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Hangover cures to put you out of your misery

Party a little too hard last night? Here's how to save yourself.

WATER WATER WATER

This may sound obvious and that's because it
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This may sound obvious and that's because it is. So don't blow this off- just drink it and drink it, even if it makes you throw up, keep drinking it. You need to replace the alcohol with life-affirming H2O, and you need to get on that right now. (Even if you're not hungover you should be drinking 8-10 glasses of water each day!)

Try Tiger Balm

This topical ointment made with camphor, menthol, cajuput
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This topical ointment made with camphor, menthol, cajuput oil and clove oil is known for its analgesic and blood flow promoting properties, which can help with hangover headaches, according to How Stuff Works. Rub a tiny bit on your temples and the back of your head, and try and doze off for a bit. The tingling sensation will at least distract you and the smell is hypnotizing.

Pop some Ibuprofen

Too much ibuprofen can be very bad for
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Too much ibuprofen can be very bad for you and cause stomach bleeding, but a couple on a full stomach won't hurt you. And those little babies are an anti-inflammatory in addition to being a pain reliever. The pressure in your head will surely ease after popping some.

Sleeeeep

OK so we may not have the luxury

OK so we may not have the luxury of cats who just sleep all day. And let's face it, most New Yorkers have to roll into work in the early morning so extra sleep is off the table, but if you can catch some extra ZZZ's, it's truly one of the best ways to get rid of a hangover.

Chug lemon-lime Gatorade

Lemons and limes are loaded with vitamin C
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Lemons and limes are loaded with vitamin C and Gatorade with electrolytes so this is clearly a win-win. The only thing to fear is the sugar, but sometimes the body needs sugar to recover. We imagine it depends on what kind of booze you're hungover from. If it was champagne, you're already full of sugar. If it was beer, you might need a little more.

Get a massage

Easing the tension in one muscle will relieve
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Easing the tension in one muscle will relieve tension in another, that's just the way it goes. And if you were dancing all night, your feet are probably really tired anyway so this is doubly good for you.

"Hair of the Dog"

We wouldn't suggest a Mimosa or a Screwdriver
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We wouldn't suggest a Mimosa or a Screwdriver for the severely hungover, but a Bloody Mary could help. The tomato juice, while sour and potentially hard on the stomach, is substantial and full of vitamins. And the vodka can't really be tasted - which is likely a very, very good thing. The Hair of the Dog theory does make sense, if you think about it. Your body is in withdrawal when hungover, and what makes withdrawal go away? More of that sweet, sweet juice. (But we still advocate water and sleep!)

Eat a grilled cheese

Many people will swear by a greasy breakfast
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Many people will swear by a greasy breakfast to nurse a hangover but bacon can give you heartburn, said Dr. Charles Cutler to CNN. He says try toast instead, and we think you should take that just a couple of steps further. Grill that toast in a pan with some butter and put cheese in the middle. Comfort food at its best...

The Prairie Oyster

We don't know anyone who has actually done
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We don't know anyone who has actually done this, but if you're cool with eating a raw egg, this could work. In fact, we're pretty certain it would. Might we suggest a local, organic egg?!? Crack an egg into a glass and add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, black pepper and salt. It's supposed to feel like you're slurping an oyster. Take it in one glug, like a shot. Good luck.

Alka-Seltzer: Plop Plop Fizz AHHHH...

This cure-all has been used for more than
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This cure-all has been used for more than 80 years to soothe indigestion, so it must work, right? We think Alka-Seltzer is great for minor tummy troubles, but if you are nauseous or vomiting, stick with just straight water. Your stomach is sensitive.

Snack on Saltines

Saltines are a stomach-trouble laden person's best friend.
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Saltines are a stomach-trouble laden person's best friend. Any tummy ache will feel better after eating a few flaky, salty crackers. Unlike other, some say better, crackers, saltines are plain and simple. And that's what you need when you're recovering. (Note: If you can add soup later in the day, that will also help you feel better. Chicken noodle is best. Skip the tomato - too much acid.)

Do yoga

While headstands may not sound like the best
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While headstands may not sound like the best way to make that pounding go away, many yogis swear by it. Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga in NYC says yoga can truly help. Watch the video to see the moves she recommends.

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