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Hangover “Cures”

From my research, most doctors agree there is no cure for hangovers.  There are, though, a few tips to ease the discomfort.

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I hope your New Year’s celebration was safe, and if you did imbibe, you didn’t drive.

If you’re feeling a bit “under the weather” the first thing you should do is hydrate yourself.  Alcohol is very dehydrating.  All the “experts” agree that you should drink 16 to 20 ounces of water.

Sports drinks are said to be a good way to rehydrate and replace electrolytes and glucose.

You may also try flat ginger ale which helps soothe the stomach.

Several sources say, believe it or not, that scrambled eggs are good for a hangover.  The eggs contain an amino acid that breaks down the acetaldehyde in your liver, one of the chemicals that supposedly causes hangovers.

If you can’t handle the eggs, have some toast.  Eat the toast plain without butter or jam.

If your head is pounding, take aspirin, Advil or Alka Selzer.  Don’t take Tylenol.  The main ingredient in Tylenol is acetaminophen which is processed by the liver.  The liver is working overtime to process the alcohol.

Get some sleep.  You should feel better by the time you wake up.  Most hangovers last from eight to twenty four hours.

A couple of myths.

Bloody Marys will not cure a hangover.  The last thing your body needs is more alcohol.

Don’t drink coffee.  Coffee will dehydrate your system and keep you awake.

I hope the tips will make you feel a bit more comfortable.

Have a healthy and happy new year!

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