Hangover Cures

Given that today is St. Patrick’s Day it seemed timely to share a few of my favourite hangover cures and prevention methods here on the blog. For those of you who celebrated over the weekend and for whom this post comes 24 hours too late, I apologize for not being there for you earlier. I’ve always suffered from terrible, gut-wrenching, head-pounding day long hangovers. When I was in my twenties these hangovers could be predicted and were generally well deserved. Since turning 30, they are as unpredictable as spring weather in Toronto. What felt like a civilized evening out on a Friday all too often feels instead like a frat house keg party on Saturday morning. Truth be told, for me, there’s no such thing as a “cure” to this misery I speak of. There are, however, some things that help minimize the pain and/or help prevent its onset. So for those of you suffering at your desks this fine Monday and for those lucky/irresponsible folks just commencing your day of debauchery, I give you 5 awesome ways to feel less like you’re 50 after a day/night/weekend of imbibing:

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1) The Great Grundy Hangover Prevention Method: You know the old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? It’s worth even more than that when it comes to hangovers (trust). Taken before passing out after a night of drinking, this patented (not really) combination has been known to save many a weekend from complete and utter self (imposed) destruction: one dose of chlorophyll as per bottle instructions to help soothe your ailing liver (pill form is the easiest to shove in your face and avoids the inevitable mess that will result from drunken attempts to measure powder or liquid) taken with a glass of water; 1 banana to fill your belly and your body with potassium; one package of Emergen-C (I’m partial to the pink lemonade flavour) mixed with water to restore lost electrolytes; one dose of vitamin B as per bottle instructions to help your body metabolize the poison; a big glass/can/bottle of sweet delicious coconut water to aid in the rehydration process; and finally, if you’re the drug taking sort and/or prone to headaches, now might be a good time to pop an advil/ibuprofen (not tylenol – see below). Obviously one of the key components of this method is the amount of good-for-you liquids consumed, which leads me directly to point number 2, below…

2) Hydrate: This is an obvious one and we all know that it’s the only real, medically based solution to the damage we’ve caused our bodies. That said, not all liquids are created equal. While sports drinks are an easy go to, we prefer “nature’s gatorade” (coconut water), or, if you’ve got a juicer at home, a big fat glass of hangover juice (roughly one small beet, a couple stalks of celery, a couple carrots, an apple, a handful of kale, a hunk of peeled ginger, about half a cucumber and a big squeeze of lemon juice). There’s also a reason that some people swear by caesars or bloody mary’s the day after – tomato juice is full of vitamins and the drinks contain a good combination of salt, sugar and spice to help your body hydrate and detoxify. That said, the old ‘hair of the dog’ trick is a big fat myth and anything made at a bar or bought from the store is likely to contain way too much sodium. Try mixing up your own tomato juice with a dash of cayenne pepper, sugar and a squeeze of lime to help aid hydration and re-stabilize your blood sugar. Continue reading