Sometimes a killer hangover is the price we have to pay after a boozy night out. During an interview with HealthDay, Brandon Browne, MD, explained, “Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that it helps the body get rid of fluids. When you have a severe hangover, you’re often severely dehydrated, and the body can’t get rid of the byproducts of metabolizing alcohol (metabolites). And those metabolites are irritating.”
Now that we know what causes us to feel like we’ve never had a sip of water in our lives, but what can we do to cure our hangover? If you answered “Guzzle down a gallon of water,” you’re wrong. BuzzFeed recently interviewed Kevin Strang, Ph.D., a physiologist in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical School and he explained, “If you drink pure water you’re going to pee like crazy all night long and in the morning you’ll just continue to pee.” In order to hydrate yourself properly, you need a mixture of salts, sugars, and vitamins.
According the interview with BuzzFeed, Dr. Strang’s developed a hangover cocktail, which consists of a sports drink and chicken noodle soup. With this combination you get the perfect combinations of salts, sugars, and vitamins.
A less scientific way to cure your hangover is a delicious breakfast. Here are a couple recipes you can make at home:
Bacon, Egg and Cheese on Wheat Roll
The biotin in the bacon and eggs are going to kick start your metabolism and the B vitamins in the wheat bread are going to help boost your energy.
Ingredients: Bacon, Egg, American cheese, Salt/Pepper (to taste), Butter and a wheat roll.
Directions: Bake bacon on a cookie sheet at 350°. While the bacon is cooking, warm skillet up on medium heat. Place a teaspoon of butter onto skillet. Crack eggs onto skillet and cook for 1 min per side (more or less depending on how runny you like the yolk). Remove eggs from heat and place cheese slice on top. Remove bacon from oven. Place egg, cheese and bacon on wheat roll and you are all set!
Avocado Baked Eggs
You can also add a scoop of sour cream on top if you’re feeling adventurous. The avocado, which is a super fruit by the way, has nutrients that aid in liver function, not to mention all the B vitamins you’re getting from the eggs.
Ingredients: One ripe avocado (halved and pitted), ¼ cup crumbled bacon, 2 eggs, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper (optional).
Directions: Warm oven to 425°. Place ripe avocado halves in ramekins or you can use a muffin pan. Crack one egg into each avocado half (you may have to scoop out the avocado a little bit to get all the egg in there) sprinkle with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Bake until egg is cooked through, then sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
These breakfast items will certainly do the trick and they are pair perfectly with Bloody Marys and Mimosas. A little hair of the dog goes a long way. Here are the recipes!
- 3 large stalks celery from the heart, including leaves, plus extra for serving
- 36 ounces tomato juice (recommended: Sacramento)
- 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
- 1 teaspoon grated yellow onion
- 1 lemon, juiced
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon celery salt
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 12 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco), or to taste
- 1½ cups vodka
Cut the celery in large dice, including the leaves, and puree in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until finely minced. In a large pitcher, combine the rest of the ingredients except the vodka. With the food processor running, pour 1/4 of the tomato juice mixture into the food processor through the feed tube. Then pour the contents of the food processor into the pitcher with the remaining tomato juice mixture. Add the vodka and chill. Serve in tall glasses over ice with a stick of celery.
2oz. Strawberry Juice (chilled)
3oz. Sparkling Wine or Champagne (chilled)
1 Fresh Strawberry
Pour chilled strawberry juice in champagne flute glass.
Gently top with sparkling wine.
Garnish with strawberry and serve.
There is no way to prevent a hangover other than not to drink but here are a few tips on how to make the hangover a little less miserable.
- Eat a full meal before heading out for the night.
- Drinking water in between drinks will help you stay hydrated.
- Take ibuprofen at before bed, if you can remember.
- Put a bottle of water on your nightstand for the morning — you’ll thank yourself later.