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Fastest Way To Cure & Rid A Hangover


Just about all events involve or move around libations in some capacity. With the holidays or a social occasion, you'll find yourself compelled to attend. 'Well maybe just one' you think. Then one turns into too many. The next thing you know morning arrives like a crash landing.

So what's the fastest to cure a hangover?

First, it's based on individual circumstances. Staying in bed until 4:00 pm only prolongs suffering.

Secondly, using greasy food is a myth. Forget what you've been told.

The ability to recover from a hangover quickly depends on many factors.

This guide will cover:

  • Amino acids

  • Electrolytes

  • Detoxification

We all have different diets and lifestyles. Age, weight, gender, genetics, amount consumed, whether you ate before all determine the severity of symptoms. As we age, body chemistry changes making us less tolerable to alcohol's effects.

The human body consists of approximately 60% water. Muscle contains more water than fat. That ratio shifts with age.

No one said life is fair.

It's more than likely you're not getting enough water. For those over 40, don't expect to pull off liquid gymnastics like your 20s.

Here's why.

Around the mid 40's, the human body produces less glutathione. This is what your liver needs to detoxify and fend off free radicals. It also what boosts your immune system.

Of course, the biggest culprit is the type of drink consumed and how much. Compounds called congeners play a significant role. Congeners occur naturally during fermentation but are higher in darker drinks. The body is adverse to these impurities in large quantities.Some people are more adept at metabolizing and ridding them.

One rule of thumb is the more expensive the spirit, the less of these impurities but not always. In darker liquids they're more prevalent.

Secondly, carbonization increases absorption. As the body metabolizes ethanol, it converts it to acetaldehyde and then once more to acetate. This is what causes a headache.

The fastest way to cure a hangover depends on the ability to restore biochemistry. This in turn corrects your physiology (normal functions). In time, you'll start to feel optimal.

How long this takes depends on the severity of the symptoms. On average, a hangover lasts 24 hours and upwards of  72 hours in more extreme cases. Scouring the "internets" (intended misspelling), I've read the best hangover remedies. Without further delay, learn how you can regain your super hero powers.

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The first step is to address dehydration ASAP.

Restoring electrolyte balance is critical. Skip coffee if possible.

NUUN electrolyte

NUUN electrolyte

a. Drink water throughout the day. Try not to drink too much at once to avoid overwhelming the liver. Consume just enough to combat thirst; 1 to 2 glasses. Oxygen water is optimal as it speeds up removal of alcohol molecules.

b. Grab Kombucha. GT's SYNERGY from Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.

C. Replenish lost electrolytes by making your own morning recovery drink. 

  • 1 cup of Orange Juice

  • 1/4 cup of Lemon Juice

  • 2 cups of Spring Water

  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan Salt

  • 2 tbsps of Honey

D. Grab NUUN electrolyte tablets if you're on the go.  See the drink section further down for other suggestions.


That headache or nausea you're feeling is due to inflammation. 

  • Take aspirin or ibuprofen. Stay away from acetaminophen which is found in Tylenol and known to cause liver problems if your'e still intoxicated.

  • Stomach ache? It means the stomach acid is out of balance. Stay away from greasy foods.

    Mix 12 ounces of water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Alka-Seltzer is a combination but contains citric acid which may upset your stomach.


Stay away from fast foods. Complex carbs are a good start. Here's some hangover foods that work well.

  1. For stomach nausea, get some toast or something dry to soak up the acid. If you can't handle the toast, substitute yogurt if agreeable.

  2. Eat foods which contain cysteine and taurine. These amino acids helps your liver.
    Animal: Eggs, Tuna, Alaskan king crab, shrimp, salmon, bacon
    Plant Based: Watermelon Seeds, Pistachio Nuts, Flaxseeds,

  3. Fatigue. This indicates hypoglycemia or what's known as low blood sugar. Complex carbs are ideal with some honey. Nuts, whole grains, greens are examples.

D. Drink a smoothie to ease inflammation. 

  • Almond Milk, 2 Cups, un-sweet

  • Banana, 1 Whole

  • Celery, 1/4 Head

  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice

  • Pineapple, 3/4 Cup Fresh

  • Baby Spinach, 2 Cups

If you're in the Los Angeles area, go to Lassens. They have some of the best smoothies at reasonable prices.

F. Make sure to get protein in once recovery is underway.

Not feeling the above? Go to a restaurant for a breakfast burrito. 

If you've got a slight one, watermelon is great. It contains a lot of water content and will detoxify. It also contains Lycopene an antioxidant with higher levels than tomatoes. It also contains vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A, magnesium, and B6 according to website Mercola.


Alcohol, like coffee, depletes vital nutrients and vitamins from the body. 

A. Take B-complex which includes B6 and B12. These are must haves to restore balance.

B. Next, take Emergen-C with water to supplement. 

C. Magnesium Citrate. It helps regulate nerve function and relieves tension.


Light to moderate exercise can do wonders for energy and mood by releasing endorphins. Get the blood moving and kickstart your metabolism by increasing oxygen levels. Start with a 15 minute walk.

What's The Best Drink To Cure A Hangover?

The following hangover drinks are recommended. If you're a regular coffee drinker, a headache may intensify due to caffeine withdrawal. If it gets worse, take a small amount. 1/2 of a 12 ounce at most. Drink lots of water to lessen dehydration.

The fastest way to restore electrolyte balance is with tablets or a pre-made drink. 

1. Vitamin Squeeze. Powered water enhancer contains vitamins B complex and C.  One of the new kids on the block. This is very convenient in lieu of supplements.

2. Electrolyte tablets. Several options.

Nuun Tablets for hangover is about $7 for 10 tablets. They even have one with caffeine if you have an upset stomach. It's more cost effective than Pedialyte.

3. Kombucha. A detoxifier, it contains a B-complex with probiotics. Be advised it does contain a small amount of alcohol. Grab GT's SYNERGY which also contains ginger and helps nausea. Trader Joes' or Whole Foods has it.

Recommendation: Choose either option 1 or 2 and supplement with Kombucha. 

What the best Hangover Food?

First, go through the steps above. Experiencing food cravings? It means your body is looking for energy. Now, before you get into further trouble, understand this: 

There will be an instinctive desire to reach for simple carbs.

Don't do it!

If you eat simple carbs, they'll turn to sugar. You'll get a quick surge but you'll take a dive in the 3rd round. A greasy breakfast will be heavy and will be difficult to digest leading to additional sluggishness. It's also more than likely to upset the stomach.

The best foods to cure a hangover contain complex carbs & the amino acid L-cysteine. This is the what the body needs. Fiber and starches restore potassium and magnesium.

  • Fruits (apples, bananas, pineapple,watermelon)

  • Vegetables (greens, potato, corn, carrots)

Food that contain amino acid L-cysteine

  • Cheese

  • Eggs

  • Seeds (Watermelon, Sesame, Chia)

  • Whole Grains (rice, oatmeal, oat bran)

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Hangover References

See some great online resources on hangover remedies.

Written by

Nicholas McDonough

Senior contributor to The Hangout Blog living in Southern California. Connect with