Best remedies for a hangover

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Rita DeMontis, National Food Editor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 AM ET

 

If you're reading this without hurling, you've made it through yet another New Year's Eve celebration.

There you stand (or sit, or perhaps your lying down reading this), bleary-eyed, dry-mouthed and wondering, after a night of drinking and throwing caution to the wind — what the heck is going on inside your head and stomach. A few (perhaps a small army) have already paid homage to the porcelain bowl of power, and I'm sure the questions of “Why” and “Why Me?” are slowly hammering through that haze of a hangover you're currently suffering.

The reality is hangovers make you feel like crap because alcohol is, to be blunt, toxic. And the horror of a hangover — everything from a sensation of a freight train making its way through your frontal lobes to the feeling that an ant convention has taken place on your tongue — is, there really is no cure. Now that's bad.

Sure, there are lots of hangover remedies but, like a turbulent flight or a rough patch on the seas — you just gotta ride this baby out. Holidays are made for headaches — according to a recent survey conducted on the Angus-Reid Forum on behalf of the Tylenol brand, almost half (47%) of headache sufferers experience more headaches during the holidays, with excessive alcohol a definite cause, as are all those rich foods, crowds, and just plain over-extending yourself for the brief, frantic days that are crammed into a holiday week.

And this is particularly true for male headache sufferers during the holiday season (37% of men vs. 32% of women). That and late nights with little sleep. If you're still looking for relief, perhaps following unscientific (on the side of old wives tales) may just help you get through this first day of 2014. After all — it's back to reality tomorrow.

Hair of the Dog hangover cures

  • With alcohol: We think it's plain stupid to follow a hangover with more alcohol, but there are many who swear by the Bloody Virgin as the ideal morning-after solution. Stick with plain tomato juice and go lie down for a while.
  • Drink water! Hydrate! Drink 8 oz., plain, ice cold water every half hour. You may hurl but that's okay, keep your fluids going. Add vitamin C to the mix.
  • Pink for the blues: Ice cold Pepto-Bismol followed by ice cold water. Dry toast or crackers an hour later.
  • A for this one: Alka Seltzer!
  • If you can stomach it: Drink pickle juice.
  • Water cure: Hot shower followed by blasts of ice cold water followed by warm water. Wrap yourself in something warm and go to bed.
  • Pass on the cuppa joe: Nix the caffeine — it will keep you dehydrated.
  • In the bag: Green tea, put the teabags over your eyes to help soothe you.
  • You’ll love this: Plain yogurt, when you can handle it.
  • Pass the protein: Protein in small bits, followed by a soothing carb, like plain white rice.
  • Savoury redemption: A vegetable broth later in the day.
  • Lastly: A promise not to do this to yourself next year. You have a whole year to think about it!

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