How to Cure a Midweek Hangover
Bounce back from weeknight boozing with these six quick recovery hacks
1. Befriend the Black Stuff
Slather Marmite on wholemeal bread for a spot-on speedy breakfast that’ll replenish B vitamins and give you an instant energy boost. If you’re one of the people who hates it, have a ginger tea instead: it’s a natural remedy for nausea and bellyache. You can always steep chopped ginger in boiling water if you’re short on fancy teabags.
2. Get Cracking with Your Eggs
If you’ve got time to cook a more complicated morning meal, eggs are by far the best option. A study published by the Journal Of Inflammation Research found they contain an amino acid called cysteine, which breaks down the hangover-causing toxins that pummel your liver. It’s best to have them boiled or poached rather than fried in fat.
3. Raid the Bathroom Cabinet
A well-stocked grooming cupboard can make all the difference in the battle to rehabilitate your body in time for work. For starters, try tackling your puffy, bloodshot eyes with a potent combo of Clinique For Men Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel and Optrex Bloodshot Eye Drops. The pungent powers of Original Source Mint & Tea Tree Shower will help sort out your greasy bed hair (and wake up your brain), while a quality moisturiser and lip balm – think Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser and Carmex Original – will revamp your haggard, dried-out features.
4. Fill Your Lungs
Hiding under the duvet won’t help – get some fresh air, ideally by skipping the car, bus or train (where possible) and getting to work under your own steam. Light exercise increases blood flow and improves your metabolism, flushing the toxins out of your system quicker. Cycling is better than running because it involves minimal movement of your sore head and zero impact for your fragile gut.
5. Dodge the Snacks
It may look tempting, but a Mars bar from the office vending machine will send your blood sugar levels through the roof and make you feel even worse. Choose snacks that will replace the vital nutrients you lost when weeing out all that liquid: bananas for potassium, fruit juice for fructose and vitamins, and a sports drink for rehydrating electrolytes, salts and sugars.
6. If All Else Fails... Go Full-Blown Puerto Rican
Regular grooming not doing the trick? Try rubbing your armpits with lemon – Puerto Ricans apparently swear by this holistic cure. The lemon juice supposedly stops you sweating, so you avoid the dehydration that contributes to headaches. Yeah, we’ll let you try that one first.
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Between 2010 and 2016, Ben was the deputy editor of Men’s Fitness UK, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach. Ben also contributed exclusive features to Coach on topics such as football drills, triathlon training plans and healthy eating.