of Asparagus (tips cut off)
Salt and Pepper
Wash and dry the asparagus bunch. Take one stalk and bend near the bottom. Wherever it breaks, that is where you should trim the entire bunch. Lay the trimmed bunch flat on an pan and coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper over the bunch and roll around on the pan to make sure spices are evenly distributed. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 -12 minutes.
1. Wine Wand
Don’t get a hangover. No I’m not being a smart ass, read on. There’s a magic wand to cure wine hangovers plus there’s a hangover cure vitamin pill you can take after a night of drinking.
Did you know there are many things that can prevent a hangover from happening. Yes, above, I stated drinking plenty of water before, during and after drinking. I can do the before and after but when I’m out enjoying cocktails and maybe some wine, I am terrible about trying to get a glass of water in between drinks. That is what is best recommended to simply avoid getting a hangover in the first place. But this is one thing that is a lot easier said than done.
Okay, well at least if you are a wine lover, here is a way to avoid those nasty wine hangovers. With PureWine filters, you can quickly remove the histamines and sulfites — the culprits behind those awful headaches the day after wine consumption. You just stir the wand in the wine prior to drinking and it rids it of the sulfites and histamines that can cause those awful wine hangovers. They are totally safe – made from BPA-free, food-grade plastics. The filters contain absorbent beads made from nano-pore™ resins that absorb histamines and sulfites without releasing any chemicals back into the wine.
These magic wands come in four packs and cost $9.99. Oh and don’t worry about storing the or even losing them because they are disposable.
2. Another way to avoid a hangover is to take H-Proof hangover cure pill (as seen on Shark Tank)!
H-Proof is a patent pending vitamin that helps avoid hangover. It was invented by a mother-daughter duo, Linda and Rachel Kaplan. Linda is an MD and Rachel is the one with the business acumen.
How does H-Proof vitamin chewable work to prevent / cure a hangover?
We all know the liver processes alcohol. Enzymes in the liver turn alcohol into harmful substances. Ever wonder why you were able to sleep off that hangover and wake up fully rested when you were younger, but later in life that doesn’t seem to happen? The reason is we make fewer of these enzymes as we age and that leads to more toxins in our system. More toxins = worse hangover. The H-Proof chewables make more of those enzymes so we wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
I tried this hangover cure pill / vitamin and here’s my experience:
My go to drink is wine. I love to open up a bottle of red and enjoy it while finishing up the day or watching a show. Into my mid-30s that was not problem to have up to 3 glasses of wine and sleep restfully, but all that changed when I turned 38. If I have more than 1.5 glasses of wine or 1 cocktail + 1 glass of wine I wake up in the middle of the night in a sweat (the first time it happened I thought I was going through menopause) and wide awake for hours. Then the next day I am foggy and have a full on headache that requires a ton of Ibuprofen.
So, I tried H-Proof and here’s what happened. Remember, H-proof is a vitamin that helps replenish the enzymes that we lose as we age. I did wake up in the middle of the night and I was hot, however, this hangover side effect was much more dull than it has been in the past. I was only up for a short amount of time (like 30 minutes) and I fell back asleep. Other time I would be wide awake for 2-3 hours. Then when I did wake up I felt well rested. In the past a middle of the night wake up session meant full on sweats and insomnia.
I’m thrilled to have discovered H-Proof. It is recommended to chew it and let it dissolve in your mouth after your last drink. I thought it tasted just fine. And the best part was that I work up with NO Hangover residue / side effects and felt great all day. H-Proof costs $39.50 for a ten pack and is available on Amazon.
3. Hangover Patch
Prevent and relieve the heaviness of a hangover with this patch made with Milk Thistle Extract, Green Tea Extract, and B-complex-infused patch. These ingredients promote liver protection as well as the restoration of essential vitamins, so you can spend less time sleeping it off and more time getting on with your day. They cost $30 and each pack has a 30 day supply. So, it’s a great price. You can find the patch here.
Here’s what to avoid if you are nursing a hangover.
Herbal teas might seem to be harmless and soothing even. But avoid them if you are nursing a hangover. In this case research suggests they are working against our bodies in fighting a hangover. While the chemical acetaldehyde is broken down by sodas like Sprite, it is found that herbal teas help to increase production of this.