We all know the feeling – waking up after a brilliant night with mates, only to be greeted by a thumping headache and a craving for greasy food. But instead of reaching for those quick-fix painkillers, why not try our 6 hangover hacks to ease the hangover blues? Just like the care we put into Koonara Wines, your body deserves the best treatment after a night out.
Think about it: if your favourite indoor plant was looking a bit under the weather, you wouldn’t spray paint it green and assume it was fixed, right? The same goes for Ibuprofen and paracetamol – while they might give you temporary relief, they’re a bit like that sneaky spray paint simply masking the problem. Instead, focus on some of our suggested natural remedies below that will help your body recover from the inside out.
Hangover Hack #1: The Glutamine Game-Changer
Not all heroes wear capes. Some come in tubs. Glutamine is an amino acid that works wonders for hangovers. It strengthens your immune system and gets your liver, kidneys, and intestines in top gear to flush out the alcohol.
Simply pop a teaspoon in a glass of water, mix well and drink before going to bed – if you don’t manage that, do it when you wake up instead.
Hangover Hack #2: Protein-Packed Morning Shake
After a night of indulgence, protein powder can be your best mate. Rich in amino acids, it offers a double whammy: Lysine speeds up alcohol breakdown, while L-Tyrosine boosts your mood. Together, they’ll have you feeling chirpy in no time.
Our favourite Morning after shake is this berry banana banger:
- 1 ripe banana, peeled
- 1/2 cup of milk (any type—dairy or plant-based)
- 1/2 cup of frozen berries (like strawberries, blueberries, or a berry mix)
- 1 scoop of your favourite protein powder (could be whey, plant-based, etc.)
- Place the ripe banana in the blender.
- Add the half cup of milk to the blender.
- Add the half cup of frozen berries.
- Add a scoop of your preferred protein powder.
- Blend on high until smooth and creamy, adding more milk if necessary to reach your desired consistency.
- Taste and adjust flavours as needed, adding sweetener if desired.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.
Hangover Hack #3: Beware of Sugary Sports Drinks – Total Frenemy
They might promise hydration and recovery, but many sports drinks are laden with sugars that can exacerbate your hangover. Instead, try adding a pinch of Himalayan/Murray Salt in your mineral water the night before or the morning after to replenish trace minerals you lose during a night of drinking.
Hangover Hack #4: Vitamin C to the Rescue! Nature’s Own Hangover Pill
Before you splurge on fancy hydration tablets like Berocca and Hydralyte, consider a simpler solution: Vitamin C. Not only does it give your immune system a boost, but it’s also a natural antioxidant. And, fun fact: humans can’t produce their own Vitamin C, so give your body a helping hand!
Hangover Hack #5 Choose Your Drinks Wisely – Go Clear or Go Home
Brown spirits might look all sophisticated, but they’re often packed with congeners, which can amplify hangovers. Here’s a thought: switch to wine. Especially if it’s low in residual sugar and sulphur – you know, like the delightful drops from Koonara! ?
Koonara Tip: “Life’s too short for bad wine – and pesky hangovers!” Trust us we know!
Hangover Hack #6: Mixers Matter: Choose Wisely
Your mixer choice can profoundly impact your hangover’s intensity. Tonic, though popular, is a sugar bomb. Transition to soda water for a refreshing and health-conscious alternative. It might take some getting used to, but your body (and head) will be grateful.
Armed with these hangover hacks, you’re all set to enjoy your nights out and still wake up feeling fab. Just remember, moderation is key, and always drink responsibly. Here cheers to more fun nights and fewer hangovers! ???? I’ll drink to that!