Sunday 4 December 2016

Euro 2016: How to cure your hangover at work after yesterday’s match (and what to avoid)

Published 23/06/2016 | 06:00

Tested on rats experiencing the equivalent of a human binge-drinking bender, it curbed brain cell loss and inflammation and improved their memory.

There's a lot of sore heads out there after yesterday’s clash with Italy and while refraining from alcohol all together may have been one way to prevent the ultimate hangover, few of us can resist the fun that comes with a few scoops. Significant medical advancements have yet to be made in the area of curing hangovers from hell, but the below suggestions, and also what to avoid, might go some way to alleviating the pain at work today.

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Tuck into a Banana (or a kiwi)

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Because alcohol is a diuretic, it causes the body’s potassium levels to drop. Fruits such as bananas and kiwis are rich in potassium and go a small way in replenishing the morning after the night before. People with low potassium levels are more likely to feel physically weaker, nauseous and lethargic.

Eat Eggs

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If you can stomach them, eggs are a great breakfast to tuck into after a night on the tear. They are naturally full of a substance called cysteine, which helps break down some of the toxins that are left over in the body after drinking. Eggs are also a great source of protein, which will go a long way in boosting your energy levels.

Have a slice of Toast or Cereal

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After a night of drinking, blood sugar levels can often be pretty low. Normally, the liver regulates the blood sugar by producing glucose from stored carbohydrates but after drinking, the organ is metabolising alcohol as a priority. Carbs such as bread and cereal help boost the low sugar levels in the body.

Down some water

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Sorry to mention the obvious, but as alcohol is a diuretic, it is important to rehydrate yourself in the hours after drinking. Downing a few glasses before you go to bed is advisable, and if you can keep in down, a rehydration sachet from your chemist might make you feel a bit better the next day.

Be careful with Pain medication

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Sometimes there’s nothing else that will cure that pounding in your skull, but medics recommend consuming paracetamol-based pain relievers over aspirin-based or ibuprophen ones, which can worsen nausea and sickness.

Have a Sprite

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In 2015, researchers in China tested 57 beverages, ranging from fizzy drinks to herbal tea, to establish which was most effective in comforting those with hangovers. A can of Sprite came out on top of the list, providing an immediate hit of sugar to raise blood sugar levels.

Exercise

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Sitting on the couch for the day may be tempting but getting out for a run (or a swim) today might go a long way in curing the pain. While exercise doesn’t aid the body in breaking down alcohol, it does release endorphins which boost your mood over all.

Avoid hair of the dog

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Having drink to cure the pain caused by alcohol only prolongs the inevitable. It’s really not the answer.

Don’t have a coffee

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Like alcohol, coffee is a diuretic, which will only further dehydrate you. You might be desperate for that coffee pick-me-up but it may cause more harm than good.

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