Did you have a little too much fun over the holidays? Maybe you suffered a New Years Day hangover!?
What is a hangover?
Alcohol, a diuretic, can lead to dehydration which accounts for many of the symptoms of a hangover1,2! Sleep disturbance and low blood sugar, both associated with a night of drinking, may also contribute to a hangover. As noted by Alberta Health Services, symptoms of a hangover may include headache, stomach discomfort, “fuzzy thinking”, drowsiness or sweating.1
Although some may argue that “eat is cheating”, there are some tips for avoiding/minimizing a hangover from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS):1
“Curing” the Hangover
There are numerous “cures” offered for the hangover – from drinking pickle juice, consuming greasy food and coffee, to continuing drinking (“hair of the dog”)3,4; however, these are largely considered myths. Rather than seeking a cure, your best bet may be to rehydrate! Drink water to help replenish lost fluids and have a nap to restore your strength!