We know you had a great time last night, and of course, that last glass of champagne was not actually your last! Well, another New Year’s Eve, another fun night, but now, it’s time to get into the remedy mode. If you are nursing a massive hangover, don’t worry, and don’t let it dampen your new year’s spirit.
If you don’t want to welcome 2016 with a pounding head, feeling of nausea, puffy eyes or a body ache, just indulge in these solutions. Usher in the year with a feeling of freshness, and choose your fix.
1. The brekky solution
For the first meal of the year it might sound a bit boring, but it’s a great way to undo that hangover. Go for a salt free breakfast which would include a quarter plate full of fruits along with low-fat milk or a big bowl of yoghurt. This platter will help reduce your body’s water retention ability and also help reduce any kind of swelling that you might be suffering from.
2. Mixed fix
Using off-the-shelf kitchen ingredients, you can help cure that headache by whipping up a 10-minute cure. Mix one spoon of baking soda in water and drink it quickly, like a medicated syrup, to get rid of the aches. The juice of a tomato mixed with lime or even a serving of fresh tomato soup with basil can provide relief.
3. Say no to hot water
A hot water bath might seem like a pretty great idea on a cold winter’s day, but it is surely not the best way to relax your pounding head. Hot water only makes your condition worse because your body is already feeling the heat due to last night’s alcohol consumption. A cold water bath might help but you could also go for a lukewarm shower if you can’t brave the cold weather.
4. Release those toxins
Get out in the open, breathe in some fresh air and indulge in a light workout or a brisk walk to break down the alcohol toxins into sweat. A 40 minute long brisk walk can do the trick. You can also try a home-bound workout like yoga and some breathing exercises which will help you get back into the work mode.
5.Ditch your daily cuppa
Packing up on your caffeine levels is a terrible idea when your head feels like a hundred pounds. Caffeine will fail to reverse the negative effects of alcohol, leaving you feeling worse and even more dehydrated.
6. Tea magic
Sip on a cup of green tea mid-morning and during the day. It will make the body feel light and energetic. You can also go for ginger tea. The hot mix can help ‘wake you up’ and get you going, especially if you have work today.
7. A touch of citrus is your best friend
Consuming lemon juice, orange juice or the juice of any citrus fruit neutralises the effect of alcohol and hydrates your body.
You can also have a bowl full of fresh fruits including grapefruit, oranges and mandarins with a few slices of lime to make you feel healthier.
(Inputs by Dr Ravinder Pal Singh, liver and gastro specialist, and nutritionist Tripti Tandon)