You rocked the reception, danced your way through the after-party, and made it back to your hotel room in one piece, but you won’t know until the morning whether you really needed that last glass of champagne. And if you wake up feeling a little worse for wear, even with all the mingling and formalities that kept you from hitting the bar, just imagine how some of your guests might feel! But, ever the consummate hosts, there’s something you and your S.O. can do to fend off the worst of the post-wedding hangovers for your guests: assemble a well-stocked welcome bag! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite products, from probiotics to a Hair of the Dog cure, that would fit right in and take the edge off.
Feeling a little queasy? Nothing settles the stomach quite like ginger. Ginger ale is great, but take a hint from pregnant women everywhere and double down with the power of spicy ginger chews. These soft bites pack a punch and aren’t too sweet, plus they’re individually wrapped, making it easy to tuck a few into each welcome bag. Chimes Ginger Chews also come in flavors like ginger-mango and ginger-peppermint, softening the strong flavor without losing any of the benefits.
Chimes Original Ginger Chews 1 lb. bag, $12.30, from Amazon.com
Hangovers happen because your liver has to turn alcohol into acetaldehyde before it can be turned into acetic acid. One way to fend off morning misery? Give your liver a boost with a dose of probiotics. ClearVia’s probiotic blend supports your liver, moving that process along so your body turns alcohol into acetic acid more quickly (and all while you sleep!). Simply pour a citrus-flavored packet of the good bacteria blend under your tongue, chase it with water, and head to bed, then wake up refreshed instead of groggy.
ClearVia Probiotic Supplement 5-pack, $14.99, from ClearVia
Not feeling so hot in the morning? Pain reliever might help, but make sure you reach for the right one. Acetaminophen (the main ingredient in Tylenol) needs to be metabolized by your liver, just like alcohol, but a hangover means your liver is already hard at work with the booze, so popping Tylenol could actually cause liver damage instead of helping your head. Instead, reach for ibuprofen (like in Motrin or Advil) to relieve the throbbing without the danger.
Advil Pain Reliever Tablets, 50 Packets of 2 Capsules, $9.98, from Amazon.com
Hair of the Dog
Is it delaying the inevitable? Yes. Does the placebo effect work? Usually. If you’re going to fend off a hangover with a little more booze, pick your poison wisely. A bloody mary, full of tomato juice, is great with or without the vodka and contains antioxidants and vitamins that will support your liver and replenish your body. Tuck a can of Mr. & Mrs. T’s mix, along with a shooter of your favorite vodka and a mini bottle of hot sauce to give your guests an AM pick-me-up (okay, it’s better for you without the booze, but you’re still celebrating, right?).
Mr. & Mrs. T Original Bloody Mary Mix, 24 5.5-oz. Cans, $18.99, from Amazon.com
Emergen-C isn’t just for immune support. The combination of vitamins B and C, antioxidants, and electrolytes is just as good for a hangover as it is for a cold, now that alcohol has dehydrated you and your liver is working overtime. A little fizz will help settle your stomach, while the ingredients will get you refreshed before you head to the morning-after brunch.
Emergen-C Drink Mix, 60 Packets, $13.59, from Amazon.com
Hydrating Coconut Water
Alcohol blocks your body’s ability to absorb water, which is how you can feel dehydrated and still make multiple trips to the bathroom as you’re chugging that H20 the next morning. Electrolytes (like the ample potassium found in coconut water) help your kidneys absorb water, while the natural sugars make up for the fact that your liver is way too busy processing alcohol to create the glucose that will keep you from feeling like you’ve just had the biggest sugar crash of all time. And of course, coconut water is all-natural, so you’re not filling your body with a sports drink’s hard-to-pronounce ingredient list.
Vita Coco Coconut Water, 12 11.1-oz bottles, $24.09, from Amazon.com