Had a bit too much fun last night? Yeah, we’ve all been there.
Last night was a blast (#NoRegrets), but this morning you wake up feeling drier than the Sahara desert.
Headache, excessive thirst, lack of energy — all symptoms of a hangover and dehydration that are not fun. Everyone 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 beverage choices to help ease your symptoms, boost 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.
Obvious, we know, but very important: Include plenty of water throughout the day to help ease your hangover woes.
Ever notice how much more often you have to pee when you’re drinking? Alcohol is a powerful diuretic, causing you to drain your body of fluids — and the important vitamins and minerals in them — much quicker than usual.
So sip that H2O throughout the day to help restore balance and flush out 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.
Include a Bloody Mary with your breakfast — just be sure to make it virgin.
Tomatoes are 95 percent water, so you can be sure they’re going to help on the hydration front.
In addition, tomatoes offer 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.
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 trouble keeping food down, sipping on bone broth can be easier on your stomach while still providing electrolytes, vitamins, and protein.
Make bone broth ahead of time and freeze it. This stuff can last up to 3 months. Or stop by the store to grab a bottle of the ready-made kind! Some stores even carry it in the drinks section now.
Sports drinks are a popular choice for curing post-party woes.
Like sports drinks, coconut water is full of electrolytes such as magnesium and potassium. Unlike sports drinks, coconut water doesn’t have added sugars or artificial ingredients.
This makes coconut water a more natural (yet still delicious) way to replenish.
Ginger is a popular (and proven) remedy 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 provides 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 didn’t have the night before.
Make sure to sip water throughout the day and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Pair this one-day drink menu with hangover-easing foods to make it even more effective — or, better yet, stop a hangover before it starts. For an energy boost, you can also sip these beverages throughout the day (but skip the caffeinated ones).