Kristin

Kristin

Managing Editor

Did you have a few too many drinks last night? Are you wading through a cycle of regret, self-pity, and an unsuccessful attempt to remember how life was without a splitting headache? We've all been there—and we’ll most likely go there again.

A famous quote says, "When you drink alcohol, you are just borrowing happiness from tomorrow”—most of us can relate. In the face of this adversity, we can’t promise an instant miracle; sometimes, the only true cure for a hangover is the agonizingly slow passage of time—but there are a few ways to ease the pain.

We asked our Kitchen Stories colleagues about their personal remedies against a bad hangover—and while everybody agreed that it’s always best to chug loads of water before going to bed, there are a few more tips that could become your lifesaver the morning after a late night out.

Pickled cucumbers & pickle juice

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After a night of drinking, your body is zapped of water and electrolytes—which is why you suffer from headaches and dizziness. Pickles are a famous hangover cure due to their electrolyte-boosting salts. You can even have a shot of pickle juice to replace the lost nutrients and put your body back in balance.

Chicken noodle soup

Chicken noodle soup

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No surprise that we at Kitchen Stories believe that food is the best medicine for almost everything. While chicken noodle soup is a favored dish when having a flu, some of us even rate it as the go-to hangover cure. A slurpy bowl of hot, salty soup, with a mix of broth, sodium, protein-rich chicken, and high-carbohydrate noodles is soothing and energizing at the same time.

Cup Noodles

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If you don’t feel great enough to go outside to grab a bowl of chicken noodle soup from a trusted restaurant, or even make it yourself, one of our colleagues is happy to share his personal hangover healer: Cup Noodles! It’s high in sodium—which your body craves in its dehydrated condition—as well as fast and easy to make: All you need to do is boil water and add it to the instant noodle mix.

Chocolate milk

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Believe it or not, a glass of ice-cold chocolate milk can work wonders on your general condition after a night of drinking. As alcohol causes inflammation of the stomach lining, the sweet chocolaty milk helps settle your stomach while raising your blood sugar and rehydrating your body. Plus, for many people, chocolate seems to fix everything.

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

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While experts fight about the validity of the so-called “hair of the dog,” many people swear by this slightly controversial method. Although the treating-alcohol-with-alcohol approach actually seems a bit paradoxical, there is some interesting science behind it. Put simply, consuming a driblet of alcohol the morning after can inhibit the conversion process from methanol to formaldehyde—a toxin that may be partly responsible for several hangover symptoms.

A Bloody Mary is a common hangover remedy, as the lemon and tomato juice additionally replenishes your body with vitamins. You might want to trust your gut feeling on whether or not you’re ready for another drink—if worse comes to worst, you're back where you started.

Gravy

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A jugful of thick, rich, slightly salty, and flavorful gravy will make you feel better immediately just by smelling it. A very popular hangover combination is gravy enjoyed with hearty (or even sweet!), fluffy biscuits to soak all the heavenly creamy sauce.

Bacon and egg quesadillas

Bacon and egg quesadillas

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Depending on how bad you feel, a rich, calorie-packed breakfast is one of the best remedies for a hangover—I've pretty much sworn by this method since I had my first drink (which was obviously when coming of legal age). It can help maintain your blood sugar levels, replace fatty acids, and break down the alcohol in your liver. And don’t forget the eggs, as they’re a great natural source of cysteine—an amino acid that counteracts the effects of acetaldehyde, a by-product of alcohol metabolism and a headache-causing toxin.

Prairie Oyster

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This adventurous shot contains a raw egg, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. As we already learned, eggs contain the amino acid cysteine, which helps your body reduce the effects of toxic alcohol by-products. Good news: If you manage to slug this down, you’re most certainly on the mend!

Espresso tonic

Espresso tonic

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Nurse your hangover with an ice-cold espresso tonic! The espresso will make you feel less sleepy and weak. Tonic water is a natural source of quinine, which is normally used to treat leg cramps. Add a dash of ginger syrup, as ginger is rumored to assist in the digestion of alcohol, thus easing an upset stomach.

Everything with cheese

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For many of our Kitchen Stories colleagues, cheese in all kind of ways is like a culinary hangover panacea. Nothing provides such instantaneous, almost magical relief. Besides its incredible property to coat and sooth your irritated stomach, it’s filled with a lot of good things such as calcium, protein, and enzymes, that help your body to get back on track.

Do you have a secret hangover cure? What do you think about our personal remedies and would you try one of these? Tell us in the comments below!

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