Champagne is a serious hangover offender as carbonated drinks release alcohol quickly into the bloodstream. Before we know it our sensible head has been replaced with a party-loving one, and we’re off gulping down those gorgeous bubbles of pure hedonism like there was no tomorrow..
but there is, and boy, do we pay for it!
The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol, is dignity. ~Author Unknown
We wake with a dry mouth, a throbbing headache, dizziness and nausea and the worst thing of all? We have nobody to blame but ourselves. It’s a simple case of having to take responsibility for our own foolish actions, and quietly suffer the consequences.
What causes a hangover?
A hangover is a result of dehydration and a depletion of vitamins A, B6 and C and the toxic by-product of metabolised alcohol called acetaldehyde. Apart from its toxicity, it also acts as a shock to the metabolism, as excess alcohol causes a mild overdose of a depressant drug that in turn dispels nutrients from the body.
It’s a combination of these factors coupled with the level of impurities (called congeners) that vary from drink to drink that give you that unmistakeable morning ‘gueule de bois’ !
Lurking in your kitchen cupboards are a few home remedies that will shorten the suffering, although not eliminate it entirely.
- Take a multi-vitamin with a large glass of water to replenish lost nutrients.
- Make Natural Mothers Soothing Tea
What you need
peppermint ( 5 fresh leaves or a herb tea bag)
fresh juice of 1 lemon
2 slices of fresh ginger
½ tsp honey
Peppermint has long been considered by herbalists to be the superlative cure for a hangover. Fresh Lemon juice detoxifies and helps flush the stomach. Ginger is soothing on a sensitive stomach. Honey gives you a gentle sugar-level boost
- Drink coconut milk
The traditional remedy in India is coconut water and for those of you who are lucky enough to have a coconut palm growing in your back yard and a spare nut in the cupboard, then now’s the time to drink some! The natural electrolytes in coconut help rehydrate the body.
Just don’t attempt to climb one this morning, okay?
- Eat Marmite on toast
You either love it or hate it or have never heard of it- but Marmite ( a yeast extract spread) on toast is ideal for your first meal. It’s packed full of B vitamins to help replenish lost nutrients, just skip the butter as the oil in it might make your sensitive tummy feel decidedly uncomfortable.
- Peel a banana
This staple fruit contains plenty of potassium which we lose when we drink to excess. They also contain significant levels of magnesium which helps a throbbing head by relaxing blood flow. Bananas are a natural anti-acid and reduce feelings of sickness.
How to avoid a hangover
- Limit your alcohol consumption, it’s a no-brainer really!
- Remain aware of carbonated alcohol, so go easy on the Champagne.
- Eat. Food doesn’t actually absorb alcohol, but it does increase the speed with which our body metabolises it, which in turn speeds up the elimination of its toxins.
- Drink a large glass of water before retiring to bed to avoid dehydration.
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About the Author (Author Profile)
Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca’s days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.