Season-- Hangover Cures
365 days to recover
---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...)
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 hangover value.
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
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