This particular’s been many a year since I had a rip-roaring completely new Year’s Day hangover. along with This particular year will be no different, especially as we will be catching an early morning flight to Florida on January 1. No doubt there will be a few folk on the flight who weren’t tucked up in bed by 12.30, nevertheless we will not be among them. The plan is actually to heat up a few trays of Waitrose nibbles along with eat them using a glass of Champagne. We may or may not stay up until midnight. We know how to party. 😉
Edinburgh, where I live, is actually the best place within the UK to see out the old year. With an open-air (freezing!) concert below the castle, an orchestra-accompanied fireworks display coming from the castle, a heavingly-busy street party, torchlight procession, not to mention numerous energetic ceilidhs along with parties, Edinburgh is actually the place to be for completely new Year’s Eve. This particular manages to straddle the fine line between raucous, Great-natured fun along with drunken, rampaging hedonism. The police even pose for photos with outrageously dressed revellers (or as outrageous as -4 Celsius allows).
All of in which Great-natured fun along with frenetic dancing doesn’t protect against a raging hangover. Come 11 am on January 1 when half of the population is actually waking up to a furry mouth along using a pounding head, there may be a few regrets about the night before. along with in which’s in addition to the typical symptoms of over-indulging.
What causes a hangover?
Too much alcohol is actually the obvious answer. nevertheless the reason why too much booze gives us a hangover may be due to any along with all of the following: dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, gut disturbance (alcohol is actually a gut irritant), low blood sugar, sleep along with biological processes (hormones along with inflammation) being disturbed. Ethanol – the pure alcohol in alcohol – breaks down in our system to form another toxic compound, acetaldehyde. This particular is actually thought in which a hangover is actually an immune response to ethanol along with acetaldehyde – our body fighting back against an unwanted substance.
Symptoms of a hangover
Any combination of the following:
- bloodshot eyes
- body aches
- excessive saliva production
- fast heart rate
- a headache
- lethargy, tiredness, fatigue, listlessness
- poor quality of sleep
- problems focusing or concentrating
- sensitivity to loud sounds along with light
- low motivation
- mood disturbances (irritability, low mood)
- stomach pain
- thirst along with dry mouth
- trembling or shakiness, erratic motor functions
- vomiting or “dry heaves”
Nothing cures a hangover, This particular has to run its course. nevertheless there are a few things in which can help lessen the worst symptoms. in which’s all you can wish for. Sadly.
How to prevent – along with treat – a hangover (plus what doesn’t work)
Before you go out/go to sleep:
The sensible plan is actually to set yourself a drink limit along with stick to This particular. Maybe even write This particular on your wrist.
Eat well before you got out along with have a meal after a drinking session. Food helps to slow the absorption of alcohol along with keeps blood sugar levels steady-ish.
Don’t get into rounds (where a group takes turns buying drinks for everyone in a group). Rounds make This particular tricky to keep track of alcohol intake.
Water, along with more water. Most of the symptoms we feel after a night of boozing are due to dehydration. Why so dehydrated? Ethanol, the alcohol part of your drink, is actually a major diuretic. Diuretics make us pee more. Experts say in which before we head to bed we should drink 1 litre of plain water for every 250ml of mixed alcoholic drinks.
If you have no idea how much you drank, just drink a proper size glass of water for every alcoholic drink as the evening progresses. along with drink plenty of water before you go out along with before you go to bed. Have a couple of glasses of water by your bedside. Try along with get This particular last tip sorted before you head out for the night. These tips are ones I use, even though I usually only have a couple of drinks at most (these days!). Btw, fizzy water speeds up the absorption of alcohol, so avoid This particular.
Eat a banana, pear or kiwi fruit. This particular might sound pretty gross after a booze-up, nevertheless having a modest banana, modest pear or a large kiwi fruit before you fall asleep may help within the morning. You lose a lot of essential electrolytes along with nutrients due to the diuretic effects of alcohol. These fruits are a tip top for getting some of them back. Or, you might like to down a glass of coconut water or a diluted sachet of rehydration salts, like Dioralyte. You may feel less wobbly along with nauseous the next day if you have a banana before you hit the hay.
Ibuprofen. Take using a full glass of water along using a little food (maybe the banana or pear I mentioned earlier) before you hit the pillow. This particular may lessen the severity of a hangover.
The day after the night before:
Water. Plenty of. nevertheless you knew I was going to say in which. 🙂 Not cola, fizzy drinks or straight fruit juice (they can irritate the stomach), nevertheless plain water or some weak tea. This particular may also help to have a green juice like my “Tummy Tonic”.
Simple carbohydrates like crackers along with toast using a little jam. These will help boost blood sugar (which will help with in which wobbly feeling) along with not irritate the stomach. If you feel like creating oatmeal/porridge, This particular might be even better, especially using a bit of honey.
Ibuprofen. This particular will help the tap-dancing going on in your head, nevertheless make sure you eat a little something if taking any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. Perhaps avoid acetaminophen – paracetamol – as the combination of This particular along with alcohol can be bad for the liver if you’ve had a lot of alcohol. Aspirin is actually great for the head nevertheless not so Great if your tummy is actually “delicate”.
Have an antacid. You don’t need one designed for hangovers nevertheless if you do take one of these, check if This particular contains paracetamol. If This particular does then make sure not to take any additional painkillers.
Sleep. This particular won’t be the best quality sleep you’ll ever have, nevertheless This particular is actually necessary. along with irresistible.
Vegetable broth, clear consomme, miso soup, turkey noodle soup – anything light, full of water, using a bit of sodium, along with in which’s kind to the stomach.
along with some hangover “cures” in which don’t work…
A greasy fry-up – fried eggs, sausage, bacon – yada yada. The toast, beans along with sodium in a typical British fry-up will help a bit nevertheless the fat won’t quell in which queasy feeling.
“Hair of the dog”, such as a vodka-based Bloody Mary. This particular just prolongs the inevitable.
“Prairie oyster cocktail” – raw egg yolk, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, tomato sauce, hot sauce, salt. Sounds disgusting along with there is actually little evidence in which This particular helps. Although the salt may be useful. Avoid raw eggs in any case. The last thing you need is actually Salmonella along with a hangover.
along with here are some truly disgusting hangover “cures” coming from around the globe.
* adapted coming from an article on medicalnewstoday.com.
My recipe today is actually a cheeky nod to the prairie dog oyster along with the Bloody Mary. I wouldn’t have This particular first thing after a night out, nevertheless after the water, ibuprofen along with crackers have done their thing, I would certainly definitely make This particular. along with of course, do have This particular anytime you fancy something simple, nourishing along with delicious.
Bloody Mary Baked Beans
1 tbsp olive oil
1 modest onion, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 red pepper, sliced along with diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp celery seeds – if you have them
2 tbsp tomato puree/paste
2 x 400g tins of cannellini beans (or equivalent in homecooked), drained along with rinsed
400g cherry tomatoes or tin of tomatoes
1 & 1/2 tsp hot sauce or sweet chilli sauce (more to taste)
200ml vegetable stock
2 tsp grated horseradish OR wasabi paste
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (there are vegan versions available) – more if you like
Saute the onion within the oil in a medium saucepan or skillet until softened. Add the celery along with red pepper along with cook a few more minutes, followed by the garlic along with celery seeds, if using. After the vegetables are soft add the remaining ingredients. Simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve with toast or grains, along with top each serving using a poached egg or shredded cheese, if you like.
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