the idea’s been many a year since I had a rip-roaring brand new Year’s Day hangover. in addition to also 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, however we will not be among them. The plan is usually to heat up a few trays of Waitrose nibbles in addition to also eat them that has a glass of Champagne. We may or may not stay up until midnight. We know how to party. 😉
Edinburgh, where I live, is usually the best place inside the UK to see out the old year. With an open-air (freezing!) concert below the castle, an orchestra-accompanied fireworks display via the castle, a heavingly-busy street party, torchlight procession, not to mention numerous energetic ceilidhs in addition to also parties, Edinburgh is usually the place to be for brand new Year’s Eve. the idea manages to straddle the fine line between raucous, Great-natured fun in addition to also drunken, rampaging hedonism. The police even pose for photos with outrageously dressed revellers (or as outrageous as -4 Celsius allows).
All of that will Great-natured fun in addition to also frenetic dancing doesn’t protect against a raging hangover. Come 11 am on January 1 when half of the population is usually waking up to a furry mouth in addition to also a pounding head, there may be a few regrets about the night before. in addition to also that will’s in addition to the typical symptoms of over-indulging.
What causes a hangover?
Too much alcohol is usually the obvious answer. however the reason why too much booze gives us a hangover may be due to any in addition to also all of the following: dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, gut disturbance (alcohol is usually a gut irritant), low blood sugar, sleep in addition to also biological processes (hormones in addition to also inflammation) being disturbed. Ethanol – the pure alcohol in alcohol – breaks down in our system to form another toxic compound, acetaldehyde. the idea is usually thought that will a hangover is usually an immune response to ethanol in addition to also 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 in addition to also light
- low motivation
- mood disturbances (irritability, low mood)
- stomach pain
- thirst in addition to also dry mouth
- trembling or shakiness, erratic motor functions
- vomiting or “dry heaves”
Nothing cures a hangover, the idea has to run its course. however there are a few things that will can help lessen the worst symptoms. that will’s all you can trust for. Sadly.
How to prevent – in addition to also treat – a hangover (plus what doesn’t work)
Before you go out/go to sleep:
The sensible plan is usually to set yourself a drink limit in addition to also stick to the idea. Maybe even write the idea on your wrist.
Eat well before you got out in addition to also have a meal after a drinking session. Food helps to slow the absorption of alcohol in addition to also 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 the idea tricky to keep track of alcohol intake.
Water, in addition to also 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 usually a major diuretic. Diuretics make us pee more. Experts say that will 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. in addition to also drink plenty of water before you go out in addition to also before you go to bed. Have a couple of glasses of water by your bedside. Try in addition to also 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 the idea.
Eat a banana, pear or kiwi fruit. This particular might sound pretty gross after a booze-up, however having a smaller banana, smaller pear or a large kiwi fruit before you fall asleep may help inside the morning. You lose a lot of essential electrolytes in addition to also 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 in addition to also nauseous the next day if you have a banana before you hit the hay.
Ibuprofen. Take that has a full glass of water in addition to also 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. however you knew I was going to say that will. 🙂 Not cola, fizzy drinks or straight fruit juice (they can irritate the stomach), however plain water or some weak tea. the idea may also help to have a green juice like my “Tummy Tonic”.
Simple carbohydrates like crackers in addition to also toast that has a little jam. These will help boost blood sugar (which will help with that will wobbly feeling) in addition to also not irritate the stomach. If you feel like creating oatmeal/porridge, This particular might be even better, especially that has a bit of honey.
Ibuprofen. This particular will help the tap-dancing going on in your head, however make sure you eat a little something if taking any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. Perhaps avoid acetaminophen – paracetamol – as the combination of the idea in addition to also alcohol can be bad for the liver if you’ve had a lot of alcohol. Aspirin is usually great for the head however not so Great if your tummy is usually “delicate”.
Have an antacid. You don’t need one designed for hangovers however if you do take one of these, check if the idea contains paracetamol. If the idea does then make sure not to take any additional painkillers.
Sleep. the idea won’t be the best quality sleep you’ll ever have, however the idea is usually necessary. in addition to also irresistible.
Vegetable broth, clear consomme, miso soup, turkey noodle soup – anything light, full of water, that has a bit of sodium, in addition to also that will’s kind to the stomach.
in addition to also some hangover “cures” that will don’t work…
A greasy fry-up – fried eggs, sausage, bacon – yada yada. The toast, beans in addition to also sodium in a typical British fry-up will help a bit however the fat won’t quell that will 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 in addition to also there is usually little evidence that will the idea helps. Although the salt may be useful. Avoid raw eggs in any case. The last thing you need is usually Salmonella in addition to also a hangover.
in addition to also here are some truly disgusting hangover “cures” via around the entire world.
* adapted via an article on medicalnewstoday.com.
My recipe today is usually a cheeky nod to the prairie dog oyster in addition to also the Bloody Mary. I wouldn’t have This particular first thing after a night out, however after the water, ibuprofen in addition to also crackers have done their thing, I could definitely make This particular. in addition to also of course, do hold the idea anytime you fancy something simple, nourishing in addition to also delicious.
Bloody Mary Baked Beans
1 tbsp olive oil
1 smaller onion, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 red pepper, sliced in addition to also 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 in addition to also 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 inside the oil in a medium saucepan or skillet until softened. Add the celery in addition to also red pepper in addition to also cook a few more minutes, followed by the garlic in addition to also 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, in addition to also top each serving that has a poached egg or shredded cheese, if you like.
RIPE FOR PINNING!