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How I Cure Hangovers

I don't advocate excessive drinking but there are times when even the best of us get carried away. If you've gone slightly overboard of an evening, or you can see a heavy night on the cards, there's no need to write off the next day. These 10 tips will help you ease a hangover, and possibly even avoid one altogether.

Its a familiar feeling- a heavy head, oversensitive to noise and light, raving thirst and sickness - hangovers make you wonder if it was all worth it. As you enjoy a glass or two as part of a celebration or as an occasional reward for a hard day, keep these tips in mind.

On That Day

1. Never drink if you've not eaten - diary including milk and yoghurt are excellent stomach liners, so if you're not eating on your night out, enjoy a small carton of plain yoghurt with a banana, a bowl of cereal with milk or some cheese and biscuits before you hit the bottle.

2. Limit fizzy alcohol drinks - truly these really straight to your head.

The bubbles they make speeds up your absorption of alcohols, so limit number of glasses of sparkling wines, fizzy cocktails and champaign.

3. Avoid a night cap - darker drinks especially spirits like whisky or brandy have a higher level of compounds called congeners formed during fermentation and distilling process. These compounds are taught to make your hangover worse - so if you must have a night cap, make it a light colored spirit instead.

4. Before you call it a night, stop that hangover in its tracks by drinking plenty of hydrated fluid - plain water is perfect.

The Morning After

5. Avoid the hair of the dog - no matter what you hear, more alcohol is not the solution. 

6. Now you need more than just water - a sports drink, coconut water or a hydration drink will help restore your hydration levels. You can make your own hydration drink by dissolving a tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of salt in a pint of water and sip throughout the morning.

7. Limit Caffeine - you may get desperate for that caffeine pick-me-up

But drinking too many cups of tea or coffee will only aggravate hydration levels so stick to one cup until you're feeling yourself again.

8. Tuck into a nourishing breakfast - this is the best way to replace the vitamins and minerals that your body will have lost as it worked hard to process the alcohol. If you can't stand food, eat a bowl of breakfast cereal fortified with folate and iron, this should help redress some of the damage and lift your energy levels. Alternatively, if your stomach is up for it, opt for B-rich whole grains like a piece of whole meal toast with a poached or scrambled egg, some mushrooms and grilled tomatoes will finish with a glass of Orange juice.

9. Avoid aspirin or ibuprofen - you may think they'll sort your head out but they'll irritate your upset stomach further.

10. Resist the cravings - you may be longing for a sugary fix but don't indulge yourself. Sugary foods and drinks will add to your unbalanced blood sugar levels.
Instead satisfy your sugar fix naturally by choosing fresh fruit for its vitamin and water content or blend yourself a fruit and yoghurt smoothie.

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