Kick the aches with these natural hangover remediesPosted: Updated:
Hangover got you down? Doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine Dr. Ed Lamadrid, L.Ac. has some tips and tricks to kick a nasty hangover and bust myths about cures that don't cut it.
A hangover is depletion of water, sugar and electrolytes by overconsumption of alcohol. Symptoms include headache, nausea, queasy stomach, and congestion.
Common hangover tips that don't work:
Coffee or caffeine: Caffeine, like alcohol is dehydrating to the body. It could make a headache worse.
Hair of the Dog: Drinking more alcohol. This will make hangover symptoms worse.
Greasy meal: The stomach is already irritated. A greasy meal is hard to digest and would make gastric symptoms worse. Greasy meals are better before drinking to prevent a hangover.
Natural hangover tips that do work:
Prickly pear juice
DIY press points on the foot to treat headache and nausea
Virgin bloody mary (tomato juice)
Take a mustard bath (either yellow mustard or wasabi) to detox the body