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You swear you had a great time at that party last night, but your pounding headache says otherwise. Even though it felt good to finally unwind, you wish you didn’t reach for that second-third-fourth glass of wine. Now, you’re stuck with a major hangover and have no idea how you’re going to face the world. The worst part is that you have plans for later that you can’t cancel.

What next?

There are simple ways to cure a hangover when you feel like death warmed over. It’s more than just taking a painkiller and hoping for the best. Here’s how you can survive the morning after and feel like a person again.

1. Drink lots of water. I repeat, LOTS of water.
This may sound like common sense but it bears repeating. After a huge drink session, your body loses a lot of fluids. Keeping yourself hydrated is crucial.

Remember that alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you feel dehydrated a lot faster. Drinking water flushes out the toxins.

2. Drink coconut water while you’re at it.

If you can brave going outside for twenty minutes, pick up coconut water at your nearest convenience store. Right now, you need to replace the nutrients your body sweated or flushed out during the night. Replenishing your electrolytes will make you feel better a lot faster.

If you’re not a fan of coconut water, you can pick up a sports drink like Gatorade. Just be sure to alternate between drinking this and water for better results.

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3. There’s a burger with your name on it.

You broke the biggest rule when it comes to drinking: Never drink on an empty stomach. Don’t break the second rule, which is to never stay hungry when you’re hungover. Trust us, throwing up feels a lot worse when you have nothing left in your system.

One trick that many problem swear by is eating greasy foods. This helps soak up the alcohol and alleviates that lightheaded feeling.

4. Ginger is the be all, end all. 

You already drink ginger tea when you’re sick or have cramps, but did you know that it’s also a lifesaver when it comes to hangover? It will help settle your stomach after you spent an hour hugging the toilet. There’s honestly  nothing that ginger can’t do.

If you have the energy, boil ginger on the stove. This will make your tea much stronger and get rid of your headache faster. If not, stick to decaffeniated tea since caffeine and hangovers don’t mix very well.

5. Eating this specific green will help you feel less green.
Believe it or not, asparagus is a total game changer. It is basically a superfood that speeds up the hangover recovery process. It contains amino acids that help your body break down the alcohol quicker.

The best part is that asparagus is great for your liver, which is makes this a win-win situation. This means you should definitely stock up on this vegetable BEFORE your next night out. Eat up!