Now that it’s New Year’s Day you might want to take a gander at three hangover cures that have made the news in the last couple of years as they are backed by scientific research and they actually work. If a hangover cure was ever needed by a good portion of the population that would be on New Year’s Day after a New Year’s Eve party.
According to Eater.com on December 31, if you are lucky enough to be in the New York City area you can hop on the hangover bus and for $99 to $169, depending on the package you decide upon, you are given tried and true hangover treatment. These treatments include an IV solution administered by licensed medical staff. No this is not one of the cures, but a fun thing to do if you have that kind of money to throw around.
For those of you who can’t get to the Big Apple and drag yourself onto a bus with a bunch of other hangover sufferers, there are three methods that people rave over and that have been popular in the last year. They are easily obtained at your local grocery store or pharmacy and as luck would have it, many supermarkets and pharmacies are open New Year’s Day.
Pedialyte to cure hangovers: One hangover cure used today that you have probably seen given to babies and kids when they are sick is Pedialyte. Doctors recommend this for babies and kids when they are risk for becoming dehydrated due to vomiting and diarrhea. Pedialyte, which is a brand name, is also sold in a generic version, which works just as well.
Pedialyte is a drink that contains electrolytes and it is a drink that replenishes your system with those electrolytes because with a hangover they’re usually depleted. The Pedialyte also promotes the re-absorption of water, which really helps when you’re in the grips of a hangover.
Forget the Gatorade, you don’t need all that sugar, you need the electrolytes and to re-hydrate your body. This isn’t a miracle cure for a hangover, but it will make you feel better and rid the symptoms that come along with the self-induced flu! According to CBS News, Miley Cyrus has been seen in a selfie with a bottle of Pedialyte and Pharrell Williams confesses to drinking Pedialyte almost daily.
Just because Pedialyte is safe to give to kids doesn’t mean it is harmless. It can be harmful if you drink too much for both kids and adults. If you are thinking that since it is given to infants of course it is fine for adults, you are correct! It is fine for adults who don’t have a serious medical condition. Keep in mind too much of a good thing can be harmful, so follow the recommended dosage, as you would with any product.
There is also some concern for folks with high blood pressure or kidney problems because of the sodium amounts in the drink. These folks have to be careful not to consume Pedialyte in excessive amounts, according to Dr. Robert Glatter, who is an attending emergency room physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Today News writes: “Grownups, take note: Gatorade and other sports drinks have been pushed out of the running for “best hangover remedy ever,” as voted by, well, your hungover middle-aged friends. Since 2012, adult consumption of the re-hydration product has risen by 57 percent, according to data from Nielsen. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the liquid itself has a lot to offer your miserable body, as do the salt and sugar in it.”
Sprite to cure hangovers: Sprite is called the “ultimate hangover cure” and news about this treatment for the self-induced flu first surfaced last year in time for New Year’s Eve. Yes, Sprite, regular Sprite with nothing added will cure the symptoms of a hangover claims a scientific study coming from researchers at the University in Guangahou. Why Sprite and not any other carbonated drink?
Back in the fall of 2014, researchers at a Chinese University found that Sprite’s ingredients work in breaking down the metabolism of alcohol within your system. Ethanol is first turned into acetaldehyde by your liver. This stage causes the feelings that come along with a hangover as well as the symptoms of a hangover, like nausea and a headache.
From there it is metabolizes into acetate, which is thought to be a substance that’s harmless and a substance that won’t cause symptoms of a hangover. Sprite speeds up the process by breaking down the alcohol to drastically shorten the stage that promotes the hangover, according to an article from the Huffington Post from last year.
In a nut shell, drinking Sprite speeds up the process that gets rid of your hangover by changing the harmful substance into a harmless substance. This works for the symptoms of a hangover, according to Chemistry World. The old “hair of the dog that bites you” and drinking herbal teas are just two of the long-time suggested cures, which many will try and find they don’t work. Drinking an herbal tea can actually prolong a hangover, the study from China found.
Activated Charcoal to cure a hangover: Another “trendy cure” recently making a splash for hangovers is activated charcoal. According to Today News, “Available in pill form, activated charcoal is all the rage these days, with manufacturers claiming it can absorb and deplete toxins from pretty much whatever you’ve ravaged yourself with. There’s not a ton of science behind that, but, hey. You’re desperate. And it certainly can’t hurt,” writes Today News.
Today News has Pedialyte, Sprite and activated charcoal in their top three hangover cures out of nine offered. While Sprite and Pedialyte have scientific research to backup their success with treating hangovers, activated charcoal has been used in hospital emergency rooms for decades for detox, so you know that works. It has been used as an antidote for drugs and alcohol. Today it is a popular pill for detoxing your system from a hangover at home! As with any over-the-counter medicine, make sure you follow the label’s recommended dosage.