Fishy fixes best for hangovers

2014-11-16 15:00

Your head is pounding, your body aches and just trying to sit up reminds you what a bad idea it was to knock back that last tequila at 3am. You’re hung over, and you need a cure – fast.

Why not try sushi instead of cereal for breakfast? Raw fish apparently works better than other popular “hangover cures”, according to Mexicans.

This might be because seafood contains proteins, which can help your body recover after a night on the town, explains Lila Bruk, a dietician practising in Illovo, Johannesburg.

Other than that, Bruk says: “The best strategy is to stay hydrated during your night out – alternate drinks with a glass of water to ensure that your fluid needs are met.”

She says much of a hangover is due to dehydration.

But if alternating alcohol and water doesn’t tickle your fancy, try drinking moderately and sticking to one kind of alcoholic beverage rather than mixing drinks.

Bruk advises sticking to lighter coloured alcohol like vodka if you must indulge.

“In general, darker alcoholic drinks – red wine, brandy, whiskey and dark rum – are more likely to give you a worse hangover due to a component called congeners. “These are impurities in alcohol caused by the fermentation process and generally darker alcohol has more congeners,” she explains.

But if you prefer darker alcoholic beverages, you can minimise the risk of a nasty hangover by eating something that contains fat – like a peanut butter sandwich, spaghetti Bolognese or a handful of nuts and some yogurt – before indulging. This helps slow the absorption of alcohol.

“It is also advisable to take a vitamin B complex for a few days before drinking because your levels of these are depleted when your body metabolises alcohol,” adds Bruk.

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