The best way to fix a hangover is to avoid getting one in the first place. Keeping your drinking moderate and alternating alcoholic beverages with water can help reduce the risk of developing a hangover. However, if you do wind up with classic hangover symptoms like a headache, nausea, light sensitivity or other problems, there are ways to reduce and sometimes eliminate some of the symptoms of a hangover.
1. Start the morning with a sports drink
Dehydration is often the cause of a morning-after headache, so drinking water is a good start, but an energy drink might be the better option. Replacing your electrolytes as quickly as possible helps your body hold on to liquid and rehydrate more quickly.
2. Eat a good breakfast
One of the best things you can do to help get over a hangover quickly is to eat a good breakfast of light food. Toast and fruit can help replenish energy and help you stay hydrated. Despite the number of people who swear by the remedy, try to avoid greasy foods — there is no scientific basis to the idea that a greasy breakfast will improve your hangover symptoms.
3. Try ginger candy
If your stomach doesn't feel up to eating right away, try eating some ginger candy. Ginger is used to combat nausea and often recommended for motion sickness. The source of the nausea doesn't matter as long as the ginger works for you.
4. Sip on a glass of herbal tea
A refreshing glass of peppermint tea not only helps with hydration, it also might help calm your upset stomach. Peppermint tea has been shown to be effective in reducing nausea and motion sickness. Green tea can also help the process the toxins left by alcohol, reducing the effects of the morning after.
5. Chow down on snack foods
After a hangover, a perfect combination is a snack of bananas and pretzels. The high salt content helps replenish some of the nutrients lost to a night of alcohol indulgence. Add bananas to the mix to get a high dose of potassium.
Not every home remedy works to kill hangover symptoms, but there are some options that can help.
- Rehydrate quickly with water and sports drinks.
- Eat easy to digest foods and avoid the grease.
- Get some rest. A nap the morning after can help your body recover.