Healthy living: Five ways to cure a hangover

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We have all experienced the unpleasant feeling of the morning after the night before, where one too many drinks has left us feeling less than perky.

The best way to prevent a hangover is to not drink in the first place.

However, if you have succumbed here are five ways to ease those dreaded hangover symptoms.

Drink water

Perhaps the most obvious tip, but also the most important.

Alcohol is dehydrating so it is important to maintain water levels and drink plenty of fluids in the run-up to the night out.

Drink one glass of water for each alcoholic drink and continue the day after.

Try adding lemon juice which will restore the body’s pH balance and neutralise stomach acid.

Eat right

A big greasy fry-up may seem like the most appealing food when you’re feeling groggy, but fried food will only worsen a hangover.

Stick to simple carbohydrates such as brown toast and oats which are easily digested and help to balance blood sugar levels.

Eat plenty of water containing foods like melon, tomatoes and cucumber to help you rehydrate.

Get out

As tempting as it may be, spending the day in bed will not help your hangover.

Going out and getting some fresh air will occupy your mind and ease nausea.

Exercising is a great way to release toxins from the body.

Try going for a jog or head to the gym and finish off in the sauna or steam room which will sweat out the alcohol and relax your muscles.

Load up on potassium

Alcohol drains the body of potassium which is crucial for maintaining water levels and supporting organ function.

Foods such as bananas, salmon, spinach and potatoes are rich in potassium and will help to ease headaches and tiredness.

Coconut water is also renowned for its high potassium content and is more hydrating than plain water.

Prepare

Preparation prior to a night out can reduce hangover symptoms the day after.

Eat a good, carbohydrate-based meal before you begin drinking to line your stomach.

Stick to clear spirits such as vodka and gin which are lower in sugar and contain fewer impurities.

Eating something small such as toast or a bowl of cereal before you go to sleep will help to absorb alcohol and lessen its effects in the morning.