Hangover Remedies: Makin’ It in Mexico

I’m stretching it a bit in this ‘recipe’ section with this article. I know it and you probably know it, even though we say we’re not going to drink too much tonight…..we will anyway, and we will suffer tomorrow. What a way to bring in the New Year. San Carlos is WAY too beautiful to waste even one moment in a self-induced state of feeling bad.

The #1 reason we feel like crap after imbibing alcohol is because our cells are dehydrated. Then we compound this by giving into cravings that really aren’t helpful to your body and its recovery. So if you cannot moderate your drinking, here are some tips to help you get through the next day and hopefully even enjoy and appreciate some of it.

While you are drinking at that holiday party, alternate glasses of water with your drink of choice — this will help keep you hydrated. If you are worried about it, pour that water right into your drink glass (no one will be the wiser) or hey, tell others what you are doing and you may start a trend.

Don’t mix alcoholic drinks — stay with one.
While at that party (or before going), EAT, EAT, EAT. Your stomach needs food to absorb the alcohol, and you will still get your buzz on.
When you return home, drink a sports drink or preferably coconut water before you go to bed. Even just having a full glass of water will help.
Before hitting the sack, take a multi vitamin and a B complex.
You will want a greasy breakfast the next morning, but you should stick to yogurt, cereal, fruit, toast, scrambled eggs, or something easily digestible that will get into your system quickly. Eat frequent small meals all day long. A sweet in the afternoon will bump your energy levels.
If you are a coffee drinker, drink a small amount and see how it goes down. You don’t want to add to your pain by going into a caffeine-withdrawal headache. I find that even though I’m a black coffee drinker, I have to have milk in my coffee on these mornings.
Drink a glass of clamato or tomato juice (though it is tempting, do not add alcohol — Hair of the Dog will only make your hangover last longer).
Take Alka-Seltzer or a pain reliever after eating a small amount if you are feeling headache pain. Drinking a carbonated beverage later in the day may help settle your stomach.
Getting oxygen into your blood stream will help you feel better, so take a walk or do some gentle yoga while taking deep slow breaths.
Drink tons of water all day.
Plan on lounging around and not getting anything done that next day. You’ve caused this to yourself so why not make the best of it.

Besides the above, which if I followed my own advice, would make me a happier camper, my personal hangover cure is eating Posole (Mexican hominy soup) with lots of lime, cabbage, onion, and cilantro.

Here’s to feeling good after having fun! Bring on the New Year.

by Shelly Johnson

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