Student life is hard. Up early for class. Massive essays to write. More books than you will ever be able to read in a lifetime and if you can find the time a part time job to fund your way through further educations. Is it any wonder that students like to blow off a little steam down the union every once in awhile?

It certainly is not and it’s a safe bet that you have had one too many strawberry daiquiris at the weekend (or a weeknight) and have felt the consequences the next morning. We feel your pain. That’s why we have written some tips on what you can do to ease the sore head the next morning but remember if you are going to drink, then drink responsibly. 

Lost Salts

Lost Salts

The main reason you feel like ten pounds of sore head in a five pound bag is because you are dehydrated. Alcohol consumption will pull all that lovely water out of your system and that's why your brain feels like it's too big for your skull. Drinking a massive glass of cold water is a necessity but it won't do anything to replace all those salts and minerals that you got rid of last night. Try drinking a Lucozade Sport or a Powerade as well as a few pints of water. These drinks are made specially to replace the salts and sugars that you lose while you hit the gym and sweat it out and they will help you get over that hurdle hangover. A bottle of isotonic juice will rehydrate you and give you that burst of energy you need.

Food

Food

Food might be the last thing you want to look at but it’s exactly what you need to give you your edge back.

Get yourself down the cafe and order up a big old fry up. This will help to replace some of the fatty acids you have lost and these are essential for your liver to sue when breaking down the alcohol from the night before. Add some fried eggs onto your plate! Eggs contain a rather fancy chemical called taurine. This has been proven to reverse some of the effects alcohol has on your liver.

After you’ve devoured your fry up go to the supermarket and buy some bananas. If you’ve been hitting it hard then chances are you have brought your potassium levels down a fair bit. A banana will help rectify this post haste. Not only that but a banana will give you a burst of serotonin which will help cure some of those hangover blues you’ve got.

Drink

Drink

No we’re not talking about a hair of the dog but a glass of fruit juice. This will help to get rid of some of the toxins you have stored up in your body.

If you're feeling a bit nauseous then try some ginger. Not in the form of biscuits unfortunately. Try some ginger tea or even just some raw ginger and that will help ease you sickly feelings.

For those who have it bad try some milk thistle tea...apparently it works wonders!

Coffee

Coffee

That one hits hard. A coffee and some ibuprofen is everyone's go to quick cure but you're doing yourself more damage. Coffee won't help your dehydration one bit and it’s also a diuretic so if you have been spending a bit of time in the bathroom a black coffee won't help you get out of there anytime soon.

Shower

Shower

If you have the time and you're not late for lessons then a long shower will do you the world of good. Open that window up and let the fresh air in. Don't make it too hot because as you have guessed already you are dehydrated and the hotter the shower is the more you will sweat and the more precious water you will lose. If you can brave it make it a cold one or do what I do…start of warm and gradually turn the cold up. It’s not as full on as a freezing cold shower but it will get you up and about in no time.

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