What Is The Best Cure For Hangover?

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6 Tips For Curing A Hangover

1. Drink Lots Of Water
The thumping headache you get from a hangover is the result of dehydration and toxins. Too much alcohol overloads the liver - as a result the body produces toxins which triggers the headache. Drink 1 to 2 liters of what first thing after waking up, and continue to drink throughout the day.

2. Small Snack
Eat a light snack such as a slice of whole wheat toast or bowl of porridge to settle your tummy and boost your blood sugar. This will help reduce dizziness, trembling and weakness. A banana or fresh fruits like figs, dates and papaya are also good options.

3. Take A Supplement
Take a supplement of 1g of vitamin C and 5g (1 heaped teaspoon) of glutamine powder every 2 hours until you feel better.

4. Herbal Teas
Drink cat's claw tea or dandelion root tea to speed up liver detoxification.

5. GABA Supplement
Some people feel edgy and paranoid after drinking too much. Alcohol promotes relaxation by promoting GABA (Gamma, aminobutyric acid) a substance known as the brain's peace-maker. After drinking too much alcohol however, the next day GABA levels drop so we are more likely to feel irritable, stressed and even paranoid. If you take a GABA supplement in the morning, it can help calm you down. This supplement is available in the US, but not in the UK. The next best alternative is glutamine, from which the body can make GABA. Ideally take 1 heaped teaspoon of glutamine with water on an empty stomach just before going to bed.

6. Painkillers
Over-the-counter painkillers are good for curing muscle cramps and headaches. Take a paracetamol-based tablet rather than aspirin. Aspirin can irritate the tummy and increase nausea and sickness.

Does Hair Of The Dog Work?

Hair of the dog - drinking more alcohol the next morning - does not help. All it does is delay the appearance of symptoms until the alcohol wears off. If you have had a heavy drinking session, doctors advise you to wait 48 hours before drinking again. This allows your body to recover. In reality of course, the last thing we want to face is another drink anyway!

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