Wine Wednesday: The wine hangover recovery guide

Everyone knows one of the worst hangovers is, unfortunately, a wine hangover. The headaches, exhausted feeling, stomach aches, hunger and sensitivity are feelings we all know too well.

However, have no fear. There are a few simple steps to take when combating a hangover thanks to drinking too many glasses of that delicious Moscato.

1. Wake up early

This might sound a bit crazy, but waking up early actually helps in comparison to sleeping in until noon. The earlier you wake up, the faster your metabolism will jump start. This will help to quicken your recovery process. Waking up early also allows you to take a midday nap, which is always a bonus.

2. Go for a run

Try to force yourself to go for a short ten minute jog. If you’re not very active, a 30 minute walk will do the trick. Don’t over-exercise, just be active long enough to release toxins and get your blood flowing.

3. Drink water

This is the most important step when recovering from any hangover. By drinking all of those glasses of wine the night before, you end up dehydrating your body, making it crave water – and it’s craving it now.

One of the biggest causes of a headache is dehydration, especially from alcohol. Most people will take ibuprofen to remove a nasty headache as well. However, only take a small dose of medicine. Your liver is still working overtime metabolizing alcohol from the night before.

4. Take a shower

Turn the lights off and take a cool shower in the dark. While showers don’t actually hydrate the body at all, cool temperatures make the body more alert and will help wake you up for the day.

5. Avoid more alcohol and greasy foods

It’s an urban myth that consuming more alcohol helps cure a hangover, so avoid the tempting “hangover beer.” Eat protein-rich foods for breakfast and lunch, such as oatmeal, a protein shake or soup. Avoid the tempting yet delicious greasy option; it will only exhaust you.

6. Take a 15-20 minute nap

At some point during the day, you’re going to feel exhausted. Taking a quick 15-20 minute nap will help boost your energy levels and get you going for the rest of your day.

7. Choose to drink responsibly from now on

It can be tempting to chug an entire gallon of wine in one sitting, but don’t – you’ll regret it the next day. To truly appreciate wine, you need to not only understand the taste and stories behind the wine, but the alcohol content as well. However, it’s okay to mess up every now and then. Take recovery seriously, follow the steps above and you’ll feel better in no time.