We all have that hangover remedy we swear by: two Tylenols with a glass of water, chugging Gatorade before bed, maybe even a morning-after beer to ease the headache. But are you really curing that nasty hangover or just masking the symptoms? We rounded up some natural relievers to prevent or cure the hangover, just in time for what’s likely to be the biggest hangover of the season—New Year’s.
Snacks: This is something we can all get down with. Nosh all you want at your New Year’s Eve party with a drink in hand—the fuller your stomach, the more time it takes for the alcohol to enter the intestines, where absorption occurs.
Clear drinks: The myth that drinking clear over dark drinks will prevent a hangover is actually true—sort of. While you’re more likely wake with a splitting headache if you stuck with bourbon all night, that doesn’t mean you can drink five martinis in two hours and feel fine afterward. As always, everything in moderation.
Water: Speaking of clear drinks, you’ll definitely want to have a glass of water in your other hand throughout the night. Preach all you want about the magical powers of Gatorade and coconut water, but water is king when it comes to preventing hangover symptoms next morning. Be sure to drink it throughout the night and gulp down a glass or two right before bed.
Asparagus: According to a new study published in the Journal of Food Science, asparagus may prevent a hangover. The amino acid and mineral contents in asparagus were found to protect liver cells against toxins from alcohol. And asparagus leaves contained much more protective amino acids and minerals than the shoots.
Wheatgrass: Trade that shot of tequila for a shot of wheatgrass the next morning. Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes, and while it may not prevent hangover symptoms, its detoxing properties will help you feel better sooner than later.
Wasabi: No, we don’t recommend that you stuff a spoonful of wasabi down your throat, but how about settling into a wasabi bath? Wasabi is known for its cleansing properties, as it increases blood circulation and contains isothiocyanates, which enable detoxification. There are plenty of wasabi bath salts, plus mustard baths, which also contain the same detoxifying properties.