Are there any effective hangover remedies? (Diet query of the day)

Here are some tips to help you beat a hangover.

HangoverI often go for parties over the weekend and end up drinking alcohol which leads to a hangover the next morning. Are there any tips to avoid and beat it?
Hangovers are a result of excessive alcohol consumption which forces the liver to flush it out through the urine instead of performing its primary task of providing glucose. This results in headaches, vomiting, dizziness, etc. In order to avoid a hangover, always make it a point to eat before you drink so that you line your stomach with food and less alcohol is absorbed in your system. (Read: Why drinking is bad for your weight loss regimen)
Even when you are drinking, make it a point to drink plenty of water to keep yourself from getting dehydrated. The most important thing is to stick to lighter drinks such as beer, wine instead of harder ones like whiskey, tequila. The less you mix things up, the better for you. (Read: Natural remedies to keep your liver healthy)
But if you do end up with a hangover, here are some tips to beat it:
  1. Rest and sleep as much as you can as it will allow you to recover faster.
  2. Drink plenty of water to hydrate yourself. Take a cool shower to refresh yourself.
  3. Eat protein-rich food like eggs which have amino acids and lessen the effects of a hangover. You also needs carbs to get your glucose levels back on track. Eat a toast, sandwich, etc.
  4. Eat curd and rice as it is easy on your stomach.
  5. According to nutritionist Naini Setalvad, the best way to beat a hangover is to increase your vitamin C content; you can do this by eating lemons, oranges. She even suggests espresso shots.
  6. Another tried-and-tested hangover recipe by many is drinking bloody Mary. You can make a virgin one if you have run out of vodka but don't forget the tomato which will help flush out toxins and make you feel better.
  7. Though convenient, it is best to avoid pills and stick to eating food and resting.
  8. After filling up your stomach, you can even for a jog or swim (after an appropriate gap) to help you get back on track. (Read: Practical tips to prevent a hangover)
Once you know your drinking capacity, don't go overboard as too much alcohol consumption can affect your liver and lead to various ailments. Enjoy the drink but be responsible towards your health and body. (Read: Why alcohol is bad for your liver)
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