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You think you’re going along to a quiet ghost tour of London and then suddenly you find yourself necking a bottle of red wine and ordering a jug of sangria in Nandos…
We’ve all done it.
That accidental over-indulgence that leaves you feeling as rough as sandpaper when you have to get up for work the next morning.
I’ve had a lot of hangovers over the years, and it’s fair to say that they get worse the older I get!
But with age also comes experience.
And I now have a few fool-proof tricks up my sleeve to help beat my hangover symptoms…
Water, water, water!
A hangover is basically just the alcohol working it’s way through your liver and, actually, most of the symptoms we experience are actually down to being dehydrated.
One of my friends likes to say that we should “pre-hydrate, not re-hydrate” and (annoyingly) he’s right.
I used to be really bad at it, but nowadays I’ll try and remember to drink a pint of H20 before going to sleep. I also keep one by my bed to sip on when I inevitably wake up at 5am feeling parched, and then usually get through about 3 litres throughout the day.
It’s pretty basic but it’s awful how many times I’ve hit 11am and then realised I’ve not actually drunk any water yet that day!
TOOTHPASTE IS MAGIC.
Brushing my teeth improves my mood 100% if I’m feeling rough.
There’s just something about feeling clean and fresh that immediately makes me not (as) regretful about my poor life choices.
Maybe it’s just a placebo effect, but I’ll take it!
I’ve told you about my love for protein before, but it definitely comes into it’s own when I’m hungover!
There’s a whole bunch of nutrients in protein that are scientifically proven to help ease hangover symptoms.
I’ll usually reach for my beloved peanut butter on wholewheat toast, but if it’s the weekend (ie: if I have time) I’ll treat myself to a gooey boiled egg with marmite toast soldiers.
The ultimate comfort food!
Ironically, coffee is actually also a dehydrator. Which means you probably shouldn’t be drinking it with a hangover.
But this is my post and this is what works for my hangovers. And without coffee, my brain does not properly function the morning after a big night!
(I do find I usually need to eat something before I can stomach the caffeine though.)
I don’t have a coffee machine at work so have to drink instant. At the moment I’m a little bit obsessed with Beanies flavoured coffees*. They sent me 3 little jars to try and I’m a total convert!
As you can tell, I’m a big fan of the Cinder Toffee one. It’s a really subtle taste but sooo nice.
I’ve got my eye on their Amaretto Almond and Cinnamon + Hazelnut flavours when these three run out.
A really nice, cheap alternative to Starbucks’ expensive, syrupy lattes!
Look. I get it. I do.
When you’re feeling rough, and there’s nowhere you HAVE to be, it can be super appealing to just roll around in bed all day…
But it’s not going to make you feel better.
Know what will? Putting some comfy clothes on, throwing on your old trainers and going for a walk. Even if it’s just for half an hour.
Fresh air and exercise are actual real ways of feeling good again.
THROW YOUR RED WINE REGRETS TO THE WIND!
I’m also going to be honest here and say that on many a hangover day, you will probably find me curled up in bed with Netflix and a giant Domino’s pizza.
Because sometimes, nothing but Netflix and a giant Domino’s pizza will do.
And that’s OK.
What are your hangover cures?
I need as much help as I can get, so please send them my way!
*I was sent a sample of the instant flavoured coffees to try.
As always, if I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t blog it! :)
*And my amazing logo mug in the first pic was a gift from the lovely team at Getting Personalised*!
Expect to see a lot more of this bad boy on here :)
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