Hangover Helper

All photos from Cupcakes and Cashmere.

If you partied a little too hardy for Mardi Gras last night, you probably woke up this morning with a nasty hangover.

A quick search on WebMD revealed that there is no cure for a hangover. The only sure solution is prevention: drink in moderation or abstain from drinking entirely. But before you panic, there are steps that you can take to minimize the aftereffects of a night out. Follow these steps, and you’ll be back to your fabulous self in no time.

1. Put effort into your appearance. While it is extremely tempting to skip your morning routine, don’t let this happen! If anything you need more personal attention than usual. Take the time to shower; it will leave you feeling refreshed. Follow your usual make-up routine and pull your hair off of your face. It will make you look more polished, and you’ll be needing that.

2. Drink plenty of fluids. Grab a tall glass of water, juice or a sports drink. It’s important to rehydrate and replenish your body with Vitamin C and electrolytes. While it may be tempting to grab a cold Coke or strong cup of coffee, step away from the caffeine. It will only continue to dehydrate you.

3. Get some exercise. I’m not talking about a 10-mile sprint, but do something to get your blood flowing and your heart pumping. I suggest taking a relaxing stroll outside. You’ll enjoy soaking up some sunshine.

4. Take a cue from the guys. Check out this article from BroBible.com about the 25 best hangover food and drinks. While these foods deliver absolutely no nutritional value, there is something to be said for greasy foods the morning after a wild night. The article suggests drinking a Bloody Mary; the tomato juice and celery provide a boost of vitamins, and your body focuses on processing the new alcohol, thus ignoring last night’s binge.

5. Catch up on your Zzzs. People sleep poorly after a night of drinking, so you’re already not getting a full night’s rest and on top of that, your body is actively processing the alcohol in your system. After your day is done, come home and crawl under the covers. From Health.com, here are 7 tips for the best sleep ever.

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6 responses to “Hangover Helper

  1. Another interesting article. Luckily I was too busy baking with Celeste to have drinks last night. Loved the article , 7 tips for the best sleep ever. You should take the advice busy Lady. 🙂 The pics were great and looks like a fun place to be on Mardi Gras.

  2. I love this post! I’m sure many people would find it relevant today. Great tips!

  3. I, like a typical weekend, chose to stay in and relax with a little studying as well. Baking brownies and watching a good show followed by 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, waking up feeling refreshed, definitely trumps feeling like crap for half the day trying to chug down fluids and fight off the impending pounding of any noise above a dull roar. 🙂

  4. I feel like these tips will be very helpful for many people throughout this upcoming week. You definitely were thinking ahead.

  5. ashley, did you go to louisiana for mardi gras? love the pics. also, i second the importance of water for hangovers. if you get two tall glasses of water in before you go to bed, it really helps the next day since your body soaks it in over night.

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