FOOD & FITNESS / JAN. 09, 2014
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The Best Hangover Cures to Help Revive You

It's January, what better way to kick those blues but to go out with all your mates. Most often or not, we tell ourselves not to drink too much, especially when we have work at 6 am. Then it happens... you come stumbling or crawling (in some cases) back at 4pm absolutely legless. Calling in sick isn't an option, as you have used those "sick days" on your can't be bothered getting out of bed days. There's only one thing to do.... suck it up and go in!

But there are remedies and "cures" for hangovers to help you feel your normal self as soon as possible. Some aren't pleasant, but have great results. Obviously, there are rare cases where you have probably consumed so much alcohol, your best cure is getting your stomach pumped, but for most, these cures should suffice. 

The Night Before Cures 

The best time to actually start nursing a hangover, is before it has kicked in. Before you head out drinking, make sure you eat plenty of food and gulp down a glass of milk. It lines the stomach and helps the nausea the next day. 

We all know we should alternate drinks throughout the night, but who has the cash and let's be honest, we don't want to.

Before you got bed, if you're able to that is, drink a large glass of pure orange juice, it's full of vitamin c, which helps increase the metabolism in the liver, getting rid of the "ethanol" quicker. Also, eat a round of toast, it will settle your stomach and give you a sugar boost, stopping any drunken shakes.  

If you forget or basically can't do this.... here's The Morning After Cures

To help the hangover subside, a hot bath has been known to help. It sounds strange and none of us would ever think to do it, but the heat sweats out the toxins. At first, it'll make you feel a bit woozy, but if you go with it, 10 minutes later, you will feel loads better. Apparently another "cure" is to have sex. This also achieves the same result but in a much more pleasant manner. 

We have all heard the saying, the best way to beat a hangover is get back on it. This only works short term, so chances are by time 10am, you will feel even worse. Your body is dehydrated and lacking vitamins, so water and fruit juice are the best bet. Yes, we all crave a strong coffee, but this only pro longs the hangover. You're better off drinking a pint of water or a concentrate juice, which will give you a vitamin boost... a kind of pick me up. 

When it comes to eating, our stomachs are pleading for carbs and fat. But what your body needs is potassium. Kiwis and bananas will boost your body and nurse it on its way back to health. 

I never feel like having any fizzy drinks after a heavy night, but it has been proven by Chinese scientists that fizzy drinks, especially pop helps speed up the recovery. The chemistry behind it is a bit deep to go into, but basically, it helps break down the alcohol and stops the nausea feeling you get! My personal remedy is flat coke, caffeine and sugar to liven me up, liquid for dehydration and flat, as I find it easier to drink, as the gasses can sometimes be a bit bubbly and make you feel sick at first.  On your way to work, grab a bottle of sprite and keep drinking it throughout the morning. 

In Poland, the main hangover cure is pickle juice. They drink the juice from the pickles, which adds salt back into the system, although I'm not sure I could stomach this. 

Avoid Painkillers. This is a misconception that if we take aspirin, our hangover will disappear. The headache may vanish, but the effects of painkillers are magnified, so you may begin to feel drowsy and slightly tipsy. Not ideal if you're sitting at a computer all day.

Better out than in the saying goes and this case, it really is. I hate being sick, but I would prefer to throw up and feel ok throughout the day than trying to contain it and feel rough. Sometimes, it's best just to give in and get it all up. You will feel miles better afterwards.

Take some Berrocca with you to work, to have during your break. It's a quick pick me up and contains lots of vitamin B! Have it with a pint of water and it will keep you going all day! 

Try and get some fresh air throughout the day. It will liven you up and make you feel more refreshed. This also a good idea for the night before. 

A remedy that dates back throughout history is to eat sauerkraut aka sour cabbage. It's disgusting, but for the brave, it works amazingly well, ceasing all side effects altogether. If the chunky cabbage is too much to handle, it works also as a juice mixed with tomato juice. Down it all in one if you can and the results are bye bye hangover.

The night before was a whirl of shots, dancing and cocktails, but what you won't believe is that there are homemade cocktail recipes to help you beat a hangover. They take a little time, which isn't great if you're already late for work, trying not to pass out. For best results, make it the night before, whack it in the fridge, so that it is ready for when you awake (if that's what you can call it). 

Cocktail Recipes~

Cocktail 1

  • 1 large can of tomato juice
  • 3 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 slices of onion
  • 3 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 2 teaspoons of Tabasco sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 crushed ripe banana
  • 2 level tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3 oz milk
  • 1 1/2 oz rum
  • Plenty of cracked ice

Cocktail 2

  • Olive oil
  • Tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tabasco
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 cups of Ovaltine
  • Chocolate topping
  • 2 cups of castor sugar
  • 3 tblsp of golden syrup
  • 1 pkt of pineapple jelly crystals
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 2-3 cups of milk (full-cream)
  • Rinse a cocktail glass with the olive oil and discard oil. Mix all ingredients except egg yolk, and add to glass. Place the egg yolk in carefully. Serve with a small spoon and a glass of ice water.

So why not try these cures next time you go out, which will probably be this weekend. Have fun and remember these remedies for the morning after.

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