Happy New Year... and Happy Hangover

Happy New Year!! For New Years I went to a beach town called Hermanus in South Africa. Last night confirmed that New Years is generally celebrated the same all over the world- getting horrifically lamposted. Although this is seriously fun on the night the notorious hangover is inevitable. After doing some research this morning I thought I would share some natural and healthy ways to curb the dreaded hangover. 

Coconut Water : its super hydrating, fat-free, cholesterol-free, nutrient-packed, potassium-stacked, mega-electrolyte full stuff. As the majority of a hangover is dehydration, this stuff works a treat. 

Tomato Juice: The stuff without added sugar and chemicals (look on the back)- full of nutrients, anti-oxidants that will fight that alcohol.

Eggs: The yolk of an egg has lots of protein and healthy fats in there, not to mention a whole lot of vitamins. This is what your body needs to restore itself.

Bovril/ Marmite: high in Vitamin B which will relieve your hangover and replace lost salts.

Almonds: Prevent a hangover by eating 6 to 12 almonds before drinking. The North American Natives claim this will protect the body against intoxication.

Water: Drinking water is the best cure for hangovers. As a matter of fact, alternating a glass of water with an alcoholic drink can prevent a hangover. Sparkling waters with a twist of lime or lemon make a respectable replacement for a cocktail, preventing fluid loss associated with drinking alcohol. Drink a glass or two of water before going to bed to prevent dehydration.

Bananas: Eating a banana will replenish lost potassium and other minerals after drinking too much alcohol. Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract for most people and provide something solid in the stomach.

Wasabi: Along with being a delectable culinary delight, the spicy green paste known as wasabi also makes an excellent cleanse to remove toxins from the body. Wasabi stimulates blood circulation and promotes oxygenation of the cells, which helps remove waste. Infuse 2 to 4 tbsp. in a hot bath to allow the body to shed toxins through the skin to ease a hangover.

Ginger: Ginger is the time-honored cure for nausea and stomach upset. The easiest way to consume ginger is by drinking ginger ale; however, it must contain real ginger and sugar, not artificial sweeteners. Sugar too helps settle the stomach, so this is a winning combination for hangovers. Alternatively, make ginger tea by cutting a dozen slices of fresh ginger root and boiling them in 4 cups of water for about ten minutes. Remove the ginger and add the juice of half a fresh lemon and honey to taste. Drink as much of the tea as needed.

Sleep: no brainer.