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When it comes to the inevitable festive-season hangover, prevention is always better than a cure. But even if you forget to match each glass of wine with a glass of water, there are many remedies that can save the day. From au naturel tonics to much more medicinal cures, we’ve put together five tried and tested fast fixes that’ll have you ready to face the world and forget about last night’s bottle of champagne (or two).


The Pre-Tox Prevention


If you have a moment to prepare for the worst before you go to bed, the following combination of vitamins and natural remedies may be your saving grace. With copious amounts of water, take some vitamin C to help you detoxify alcohol, milk thistle to protect your liver from toxins, Dioralyte to restore electrolytes, magnesium to reduce inflammation and glutathione to support liver detoxification. This concoction is best taken before you drink, but can also help to prevent or at least quell the severity of a hangover.

If you’re lucky enough to have your hangover on the weekend or over the holidays, the best thing to do is go straight back to bed for a few more hours

Go Back to Bed


If you’re lucky enough to have your hangover on the weekend or over the holidays, the best thing to do is go straight back to bed for a few more hours. Sleeping is one of the most restorative things you can do for your body and mind, and the saying ‘time heals all wounds’ is especially true when it comes to a hangover. Getting a few more hours of slumber can reduce inflammation, quell your appetite, lower your cortisol levels and boost your immune system.

Hook It Up


The primary cause of a hangover is dehydration, and while drinking copious amounts of water is the obvious solution, some companies think there’s a faster fix. IV drips that deliver saline solution with vitamins and nutrients straight into your bloodstream are useful and popular ways to rehydrate and revive a tired and parched body. The infusions take about 45 minutes to receive, so if you have less time a vitamin B12 injection is a quick option that gives you an energy boost but without the rehydration.

Working up a sweat may seem like the last thing you want to do, but it can often be the quickest way to get over the worst part of a hangover

Sweat It Out


Working up a sweat may seem like the last thing you want to do, but it can often be the quickest way to get over the worst part of a hangover. Exercise releases endorphins that put you in a great mood, so a gentle hike or yoga class with a friend might be just what the doctor ordered. Stay well hydrated before, during and after you exercise if you decide to try this option out to avoid becoming even more dehydrated.


Over the Counter


If you’ve slept, tried an IV drip, cleaned out your vitamin cupboard and gone for a hike and you still don’t feel better, it might be time to head to your nearest pharmacy. Over-the-counter painkillers and nausea tablets are fast and effective fixes. And if all else fails, sometimes binge-watching your favourite Netflix series and ordering in might be just what you need to get through the day.

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