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Halloween hangover tips 2

We appreciate how demanding and physically draining trick-or-treating can be for the average guy or gal. All thatt debaucherous bar hopping, foot stomping, and drink chugging really does take a toll on your energy and general wellbeing. With the festive period providing the perfect excuse to dress up in risqué clubwear, binge on candy, and knock back seemingly endless rounds of booze, Halloween can be a brutal time.

We’ve seen our fair share of holiday victims spend November 1st licking their Halloween hangover wounds in the sick bay, and we expect no different this year. So, read on if your gut is aching, your head is hammering, and you can hardly remember last night, and find out how to cure that killer Halloween hangover. 

Water

Best Halloween hangover cure: water

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Take note of this cardinal rule of rules: Always rehydrate after a long night out on the dance floor. Remember to leave a water bottle on your night table, both when you go to bed and when you wake up, and keep swigging at regular intervals like your life depends on it—which it probably does! Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it saps all the fluids out of your body. After a wicked night out full of music, laughter and all manner of licentiousness, your body will need the additional liquid to flush out the toxins and the head-wrecking alcohol still in your system.

Coffee

Coffee mug

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If you’re a coffee person, then you probably don’t need to be told that a steaming mug of Joe is a heavenly post-party cure-all and one of the best Halloween hangover remedies. A mug of coffee will clear your head, warm you up, and give your body a much-needed energy boost. As this study shows, coffee may also be able to drag you out of that dreaded post-party torpor by temporarily raising your blood pressure. However, remember to keep chugging water throughout the day, because much like alcohol, coffee is both a diuretic and a laxative, which means it can contribute to nasty post-party headaches.

If you’re looking for a soothing alternative to coffee, you can always go for a glass of refreshing fruit juice or a mug of remedial green tea. The later is jam-packed with catechins, a micronutrient associated with the functioning of our immune system, and provides great protection against secondary Halloween hangover complications such as colds or the flu.

Toast

Halloween hangover cures: toast

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It can be difficult to keep track of your food intake after a couple of beers, so unless you’ve been feasting on candy corn, pumpkin pies, and the like, chances are you’re feeling pretty famished. That being said, never underestimate the all-around post-party wonder that is toast. Yeah, that’s right; this homemade medicine really works. Toast provides much-needed carbohydrates which simultaneously boost blood sugar levels and indirectly relieve the stress on your already overtaxed liver. It’ll probably take you longer than usual to dress your toast, but hey, that’s only normal. You’ll be thanking us for this Halloween hangover tip later.

Kiwis

Kiwis

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These hangover-curing fruit are packed full with potassium, a key electrolyte and one of the most important micronutrients in our bloodstream. Kiwis also provide a bunch of different metabolism-inducing enzymes, antioxidants and a healthy dose of energy-boosting fructose, making them one of the best Halloween hangover cures. So get of bed and start peeling those kiwis people! 

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup

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There’s nothing quite like a bowl of chicken soup when you’re feeling down. According to recent research, chicken possesses certain anti-inflammatory and mucus-inducing properties, which means that there’s probably some science behind the old chicken broth remedies. The cysteine in chicken also may help liver function when it’s flooded with toxins, making this meal a great Halloween hangover option. A bowl of chicken soup provides tons of protein, sodium-rich liquid, and, most importantly, a much-needed dose of hot, homey comfort.

Eggs

Halloween hangover cures: eggs

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Some people can’t look at food in the morning, no matter how badly their battered body is in need of energy-boosting nourishment. Unlike other fatty breakfast foods which put added strain on our livers such as hamburgers or sausages, eggs are genuinely healthy Halloween hangover breakfast options. This early morning staple is on this list because of its all-star capacity to boost liver function and kill that terrible, day-after headache. The cysteine in eggs targets acetaldehyde, eliminating the horrible headache-inducing chemical that is produced by the body during the ethanol breakdown process.

Sleep

Woman sleeping

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This October 31st, you’ll probably be up to all hours of the night partying with friends, coworkers or your significant other. We like to keep things pretty intense on our club crawls, which means you’ll be going full tilt till your body hits the floor. For all those reasons, Halloween can be a disruptive time for our sleep cycles and our bodies, which feed off regular amounts of body-nourishing rest. This November 1st, turn off your phone, keep the curtains closed, block out all background noise, and try to get as much shut-eye as possible.

If you’re having trouble coming down after all the excitement of the past two days, try taking a shower and drinking a glass of warm milk before bed. That’s right, tryptophan, a sleep-inducing chemical found in milk, will put you to sleep straight away, making dairy one of the best all-natural Halloween hangover remedies.

Exercise

Man jogging

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There is little scientific evidence to suggest that this Halloween hangover tip actually works, but we’re throwing this one on our list anyway, because almost anything beats suffering through post-party withdrawal in bed. Get up, be active, and hope to God you’ll be able to sweat off all the alcohol still coursing through your system. Medically speaking, physical exercise increases our heart rate and floods our body with both adrenalin and mood-boosting endorphins, making it a great Halloween hangover cure. Remember to drink water throughout to get the most out of all those feel-good chemicals you’ll be releasing.

So there you have it, a complete list of extensively researched Halloween hangover cures at your disposal. Follow them, feel your body become refreshed, and get ready to keep on partying!