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You Did What?! Bizarre but Effective Ways to Cure Your Hangover Quick

You Did What?! Bizarre but Effective Ways to Cure Your Hangover Quick

There are few things worse in this world than a bad hangover. You know the feeling: your head aches, your body feels like you’re 90 years old, and you want to do absolutely nothing except lie on the couch or in bed.

When it comes to hangovers, the best cure is prevention … but hindsight is 20/20, right? In this article, we’ll look at some of the best things you can do to prevent a hangover and some ways to help you feel better after you’ve had one too many libations.

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Drink a soda.

While it’s probably not wise to drink sugar-laden soda on a regular basis, sipping on one after a night of drinking may help you feel better. There’s one type of soda that stands out above the rest, too. Chinese researchers tested 57 beverages and found that Sprite was the most effective at combating a hangover. When you’re nursing a brutal hangover, have a glass of Sprite and some healthy snacks, and you’ll start to feel better.

Eat asparagus.

A study published in The Journal of Food Science that tested the effect that eating asparagus had on hangovers found that eating this vegetable can protect your liver cells from toxins, which in turn helps prevent nausea, fatigue and headaches.

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Drink water … a lot of water.

One of the best ways to prevent and cure a hangover is drinking water. Alcohol thins the blood, which can affect fluid balance. Drinking water helps restore fluids when your body is dehydrated after drinking and can help remove toxins from your blood. The best time to drink water is before and while you’re drinking alcohol, though. Aim for a glass of water for every alcoholic libation you indulge in.

Drink a sports drink.

Sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade contain electrolytes that can give you an edge over plain old water when you’re dealing with a hangover. These drinks lead to quick spikes in your blood sugar levels, which can help your muscles rehydrate faster.

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Take your vitamins.

Certain vitamins such as vitamin C and magnesium can help your body break down alcohol so you can cure your hangover faster. Pick up some vitamin C tablets and magnesium citrate powder, which you can mix with water to help remove toxins and get your body back to normal.

Get some exercise.

While sitting around and doing nothing always sounds like the best thing to do when you’re hungover, the more you get up and move the faster your body will metabolize the alcohol and get it out of your system. Research shows light exercise can help you cure your hangover faster. It’s probably not a good idea to continue your marathon training when you’re hungover, but some light cardio or yoga can really help.

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Clean yourself up.

Most of us have experienced a hangover so bad that we can’t even get up to bathe or shower. But when you’re feeling like you just climbed out of the gutter, having a hot shower or bath can help you feel better instantly. The steam will open up your pores and help you sweat out some of the booze, so get off the couch and clean yourself up.

Remember, a little prevention will go a long way. Take the time to eat healthfully and drinks lots of water if you know you’re in for a long night of drinking. Stay hydrated throughout the night by having a water with every drink or every other drink. And stick with clear liquors, which tend to have fewer toxins (and therefore don’t cause bad hangovers … anyone who has had too much whiskey can attest to this).

Featured photo credit: hal9k via flickr.com

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Scott Christ

Scott Christ is a writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Pure Food Company.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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