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What are some good ways to cure a hangover?

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Some good ways to cure a hangover include sleeping extra hours, taking over-the-counter painkillers and drinking beverages that contain electrolytes. Other good ways to cure a hangover are drinking lots of water and eating carbohydrates.

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Sleeping for a long uninterrupted stretch of time after drinking is an effective way to cure a hangover, as rest aids the body in metabolizing the alcohol. Also, being asleep during the alcohol-metabolizing process helps one to feel less sick.

Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin is another way to reduce the unpleasant symptoms of a hangover. However, this hangover remedy does not work for everyone, as some of these medicines can cause stomach bleeding or liver damage in those who consume more than one drink several times a week.

Drinking beverages that contain electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and chloride helps to replenish and restore system levels in the body during a hangover. Sports drinks such as Powerade and Gatorade contain large amounts of these electrolytes as well as sugar, which provides needed carbohydrates for energy when hungover. Coconut water is another beverage that contains electrolytes. In addition, coconut water has been shown to be less irritating to a hungover person's stomach than sports drinks.

Eating carbohydrates such as dry toast or crackers also helps to cure a hangover by bringing blood sugar levels back to normal. During a hangover, since the liver is working extra to metabolize the alcohol, it cannot release any extra glucose from stored carbohydrates to compensate for low blood sugar. Consuming extra carbohydrates helps expedite this process.

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