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Okay, so you said you weren't going to drink that much (or maybe you planned it all along), but the inevitable happened - you got plastered on your bachelorette night. Maybe you took off your heels and danced on tables or maybe you kept it on the down low with your girls at home (consult the camera). Either way, you feel awful today and need some relief stat. Here's a handy guide to help you nix the headache, calm the stomach, and get on with your life.
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Hopefully you gulped some H2O before bed, but if not, it's not too late. Down two glasses in the a.m. and continue to hydrate throughout the day. Another option is to add tomato juice, cayenne pepper, sugar, and lime to your water to give your system a boost of electrolytes and blood sugar regulation. The goal here is to clean out all those toxins.
2. Massage a little lavender essential oil or menthol onto your temples to ease the headache.
3. Have your significant other try some reflexology on your feet. Let him/her stimulate the outer edge of the right foot (reflex to the liver) and massage out any rough or crunchy textures.
4. So yoga may not be the first thing on your to-do list after a night of debauchery, but put on those leggings and give it a go. Try these easy at-home moves:
This pose helps fight fatigue and dizziness, acts as a gentle massage and stretch, and calms the breath.
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The Seated Twist
Twisting yoga poses help "squeeze" the toxins out of the body.
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Head to Knee Pose
What it does: stimulates the liver and kidneys to aid in detox.
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Standing Forward Fold
Stretches the hamstrings, activates liver and kidneys, relieves headache.
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5. Stay away from caffeine (dehydrates) and over-the-counter remedies like Tylenol, Aspirin, and Ibuprofen. With alcohol in your system, the side effects of such drugs can magnify (think liver damage and stomach bleeding).
6. Add some spinach to your plate. Benefits include folic acid, vitamin c, and sulphur - the perfect mix to nix the hangover blues.
7. Drink a cup of ginger tea to help ease nausea. Peppermint and chamomile are also good options.
8. Have cramps and/or that throw-up feeling? Much on a banana and refill your potassium tank.
9. More foods to consider: wholegrain bread, eggs, chicken noodle soup, tomatoes, honey. Whatever you do, back away from the grease. Eating a greasy meal is best before you get your drink on, as the grease acts as a buffer between the liquor and stomach lining. Eating a fatty meal after all's said and done can irritate the stomach even more.
10. Get some rest. Close those tired eyes and give the body time to do its thing.