Most of us are familiar with the conventional and popular hangover remedies, so maybe we should take a look at some of the more diverse antidotes believed to cure a hangover. There are several options out there that are not so well known, and some are used only in specific regions of the world. Some of these treatments are quite unique, and it also appears that a strong stomach might be required for a few of these.
Before we start, we need to know just what happens to our system from a hard night of drinking. Dehydration is a major cause of a hangover’s pains, as is depletion of your natural vitamins and minerals. This Boulder Medical Center article lists the body’s nutrients that are depleted due to the consumption of alcohol.
The B and C vitamins, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, calcium, manganese, potassium and chromium in your body are all affected to some extent by drinking alcohol. Use your own judgment and decide if any of these hangover remedies might be the one that works for you.
Menudo: (Spanish and Romanian origins) The main ingredient in this one is tripe. Yes, it is Cow stomach soup, and is quite popular in Mexico. Tripe has vitamin B12, B6, Niacin and vitamin E. I am not sure of the flavor, but just knowing the name and the major ingredient would give me some doubts. A warm bowl of this soup, sometimes with a bit of hot sauce added is pretty much a standard remedy in a few places.
Raw eggs and Tabasco sauce: Another Spanish remedy is available, and it has a few variations to mix it up somewhat. Sometimes the raw egg is mixed in orange juice, with or without the Tabasco sauce. Raw eggs are an easily digested source of protein, and may help ease some hangover symptoms. Other hot sauces may also be substituted to suit your taste. Worcestershire sauce is a popular additive. This would be easily digestible, but with a little kick to it.
New England clam chowder: At least this one does have a lot of calcium and protein included. This is a fairly well balanced soup dish that will help replenish your weakened system. If nothing else, clam chowder will provide a decent and pleasant meal for your punished body.
Greasy Foods: This antidote is common around the world, and the idea behind it is to load up with greasy food before you start drinking, or during the course of your indulgence. The excess fat in your stomach is supposed to diffuse the effects of the alcohol as it enters your bloodstream, which diminishes some of the harsh the effects . There might be something to the burger and a beer theory here.
Hair of the dog that bit you: A very common worldwide cure that some hardcore drinkers swear by is a beer or a drink the morning after. This approach is said to ease your stomach and stop the shakes. A bloody mary is one of the favorites mentioned, maybe because tomato juice and vegetable jusices restore some lost nutrients.
Xanax or Valium: The idea for this therapy is to take half of one of these pharmaceuticals first thing when you wake up and are feeling bad. Then lie back down for a few hours and let your system settle down some. I would imagine there are other prescription cures that folks use in this manner.
Pickle Juice: Of Polish and Romanian origins, this is an old and well known cure in these countries. A few ounces of this juice before and/or after your drinking binge is the standard. The logic for this is that the pickle juice has minerals, antioxidants, and salts as well as some vitamin value.
Pickled herring: A German favorite, this dish consists of pickled herring with onions and gherkins. Once again it appears that salt comes into play to restore the electrolytes lost from the alcohol consumption, as well as vitamin D and protein. But pickled fish may be hard to stomach first thing in the morning if you are feeling ill.
Asparagus: This vegetable has high fiber, folic acid, assorted vitamins and potassium, as well as antioxidants, and is supposed to help your liver clear toxins faster. Asparagus for breakfast might not be for everyone, and you may need some imagination to come up with an acceptable dish.
Coconut water: Popular in the tropical climates, the coconut is used for many medical purposes throughout Asia and the Pacific.. The coconut is full of vitamins, fiber and minerals, and is worth considering for relief of hangover symptoms. This Coconut Research Center article lists a wide array of illnesses that are treated successfully with coconut oil, and helping to cure a simple hangover certainly may make sense.
Ginger Tea: This common Chinese cure has been used for a very long time to relieve general nausea as well as hangover symptoms. Vitamin C comes into play here, as well as the natural digestive benefits of the ginger root. This remedy may be based on an ancient system cleansing belief rather than a vitamin replenishing cure.
Take your pick from one or more of the cures listed above. I am not qualified to recommend any any of these remedies. I am just sharing some information on them. It might be a good idea to have your treatment of choice prepared before you begin to feel ill and, since some of these suggestions are rather stout, whatever you do, start small.
Thank you for for reading.