Kinder Ways to Fix a Hangover

Hasten your return to normal with these alternative cures.

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We’ve all been there. You drank too much the night before, and now your entire day is spent trying to remedy the aftermath. You pop an ibuprofen, drink water and eat a greasy breakfast.

This common treatment might help a bit, but you could be adding insult to injury with trans fats that can increase heart-disease risk, or over-the-counter meds that might contribute to liver damage (especially if used frequently in combination with alcohol).

There are other ways to counter the effects of alcohol by being a little kinder to your body. Try some of these alternate remedies the next time you have one drink too many. 

Plan ahead: Consume activated charcoal prior to drinking (or even while drinking; see the margarita recipe below). It will bind with the toxins in the stomach, helping to eliminate them rather than the toxins being absorbed.

Hydrate and heal: Drink water with electrolytes before, during and after drinking.

Take supplements: Options like these can help minimize hangovers:

*These supplements are most effective when taken prior to drinking. Always check with your physician beforehand, to guard against interactions with other prescriptions or medications.

Have another: While consuming even more alcohol is not necessarily an ideal remedy, “hair of the dog” can help reduce hangover symptoms. Here are some body-friendly cocktails for a healthy compromise:

Get back into your comfort zone: Diffuse lavender and peppermint oils to help alleviate headache and nausea, or put a few drops of peppermint oil in your shower for aromatherapy. Rehydrate your skin with an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory facial – it might be the last thing on your mind, but your body will thank you. Pour a cup of nopal cactus tea, ginger tea or dandelion tea. Grab a sleep-mask and cozy blanket. Curl up and rest.