Frank Sinatra had perhaps hangover-proofed himself when he said, "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day." Perhaps 'Ol Blue Eyes should've said, "I feel sorry for people who drink stupidly. When they wake up in the morning, they are as dumb as the night before. And they feel a lot worse."
It's common to regret the night before and vow to drink only water, as your head pounds and the sunlight appears way too bright. The fact is hangovers can wreak havoc on your immune system and create a toxic internal environment. In a bid to prepare you for the worst morning after, here's a quick list of handy tips:
1. Rehydrate: Over-the-counter pills are the easiest to pop but the most dangerous. Aspirin is known to be a blood thinner, Acetaminophen can damage your liver, and Ibuprofen can cause stomach bleeding. Stave off the pills and go au naturel with lots of water. Even though you may feel sick to the stomach in the morning, try and drink at least a litre of water so that your body can flush out all the toxins. If water doesn't excite, hydrate your system with a quick mix of fresh tomato juice, pepper, sugar, and a little bit of lime. The concoction can replenish electrolytes. If you can't stand the thought of drinking tomato juice, then try a glass of water with a pinch of salt and half a tablespoon of sugar the morning after.
2. Eat: Unlike popular belief that you should have a greasy breakfast, nutritionists recommend going easy in high fat food. Whip up a quick fix of fried eggs and toast. The carbohydrate and protein intake will help soothe your stomach.
3. Shake things up a little: If you want to ditch breakfast, make yourself a yummy banana shake. Banana helps increase potassium supply, which alcohol depletes. It also contains natural antacid that helps fight nausea, as well as magnesium, which helps relax blood vessels. Make the shake sugar-free by adding a tablespoon of honey to the milk and banana and just a pinch of cinnamon before putting it in blender. The fructose in the honey further helps your body metabolise alcohol faster.
4. Go cabbage! A study conducted by researchers at Stanford University has proved that cabbage juice can heal stomach ulcers. Green cabbage especially contains a lot of minerals and vitamins, including potassium, sulfur, chlorine, iodine, Vitamin C, B6 and vitamin 'U' which help maintain health, vitality, and well being. In addition, since cabbage is high-fibre, it absorbs the alcohol acetaldehyde and is known to relieve headaches due to lactic acid. A popular hangover cure in Greece, and easy to make — people vouch for it: Just boil a cabbage and keep the juice for drinking. Once you are feeling better, you can toss some roasted peanuts and squeeze a lime on the boiled cabbage leaves for a quick salad.
5. Work it out: If all fails, in addition to sleeping it off, try rubbing your hangover out of your feet with reflexology. Do it by stimulating the outer edge area on the right foot and later kneading the middle of your foot and pressing your little toe. While rubbing your feet, chances are you may notice a crunch while pressing, which is a sign of congestion in the area. Slight exercise is also recommended by doctors, but if that seems like a cruel joke, just sit up on hard ground and try the bharadvajasana. The asana (posture) prods along the post-party liver purge which helps squeeze the alcohol out of the organs.
Must follow tip: Avoid the entire ordeal by drinking water throughout your alcohol intake.
First Published On : Nov 12, 2011 14:13 IST