Photo: Sarah Jane
Many of us – at some point in our lives, have probably had one too many. Or four too many. In any case, a hangover is never a welcome visitor, but sometimes he can’t be stopped.
With summer upon us I’ve notice the ever more present itch to let our hair down. School’s out for most, we’re being invited to countless weddings and barbeques; holidays generally come with the excuse to eat and drink too much. Or if you’re me and it’s just another Friday morning, you could find yourself in need of some assistance.
So here’s a list of some creative and healthy ways to kick your hangover to the curb.
At least until next week.
Miso soup can help us replace a lot of what our bodies need to feel better: water, sodium, and other nutrients that are depleted by the diuretic effects of alcohol. Miso soup offers trace minerals, amino acids, and B vitamins, among others, to help cleanse the body. Because it’s fermented and contains healthy bacteria, it also aids in digestion. Adding some miso soup to your diet can help you get back some of the nutrients you’ve lost the night previous. I wish I could say the same for your missing shoes…
If you don’t know already, omega 3 fatty acids are phenomenal for you. Enjoy them in pill form or integrate some flax seed, salmon, or spinach into your diet. To help a hangover, take some when you get home, wake up, and you can continue to do so during the next day. Alcohol causes inflammation and since omegas are proven to fight inflammation, they’re a match made in hangover heaven. Omegas also do wonders for your skin, so pop a few if your skin is feeling dry and blotchy the next day.
I will admit that I have yet to try this stuff because I’m not a huge fan of weird stuff floating in my beverages. But I might have to start since they’re rumored to help your hangover. Lindsay Lohan approves so who am I to disagree? Like miso, Kombucha is fermented which will help with your angry tummy. Too much alcohol disrupts the stomach lining and lets just say your digestive track can be a bit… upset. Kombucha is also been attributed to “restoring healthy balance in the body” and even contains a bit of alcohol itself – a little hair of the dog?
I approve of both since physical contact releases oxytocin and other hormones that make you happy. After a night of drinking your laziness could leave you feeling glum. Any sort of intimate interaction could be just the thing to put that skip back in your step. But only do so if you enjoy the other person. Sex with someone you don’t like won’t help your hangover – or anything else for that matter.