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HILE there's no such thing as a complete 'cure' for a hangover, there are measures you can take to ease the pain while you wait out the unpleasant symptoms of a heavy night.

We've talked to nutritional experts to get the lowdown on some of the more natural methods for dealing with a hangover.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER YOU already know about this one, but we can bet you haven't adhered to it. Even relatively light drinking leads to dehydration. This, in turn, can cause the headaches, fatigue and lack of energy that so many of us associate with hangovers. When you wake up feeling rough, drinking a glass of water should be top of your to-do list.

Rhiannon Lambert, a Harley Street nutritionist and author of the book Re:Nourish (Yellow Kite, PS19.99) says that despite not being a big drinker, she is sure to drink more water on the days after she's had a glass of wine or two.

Getting rehydrated will be even easier if you remember to drink some water before going to bed at the end of your night - but don't panic if you haven't managed this. Making sure to take regular sips throughout your morning should still help you to feel better.

BREW UP SOME GINGER TEA GINGER has long been used in Chinese medicine as an antinausea measure. The belief in its benefits is well-founded: A 2016 study concluded that the plant is "an effective and inexpensive treatment for nausea".

A cup of ginger tea the morning after a heavy night could be a cheap way of killing two birds with one stone. You'll be replenishing some of that much-needed water, and also getting an important shot of stomach-calming ginger. Since ginger also has anti-inflammatory and heart benefits, you might just find yourself making it part of your daily routine.

When it comes to getting ginger to taste good, registered nutritionist Rob Hobson recommends that you add 1-2 tsp of ginger powder, half a lemon and 2 tsp of honey to a teapot and fill with boiling water. Leave it to brew for five minutes before serving. "The zingy flavour is very energising, and the honey will help to re-balance low blood sugar levels," he says.

EAT A BALANCED BREAKFAST TEA is all well and good, but many of us can't bear the idea of ingesting actual food the morning after drinking. But getting some food inside you is vital because alcohol consumption hits your blood glucose levels hard.

Cliche would dictate that you tuck into the greasiest full English available, but our experts warn against this -"ditch the morning-Granola with sliced fruit can give you a hit of natural sugars and also get you some valuable vitamins as a bonus. Rhiannon says: "Foods containing potassium can help your body to recover lost electrolytes from a night of drinking. Bananas and avocados are good sources."

KNOW YOUR ANTI-HISTAMINES WHILE paracetamol or aspirin can help ease your pounding head in the short term, they may worsen an upset stomach.

Harley Street nutritionist Alice Mackintosh recommends foods rich in anti-histamines, which reduce the levels of headache-inducing histamine contained in alcohol.

She says: "A smoothie made with berries, kale, pineapple, almond milk and nuts and seeds is my ultimate hangover buster.

"These foods are rich in anti-histamines back into your system. I'd also recommend ginger, turmeric, coriander, parsley and thyme - all great anti-histamines.

"Some people even take a hay fever tablet when they're hung over. And another natural anti-histamine is vitamin C. If you're at a Christmas party, try to avoid aged cheeses, smoked meats and smoked fish - they will all make your headache worse the next day, as they contain high levels of histamine."

AVOID ENERGY DRINKS STEER clear of caffeine-laden coffee and always avoid mixing alcohol with energy drinks.

Alice says: "Energy drinks are really bad for you. If you mix them with alcohol, your hangover will be worse as you'll suffer broken sleep and a huge caffeine comedown the next morning, which will make you jittery.

"If you wake feeling tired, green tea is a much better option than coffee - it'll still give you nutritious."

PRICKLY PEAR THE prickly pear is a photogenic cactus with a vivid red fruit. Studies have shown that extract from this fruit can be used on hangovers to impressive effect.

It's been found to reduce nausea, dizziness, and headaches, all of which sound pretty brilliant from the point of view of Britain's hangover victims. If you want to try it out, look for a supplement called Hovenia Dulcis extract.

ARTICHOKE EXTRACT ANOTHER extract to try is Artichoke. "This supplement stimulates bile production and can help to relieve bloating and other symptoms of indigestion associated with alcohol consumption," says Rob.

GO BACK TO BED THERE really is no substitute for sleep.

Whether the night has gone on until the small hours, or drinking has impaired your ability to sleep, the downsides to even light sleep deprivation are significant.

So, if the worst comes to the worst, you might just have to resort to a subtle nap at lunchtime. But don't forget to set Above: Ginger, coriander and green tea can ease hangover symptoms It's vital that you stay hydrated after drinking heavily

Energy drinks are really bad for you. If you mix them with alcohol, your hangover will be worse as you'll suffer broken sleep and a huge caffeine come-down the next morning...
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 29, 2018
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