The not so grown up edit - hangover cures
We all know that ‘morning after the night before’ when you've suddenly forgotten you’re a grown up and your hangover will definitely let you know that you’re not 18 any more. Well unfortunately for me I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of that child spirit, or my alter ego that likes to come out to play every now and then until the early hours. She’s named Sue Ellen thanks to a friend.
Welcome the hangover! The pounding headache, the churning stomach, and a mouth that resembles some uncharted region of the Sahara desert. We also know it strips your body of all the vitamins and minerals and disrupts your quality of sleep.
Unfortunately there is no real known cure for the hangover, apart from the obvious of not drinking. Over the years I have gathered a few tips that may help alleviate some of your pain and suffering. Now it’s the festive season, what better time to share them.
HOLLAND & BARRETT Milk Thistle £17.49
The milk thistle has been credited as a hangover cure. The idea is that milk thistle, especially when taken before drinking begins but also as late as the morning after drinking, helps the body’s organs to eliminate toxins following an episode of heavy drinking. Take before you go out and when you get in.
NUTRI BULLETT £57.99
I know this is the last thing you’ll feel like but trust me it works. Replace as many of those lost vitamins and minerals as you can (e.g. cucumber, lemon juice, watermelon, apple and spinach topped up with coconut water)
Dioralyte is indicated for the replacement of essential body water and salts in the treatment of acute diarrhoea. It will work in the same way for your hangover.
Alka-Seltzer Original tablets for fast and effective relief of mild to moderate pain including headache, migraine, neuralgia, toothache, sore throat, period pains, aches and pains. If you're exhausted then try the Alka-Seltzer XS, it has caffeine in it to perk you up.
HEATH &HEATHER Peppermint Tea Bags £3.25
HEATH &HEATHER Organic Green Tea £2.25
Studies suggest sipping on ginger or peppermint tea is the perfect soothing brew for hangover-related nausea and stomachaches. A 2003 study published in the American Journal of Physiology and a 2008 study published in Prescrire International both found the teas can reduce nausea and motion sickness when used appropriately. Green tea is also known to be helpful to the liver, as EGCG (Epigallocatechin galate) has been shown to stimulate key detoxification pathways.
Use a good facial oil before you go to bed. It will rehydrate your skin while you sleep. Go to our facial oil blog if you need help choosing one.
Drink plenty of coconut water the day after. it will rehydrate you ten times the speed of water.
Eat before or while you're drinking alcohol, not eating is not an option.
If all else fails, hair of the dog, order a Bloody Mary and have a fry-up.