Ahh, the dreaded hangover. While most aren't as severe as the one that made Bradley Cooper a star, they all still pretty much suck.
Thanks to a slew of upcoming holiday parties, a FitPerez reader is anticipating the worst, but is hoping there are ways to ease the pain.
Not drinking too much is the obvious solution, although Margaux J. Rathbun has some other natural ideas that will answer this reader's question:
Margaux, during the holiday season I go to a lot of parties and drink wine, hard alcohol, and champagne. Tis the season, right? The problem is that I get wicked hangovers the next day. What can I do to make sure my hangovers aren't terrible? Any nutrition tips?
According to Margaux:
In case you have a little “too much” fun one of these nights, there are some ways you can relieve your hangover using nutrition. First of all, be sure that you are staying hydrated with plenty of water, before, during, and after your drinking. You can also try some herbal teas to help settle your stomach, such as ginger and chamomile tea.
Be sure to eat plenty of “hangover healing” foods rich in vitamins (especially B vitamins) and minerals. Apples, bananas, limes, lemons, leafy greens, and whole grains are good choices. Some herbs that can help your hangover include evening primrose oil, cumin, and slippery elm bark. While you are drinking, choose light colored drinks. Drinks that are dark in color tend to have more chemicals that form during fermentation, causing the blood vessels to dilate and produce awful headaches.