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Had a little bit too much fun last night? Yeah, we've all been there.
Last night was a blast (#NoRegrets), but today you wake up feeling drier than the Sahara desert.
Headache, excessive thirst, lack of energy-- all signs of a hangover and dehydration that are not enjoyable. Everybody has their go-to hangover drink, whether it's Gatorade, Pedialyte, or more alcohol (looking at you, hair of the dog). But which beverage is best?
Not surprisingly, H2O reigns supreme. But there are plenty of other hydrating drink options to help alleviate your symptoms, improve your energy, and restore those expended fluids and electrolytes. Whatever you can stomach, right?
So we assembled all the beverages you need to recharge after a hangover. Hello, hydration.
1. But first: Water
Obviously, we know, but very important: Include plenty of water throughout the day to help soothe your hangover troubles.
Ever notice how much more frequently you need to pee when you're drinking? Alcohol is a powerful diuretic, causing you to drain your body of fluids-- as well as the essential vitamins and minerals in them-- much a lot faster than normal.
So sip that water throughout the day to help restore balance and clear toxins. Bonus points for adding lemon to your agua, which will not only make it taste better but also give you a dose of immune-boosting vitamin C.
2. Indulge in a (virgin) morning Bloody Mary
Include a Bloody Mary with your breakfast-- just be sure to make it virgin.
Tomatoes are 95 percent water, so you can be certain they're going to help on the hydration front.
In addition, tomatoes offer an abundance of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, which might help your body recover from a hangover.
Some research has shown that tomato products have liver-protective and anti-inflammatory effects due to their high concentration of powerful antioxidants such as lycopene.
3. Sip bone broth at lunch
Bone broth is chock-full of good-for-you nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and the detoxification-supporting amino acid glycine.
The anti-inflammatory agents and magnesium found in bone broth might also help relieve headaches.
And if you're feeling a little nauseous or having difficulty keeping food down, sipping on bone broth can be easier on your stomach while still providing electrolytes, vitamins, and protein.
4. Go cuckoo for coconut water
Sports drinks are a popular option for treating post-party woes.
Like sports beverages, coconut water has plenty of electrolytes such as magnesium and potassium. Unlike sports beverages, coconut water does not have added sugars or artificial ingredients.
This makes coconut water a more natural (yet still tasty) way to replenish.
5. Ginger tea to relax
Ginger is a popular (and proven) treatment for nausea, so definitely incorporate it throughout your day if you're feeling like the green-faced emoji.
Even if you're not particularly nauseated, end your hungover day with a warm cup of ginger tea. Ginger offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits and antioxidant properties.
A soothing herbal tea before bed will help you get a restful night's sleep-- something you likely did not have the night before.