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Had a 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. Everyone has their go-to hangover beverage, whether it's Gatorade, Pedialyte, or more alcohol (looking at you, hair of the dog). But which beverage is best?
Not surprisingly, water reigns supreme. But there are a lot of other hydrating drink choices to help ease your symptoms, improve your energy, and restore those expended fluids and electrolytes. Whatever you can stomach, right?
So we put together all the drinks 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 woes.
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-- and also the essential vitamins and minerals in them-- much quicker than normal.
So sip that H2O throughout the day to help restore balance and remove 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. Enjoy a (virgin) morning Bloody Mary
Incorporate 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 provide an abundance of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, which may help your body recover from a hangover.
Some research has shown that tomato products have liver-protective and anti-inflammatory effects because of 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 may also help relieve headaches.
And if you're feeling a little queasy 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 beverages are a popular option for treating post-party woes.
Like sports drinks, coconut water has plenty of electrolytes such as magnesium and potassium. Unlike sports drinks, 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 effective anti-inflammatory benefits and antioxidant properties.
A soothing herbal tea before bed will help you get a restful night's sleep-- something you likely didn't have the night before.