While gyms weren’t lucky enough to be included in the 4th July re-openings, pubs and bars did make the cut. Super disappointing for us obviously, but at least we can work on our battle plans at our local.
While we’re looking forward to nothing more than an ice-cold pint, while sat basking in the sun in a beer garden, the return of pubs also means the return of the hangover. There’s definitely been numerous occasions where we’ve had a booze induced sore head during lockdown, going out out brings with it a whole new level of hangover.
To help get you through this transition period we’ve compiled some of the best hangover cures we found from around the web. While there’s the usual – drink plenty of fluids, get your blood sugar levels back up, sleep and maybe pop some painkillers, if lockdown has taught us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t be afraid to try something new.
SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS
No not the tequila kind, although this may taste just as bad. Getting your sodium levels back up is key to combating a hangover, and a sure-fire way to do this is with a shot of pickle juice. If you can eat the pickle too, then that’s a massive win.
SOUP FOR THE SOUL
If pickles aren’t for you, soup could also be your saviour. It’s easy to digest, plus pick the right flavour and you’ll be hitting some high salt levels. Chicken noodle, miso and bouillon all come out top.
BE A MILLIENNIAL
Like sodium, potassium is depleted when you drink, and in turn contributes to that groggy feeling the next day. Super easy ways to top up your levels include eating a banana, drinking coconut water or getting stuck into some avocado on toast. Even better if you can add some eggs on top.
Introducing the cousin of the Bloody Mary. Brew a cup of coffee using tonic water instead of regular water, swap the milk or cream for orange juice, and swap the sugar for honey. It sounds horrendous but apparently it works wonders.
As with electrolytes, it’s important to top up your sugar stores. We saw one tip online that suggested mixing 5 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt in some water and necking. A less extreme version would be to get hold of some honey. It’s packed full of natural sugars and there’s research to suggest it may help increase the rate at which alcohol is eliminated from your body. If you’re brave enough to embrace the pickle juice shot above, you could also add some honey to it and mix.
If you’ve used lockdown to save a bit of cash and they’re open, some people swear by IV drips for getting through a hangover. There’s the super fancy Reviv, who for a not-so-small sum of £150 on top of the drip cost, can come to your house. Or the uber trendy Get A Drip in Shoreditch, who have a menu that looks more like a smoothie bar than an IV offering.
Obviously we were going to include it 😉 If you can face it, getting your sweat on can be a great way to boost energy levels and clear your head. Just make sure you drink PLENTY of water.