We’ve all been there… Waking up with a pounding headache, feeling nauseous, and desperately searching for the nearest cup of water. And while we obviously try to avoid these mornings, sometimes they just happen. Over the years, I’ve heard of various hangover cures: greasy food, hair of the dog, sports drinks, an ice-cold Coca-Cola, Pedialyte, coffee, pain medication, and the list goes on. A couple of weeks ago, I was at my friend’s house and after a couple of margaritas I started worrying about the potential hangover in my near future. She then looked at me and said “Charcoal!” I was puzzled and asked her what she meant and she handed me a few charcoal supplements and swore by their magical powers to prevent that morning-after dread. I looked it up, and learned that activated charcoal capsules work as a digestive aid and essentially absorb dissolved chemicals (i.e. alcohol) as they pass through the body. I woke up the next morning feeling like a million bucks. It was a miracle cure, and an easy one at that! Beware though, activated charcoal can cause constipation—that’s one thing my friend didn’t mention. ;)
You can read more about activated charcoal and other hangover cures here, and feel free to share any of your personal remedies below.
Footnote: I am speaking from personal experience. I am not a doctor, nor is my friend. It’s always a good idea to check with your care provider before taking supplements.
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