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Published December 4th 2012
Hangover cures you should probably avoid
Top Hangover Cures
So, you've had a fantastic Christmas Celebration, a great party and a few drinks and now you're suffering for it. You've got the worst hangover in history - your head is throbbing, you feel sick, your mouth is 'yuk', and if the room would just stop spinning you would feel much better.
There are lots of hangover 'cures', some suggest that you just stay in bed and sleep it off, others say to drink lots of water, orange juice or coffee.
While there is no sure-fire cure for a hangover, here are a few suggestions, some are a bit weird, some would probably make you feel sicker than ever - most of them you wouldn't even want to try.
Black Coffee Image by Julius Schorzman, Wikipedia Commons
1. Drink a Bloody Mary - It's a hair-of-the-dog type drink made with tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco sauce.
2. Drink a Banana Milkshake. Made from cold milk, a banana and ice this drink is full of vitamin B and is supposed to be soothing on the stomach.
3. Drink Frozen Coke, Icy Cold Milk with lots of ice or a mixture of Coca-Cola and Milk. Apparently these three work well and make you feel better if you have a hangover. Did you know that Coca-Cola was initially invented as a hangover cure?
4. An old remedy for hangovers is a Prairie Oyster, it involves a whole raw egg, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and salt and pepper. A Prairie Oyster should be drunk in one gulp without breaking the yolk of the egg.
5. Another old remedy is the Amber Moon, made of raw egg, Tabasco sauce and whisky or vodka. Similar to a Prairie Oyster but with added alcohol.
6. Eat Eggs Benedict. A great morning after meal made up of an English muffin topped with poached eggs, bacon or ham and Hollandaise Sauce.
7. Have a Big Fry Up. A big fry up of bacon, eggs, sausages, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, chips and fried bread. Apparently guaranteed to 'cure' a hangover, this meal is supposed to line the stomach and settle it down.
Eggs Benedict Image by Belathee Photography, Wikipedia Commons
Cures From Other Countries
In the Netherlands they eat a dish made of raw herrings and raw chopped onion to 'cure' a hangover.
In Germany they eat pickled herring wrapped in raw onion or gherkin and in Poland they drink a glass of pickled herring juice.
In Namibia they drink Buffalo Milk, a mixture of ice cream, dark rum, cream liqueur, spiced rum, and whole cream.
In Turkey they eat Tripe Soup, a thick soup dish made from boiled tripe, cream and garlic, it's said to prevent or cure a hangover.
In some parts of Canada they eat chips covered in gravy, chilli sauce and cheese curds to 'cure' a hangover.
In Japan hangover sufferers eat what is known as a umeboshi - a pickled plum that is touted for its health benefits but is disgusting to eat.
Tripe Soup Image by Kiril Kapustin, Wikipedia Commons
There are some safe and natural solutions to the dreaded hangover.
Honey. Eat between two and six spoonfuls of honey when you wake up and then every twenty minutes until you feel better. The fructose in the honey will help your body metabolize the alcohol more quickly.
Apples. Eat an apple on an empty stomach, it will help to detoxify the body.
Peanut Butter. Try some peanut butter on toast. Eating peanut butter before you drink is supposed to prevent a hangover.
Almonds are full of nutrients and Tomato Juice is full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fructose and both can help to relieve the symptoms of a hangover.
Prickly Pear Cactus Extract helps to relieve the nausea and headaches of a hangover.
Runny Honey Image by US Agricultural Research Service, Wikipedia Commons