Natural cures for hangovers
BananasWhen you go out drinking you might find yourself queuing for the toilets with increasing frequency throughout the night. All of that peeing flushes the body of potassium, which is an essential mineral for building muscle, breaking down carbohydrates and building proteins. To regain some of the potassium lost the night before, we suggest you keep a potassium-packed banana handy. Not only will it replenish your supplies, but it'll also give you energy to help you focus.
Hot toddyThe first thing you should do when you stumble out of bed in the morning is make yourself a classic hot toddy - without the whiskey of course. Mix hot water with honey and lemon and relax as you sip it slowly. This mix will replenish any lost fluids and sugars, and the honey competes for the metabolism of the alcohol. This competition prevents rapid changes in alcohol levels which cause headaches.
Fruit juiceFreshly squeezed fruit juice - especially orange juice, will help raise your blood sugar levels and ease some of the worst hangover symptoms. If you have an upset tummy you're advised to stick with apple juice as orange juice may be too acidic for the stomach to handle.
WaterWhen you drink alcohol, your body becomes very dehydrated. It is important to drink plenty of water the day after as many of the hangover symptoms are actually caused by dehydration.
Alternative therapyThere is nothing like a calming aromatherapy massage to get rid of any aches, pains and stiffness caused by a wild night of partying. An Indian head massage will get rid of any tension and get the blood flowing around your body, aiding its repair. To find out more about how massage works and to find a massage therapist near you, please visit our Massage page. View and comment on the original How Stuff Works article.
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