Drink plenty — of nonalcoholic substances

Whether you choose juice, water or sports drinks, doctors say there's little difference in their effectiveness; the more you hydrate, the more you replenish lost fluids, and the better you feel. Gatorade will replenish your electrolytes but is high in sugar and other dyes and unpronounceable ingredients. Instead, try coconut water, which contains as many electrolytes as Gatorade with a fraction of the sugar.

Sweat

If you can manage it, exercise can be helpful, experts say. But don't hit the treadmill too hard; if you're hung over, chances are you're also dehydrated and temporarily undernourished. An easy workout, though, could get your blood pumping and make you feel like rejoining the living.

Bananas and eggs, breakfast of champions

When you drink alcohol, you urinate more, literally flushing potassium down the toilet. When you're low on potassium, you may shake and feel weak. Sound familiar? A banana can boost those levels where they need to be. As for eggs, they're high in vitamin B, which will help reduce your hangover symptoms.

Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen

Over-the-counter pain medications can ease the pounding headache that often accompanies a hangover, but be careful; if you're a frequent drinker, you may have done some damage to the lining of your stomach, and taking aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil) can worsen the damage and even cause bleeding. Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) also can be risky for habitual drinkers, as it can damage the liver. Check with your health-care provider about the best OTC remedy for you.

Hit the caffeine

This remedy is a toss-up, recommended by some professionals and discouraged by others. Pro: If you're a big coffee-drinker who skips the java because you're hung over, you may be left with an even worse headache from caffeine withdrawal. Con: Caffeine narrows your blood vessels and can boost blood pressure, leaving you feeling worse than when you started.

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