Now that we’re days away from the Fourth of July, it’s time to brush up on your hangover prevention and treatment methods. Not all of these tips are guaranteed to work for you, but one or two may save you from a morning of pure torture.
The most important thing to remember is to hydrate the whole time you celebrate — and realize that drinking alcohol means the inherent loss of essential nutrients, so the best thing you can do is prepare for the worst.
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Some of these recommendations are for those who plan to avoid a hangover altogether (good luck), while others are for people who have come to expect a hangover after drinking, like the sunrise after a night of darkness.
Either way, use this list in good health.
“There is a reason your grandmother said to eat chicken soup when you are sick,” says David Crooch, biomechanics specialist and the founder of Osteobroth. In a University of Nebraska study, proteins in chicken soup were shown to mitigating effect on throat and nasal inflammation, otherwise recognizable as the symptoms of a cold. The hangover itself is believed to be your body’s inflammatory response to alcohol, so bone broth could potentially provide a similarly soothing effect.
For best results, Crooch recommends you pair it with a glass of water.