If you’re a TCU football fan – or even a college football fan – you may have seen the Alamo Bowl game Saturday night. As a TCU alum, my heart was sinking at halftime when we were shutout 31-0, and I made the executive decision to order shots for me and my friends. (Don’t worry, mom. We took Uber.)
I never take shots. Never. And now I remember why. Sunday morning I woke up ecstatic from the turnaround the game took (ahem, triple-overtime with a 47-41 win in the end), but with lots of pain in lots of places, namely my stomach and my head. Ironically, I was scanning social media that morning and came across an article that stated you absolutely should not take Ibuprofen or Tylenol when you’ve perhaps indulged a little too much the night before. The combination of those drugs with alcohol in your system can be detrimental to your liver and your stomach lining and can lead to all sorts of health problems.
I don’t take medicine often, but I have been known to pop an Ibuprofen or two after a rare beverage-filled evening. No more of that for me, though. I have a few other options that’ll make you feel better than ever next time you wake up after one too many.
Fresh Pressed Juice: If you have a juicer, round up your kitchen’s produce that’s been lying around not getting eaten and toss whatever you’ve got in that bad boy. I used a tasty combination of apple, orange, clementine, Meyer lemon, and San Marzano tomatoes on Sunday that did the trick. Even my meat-eating boyfriend approved. If you don’t have a juicer, make a quick Whole Foods or Trader Joes run and grab the freshest juice they have (and try to pick one that has both fruit and vegetable contents). While you’re there, you can pick up a few ingredients for the next tip.
Infused Water: Infusing your water with fruit and herbs boosts your antioxidant levels and will refresh and hydrate you. Basically, it makes you enjoy the taste of sipping on water all day when it’s vital to sip on water all day. My favorite combination is lemon, cucumber, and mint infused H2O.
Coffee: Caffeine is always a good idea. Especially after a late night. It’ll help keep a withdrawal headache at bay and will give you a good boost to get out of bed, at least for a little while.
A Solid Sweat: I crave a good workout when I wake up hungover. Maybe I’m weird (probably) or crazy (also probably), but sweating it out is truly the only way for me to feel revitalized and refreshed and rid of alcohol toxins. Whether it’s a long run or a hot yoga session, do something that gets your heart rate up and sweat dripping. You’ll feel better. Pinky promise.
And if all of that doesn’t work, get to your nearest diner stat for some greasy eggs and hashbrowns, and then Netflix your day away. Always a solid backup plan.