Green beer and Irish whiskey… sure, it’s all fun and games on March 17th, but when you wake up the next morning you’ll be calling on the luck of the Irish to cure the St. Patrick’s Day hangover! Luckily, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to help ease the pain, but first let’s talk about what exactly a hangover is.
Typical symptoms usually begin when your blood alcohol level gets closer to zero, (meaning you’ve stopped drinking). That’s why the morning after a night of heavy drinking is usually a rude awakening.
Hangover symptoms include:
- Excessive thirst (Just bring me a hose.)
- Pounding headache (Do NOT turn on the light!)
- Nausea, vomiting or stomach pain (I’m NEVER drinking again.)
- Dizziness (Why is the room spinning?)
- Fatigue (I need to sleep for about a year.)
Ahhh, yes. Your bank account isn’t the only thing that hurts the day after St. Patrick’s Day. Good thing you have all those drunk selfies on your phone to remember what a good time you had… (we’ll pause while you go check your social media accounts and delete as necessary).
Just like that bartender’s special you gulped down last night, a hangover is caused by a cocktail of ailments that team up to create a not-so-great feeling we all know as “The Hangover.” The main culprit of a hangover is dehydration. While you were filling up your bladder at record speed, you were also emptying it, causing you to become dehydrated. Typical symptoms of dehydration include dizziness and fatigue (sound familiar?). You’ll also likely experience nausea and/or vomiting from irritation in your stomach lining, low blood sugar – causing you to feel lightheaded and weak, and a pounding headache due to expanded blood vessels. You’ll also be very tired due to poor sleep quality. Alcohol prevents our bodies from entering into the deepest stages of sleep, so we can’t get the complete rest we need to recuperate.
So, now that you know why you feel like you’ve been trampled by a herd of elephants, let’s talk about some of the things you can do to help you feel better. Remember, a hangover is a group of symptoms, so you’ll need to treat each one separately. Feel free to use as many of these tips as you like!
7 Ways to Cure the St. Patrick’s Day Hangover
- Coconut Water – You’re dehydrated, which means you need fluid. Yes, drink plenty of water, but you’ll need something with electrolytes to really start feeling better. Coconut water is loaded with electrolytes and is a natural source of sodium and potassium, two minerals that your body is craving during a hangover.
- Magnesium – This is for your headache, which could be caused by a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium has long been touted as a natural headache remedy. Try taking a 400 mg dose before you go to bed and again when you wake up.
- Eat Sweet Potatoes – Despite what you might have heard, a greasy cheeseburger isn’t what you need to fix that hangover. Instead, go for protein (eggs are awesome for hangovers!) and complex carbohydrates. Sweet potatoes are an excellent choice because they are unrefined and take time for your body to break down and process, which will prevent a spike in blood sugar. Plus, they are also loaded with fiber, beta-carotene, potassium, and B Vitamins. Best of all, they still count if you need to take them fried!
- Ashwagandha – Also known as Indian Ginseng, ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb that is believed to help relieve stress and anxiety naturally. It may also be beneficial for avoiding the depression symptoms that often accompany a hangover. Taking ashwagandha before drinking may reduce your urge to overindulge, and a dose the morning after may help you avoid some of those nasty hangover symptoms. Try these yummy ashwagandha energy bites, and you can satisfy those sugar cravings while you cure the St. Patrick’s Day hangover!
- Prickly Pear Cactus – According to scientific research, taking a supplement of prickly pear extract five hours before you start drinking could prevent a hangover, or at least make it less severe.
- Ginger Tea – Soothe your rolling, angry stomach with a hot cup of ginger tea during a hangover. Ginger root is a natural anti-inflammatory and works wonders on nausea. Add a few lemon slices to the cup for an added boost of vitamin C.
- Eat Before You Drink – Drinking on an empty stomach is just about the worst thing you can do. Eating a hearty meal before you drink will help absorb the alcohol and make it easier to digest, and that could mean less of a hangover for you the next day! Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, may we suggest this amazing Shepherd’s Pie recipe!
What are your go-to hangover cures? Tell us about them in the comments below!
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