When it comes to getting back in the game, there are many hangover remedies out there. Hydration is a key starting point in improving your hangover. Be sure to drink plenty of water to replace what was lost the night before. Replenishing lost electrolytes will also help you out. Drinks like Gatorade and coconut water are filled with electrolytes and are a great way to kick recovery and rehydration up a notch.
There are a number of over the counter drugs you can take for pain relief. Painkillers like ibuprofen will help ease your aches as long as you don’t over use them. Going overboard on pain killers can be taxing on your stomach and liver. Periodic use of Tylenol or Excedrin should be done with extreme caution — be sure to follow all instructions — as the acetaminophen found in these drugs can be tough on the liver and kidneys when used in excess. Casual use of over the counter medication, accompanied with plenty of water, is great for a quick fix.
Stomach aides like Alka-Seltzer and Tums will help mellow the extra acid you’ve got going on in your stomach. This extra stomach acid is one of the causes of nausea. These products are also a source of bicarbonates, which are some of the electrolytes you lose when dehydrated from alcohol. As both these medicines are a good way to get bicarbonates and settle the stomach, these hangover aides can provide some relief.
The above remedies can all be conveniently found at your nearest grocery/drug store. If you are looking for a more holistic approach, there are also many hangover remedies out there involving different foods, supplements and physical activity which can be read about here.
If all else fails, there are a couple of fringe remedies you could try. An old Irish remedy entails being buried up to your neck in river sand. Or you could try drinking pickle juice like the Polish do for their hangovers… on second thought, maybe just stick with hydration and rest.