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Hangover Relief

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You told yourself it wouldn't happen. You ate before. You drank water. You popped a charcoal pill. And yet, after a night of celebrations, it's official: You're hungover. It's inevitable, right? Like death and taxes.

Hold on! We're here to help. While there are many purported cures out there, from the dubious (walking around in socks stuffed with green hemlock) to the quick fixes (Blowfish, Cheers, Morning Recovery, Rebound), it's the simple, old-school remedies that are the most helpful. Here, we break them down.


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Think Salty…
Why is it that, when hungover, greasy foods become the holy grail? Because your body is dehydrated and craving salt. But skip the fried and lard-laden—they can irritate the stomach—and opt for some bouillon broth

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And Sweet
Fructose helps, too. Try orange, grapefruit and tomato juice. If your blood sugar is low—you're feeling dizzy or weak—have a simple carbohydrate, like oatmeal or toast. Other tip: Before you drink, eat two tablespoons of honey.

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Other Ingredients to Embrace
Eggs, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, artichoke, kale, turmeric, garlic, beetroot and milk thistle, the herb. Scanning this list, we think there are the makings of a pretty good omelette in there, no? Also good: foods rich in antioxidants, like berries, pomegranates, ginger, cherries, grapes, nuts…

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Bananas are a great source of potassium (coconut water, too), which will alleviate the headache. Potassium alone won't defeat the hangover, but it'll help.

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Pop It
If you must, take a pain reliever, like aspirin or ibuprofen. But—and this is key—stay away from acetaminophen, e.g. Tylenol. Any alcohol in your system will amplify its toxic effects on your liver, which, you should know, is what breaks down alcohol in your body.

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Repeat After Us: H2O
Last but certainly not least: water, water, water. Drink ample amounts before you booze, during (alternate alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, if you can) and after. If you're looking for a cure-all, this is it.

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