Across South America, hangover cures tend towards the liquid — Peru’s famous leche de tigre, Brazil’s shrimp and coconut milk stews, Colombia’s sancocho and Mexico’s menudo soup. Here in the state’s it’s just called chicken soup – but whatever it's called they all raise the dead and easily cure a hangover, the saying goes.
Exercising after a night of drinking supposedly helps the heart pump blood around the body and increases your oxygen flow. It also flushes the impure toxins out of your system through sweat.
Water replenishes lost moisture and rehydrates the body, making a hangover shorter. Drinking a few glasses of water before bed helps fight dehydration after the body finishes breaking down the alcohol.
The body loses its Vitamin B when you drink, so taking vitamin B pills replenishes them as soon as possible.
Taking some form of pain killer, either aspirin or ibuprofen (avoid Tylenol or acetaminophen due to liver toxicity risks) will help mask some of the effects of your hangover. But don’t overdo it – it will only further punish your liver.
Eggs contain a large amount of cysteine, the substance that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde in the liver. So it can fill your tummy while helping you feel better.
Gatorade will supposedly help replenish some of the lost electrolytes your body needs and also help rehydrate your body from all the water you depleted by getting drunk.
Eating bananas the morning after a night of drinking replenishes the potassium lost to alcohol's diuretic effect. Bananas are also 75 percent water so it helps the body rehydrate and detoxify.
According to the Telegraph, bread is high in carbohydrates and bacon is full of protein, which helps break down amino acids. Since binge drinking depletes neurotransmitters, bacon contains a high-level of aminos – which “tops these up, giving you a clearer head,” according to the newspaper. But probably not the best option for your diet.
Hair of the dog
More alcohol has a sedating and anaesthetic effect – but all it does it postpone the symptoms and, of course, triggers alcoholism. Your liver still needs to break down hangover-inducing toxins, and drinking more just won’t do it.
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