So you partied a little too hard over the New Year weekend and are now paying the price dearly in the form of a blinding headache on Monday morning at work.
Before you keel over or get booted out of the office for looking like death, here are some quick hangover remedies that would rejuvenate you back to life once again.
1. Get moving
While the last thing you may feel like doing right now is to exercise, experts agree that some low-impact mild exercise such as brisk walking to get your blood pumping is a good way to reenergise yourself.
2. Eat the right kind of food
Choose foods that boost blood sugar (eg. fruits), foods that restore lost potassium and salts. (eg. sardines and pasta), vegetable juices for rehydration and soups to soothe the stomach.
3. Pop those pills
Constant self-medication is never advised but desperate times call for desperate measures, and medicine like paracetamol and aspirin can alleviate a killer headache.
4. Popular hangover recipes
Many believe that the quickest way to get rid of a hangover is to drink more alcohol. Keep in mind however, that this is just a temporary remedy to alleviate symptoms, and you'll still have to face the eventual hangover.
- 1 1/4 - 2 oz vodka or gin
- 3-4 oz chilled beef bouillon
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce and black pepper to taste.
- Place ice cubes in glass, add ingredients and stir gently.
- 1 ¼ - 2 oz vodka (optional)
- 1 whole egg
- 3 oz tomato juice (or V-8)
- Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, salt and black pepper to taste.
- The egg should be swallowed whole. If made without alcohol, place ingredients in a shot glass and swallow all at once.
- 1 1/2 - 2 ounces vodka
- 4 ounces tomato juice
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Tabasco and black pepper to taste.
- Pour over ice cubes and stir well. Garnish with a celery stalk.
5. Lots and lots of H2O
It may be a little too late for this if you are already suffering from your hangover, but it is always a good idea to drink lots of water and take a preemptive painkiller after your night of binge drinking and before going to bed.