Two simple ways to curb a hangover

Back in the days when I was student, after a heavy night out, my father always teased me, saying: “The best way to cure a hangover is to drink in moderation.”

Did I ever listen to him? Nope.

And while it’s true that moderation is key when it comes to alcohol consumption, there are times when everyone overindulges a bit.

Suffice it to say, I have had my fair share of hangovers when I was younger… and I’ve also tried quite a few hangover ‘cure’s… some of which were worse than the hangover itself, like Worcestershire sauce and orange juice… or taking a hot bath infused with a wasabi or mustard (I kid you not!).

My hangover advice is a lot simpler. The first rule when you know you’re going to have a night of heavy drinking — like an office party or a birthday celebration — is to keep hydrated… and I don’t mean with more alcohol. Hydrate by drinking plenty of water before, during and after imbibing.

You can also try the following drink before you embark on your celebrations and again just before you go to bed after your night (have it pre-made and keep it chilled in the fridge, ready to swallow down before you hit the sheets):

• 125 ml tomato juice
• Pinch of cayenne pepper
• Juice of half a lime

Mix it all together and stir well.

The tomatoes and lime juice in particular will give you powerful boost of beta-carotene and vitamin C, which is essential for mopping up the free radicals toxins after a heavy night of drinking.

Here’s another powerful detoxifying juice, which will help support your liver too:

  • ¼ cup Wheatgrass
  • ½ cup Watercress
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 lemon – juiced
  • 250 ml water

Blend all the ingredients together and drink a shot before you go to bed and again when you wake up.

Both wheatgrass and watercress are powerful detoxifiers, and wheatgrass will help maintain your PH balance, provides liver support and will sooth your intestines while giving you powerful antioxidant boost.

Then of course, you can always follow my father’s advice… drink alcohol in moderation.

To a healthier and happier life,

Thomas Smith