What to do — and what to never do — for a hangover
Burnt toast, Mexican sausage, a spoon of olive oil?
Crazy as they sound, all these foods have one thing in common. People swear by them as a hangover remedy — or prevention!
But while there’s really no quick fix to make you feel fit as a fiddle tomorrow morning if you’re raising a toast to the New Year tonight, there are some things that can help clear the fog.
And something you should never, ever do.
The burnt toast “cure” comes from the idea that the carbon, which is in the charred part on the bread, filters out the impurities from the alcohol.
The sausage solution might be called the fat “trick.” Fatty foods, if taken before you have that pint or glass of spirits, is said to keep the alcohol from being absorbed by your body too quickly.
One folk remedy even has partygoers downing a spoon of olive oil!
But here’s why the simplest method of all will give you the most relief.
A hangover isn’t just one thing. It’s a mix of reactions you get, depending on what you’re drinking and the unique way your body reacts to it.
But the one thing that’s certain is you’ll become dehydrated. And the more “toasts” you make, the more dehydrated you become.
And those classic hangover symptoms, the headache, thirst, and dry mouth, are all because of that. They’ve even done research to find out why alcohol is such a potent diuretic. And the answer seems to be that it suppresses a hormone that’s supposed to send water released by your kidneys back into your body.
But the answer to that one is simple. Before bed, or after that cocktail or other fizzy drink, have a glass of water. And another one in the morning.
And don’t skip breakfast tomorrow, either.
One of the best things to include in that breakfast is a banana. It will help replenish your supply of potassium — something else you lose when you become dehydrated.
And if you don’t feel very hungry, another breakfast idea is to have some toast with honey on it. (That “cure” comes from the Royal Society of Chemistry, so there must be something to it!)
Another hangover buster is a supplement called glutathione. Taking 100 mg of it about half an hour before drinking can help your body eliminate some of the toxic byproducts your liver has to deal with afterwards, especially if you combine it with vitamin C. You can also take another dose of glutathione before bedtime.
Whatever you try, there’s something you never want to do.
And that’s to reach for anything containing acetaminophen or aspirin.
While that may seem like a quick fix, it can put your liver in the alarm-sounding, flashing red-light danger zone.
And that’s no way to start a new year.
“How a hangover works” Meredith Melnick, The Huffington Post, huffingtonpost.com