Hangover Cures—What the Scientists Say
Your roommate swears by 'hair of the dog' or chugging raw eggs and tomato juice, but do these hangover cures actually work? What do the scientists say?
You couldn't be more disgusted thinking about taking another sip of frozen margarita, but you'd do anything to get rid of your raging headache. But, scientists say that hair of the dog only delays the inevitable. One of the reasons hangover happens is because the liver can't keep up with the toxins it's metabolizing. So, adding more makes you chipper for your morning appointment, but actually worse for your 8 hour work day.
A huge plate of french fries with donuts on the side might sound like heaven right now, but scientists say fatty foods can only irritate the stomach the morning after. Gorging on fatty foods before drinking would have been the way to go—fat sticks to the stomach lining and slows down the absorption of alcohol in the bloodstream, making you drunk slower but less hungover. Better luck next time.
Eating in general is good. Food speeds up your body's metabolism which helps flush out all those toxins. But, a chicken bacon egg sandwich is especially helpful. Protein breaks down into amino acids which gets your neurotransmitters going in your brain so you can start to think clearly again.
It sure hypes you up a bit, but does caffeine fix the problem? Nope. Caffeine is a diuretic, just like alcohol and can dehydrate you even more. Dehydration leads to headache and fatigue and will prolong your hangover brain fuzziness.
The fructose in fruit gives you energy and can increase the rate at which the body gets rid of toxins. Also, drinking fruit juice replaces those vitamins and nutrients that you lost due to alcohol's diuretic effects. Overall, a good step towards normalcy.
You're dehydrated, whether you know it or not. Dehydration is what's making you feel fatigued and may be making your head pound. Chug water. Water curbs dehydration, of course, and can help dilute the alcohol left over in your stomach so your liver will be less overwhelmed. And, if you add a bit of sugar and salt to your water—bam—electrolyte fix.