A good night out with friends and/or family is one of the best ways to celebrate or simply reconnect with the people in our lives, but sometimes it can come with a price. A night of drinking alcohol, dancing energetically and/or getting less sleep than usual can often add up to a hangover.

The alcohol is a diuretic which means it causes us to urinate more as our body tries to expel the toxins, but this, in turn, leads to dehydration. It can also cause an inflammatory response in our immune system, low blood sugar levels and irritation in our stomach lining through increased acid production.

If you had a little too much last night and are feeling the effects, here are

6 Ways to Speed Up Your Recovery

1. Get as much sleep as you can

Getting sleep is the first step to recovery. Often alcohol can make us fall asleep quickly, but the quality of sleep is not good, so we feel even more tired than usual. When we sleep our bodies can direct more energy to repair the damage you did to it the night before.

2. Re-hydrate

To combat dehydration, you should be drinking as much water as possible as well as replacing electrolytes such as potassium and sodium which will help with water retention. Another popular treatment for hangovers is iv therapy IV LA which is carried out in your own home to provide your body with the fluids, nutrients, and medicine you need to recover as soon as possible.

3. Eat the right food

The alcohol and the mixers we drink are packed with sugar, which means that when we stop drinking, we experience a sugar crash. If you can stomach it, try to get some food back in your system. Here are some great foods to help a hangover.

4. Drink ginger tea with honey

Drinking any tea will help to rehydrate you, but ginger tea is often found to help with nausea and dizziness. Honey (as well as eating fruit) can boost your sugar levels and metabolism to get the toxins out of your body faster.

5. Get some fresh air

There is some debate around whether or not oxygen can help to relieve hangovers, but it’s worth trying. By getting out for a walk and breathing in the fresh air you can boost oxygen levels in your blood which can only help your kidneys and liver with the task of cleansing toxins from your system. It will also help to get you feeling energized and more awake.

6. Get some exercise

When we exercise, we put our bodies under stress which triggers the release of endorphins, the brain chemical which promotes a feeling of calmness and happiness. Obviously, when you’re feeling very rough the last thing you want is to put yourself through a rigorous exercise routine, but that’s not necessary. A brisk walk, some stretches or a gentle yoga routine can help to improve your mood and wellbeing after a big night out.

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