People have been sharing their hangover cures since drinking alcohol became a past time. Romans used to eat fried canary and raw owl eggs the morning after. Everyone at the Paris World Exhibition in 1878 was all about another cure called the prairie oyster, which is a mixture of raw egg yolk, Worcestershire and hot sauce, salt and pepper.
Today, science still has a poor comprehension of what hangovers are exactly and how to avoid them. Here are some other ways to reduce the pain of a hangover that does not involve raw eggs.
The only guaranteed way to avoid feeling hungover the morning after is to try not to overdo it the night before. Pace yourself and remember, the less you drink, the better you will feel the next day.
Pick Your Poison Wisely
As a rule, darker drinks usually have higher levels of congeners, a substance produced during the fermentation process of creating alcohol that can cause worse hangovers. That means white wines are generally better for hangovers than reds, while lagers will likely be less troublesome than stouts. If you prefer the hard stuff, vodka is almost congener-free, weighing in at only 2.7% of the concentration you would find in bourbon.
The most common symptom of hangovers is a headache. The thing is, a hangover headache is caused by dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you expel water. Make it a point to drink water with each drink and before bed. Be prepared to drink even more water as soon as you wake up.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has an ancient remedy that has been taking the edge off of hangovers for centuries. It is a mixture of ginger, tangerine pits and brown sugar. This concoction did not reduce the duration of a hangover but did make it more tolerable. The problem is that no one seems to mass-produce this recipe. If you don’t make it ahead of time, you could try crystallized ginger or ginger tea as it has been shown to reduce feelings of nausea.
Yogis swear that the seated twist pose is effective at jump-starting your kidneys and liver to purge your body of the toxins you accumulated when you drank.
You have a lot of electrolytes to replenish. It does not need to be extravagant. Start with some toast and go from there. Or, if you are starving, go for an old fashioned breakfast of bacon, eggs, hash browns with all the fixings!
Kick your hangover to the curb—naturally
While there is no guaranteed hangover cure, there are some smart steps you can take to reduce the effects of drinking. Many of which are chemical-free and all-natural.
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