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|25 May|3 mins

Surprising Ways to Cure a Hangover

Bookmark this page for the next time you feel a little dusty…
Lucy E Cousins
25 May
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Big night? Even bigger weekend? Chances are you’re feeling a little less than perfect today… We hear you. The dreaded hangover is the body’s way of expertly punishing you for assaulting it with copious amounts of alcohol and no sleep.

While it does make sense (we're sorry, liver), it’s an annoying side effect of an otherwise epic weekend. Luckily, there are a few weird and wonderful ways to beat a hangover, and while some might seem a little left of centre, trust us — they actually do work.

Drink Gherkin Juice

One of the biggest factors in a killer hangover is dehydration. Not only does it deliver you a brain-numbing headache, it’s also responsible for dizziness, sluggishness and mood swings. A quick and effective, albeit slightly gross way of replacing your electrolytes is to drink gherkin juice. It turns out that the salt and vinegar combo in gherkin brine works wonders on your dehydration levels.  

Order a (virgin) Bloody Mary

This is less ‘hair of the dog’ and more of a vitamin hit. The ingredients for a virgin Bloody Mary (namely tomato juice, Tabasco, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce and pepper) help to increase your sodium, potassium, and antioxidant levels as well as replenish your achy body with Vitamin C and B6. And while there’s no scientific evidence to support throwing a shot of vodka or gin in as well, it does make it taste delicious…

Get a Caffeine Fix

It’s a no-brainer that coffee and it’s lovely caffeine qualities will help give you a quick lift, but the French have found a way to up its effects. In France, a common hangover treatment is a strong coffee with a pinch of salt. The coffee offers a short-term solution to wake you up and the salt helps with dehydration. Plus, it brings out the intensity of the coffee taste and gives you a figurative punch in the face.

Hit up a Banana

If you can stomach it, a banana and honey milkshake can help blast a hangover. The banana adds potassium, the honey helps with blood sugar levels and the milk can help re-hydrate and soothe your stomach. It’s a big call though, as a big glass of creamy milk and banana isn’t top of our foodie list when we’re hugging the toilet bowl.

Binge on Bacon

Amazingly, there is scientific backing for scoffing a bacon sandwich after a night of heavy partying. Apparently researchers at UK’s Newcastle University's Centre for Life had nothing better to do than confirm that eating bacon can help with hangover brain fuzziness. Essentially heavy drink can deplete neurotransmitters in the brain, and the protein in bacon helps by breaking down into much needed amino acids, giving you a clearer head during a hangover!

So the good news is next time you’re out dancing on tables being your best self, you can feel smug in the knowledge that your morning after won’t be that bad with these hints. The bad news? The awkward flashbacks and memory loss are unavoidable… and you really did kiss that random at 3am in Hungry Jacks. Sorry.

Survive your next hangover in comfort.

Advice
|25 May|3 mins

Surprising Ways to Cure a Hangover

Bookmark this page for the next time you feel a little dusty…
Lucy E Cousins
25 May
Share:

Big night? Even bigger weekend? Chances are you’re feeling a little less than perfect today… We hear you. The dreaded hangover is the body’s way of expertly punishing you for assaulting it with copious amounts of alcohol and no sleep.

While it does make sense (we're sorry, liver), it’s an annoying side effect of an otherwise epic weekend. Luckily, there are a few weird and wonderful ways to beat a hangover, and while some might seem a little left of centre, trust us — they actually do work.

Drink Gherkin Juice

One of the biggest factors in a killer hangover is dehydration. Not only does it deliver you a brain-numbing headache, it’s also responsible for dizziness, sluggishness and mood swings. A quick and effective, albeit slightly gross way of replacing your electrolytes is to drink gherkin juice. It turns out that the salt and vinegar combo in gherkin brine works wonders on your dehydration levels.  

Order a (virgin) Bloody Mary

This is less ‘hair of the dog’ and more of a vitamin hit. The ingredients for a virgin Bloody Mary (namely tomato juice, Tabasco, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce and pepper) help to increase your sodium, potassium, and antioxidant levels as well as replenish your achy body with Vitamin C and B6. And while there’s no scientific evidence to support throwing a shot of vodka or gin in as well, it does make it taste delicious…

Get a Caffeine Fix

It’s a no-brainer that coffee and it’s lovely caffeine qualities will help give you a quick lift, but the French have found a way to up its effects. In France, a common hangover treatment is a strong coffee with a pinch of salt. The coffee offers a short-term solution to wake you up and the salt helps with dehydration. Plus, it brings out the intensity of the coffee taste and gives you a figurative punch in the face.

Hit up a Banana

If you can stomach it, a banana and honey milkshake can help blast a hangover. The banana adds potassium, the honey helps with blood sugar levels and the milk can help re-hydrate and soothe your stomach. It’s a big call though, as a big glass of creamy milk and banana isn’t top of our foodie list when we’re hugging the toilet bowl.

Binge on Bacon

Amazingly, there is scientific backing for scoffing a bacon sandwich after a night of heavy partying. Apparently researchers at UK’s Newcastle University's Centre for Life had nothing better to do than confirm that eating bacon can help with hangover brain fuzziness. Essentially heavy drink can deplete neurotransmitters in the brain, and the protein in bacon helps by breaking down into much needed amino acids, giving you a clearer head during a hangover!

So the good news is next time you’re out dancing on tables being your best self, you can feel smug in the knowledge that your morning after won’t be that bad with these hints. The bad news? The awkward flashbacks and memory loss are unavoidable… and you really did kiss that random at 3am in Hungry Jacks. Sorry.

Survive your next hangover in comfort.

Lucy E Cousins
Writer
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