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5 Things To Treat a Hangover

Treat a hangover and stop the post-drinking blues with five simple solutions guaranteed to ensure a speedy recovery.

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1. Coffee

If you drink coffee, have a cup or two as soon as possible. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it narrows the swollen blood vessels in your head. Just don’t go overboard. Like alcohol, caffeine is a diuretic, and if you drink too much you’ll become even more dehydrated.

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2. Kudzu

Kudzu is a traditional Chinese remedy for alcohol poisoning, usually taken as a ‘morning after’ tea. You can buy kudzu tincture at some Asian food shops, from a medical herbalist, or a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, though it’s hard to find. You can also buy it online but would need to do so in anticipation… Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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3. Juice

Have a large glass of grapefruit, orange, or tomato juice. Fruit juice contains the simple sugar fructose, which speeds up the metabolism of alcohol.

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4. Banana Shake

A banana milk shake is an especially good way to replace potassium and other nutrients lost during a night of heavy drinking. Combine a half-cup milk with a banana and 2 teaspoons honey. Whirl it all in a blender, and drink up. Banana is a good source of potassium, which was lost in your urine. And honey is rich in fructose.

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5. Chicken Soup

Once you overcome the queasiness, fix yourself a nice bowl of hot chicken soup or bouillon. Either one will help replace the salt and potassium the body loses when you’ve been drinking.

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