Season-- Hangover Cures
---By Claire Tyrell
Translated by Liu Fang Ru
Despite all good intentions, I
was "over served" again last night,
but luckily I've asked around and done my research.
If you, too, like your hangover remedies as varied
as the bevies you'll be supping, read on ... though
Taiwan Fun guarantees nothing!
The practical: Line your stomach
with fatty foods before partying, avoid dark coloured
drinks (which can often cause worse hangovers)
and follow the old English adage "don't mix
the grape and the grain". And drink plenty
of water before sleeping.
Hangovers are largely due to dehydration,
loss of salts and low blood sugar levels, so sports
drinks and re-hydration sachets are ideal. Or
anything containing vitamins C and B1 (rice, cereals,
fruits...) and multivitamins.
Cabbage - Apparently, in heavy-drinking
Russia, hangover cures include salted cabbage
juice. Macedonia, too, has a homemade cabbage/salt
solution, and Germans have been known to drink
the brine of jarred sauerkraut. One reference
claims the ancient Greeks also saw the cabbage's
Eggs - Ranging from a fried egg
sandwich to the hardcore individuals who swear
by downing a raw egg! Sources do say eggs contain
elements that help combat the excess of harmful
free radicals produced.
Eastern Wisdom - Ginger tea, as
it is generally accepted that ginger is a natural
antiemetic, which prevents vomiting. While dehydrating
caffeine should be avoided as a pick-me-up, try
nature's own boost, ginseng.
Western Wisdom - "Hair of
the dog"-namely keep drinking, with a Bloody
Mary being an old fave. Hangovers are also caused
by a rapid fall in blood alcohol levels, so topping
up (in small amounts!) takes the edge off ...
or perhaps just delays the inevitable?!
Finally, you could try: Hot Mexican
food, Vietnamese "pho" noodles, Australia's
Vegemite, Mongolia's pickled sheep's eye in tomato
juice, or my voodoo fave from Haiti-stick 13 black-headed
pins into the offending bottle's cork.
Now ... just how many bottles
were there last night?