Coconut Hangover Cure
**Please note that Matt wrote this on Sunday morning, NOT Monday morning. He did NOT have a bender on a Sunday night!**
Every time I have a long night out my mom always asks me if I’ve drank a “Prarier Oyster” to help relieve the pain. It’s more or less a bloody Mary, (Worcestershire Sauce, tomato juice, vinegar, egg yolk, vinegar and pepper) and it’s her supposed cure for a hangover. Well she doesn’t drink, but if she did that would be her cure.
So of course that got me thinking about what people tend to do after a night out on the town, and it made me think about how common wisdom for most people is to indulge in a big bowl of bacon grease with eggs and cheese.
Recently, I’ve found something better. Coconut Water.
Imagine drinking Gatorade without all the sugar. Without all the preservatives, and ingredients not occurring in nature (Seriously what the hell is red 40, and blue 1? And why is that the best name they could come up with for it? And how many reds are there?)
Over the past month or so I’ve become an “ingredient whore” Before I eat anything, I check the label. As best I can, if I don’t recognize the ingredient or I can’t pronounce it, I don’t put it into my body. That’s why I was surprised to find something with so many health benefits that doesn’t have anything added to it all
Pick up a container of Coconut Water (VitaCoco, Zico or O.N.E. are the most popular), and you’ll see that the only ingredient is coconut water. No added Sugars or preservatives. Nada. (They do sell some versions with flavors, which means more sugar, but I try and avoid those). It’s low calorie (60 per servings), and is choc full of potassium, something we all need. In fact it has more potassium than a banana. It also contains naturally occurring electrolytes, which your body always needs (like before and after workouts and especially when your body is dehydrated like after a night out of drinking).
A quick Google search of coconut water listed these health benefits:
*Potassium which helps regulate blood pressure, heart function and enhances the hydration process
*Properties which promote smoother more hydrated skin
*Raise your metabolism and promote health loss.
*Boost your immune system.
*Detoxify and fight viruses
*Balance your PH and reduce risk of Cancer
*Treat kidney and urethral stones.
Ok, let’s not get so crazy to say it is a miracle drink, but I will say that it works wonders. And like most things that end up being a blessing, I resisted trying it first.
When Amanda first brought home Coco Water I thought it tasted funny. I thought it was another one of her “health craze” things that no normal person would want to try. I was almost scared of it until one morning I woke up on a bleary-eyed Sunday, head bounding and cursing myself for those 1:30am Tequila shots (if it’s not Patron, it’s not worth it). Amanda tried getting me to drink water, but as anyone with a hangover knows, water is sometimes the last thing you want when your stomach’s queasy, and your whole body doesn’t really like you. Normally I would ask for Gatorade, but neither of us was in any shape to go outside and face the blind light of day. Amanda poured me a glass of coco water, told me to stop bitching, and made me drink it.
And it wasn’t that bad. And the funny thing is…well it made me feel better. The electrolytes and the natural taste went down pretty well, in the same way drinking Gatorade does when you’re feeling dehydrated. Sure, it wasn’t a cure-all, but it did make me start to feel a lot better than I would’ve, and helped jump-start the process of getting my back to normal, which I think anyone with a hangover can attest, is the main goal.
If you’re wondering why I’m spending so much time talking about a hangover, the truth is that I’m writing this behind the veil of an epic morning after. My brother and I started at 2pm for happy hour and finished about 8 hours later. I barely drink as it is, so let’s just say that a power night such as this is one my body doesn’t appreciate.
It’s good to know that I know I have some remedies at my disposal for those times I go too far. Of course, one might say that the best way to avoid a hangover is not to drink yourself to excess, but I live in the real world and I know that we all need to go cut loose once in a while.
In closing, here’s an article I found about various ways and old wives’ tales on how to cure a bad morning after.
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