Sharing some ideas from my book with Brides.com about post wedding hangovers. Let me know if you have any good ones to add.
My name is Anneliese Place, I am a Bar & Hospitality Consultant and author of “Hair Of The Dog: Hangover Remedies That Work” available soon on Amazon.
The true cure for a hangover (the medical term is veisalgia) involves time and complicated body chemistry. However, there are some amazing ways to ease yourself through the pain of a post wedding hangover by treating the symptoms! The tried and true for many is to drink water, fresh juice or electrolyte based drinks like Powerade, Gatorade & Pedialyte to relieve symptoms. Try popping an Alka Seltzer for an upset stomach and ibuprofen for a pounding head. (Caution: Do not take pain medications containing acetaminophen, such as Tylenol. The combination of acetaminophen and alcohol may cause liver damage.) However, I think my favorite remedies are a bit more enjoyable:
“Hair of the Dog”. My suggestion is that you enjoy a Bloody Mary with breakfast (or as breakfast!). This is not a cure but it will help you feel better fast and should get you through a rough morning. While you may not be able to stomach another round of tequila shots or the thought of one more sip from a bottle of champagne to calm your post wedding hangover, chances are a Bloody Mary won’t sound bad at all. The phrase, “hair of the dog”, means that like cures like, an idea dating all the way back to at least the time of Hippocrates.
Lemon Water. This just may prove to be a magic elixir for every morning, not just after a wedding celebration. If you just can’t think of having another drink its time for lemon water in your cup. Squeeze the juice of half a fresh lemon into 8 oz. of warm water and enjoy. This helps balance blood sugar and correct your body’s PH level. If it’s hard to swallow on this particular morning, stir in a teaspoon or two of raw honey.
Apple Cider Vinegar. If you can tough it out, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar stirred into a glass of water helps to restore balance in PH levels and increase deficient important minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium and iron. What does all that mean? Your body will thank you.
B12 drops. A couple drops of B12 (also called cobalamin) in your water or drink of choice will assist the body perform critical functions of the brain and nervous system and get you ready to rejoin with the wedding party in no time at all.
Getting married in Las Vegas? You are in luck! Head over to Hangover Heaven to see Dr. Jason Burke and his staff. Trust me on this one. He has had thousands of patients feeling better in less than an hour. Dr. Burke is a board certified anesthesiologist, trained at Duke University. He has been a practicing anesthesiologist for over ten years with extensive OR and ICU experience. He is the first physician in the United States to formally dedicate his career to the study and treatment of veisalgia, the medical term for the common hangover.
Not getting married in Vegas? Dr Burke has created Hangover Heaven supplements, which can be purchased online. These should help get you through all those champagne toasts.
Kombucha. This may be the best tip out there for a bride that plans on going a little overboard. This beverage provides crucial, energy giving B vitamins, antioxidants and contains a blend of beneficial probiotics to aid in digestion and detoxifying the body with gluconic acid. Additionally, kombucha makes for an excellent mixer.
Kombucha can be used as a sour mix to make tasty cocktails like the kombucharita and the kombucha sour along with others great recipes that can be found in my book “Hair Of The Dog: Hangover Remedies That Work”. In a sort of “reverse-toxmosis” you don’t ever have to experience a hangover again.
I have also added my favorite top 3 tips to get through a wedding gracefully while drinking.
Almonds. Native Americans claim eating a handful of almonds (6 to 12) before drinking will protect the body against intoxication and hangover effects. This is a super idea for the bride that has Jordan Almonds within reach. These fancy, sugarcoated candies are rich in cultural meaning and may just save your head from ringing like wedding bells in the morning.
Let them eat cake! Do not pass on the wedding cake, enjoy it. Brides often diet to fit into a dress and look perfect for their special day. Lack of carbs in a diet can quickly ruin a reception for the bride who is drinking. Eating wedding cake can help stabilize the effects of the alcohol consumed.
Do not mix different types of alcohol or end the evening with shots. Both can cause memory loss and blackouts. Who wants to forget the best day of their lives?
If you have any other suggestions let me hear from you. I may quote you in my next ebook!