Had too much fun last night? Now your head feels like it’s going to blow and your stomach is all swollen and aching. That, my dear, is called a hangover. And here’s what you need to do to get rid of it.
Every hangover brings a couple of things – there’s the horrible headache, the stomach ache, and the nausea, and of course the general feeling of tiredness. You can find the general tips on how to cure a hangover in this post, while here, I would like tell you how to get rid of the hangover stomach ache.
1. Drink a Lot of Water
Water is the main cure for hangover. You get hung-over because you’re dehydrated and the main issue is to rehydrate yourself as soon as possible. Drink as much water as you can the moment you get home from the crazy party. The more you drink, the better you’ll feel in the morning – in your head and in your stomach alike.
2. A Toast for Breakfast
The main reason you feel stomach ache and nausea after you’ve been drinking too much, is the elevated level of stomach acid in your stomach. Alcohol does this to you and the best cure is to eat something really dry that will soak up all the extra acid. So, get your hands on a really dry toast or some salty crackers. After a couple of bites your stomach will feel much better and the heartburn will go away.
3. A Cup of Yogurt
If you can’t really handle the dry toast only, accompany it with a cup of yogurt. Yogurt is generally speaking, good for your stomach, because it contains the lactic acid bacteria that provide good digestion. If you have some probiotic yogurt, like DANONE Activia, in your fridge – even better.
4. Mint Tea
Mint tea is a very old, and a very known, remedy for upset stomach. It works as a cure for hangover stomach ache as well. Just prepare yourself a cup of warm mint tea and drink it slowly. If you’re not really fond of the tea itself, you can also chew on some fresh mint leaves.
5. Ginger Tea
Ginger is very beneficial when it comes to solving stomach problems. If you can eat something in the morning, it’s good to add ginger to your meal. However, if you don’t really feel like eating, prepare ginger tea. It can be bought in tea bags in the store, but fresh tea is so much better.
Just take 2” piece of ginger root and peel it. Bring two cups of water to boil and add sliced ginger. Reduce the heat and leave for 15-20 minutes to simmer. Strain the tea and add honey and lemon to taste. Your stomach ache and nausea will go away in minutes.
6. Chicken Soup
As it is known as the universal remedy for almost every illness, chicken soup is also very good in curing hangover stomach ache. A plate of hot chicken soup will calm your stomach, rehydrate you and restore the electrolytes you lost by drinking too much. It’s not really an easy task, to make a chicken soup in the morning when you are hung-over, but hey – that’s what order-ins are for.
Alcohol doesn’t only take the water from your body; it takes the vitamins and minerals as well. One of the most important vitamins you lose is vitamin B. Lack of it produces stomach ache and nausea, which is why it is very important to compensate for it.
Eat a ripe banana. Bananas are a rich source of vitamin B and they are generally a good remedy for an upset stomach. If you’re planning to drink, make sure you buy bananas first.
We’ve all seen that scene in the movies – a person holding their head and eating pickles. Pickles have been known as a remedy for hangover since forever, and that’s because they actually work. Pickles are a rich source of vitamin A, iron, potassium, calcium, and manganese. All of these are essential for calming your upset stomach.
9. Fruit Juice
As aforementioned – it is of a great importance to compensate for the vitamins you’ve lost by drinking. And what better way to do it, than eating fresh fruit or drinking freshly squeezed fruit juice. However, I would not suggest you to drink the most popular orange juice, since it might increase the levels of your stomach acid and make you feel even worse. In my experience, sour cherry juice works the best in these situations.
Yes, I know, nobody likes it, but let’s face it – you feel so much better afterwards. Do not try to keep yourself from vomiting if you’ve had too much to drink. It’s unpleasant at the moment, but it brings relief very quickly.
Vomiting is actually your body’s first line of defense against the toxins in it. Since alcohol is pretty much a toxin – well you get the idea what would happen. Just get it all out of your system.
I have to remind you that the best cure for hangover is not to get it in the first place. Control your drinking and give yourself less chances to embarrass yourself in the evening, and to feel really bad in the morning. However, if you’ve already had too much – these remedies will help you with the stomach ache and nausea.