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Hangover cures from around the world: myth versus medicine

Hangover cures from around the world: myth versus medicine
From Global News - March 17, 2017

A hangover is natures (and sciences) way of making you pay for overindulging the night before. Its characterized by symptoms includingheadache, nausea, fatigue, decrease in cognitive function andtremulousnessotherwise known as the shakesand usually results in a day spent on the couch.

Yet, despite knowing this, many of us continue to drink to the point where a hangover is all but guaranteed. For this reason, a seemingly endless number of purported cures have popped up around the world, laden with dubious evidence-based promises of delivering relief.

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While some do have a shred of merit, says consulting dietitianAndrea Miller, the only real cure for a hangover is hydration, rest, and a breakfast combining high-carbohydrate and low-fat foods.

In the spirit of demystifying some of the worlds most exotic hangover cures, we examined the claims behind qualmyfarelike Mexican tripe stew and Polish pickle juiceto determine their efficacy.

Full English breakfast

In the U.K., a classic fry-up consisting of eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, black pudding, tomatoes and mushrooms (even the vegetables are fried) is the day-after go-to to shake offthe boozy cobwebs. Aside from being indulgently delicious, the dish is credited with soaking up the excess alcohol in your system with its high grease content.

But thats a fallacy, Miller says.

Foods that are high in fat are slow to digest, so they hang around in the gut for a while, she says. If youre already feeling a little nauseous, a high-fat meal will be counterintuitive and could make you feel worse.

Her suggestion is a breakfast including whole grains like toast and oatmeal or something like fruit and yogurt, which is lower in fat and easier to digest.

Katerfrhstck

This German delicacy is a popular hangover cure that combines marinated herring rollmops with pickled gherkins and other sour-tasting add-ons. It claims to restore the bodys electrolytes and alleviate hypoglycemia, which is the cause of the wobbly sensation that follows a night of heavy drinking.

I like the idea of restoring electrolytes, because they do get messed up with lots of alcohol, but it all depends on what the herring is marinated in, Miller says. If its done in tomato or lemon juice, which have potassium and sodium, that could be helpful.

But if you dont already like herring, Im not sure youll start to like it when you have a hangover. It might contribute to more nausea.

Pickle juice

In Poland, pickle juice and its combination of water, vinegar and sodium, is lauded for itsrehydrating properties. People also believe that the vitamin A, potassium and manganese in the liquid is beneficial to the body.

The sodium and potassium in the pickle juice will rehydrate and restore electrolytes, but who wants to wake up and drink pickle juice? Miller questions.

She likens it to adding insult to injury, and doubts thatitll make you feel any better.

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