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We all know what happens on NYE so here is our best to help you prepare for the day after...
"The reason why one gets a hangover is that your body - your liver in particular - is not able to process and metabolize the break down products from the alcohol quickly enough.
In addition to needing enough enzymes, the liver also needs water to process and get rid of the toxins. When supplies run low, it takes water from other organs, including the brain.
This is why alcohol is so dehydrating, and why you can wake up with a throbbing headache (and a dry mouth) from drinking too much."
"It is thus essential to drink a lot of water while drinking and before you go to bed... it can prevent a hangover or at least lessen one."
We asked around for the best hangover remedies we could find and here's what we've come up with:
Over the counter:
We went to Boots, one of the main pharmacies here in London and the pharmacist recommended Alka Seltzer,
which is Aspirin-based, and Resolve, which is Paracetamol-based (if you have asthma, stick with Resolve) to settle your stomach and get rid of that headache.
He also recommended Milk Thistle capsules (also available as drops), which you should take before drinking to prepare your liver for a heavy night.
Full disclosure, this stuff is so good that I went ahead and invested in the company.
Mercy is a drink that is almost like a health elixir - packed with amino acids,
vitamins, minerals and herbs that protect your system against the inevitable hangover and that flush you can get from drinking.
You can drink it alone or mix it with alcohol to create a hangover preventing cocktail. I also drink one if I'm just feeling tired to give my system a boost.
Their mixologist, Alex Ott, provided us with one of their own special cocktail recipes:
- 1 oz of Svedka Cherry
- 2 oz of cranberry juice
- 3 pinches of ground ginger
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 2 oz Mercy
Combine all ingredients, except Mercy, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain the mix over a ice filled highball glass until its 2/3 full. Float with Mercy. Garnish with a fresh cherry or a lemon wheel.
Note: They suggest drinking a Mercy every 3 to 5 alcoholic drinks.
If you have the time and the inclination, I've found that the best hangover remedy can be a hot and cold spa treatment.
The original would be the traditional Turkish Hamman, but you can find this kind of treatment in spas all over the world, including my favorites,
the low-key Japanese spas in New York, like Osaka.
Start in a hot, dry room and then move into an even warmer steam room. Then splash yourself with cold water (or even dunk in cold pool or under a cold shower).
Follow it with a full body scrubdown, which is typically followed by a massage. At the end you'll be sent to a cool room to relax and cool down.
I've been known to recreate this experience at home too. Just draw a bath that is as hot as you can handle it and mix in some Epsom Salts and Baking Soda.
Soak for twenty minutes and then pop into a freezing cold shower for 1 minute.
Get back in the hot bath and stay until you're warmed up. Then get back in the shower for 1 more minute.
"Hangovers are really about the toxicity of the alcohol breaking down in your body that thus causes bi-products that create inflammation,
drops in blood sugar levels and acidification. The combination of these bio-chemical events cause the "hangover" symptoms that consist of headaches, nausea, fatigue, etc."
"When you are faced with the situation of having had more to drink than you anticipated or are going to have an evening where alcohol is involved,
there are key factors that will boost your odds of alleviating symptoms and getting your body back to normal as quickly as possible:
- Hydration. Keep hydrating yourself with alkaline forming Italian sparkling mineral water ie Pellegrino. Alcohol is a diuretic, which increases urination and is dehydrating and acidifying.
Minerals are alkaline forming and will help replace mineral deficits caused by alcohol consumption. Remember not all waters are created equal so choose carefully.
- Eat properly before and after your evening by including protein and low glycemic index foods (solid fruits, watermelon, etc ) to counteract the sugar depletion caused by alcohol.
This is important to do especially before going to sleep to prevent hypoglycemia -
where you have drops or volatility in blood sugar causing headaches, jitters, heart palpitations, anxiousness, night sweats, shakiness.
This usually occurs when you are not eating properly and is most common when you are not sleeping.
The perfect protein drink to ingest before bed would be Nutritious and Delicious
- 15 grams of protein, 2 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrate no gluten, no soy.
- The best nutritional solution for treating pain and inflammation caused by an evening of alcohol consumption is taking a buffered, fully reduced, pharmaceutical grade quality,
powdered Vitamin C such as the one made by Pure Essentials when combined with
(a bioflavonoid) can be a safer alternative to 2 Anacin or 2 Excedrin before going to sleep, as it is
an alkaline-forming way to markedly reduce the inflammation which causes the major pain component of the hangover. Take 1/2 tsp Vitamin C mixed with 8oz of Pellegrino
and 6 Quercetin before going to sleep and upon rising."
"Assist liver function with the herb milk thistle (it looks like Dr. Lipman concurs with the pharmacist we met at Boots) and the amino acid N-Acetyl Cysteine, which turns into glutathione, the master of all anti-oxidants and the master detoxifier."
