So here's the thing...I'm not as resilient as I once was. It's true. Age has played a mean trick on me, and sometimes one night of good old fashioned fun can ruin an otherwise productive weekend. I have been on a mission for the last five years at least to find an actual cure for a hangover. I truly believe a hangover is God's way of letting you know that your behavior is frowned upon. That's why they worsen with age! So of course there is no cure. But I've found some things that help...most recently a new discovery you're going to want to know more about.
I know - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I've read lots of interesting "wives tales" about things to do to prevent hangovers like eating almonds before you drink, drinking equal parts water as you drink alcoholic beverages. I'm sorry, but if you're knocking back more than a few glasses of wine with dinner, neither of these is very effective. They may help, but they certainly don't fully prevent. I'm convinced the only real cure is abstinence, and sometimes that's just not an option...and not a lot of fun either. Another important thing I've learned in my research is that not all hangovers are the same. There are multiple factors that lead one to feel "hungover"; dehydration, impurities in the beverages you drinks, the amount of alcohol you take in, etc. When drinking it's kind of hard to do the math and determine the best strategy for prevention, no? Even the next day it's hard to say what "kind" of hangover you've wound up with and how to get rid of it. The symptoms usually include nausea, fatigue, headache and general lethargy. If you take the wrong approach to get rid of your hangover, you can actually make it worse! It's a vicious cycle. So onto the good news!
I recently came across a product on-line called "Sprayology - Party Relief". I thought to myself, if it really worked wouldn't I have heard about it by now? Wouldn't everyone I know have stock in it? Buy it by the case? There is almost nothing worse than a hangover - and if someone has invented a cure they're about to be very, very wealthy. So I did a little research and couldn't find a single bad review. I found more than one blogger who'd tried it & raved about its effectiveness. For $20 I thought it was worth a shot. I'm pleased to report that it works! Now, in full disclosure - I've only tested it out twice. I'll follow up on the exact scenarios. But it vastly improved my well being the next day! I won't go so far as to say it prevented a hangover - but it severely lessened the effects. It's basically a small spray bottle that you use like this:
Spray twice under your tongue before you begin drinking, and twice every hour that you continue to drink, The hardest part is remembering to do this every hour of course. I'm sure I wasn't completely accurate, but it still worked for me. It also says if you're still not feeling up to par the next day, it helps to use again - on the hour, every hour. I didn't even need to use it the next day, but I'll remember that for future use.
Trial # 1
Went out to dinner - Jerry and I shared the mussels (appetizer) and the filet (8oz) with asparagus & potatoes. By the way - asparagus is said to be good for hangovers the next day - but honestly, who wants asparagus when they're hungover? Anyway. I had 2.5 glasses of wine at dinner and 3 beers after dinner. Not too bad. Projected hangover on a scale of 1-10 was about a 5. I didn't drink a lot of water, and didn't eat much that day prior to dinner. The result? I slept in, which clearly helps, and then proceeded to get up and bake blueberry muffins and cleaned the house. Yes, really! No sign of a hangover!
For dinner I had baked crab-stuffed tilapia, sauteed vegetables, and a half a piece of bread. Tried to drink plenty of water with dinner. (didn't drink water again until we got home, not good!) Met some friends out for drinks and between 9pm and midnight had roughly six vodka sodas and 2 or 3 shots. Hey, it was someone's birthday - cut me some slack! Projected hangover was about a 7, only because I knew I could sleep in. Used my Sprayology as directed throughout the night - and what do you know? I didn't feel bad at all! I was tired - but that can much more easily be remedied that the other awful symptoms of a well deserved hangover, no? I wasn't queasy. I didn't even reach for the Advil. At this point I am absolutely recommending this product. It's $20 + shipping from ULTA. They do not have it in stores unfortunately. You can read more about it here - the ingredients, dosage, etc. http://www.sprayology.com/relieves/party-relief