There’s nothing worse than having a hangover.
Oh, wait. Yes, there is.
Having a hangover as a parent.
While it makes more sense to hire a babysitter the next day, too, it doesn’t always happen.
Us parents think we can handle it. We can just throw a movie on and give the kids a bag of potato chips and all will be alright. Unfortunately, however, it never is. The day you’re trying to manage a hangover while maintaining your parenting duties is the day that Netflix stops working, your child wants complicated-to-make snacks, your mother-in-law stops in, and the dog starts vomiting pieces of the Barbie he ate earlier.
Your dreams of riding out this hangover on the couch have just been shattered, my friend.
Best case scenario: You sleep the hangover away.
Parent’s case scenario: You try some of these natural hangover cures and hope the kids go to bed early tonight.
Natural hangover cures
Just an FYI: you should have drunk more of it last night. Alcohol is a diuretic. In a nutshell, you’re going to have to pee more than when you were 9 months pregnant, but you’ll be getting really dehydrated while you’re doing it. Alcohol prevents your kidneys from reabsorbing water, so you need to replenish the H2O you’ve lost.
Gauge your water drinking abilities by how you’re feeling. You may feel like you want to chug it all down, but that may not work well in your favor. Drink water throughout the day to get your hydration back up to snuff.
Ginger works as an anti-nauseant. That churning and gurgling in your belly can be somewhat tempered by steeping about 2” worth of sliced ginger in a pot of tea.
Remember in high school when you’d head straight to 7/11 after a night of partying and pick up some blue Gatorade? We were so smart back then. Rebalance your electrolytes with some coconut water. This will reduce the aches and pains and nausea you may have.
Get vitamins in your body
Dang. You forgot to get the adult ones at the store again. No worries. Take some of your kids. Alcohol really depletes the B vitamins in your body (and low B vitamins are going to make you tired and moody) so make sure you get in on those. Try and get some proper nutrients in your body from food, too. Bananas, avocados, eggs, and asparagus are top foods for helping combat your nasty feelings.
Hot lemon and honey
Hot lemon and honey will work to rebalance your blood sugars. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a pot of hot water. Add 2 tbsp. of honey.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This wonder substance is used for everything. Put a teaspoon or so into a cup of water. This will help detoxify your body.
Take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (you can buy it in liquid form so you don’t have to melt it) and swish it around in your mouth for anywhere up to 20 minutes. This is an Ayurvedic technique that is to help remove toxins from your body. It’s actually a good habit to get into every day. Do it before brushing your teeth in the morning.
Don’t worry. This isn’t a suggestion to put on some Richard Simmons and squeeze into a one-piece spandex. Draw yourself a nice bath (let the kids sit in the bathroom and read books to you. This bath isn’t about relaxing-it’s about detoxifying). Make sure it’s hot enough that you’re going to sweat. Add some Epsom Salts, too, for maximum toxin removing. Stay in as long as you can handle the kids pointing out your squishy belly.
Yes, I understand. You may not be up to it. However, even if you can manage just a little bit you’ll get that nasty stuff running it’s course through and out of your body. Stick with a light sequence; Downward Dog might not be the best idea.
Oh man. This is going to be the hardest part of all of it, but it truly isn’t going to help matters. Coffee is also a diuretic, so while you’re trying to rehydrate coffee is going to be counteracting your attempts. You know how you put laundry in the drawer and your toddler immediately takes it out? That’s coffee when you’re trying to cure a hangover.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. You don’t drink like this often ( however, if you do make sure you talk to someone about it. This isn’t healthy and you may need to get yourself some help) and you’re allowed a day of recovery. Next time, be careful to pace yourself, drink enough water while you enjoy your alcoholic beverages, nourish your body with food, and, most importantly, find yourself a babysitter for the next day, too, so you can have your hangover in peace and quiet.
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