Most “hangover cures” come in capsule form, but what about those of us that don’t like taking pills or just prefer liquids instead? Below I’ve compiled the top 5 best things you can drink when you have a hangover, alongside my top 5 favorite favorite hangover drink products.
This one should seem like a no brainer but it is one of the best (and most cost effective) ways to recover after you wake up with a pounding headache. Alcohol is a diuretic, which is why you have to go to the bathroom every 2 seconds when you’re drinking. When your body is out of excess water, it will start drawing water from your muscles, organs, and your brain—leading to a brutal headache. Leave a bottle of water next to your bed before you go out and you’ll thank yourself in the morning.
Generally, you should avoid sugary sports drinks like Gatorade unless you are exercising strenuously, but that isn’t the case when you have a killer hangover. Gatorade can help restore lost electrolytes like potassium and sodium that water can’t. Better yet, grab yourself a coconut water, which has 5 electrolytes found in human blood, rather than the 2 that most sports drinks to. My personal favorite, one that’s garnered a following more recently, is Pedialyte. The drink is intended for dehydrated children, but it provides a lot more electrolytes than Gatorade with far less sugar.
3) Ginger Tea
Herbal tea is one of the healthiest drinks you can have and is a great substitute for sugary juices and sports drinks. Plus, studies show that ginger tea may reduce nausea and motion sickness. Anyone who has ever soothed an upset stomach with a glass of ginger ale knows that ginger is useful digestive.
4) Pickle Juice
Drinking pickle juice is a relatively new phenomenon among athletes, but many people swear by it. The bitter tasting liquid contains vinegar, salt, and water, which can all help rehydrate and replenish electrolyte and sodium levels. It doesn’t taste good, so your best bet is to pour a few ounces into a shot glass and down it. Don’t drink more than one or two shots at a time or you may find yourself feeling sick.
Coffee needs to be used carefully when you’re hungover, since caffeine is a mild diuretic and can make dehydration worse. It is also acidic, which can upset your already queasy stomach. Still, coffee is an antioxidant and the caffeine will give you a little boost of energy and help ease your headache. If you do drink coffee, be sure to down more water, Pedialyte, or coconut water to combat dehydration.
*Pro tip: if coffee makes you feel jittery, try taking L-theanine with it. L-theanine is a natural substance found in green tea that promotes relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety.
If you’re looking for something a little more heavy duty than the options above, check out my top 5 favorite hangover drinks below:
First, they are expensive. At more than $4 per bottle, it is likely the most expensive hangover product out there if you're downing a couple per night. Second, they are bulky. I find this product is best use during tailgates and day parties where you have a cooler on hand. Just throw a handful of Resqwaters in the cooler along with your beer and other goodies and you will be a hero among your friends the next day. Try it!
Another thing that I like about LyteShow is that it does not contain sugar, sweeteners, calories, carbohydrates, preservatives, or artificial coloring/flavor. It’s vegan and all natural. It is also one of the cheaper hangover product that I’ve tried at roughly $0.40 per serving.
The biggest downside for me is the taste. It adds a tart and slightly salty flavor to the water which I really care for.
I've taken this many times after a night out, sometimes in combination with other hangover prevention products, and it does relieve headache and grogginess quickly. It is also very pleasant to take, which is important when you're feeling queasy the next morning. That said, you can get similar results by popping an Ibuprofen and drinking a cup of coffee.
I’ve read the reviews on Amazon, YouTube and the product website and RecoverORS appears to be exceptional when it comes to dehydration. Unfortunately, it’s just one of the ‘alleged’ causes of hangovers. To be honest, i've had better results with products which have been specifically formulated to prevent or cure hangover symptoms. I’ve tried several hangover products so I’m quite familiar with the ingredients that appear to work such as N-acetyl-L-cysteine, prickly pear extract and milk thistle extract. None of them are in RecoverORS’ ingredient list.