Hangover-cures

Best Hangover Remedies

So you had a few drinks last night and today you’re feeling slightly worse for wear, reaching for the Panadol every few hours to stave off that persistent headache. Hangovers are not fun and sometimes we wish there was a magic cure to make all that pain and fuzziness disappear instantly. Unfortunately I haven’t developed the magic cure yet, but here are some remedies that should help to ease your hangover.

Water

It’s quite obvious that water will help you to feel better.  When you’re hungover you’re dehydrated so the only way to rectify that problem is by replacing the fluids you’ve lost.  Water is the best fluid, but drinks such as Gatorade or juice can also be beneficial because of the nutrients and vitamins found within them.

Gentle exercise

If you can drag yourself out of bed and into the fresh air then doing some light exercise such as a walk or jog may help you to feel better.  Exercise releases endorphins which should brighten your mood and the exercise may also help your body rid itself of the toxins.

Sleep

If you’re lucky enough to have the chance to sleep your hangover off the following day, it’s a great cure.  Sleep repairs your body and mind so you should wake up feeling better after a nap.

More alcohol?

No.  Despite many people opting for the ‘hair of the dog’ remedy, all you’re really doing is prolonging the hangover side effects.  Although it might make you feel better in the short term, you’ll probably end up feeling even worse later in the day.

Carbohydrates

One of the best cures is to eat something if you’re feeling ill, preferably bland carbohydrates like toast, crackers or pasta that are slow to digest and will also raise your blood sugar levels which can help with fatigue and drowsiness.

Bananas

Drinking alcohol depletes your body of potassium and because bananas are full of the nutrient eating one the following day should boost your potassium levels back up again.

Asian soups

Most Asian style soups contain salt, water and ginger which are all great in helping to alleviate hangover symptoms.  Your body loses sodium and water when you drink alcohol so by replenishing these nutrients you should feel better.  Ginger also has a soothing effect on the stomach.

Honey

The fructose in honey helps your body to metabolise and digest alcohol quicker.  Consider drinking a banana smoothie with a couple of spoons of honey to help ease your hangover symptoms.

Do you have any remedies of your own that dispel those awful hangover symptoms?  We’d love to know about them!

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July 26, 2014

Hangover Juice Recipe

Forget hair of the dog: Juice Master Jason Vale shares his ultimate hangover juice recipe – perfect for the silly season!

Mixed berries, fresh banana, low-fat live yogurt, fresh OJ… and a little stroke of the head.

A little worse for wear? Too much of the amber nectar? Feeling like your head is about to explode? Never fear, Recovery Angel to the rescue! This hangover helper is one of the most popular smoothies at our Juice Master Juice ‘n’ Smoothie bars, so if you are out and about, or too hungover to actually make it yourself, come and see us and we’ll make you one!

Ingredients

1 large orange (peeled but keep the pith on)
1 large handful mixed berries – strawberries, blackberries, raspberries 1 banana (fairtrade where possible)
100g low-fat live yogurt
4 ice cubes

Method

1. Juice the orange and pour into the blender. Add all of the ingredients and blend until smooth. If you wish to make this in super-fast time, you can get some fresh non-concentrate orange juice and pour into the blender with the other ingredients – this saves cleaning the juicer!

Juicy Note: When you feel your head pounding after a night on the drink, most of what you are feeling is blood trying to pump through a dehydrated brain – nice!

How will it help my throbbing head and aching bod?

The oranges are rich in vitamin C, folic acid and an array of minerals, such as potassium – all of which are depleted by heavy drinking. The natural bacteria help replenish natural bacteria in the gut, quelling any nausea or an upset stomach. The natural sugars help to raise depleted blood sugar levels, and the organic water flowing through nature’s finest fruits will re-hydrate your system.

December 25, 2013