By: Suzy Roshka
Did you know New Yorkers consume more hard liquor per capita than any other city in the US? That shouldn’t be a big surprise since we never have to worry about driving drunk and our stress levels are off the charts. It’s always fun at night but in the morning – different story, especially if it’s a week night and you have to go to work the next day.
We all know to drink water throughout the night, but what happens after that hangover hits? Here’s a list of things to do WHEN YOU’RE HUNGOVER AND IN PAIN, which should help you make it till the end of the work day.
Drink Pickle Juice
The Russians are big vodka drinkers and this is a trick they use in the mother land. I didn’t believe this until I tried it. Trust me, it works. People always think it sounds disgusting, drinking pickle juice but it does work. Pickle juice helps get rid of the hangover because the high salt intake helps keep you from pissing out the water you need to rehydrate yourself. There is also something in the vinegar that “we’re told” helps counter-act the toxins. Whatever – it works.
Drink Pedialyte and orange juice which is full of Vitamin C
Pedialyte (the children’s drink) is great for replenishing your fluid, another secret learned and shared from my summer Hamptons house. Between the pickle juice and the pedialyte, you should be able to replenish your much needed fluids by lunch time.
Stay away from caffeine at all costs
Sure, you may feel like you need the boost for energy right now, but it’s going to steal the little fluids you have left in your body. If you absolutely need caffeine, then drink a weaker cup of Joe. Or try my favorite, Pomegranate White Tea. It has little caffeine and the anti-oxidants from the tea will help you “get rid” of those toxins.
At lunch, eat foods that are rich in minerals
These foods are rich in electrolytes: canned fish, pickles, vegetables, especially green leafy ones, thick white potato peelings and of course bananas. They all are excellent sources for potassium, sodium and chloride, which produces electrolytes and brings you back to life. In Poland, they reportedly drink pickle juice to help cure the hangovers. I’ve never tried that, but if you’re saying, “I’ll try anything to get rid of this,” then try pickle juice. (email us if it works).
Take Alka Seltzer Morning Relief
It’s an old trick I learned in the Hamptons and it always did the trick.
Exedrin works better than Ibuprofin
If you have a choice, take Exedrin over Ibuprofin. Exedrin has caffeine, which sends the medicine into your blood stream faster.
Take two multi B vitamins TONIGHT before you go to bed. If you’re reading this in the morning, try taking the multi-B vitamin when you wake up though doctors vary on whether they think this actually works in the morning since it takes hours for your body to digest the vitamin.