Feel like a Linkin Park concert’s gone ballistic in your head, do you?
Congratulations on the hangover! You obviously had a fantastic time last night even though you may have trouble remembering. But today is another day. So do you groan to get over the sensation of having swallowed the entire ocean or do you try one of our fantastic tips to bounce back?
Tip #1: The Absolut(e) Truth. Ready?
Go back in time and LISTEN to your Mum or friend breathing down your neck – “Slow down and eat.” Trinnng! Too late and sorry for the “I told you so”.
But in future, to avoid a hangover the size of Russia, drink slowly, pop an antacid if its binge time, never drink on an empty stomach and gulp lots of water when you sense trouble. Few trips to the loo and some hearty food will ensure you do not wake up with an entire band inside your head.
Tip #2: Breakfast like a King
Feast on a hearty breakfast, preferably with eggs and toast. The protein from the eggs gives much needed strength and helps filter toxins.
Some swear by a greasy breakfast claiming that the grease absorbs the alcohol. In Canada, poutine i.e. French fries soaked in light brown gravy and cheese sauce is the go-to post-binge breakfast. In UK, it’s the traditional breakfast complete with bacon and sausages while in USA, people swear by a McDonald’s cheeseburger. Apparently, there is no such thing as too much bingeing! In India, the humble idli or egg bhurji would serve just as well.
Tip #3: Calling Honey
No, not your sweetheart! Please call for the quintessential, multipurpose medicine in any Indian kitchen. A few spoons of honey will neutralize the alcohol and also help digestion. You can make a hot drink with water, honey, ginger and lemon and sip it. “Maa na kehti thi #1?”
Tip #4: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Alcohol causes massive dehydration. So drink up! Water, orange juice, sports drinks such as Gatorade and tomato juice are all good. But just as good is the humble nimbu-paani always available in the kitchen. Lime is gentle on the stomach that you tortured last night and is a great de-tox. Ditch the fancy and go with mum again. “Maa na kehti thi#2?”
Tip #5: Go Bananas or Apples
Eat apples or bananas. The potassium in the bananas helps regain what you depleted yesterday. Apples on an empty stomach are a surefire way to calm the raging acids.
Tip #6: Exercise
Hah! You always have to pay for your sins. So when even a step is tough, go ahead and jog. Work up a sweat to flush the toxins and HYDRATE. In fact, Russians hit the sauna or the steam room. Evil, isn’t it?
Tip #7: Coffeeeeeeeee
While many swear by it, take it with a pinch of salt. Overdoing on strong coffee could inflame the raging acids. Small cups of coffee spaced out over the entire day may help.
Tip #8: Jeeves Eye-Opener
If you are a Wodehouseian, try the Jeeves’ special. “Gentlemen have told me they find it extremely invigorating after a late evening” says he in “The Inimitable Jeeves” and Bertie swears by it. At first it feels as if your head’s exploded and your throat is on fire. Then suddenly everything is oojah-cum-spiff as birds sing and the sun shines.
A concoction of Raw egg, Worcestershire Sauce and Red pepper, this seems to be the king of hangover cures. Go on!
Tip #9: Jara Hatke
Be even more adventurous with some of these wacky remedies from across the world. Pickled Plums (Japan), Leche de Tigre (Peru) – this usually contains lime juice, sliced onion, chiles, salt, and pepper along with a bit of fish juice, Mexican Tripe soup containing edible offal from a farm animal’s stomach, Pickled sheep eyeballs in tomato juice (Mongolia) or the Vietnamese Pho that tons of people swear by – the choice is yours (as long as you can stomach it.)
Tip #10: Home Alone
Pop an aspirin, draw the drapes and go back to sleep. But before that repeat at least 10 times “Never again…!”
Hope you are set for your next binge. Please tell us your surefire hangover cure in the comments.