Breeze through: Quick cures for hangover

  • Deekshita Baruah, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2015 15:22 IST

It doesn't matter whether you are a regular at the bar, the occasional drinker, or an experimental one, getting a hangover is not at all a surprising possibility especially during merry times.

With some of you still riding along the holiday wave, we have curated a list of hangover cures that you can follow to ease the throbbing pain in your head. Trust us, you will be back on your feet within no time!

Ishi Khosla, clinical nutritionist Whole Foods India & founder president- Celiac Society of India advocates a few useful tips:

• Drink plenty of water before going to bed to safeguard from ill effects of hangover. Fresh lime water, juices, coconut water, plain sodas can be beneficial.

• Taking vitamin B6 before drinking may reduce the severity of hangover. A simple B vitamin supplement would do.

• Eating bland foods that contain complex carbohydrates, such as toast and crackers, can combat low blood sugar and possibly nausea.

• Drinking non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages can alleviate depression. Contrary to popular belief caffeine can worsen symptom as it is a diuretic and increases urine production.

• Time is the most effective treatment; symptoms usually disappear in 8 – 24 hours.

Adequate rest and sleep can ease fatigue.

Certain medications can also relieve some symptoms: Antacids, for example, may relieve nausea and stomach pains, mild pain killers may reduce headache and muscle aches, though, they may cause stomach irritation.

However, use of medicines like pain killers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be dangerous particularly for heavy drinkers as it can increase the risk of liver damage and stomach bleeds.

Dr Ahutosh Shukla, director, Department of Medicine, Artemis Hospitals said, "Alcohol acts as a dehydrating agent for the body and also increases acid production in the stomach. During the holiday season we get a lot of patients who suffer from it. We usually advise lots of fluid intake and in certain cases normal dosage of pantocid or rantac for the acid attack."

It is essential that one drinks water after every 2-3 drinks, to keep oneself hydrated.

Dr Rajiv Dang, hod internal medicine, Max Hospital, Gurgaon said, "Despite people being aware of the reasonable amount of alcohol consumption, we mostly get patients who gets drunk and can’t handle a hangover. People usually clamor for anti-acids and anti-vomitting drugs after the New Year’s Eve, not to forget painkillers. We don’t propagate the use of painkillers but in extreme conditions, a crocin should do."

One can avoid all these and more if alcohol is taken in limited amounts. To make things better we have even listed down a Kiwi, Banana and Spinach Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette recipe crafted and shared by Chef Ishika Konar, Executive Sous Chef, The Lalit New Delhi. It’s easy to cook and good to have during a hangover.

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