Poland: A glass of juice from either sour pickles or sauerkraut
Make sure the juice is loaded up with vinegar to help quell headaches and alleviate discomfort, claim the Polish. Some even keep soured milk on hand (unpasteurized milk that has been left at room temperature overnight for a day or two) to do the trick.
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A few of these salty, pickled plums are a go-to for many Japanese who had one too many; umeboshi are thought to improve liver function and help aid in digestion.
Great Britain: Milk Thistle
Its effectiveness in scientific research to shield the liver from toxins has been backed up in several studies. One flavonoid, silymarin, might be a key substance in its extract that helps cure that hangover feeling. Some British tipplers swear that taking it both the night of and morning after heavy drinking can all but erase any uncomfortable symptoms.
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Canada: Canada Dry Ginger Ale
Maybe it’s national loyalty, but Canadians claim the fizzy stuff that was first formulated in their country works wonders to settle an upset stomach. The drink’s ingredient list, however, lacks any mention of ginger itself, which would be the most likely source of hangover help.
America: The Bloody Mary
Tomato juice has some of the highest concentration of lycopene as any food, and celery is loaded with restorative vitamins that might help ease the pain. Remember, though, this beloved hair-of-the-dog remedy is likely far more effective in its slightly-less-fun recipe: The Virgin Mary.
Originally published as 5 Questionable Hangover Cures From Around the World on ReadersDigest.com.