From trying to prevent a hangover, to what to do if you wake up with one, here are some of the most popular remedies I could find to keep you going the day after our epic Quad Cities celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

It's true. When it comes to St. Patrick's Day celebrations, the Quad Cities is well-known, being rated as one of the best places in the world to celebrate.

If you've ever decided to get dressed up, watch the bi-state parade, and partake in the variety of foods and beverages all over the place, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  Like Dorothy, we can click our little leprechaun heels and say, 'There's no place like home.'

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While everyone is in the Irish-spirit, it's not often we have a game plan for the unwanted hangover the next day. Besides all the things we know to-do like, don't drink and drive, drink lots of water and eat food (and some even use over-the-counter-electrolyte drinks like Pedialyte), there are so many other easy remedies that can have you back to normal in no time. Most are found in your kitchen or nearest health food store.

I love this smoothie recipie from MamaNatural.com that she swears by. Each ingredient plays an important role in helping your body heal. Here's the recipe:

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If smoothies aren't your idea of a good remedy, or you don't like them, perhaps you've head of taking something before you actually start drinking? I've always heard that activated charcoal helps absorb gunk in your gut that you don't want hanging out there for too long and milk thistle helps keep your liver (the organ you make angry while drinking) moving things right along. I'd recommend researching these things first and asking your healthcare provider if it's right for you, first, especially if you're on medications.

Freshly juiced fruits and vegetables can help restore you. Infact, I've been told that ginger shots and my very own Joni Juice at Fresh Blends is a great way to biohack your body from a hangover.

I know that the 'hair of the dog' works for some but from my 'crunchy' health perspective, I personally wouldn't even try it. I wouldn't want to chance feeling even more depleated before beginning a work week.

So, if you are going to indulge, try not to over-indulge and defintely, whatever you do, please do not drive. There are plenty of ways to get where you need to go safely.