So, you just threw the best 4th of July party on the block – in fact, maybe even the best 4th of July party the neighborhood has ever seen! Everyone ate, drank and was merry, fireworks were spectacular, drinks and junk food abounded and now your body is crying out for some R & R – not to mention some added nourishment. Here are my tips for relieving those too-much-of-a-good-thing head and tummy aches (and Mom and Dad, click here to go to my hangover cure breakfast!).
The Bloody Mary has always been the go to hair-of-the-dog drink to ease the pains of a hangover. Try this version if last night’s celebration got a bit carried away!
- 1 quart tomato juice or V8
- 1 cup of your favorite vodka
- ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon
- 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime
- a couple dashes A-1 Steak sauce
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons horseradish
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive juice
- ½ teaspoon celery salt (or to taste, use your best judgment)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste, use your best judgment)
- dash black pepper
Mix everything together in a pitcher and refrigerate. You can always make this the night before a party or brunch. Serve over ice and garnish with a celery stalk – although you can get creative and garnish with whatever you like. Now sit back, relax and prepare to feel fantastic!
As for those tummy aches from competing in the hotdog eating contest or just overindulging, try these home remedies to feel better in time to enjoy the weekend!
Ginger or Peppermint Tea
Ginger’s main ingredient is gingerol, a strong antioxidant which also decreases nausea and discomfort, and Peppermint calms the stomach muscles. Good news – ginger chews and peppermint candies work, as well!
Apple Cider Vinegar
This has become known as something of a wonder cure, and can be used to assist with digestion, help absorb nutrients, and to treat stomach aches. Just put a few teaspoons in a glass of cold or warm water.
Let your kiddo (or yourself!) settle down with a blanket, book or movie and a heating pad.
Play a Game Outside
Even though curling up in bed when you have a belly ache sounds like the best idea, getting some activity outside can actually help faster. Playing or running can help movement through the GI tract – lying in bed is more likely to get you constipated! And, hey, no one wants that!
How do you recover from a party-heavy holiday?