Six Traditional Hangover Cures from Poland

Julia Wytrazek © Culture Trip
Julia Wytrazek © Culture Trip

You were just supposed to grab a quick drink with your friends after work, but one drink turned into few and now you’ve woken up and are laying on your bed, your heart pounding, your head aching and your stomach burning. To soothe your pain try out those six home hungover remedies that Poles stands by.

Pickled beetroot juice

Similarly to sauerkraut juice, juice from pickled beetroot fills your body with the necessary vitamins and minerals, hence speeding up the recovery process. For the best effects, drink half a cup three times a day, preferably after a meal. If you don’t have pickled beetroots at hand, you can juice raw beetroots and add in apples for some extra sweetness.

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Sauerkraut Juice

Sauerkraut juice is a rich source of vitamins and minerals (vitamin C and those of group B, as well as potassium, calcium, and iron), thus helping your body to replenish the nutrients after a wild night out. Pickled cabbage is also filled with probiotic bacteria that have a positive effect on the gut flora and aids in removing toxins from the intestinal track. Not to mention that a glass of sauerkraut juice quickly quenches thirst. Pickled cucumber juice has a similar effect, so before you throw away the liquid, think again, as it might just be what saves you from a day of suffering.


Thanks to the high fructose content, honey helps metabolize the alcohol in your body and speeds up the cleansing. Simply add a tablespoon of high-quality honey to a glass of water and drink it twice a day. To make the mixture taste better, add a slice of lemon.

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Lactic acid contained in kefir neutralizes the negative effects of alcohol. Kefir, a traditional Polish fermented dairy product, also quenches thirst and provides your body with much-needed carbohydrates, while its thick creamy texture provides soothing comfort to your throat.


If you are experiencing heart palpitations and your body is shaking after a night out, chances are the alcohol has washed away your body’s potassium supplies. Grab a bottle of tomato juice or put thick slices of raw tomatoes on your sandwich to replenish them. Just remember that a Bloody Mary does not count!

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Chicken Soup

There is no problem that a bowl of hot chicken soup cannot solve. Soup will not only hydrate you and aid replenish some of the vitamins, but the liquid texture will be easier to digest for your already exhausted stomach. Don’t forget to spice it up with a some pepper and chili, which will help you sweat the toxins out of your system.

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