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Tried and true hangover cures

The end of the semester is fast approaching, and with that, an influx of graduation parties and end-of-year get-togethers await you. Don’t get too ahead of yourself though: Finals are also right around the corner, so you can’t slack off just yet. Excessive drinking and hangover symptoms can ruin that fragile work-life balance so many of us seek to perfect. So, whether it’s nausea, headaches, fatigue, or simply regret, the Tribune has vetted some hangover remedies to get you back into tip-top shape.

Solution 1: The pantry

         Eating well in the morning can make all the difference after a big night out. While some people swear by greasy foods like bacon or hash browns, they can upset your stomach and leave you feeling worse. It’s recommended to eat foods that will hydrate you, pump up your blood sugar, and replace lost nutrients like salt and potassium. Fruits, including oranges, strawberries, and bananas, are a good place to start. Staples for treating colds also work for treating hangovers—toast, bagels, and bouillon soup can nourish you without upsetting your stomach.

Solution 2: The bed

         If you’re feeling hungover but want to push yourself to study, take a step back and assess your energy levels: If you can afford to rest for a couple more hours, you’ll be left with fewer, but ultimately more productive, hours to study. Even if you have to wake up early, don’t ignore any rest throughout the day. Naps of even 20 minutes, whether at your place, on the bus, or on campus, can be great for reducing fatigue and other hangover symptoms. Close your blinds and turn on the “do not disturb” phone setting so that your sleep can be as restful as possible.

Solution 3: The Elkay

         Since alcohol is a diuretic, the best hangover preventative is to drink plenty of water the night of the party and, at the very least, drink a glass of water or two before you go to sleep. But if you wake up and remember that you barely drank a drop of water all night, start rehydrating as soon as you can. Fill up a big bottle of water and keep it with you the entire day.

Solution 4: The gym supplies

         Beyond rehydrating with water, it’s important to replenish the electrolytes you lost. Electrolytes, which include nutrients like sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, come bottled, as a gel, and in powdered form. If you’re looking for a drink, Gatorade, Vitamin Water, and Bai are some of the readily available choices. For electrolyte powder, try Nuun or Biosteel. 

Solution 5: The medicine cabinet

         If your head is pounding, reach for some ibuprofen, commonly found in Advil. It is  recommended to avoid acetaminophen, commonly found in Tylenol, as acetaminophen reacts negatively to remaining alcohol in the body. When combined with frequent and heavy alcohol use, repeated doses of acetaminophen can result in liver damage. 

Solution 6: The nightstand

A common hangover symptom is sensitivity to light and sound. It’s easy to control your environment when you live alone, but if you have roommates or need to head out, insulate yourself by grabbing your sunglasses, baseball cap, and earplugs. A pair of earbuds with rubber tips will do wonders at keeping ambient noise at bay. 

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