Here’s how to cure a hangover next time you find yourself shaking the morning after.
1. Drink lots of water
Drinking alcohol stops the body from creating a chemical called vasopressin, which means your kidneys send water straight to the bladder instead of absorbing into the body. It’s also behind the reason for needing to go to the toilet so many times while you’re actually drinking.
This also leads to dehydration, as the body can expel up to four times as much water, and is probably why you have a thumping headache and dry mouth.
2. Drink a can of fizzy drink
A Chinese study looking at 57 different beverages found that the lemon and lime pop helped process the alcohol out of your system quicker, speeding your recovery.
Sprite was among the drinks that sped up this process the most, causing the alcohol to be broken down faster, therefore reducing the duration of a hangover.
Jane Scrivner, author of The Quick-Fix Hangover Detox: 99 Ways To Feel 100 Times Better, said: “It has a high water content to rehydrate you and is high in sugar for an instant pick-me-up, yet the simple sugars mean you’re likely to soon come crashing back down.
“But its lemon and lime juice content is alkaline and will help balance the acid in your gut, quelling feelings of nausea.
“Fizzy water with a squeeze of fresh lemon is a better option.”
3. Take painkillers
It’s another obvious choice – especially when you wake up with that feeling like your head’s in a vice – but the NHS actually recommends taking painkillers.
It says that buying over-the-counter pills can help with headaches and muscle cramps but avoid aspirin as it can further irritate the stomach and increase feelings of sickness.
Instead, opt for a paracetamol-based remedy or ibuprofen lysine, which absorbs quicker and one with codeine (found in ‘plus’ brands) is like taking two painkillers at once, experts say.
4. Eat up
There’s always an urge to reach for big, greasy plate of food in the morning to help cure that hangover and it is an option that can work for many people. The fat in your fry-up contains lots of calories, so you’ll get an energy boost, while eggs and meat are rich in the amino acid cysteine, which is thought to be good at clearing out toxins.
However, experts actually recommend that a bland breakfast can help restore blood sugar levels and without causing anymore stomach problems.
Crackers, toast or a thin vegetable-based broth are some of the options put forward by the NHS .
Alcohol can also deplete your potassium levels so eating a banana or two will actually make you feel a lot better.
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