Went drinking last night? Head pounding? Stomach feeling queasy?
That, amigo, is what we call a hangover. Or as we say in Mexico, la cruda or andas crudo.
We’ve all been there, partied a bit too hard and drank a bit more than we should have. It’s all fun and games when we’re doing it but it’s the day after when the not so fun hangover can have you promesing to the porcelain god you’ll never do it again. (But you know we’ll all do it again. Haha!)
Why Am I Hungover? Or What Causes a Hangover?
Well besides drinking more than we should have, it’s the ethanol in the alcohol which causes our bodies to feel the horrible symptoms of a hangover.
Ethanol is a diuretic, and a diuretic makes us have to pee more often. These more frequent trips to the bathroom cause our bodies to lose fluids, which in turn causes dehydration.
Dehydration leads to all sorts of mineral imbalances in our bodies, which can cause headaches, queasiness, dizziness and lethargy.
All this sounding a bit too familiar? If it is then you’re definitely hungover!
What Are The Best Ways to Prevent and Cure a Hangover
The best hangover cure is really to take preventive measures when you start drinking.
Water my friends is our best friend when pouring alcoholic drinks into our bodies. It, of course, keeps us hydrate and will help our bodies combat the hangover symptoms before they even begin.
As a general rule for me, I match my alcohol intake with water. So if I had a glass (or two or three…or a bottle) of wine, I drink just as much water as I do wine and then some too.
Now there’s been plenty of times when I’ve been too busy having a good time and drinking my alcohol and have forgotten to drink water. But then before I go to sleep I make sure I start drinking as much water as possible.
Pickle Juice (say what?)
Yep you read that right, pickle juice! As in the same stuff that those crunchy dill pickles float in.
The first time I heard of this tart, not so nicely colored, liquid helping a hangover was from my husband. He had been on a business trip to Ukraine and when the vodka tasting got a bit overboard for him, his Ukrainian friends ordered a special “cocktail” for him.
The waiter brought out a flute glass full of pickle juice for him to chug back and stop the hangover symptoms. Immediately the unsettled stomach neutralized and the headache began to subside.
Since then pickle juice has become part of my hangover prevention and cure. It really does work!
Why Does Pickle Juice Help a Hangover?
Pickle juice is basically brine, and brine is lots of salt. After a night of drinking and peeing so much our bodies lose not only water but sodium (salt) and electrolytes.
It just so happens that pickle juice helps restore the balance of sodium and electrolytes. Which will help our bodies get rehydrated and stop or prevent those alcohol headaches.
The vinegar in the pickle juice is an acid which helps to neutralize that sour feeling that too much alcohol can often leave us with.
So next time you go out drinking make yourself a shot of pickle juice. Many bars now also offer them or of course the next day when you wake up make sure you reach for that jar of pickles! (And a huge glass of water.)
Pickle Juice Hangover Cocktail
- pickle juice enough for a shot or two
- Pour pickle juice into a glass! If you want to make it a bit easier to chug, pour it over ice and let it both cool down more and dilute a little in the ice. If you want to have some fun with it serve it with a cocktail gherkin and a slice of lemon.
I don’t know about you but when I’m drunk I eat like some one whose 3 times my weight. Not the healthiest of things but in the case of being drunky drunk or horribly hungover, food is a huge help.
So the first thing I do is take my pickle juice shot, drink lots of water, and follow it up by some hearty food. Greasy, junk food is usually what I crave when I’m drunk, it’s something about the greasiness coating my stomach…I guess.
The next day usually my craving is for a huge bowl of menudo, migas or chilaquiles or scrambled eggs with hashbrowns, toast and a huge glass of orange juice. Also like a bowl-size cup of strong cafe con leche.
Over The Counter Medications
As far as these go you should consult your doctor first.
But one otc medication you should never take with, during or after drinking alcohol is acetaminophen. This is a very common drug but what most don’t know is that when mixed with alcohol it’s very destructive on your liver. So better safe than sorry and skip the acetaminophen!
What Are Your Hangover Cures?
So tell me what are some ways you either prevent and or cure a hangover.