Hangovers occur as a result of dehydration caused by drinking too much alcohol.
Alcohol has a dehydrating effect as it causes increased urine production, which then causes dry mouth and thirst.
Drinking too much can also lead to electrolyte imbalance, and studies suggest this can also play a minor role in how bad a hangover is.
With Christmas just weeks away, and the party season in full swing, here are six tips from Abacus Foods to cure a hangover naturally, without the need for aspirin.
This is the number one priority to cure a hangover. Drink plenty of fresh mineral water, and ideally something containing electrolytes such as coconut water or a sports drink.
Sleep is still one of the best ways for human recovery of any kind. While you sleep, your organs get a chance to rest and restore.
In case of a hangover, your liver is working hard to break down the alcohol and sleep allows its natural healing. Also, you will wake up with a clearer mind.
This can help with an upset stomach, such as vomiting and nausea.
Simply make yourself a ginger tea with a slice of fresh ginger in boiled water, or chew on some ginger sweets.
Sweat by working out or taking a hot bath, and thereby help your lymphatic system get rid of the toxins in your body.
Beware of the sauna though as the excessive sweating could make you even more dehydrated and lower your blood sugar.
Greasy food has long been rumoured to help with alcohol resistance. The one time you can legitimately eat greasy pizza and fries is before you start drinking, and the extra oil on the intestines can help slow the alcohol absorption.
It’s generally a good idea to eat well and not drink on empty stomach.
Fructose can help speed up alcohol metabolism, meaning that extra glass could pass through your body faster and you can feel back to normal sooner.
Try natural & fruity snacks to help this process. For example the jujube fruit is a great source of natural fructose and also contains potassium which can help rehydration.
Some experts believe taking a supplement can help with a hangover.
Hannah Braye, Nutritional Therapist at Bio-Kult explains: “Alcohol depletes a number of nutrients from the body but in particular our B vitamins, which are water soluble (so flushed out by increased urination caused by drinking). Some may therefore find replenishing levels with a B complex beneficial.”