As a mother, I try to keep things as PG as possible, which is definitely a 180 from who I was before kids. However, that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about la rumba and the hangovers that came with those nights. Hey, I never said I was a Santa!
Hangovers progressively get worse with time. I remember being 25 and going about my day like nothing had happened that night. But now, at 31 and with a toddler, those days are over. Thankfully, our Latino community has us equipped with the best tips to cure hangovers, especially those accompanied by the holiday.
Check these Latino tips below for a smoother holiday season!
Wake up with a cold chela
Abuelos all over swear by this one. They say that the best way to get rid of a hangover is to start off your morning with a cold beer. I’m sure there’s a science to this, but it works (once you get past forgetting what a few too many beers did to you the night before.)
My Colombian family has a sancocho tradition after a night of too much partying and not to be too dramatic — it’s heavenly. Something about drinking a warm soup and soaking rice in it makes your headache dissipate faster.
As you may already know, Sancocho is a staple in many Latin American cultures. And truth be told, sancochos don’t differ much from one culture to another. So, my recommendation is that you choose the sancocho you want to eat the following day by preparing all the ingredients the night before (trust me — this part is vital to the process.) This means someone who is responsible needs to be in charge of sacando el pollo to defrost and all the nine yards.
Sparkling water and medicine
We all know that a hangover can bring about an upset stomach aside from a headache. So, instead of gravitating towards Canada Dry, Sprite, or Gatorade, give sparkling water and lemon a chance. At the end of the day, you want to stray away from anything that may have too much sugar — that will only lengthen your recovery time. Drink your sparkling water with some ibuprofen or acetaminophen (don’t mix them and make sure you follow the directions on the medicine.) bottle.) You should feel better in no time after doing this!
If you overdid it – not judging here – then you might need to stay put for the day. Eat things that are somewhat greasy so your body can absorb the alcohol and drink lots of water. Don’t forget to take your medicine and give yourself several hours for your body to recuperate.
Now, amigas, partying can be fun so long as it’s not a common occurrence. We must continue being responsible. Ay, I sound like a vieja, but it’s only the truth.