"A good "morning after" tip is to eat one or two Umeboshi Plums. The Umeboshi Plum is a naturally processed, pickled plum used throughout the Far East for its incredible health-promoting properties including curing hangovers."
"Tips for the day of the big party:
- Feed your body some healthy proteins and good carbohydrates (like quinoa, fish, chicken breast, vegetables) as your body will need these for fuel the next morning.
- Drink 4-6 extra glasses of water to be sure you are well-hydrated.
Tips for the day after the big party:
- Avoid getting over-heated which will cause further dehydration. Avoid heavy exercise as well as too much sun exposure.
- Drink plenty of cool fluids including electrolytes if possible to rehydrate and cool thebody down (ex. Gatorade, coconut water).
- Regular ginger ale can help because people often have low blood sugar with a hangover and ginger also helps with nausea. Low blood sugar is what sometimes causes "the shakes".
- Alka-Seltzer can help settle the stomach while also providing aspirin for pain relief (be sure to check with your doctor first if you are not sure you can take aspirin).
- Go to bed early so that your body can replenish the hormones produced during sleep that you probably missed out on staying out late the night before."
"When my clients ask what I recommend for the morning after a night of partying and merriment, I always recommend they take my OZ Brain Enhancement Sticks.
Not to be self-serving, but the OZ Brain Sticks formula is extraordinary."
"They are jam-packed with B Vitamins that can help you recover from or even avoid hangovers.
Drinking depletes the body of essential vitamins and nutrients. When your system is overtaxed with too much alcohol,
it can leave you feeling extremely run down. The high potency B-Complex found in OZ Brain Sticks can help restore energy levels after a night of alcohol indulgence.
The body utilizes B vitamins when under stress. Replenishing with a potent B Complex can help you shorten the duration of your hangover and significantly reduce symptoms."
"I always recommend that clients take one before a big night out, again when they wake up and then again during the day.
This improves memory, increases awareness, focus and concentration, makes you think and react faster, eases stress and anxiety,
sustains energy without jitters, and increases oxygen flow to the brain."
"Other beneficial ingredients in OZ Brain Enhancement Sticks:
- Choline: An amino acid that protects the brain
- DMAE: Used for enhancing memory and mood, as well as boosting cognitive function
- Ginkgo Biloba: a Chinese herb often used for memory loss"
From Vicky Vlachonis, Osteopath:
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Check out her super informative newsletter on back pain here:
"As with any aches and pains, prevention is always better than any cure, but if you find yourself having had a little too much to drink here are a few of my tips to help you avoid getting that nasty hangover:
- Don't mix your drinks: Try to stick to wine or champagne as these will tend to make you feel less bloated and tired the next day.
- On the rocks: If you are going to have something harder, fill your glass with ice first as this will dilute the alcohol content of your drink.
Mixers and fruit juices are also a good way to boost the body's sugar levels, which get depleted with alcohol.
- Rebalance your system: Take Vitamin B complex and an 1,000 mg Vitamin C tablet with a big glass of water before going to bed.
Take my No. 1 Homeopathic Remedy for a hangover - Nux Vomica 30c (preferably take 1 before bedtime & 1 in the morning).
Use Higher Nature's Calma-C powder to
replenish your Calcium and Magnesium levels. If you can try to have a little snack before heading off to bed
- Bananas are a good source of sugar and potassium; they are also a natural antacid as they are high in magnesium, which can help relax
those pounding blood vessels causing that nasty headache. Try a pure almond butter, Manuka honey and banana sandwich on toasted 100% rye bread.
Top with goji berries that will help move your gut the next morning.
- For morning breath: Chew on Probiotic mints or Manuka honey sweets which both have an antibacterial agent - your partner will thank you in the morning."
Hair of the Dog Remedies:
Perhaps the least healthy choice, but sometimes unavoidable - at times, just a little of last night's poison does the trick.
The original Bloody Mary, or Red Snapper, as it's called at the St. Regis in New York, was originally concocted at the King Cole Bar in 1934 by bartender Fernand Petiot. Today it's a brunch time staple all over the world. Recipe as follows:
- 1 oz. Belvedere vodka
- 2 oz. Tomato juice
- 1 dash lemon juice
- 2 dashes salt
- 2 dashes black pepper
- 2 dashes cayenne pepper
- 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Stir all ingredients together in a tall glass.
The Mexican Version :
This is the perfect hangover drink for the beach. It's a Mexican classic that can easily be re-created all over the world.
- 1/2 cup chilled tomato juice
- 1 tablespoon clam juice
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- A few drops of Tabasco
- A few drops of Maggi or Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Corona (or another light beer of choice)
Mix all the ingredients in a pint glass over ice, and top with a light beer. Adjust proportions as you like.