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1. Eat salmon and cucumber for breakfast
Ignore your craving for greasy fried food because it can irritate an already-sensitive stomach. “Cucumbers are high in water and electrolytes, which can reduce the intensity of hangover headaches; and salmon, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, helps to combat inflammation in the body.” – Clement Gan, nutritionist
2. Take paracetamol or ibuprofen with a glass of water
But don’t just opt for a ladylike sip, “because hangovers indicate dehydration and loss of minerals, so gulping down as much water as possible with your tablets can help to lessen a stomach upset or pounding headache.” – Dr Christina Low, medical director and consultant at SMG Medical
3. Do low-impact exercises
“Slow jogging or simple stretching exercises can encourage an endorphin release, which will boost your mood. What to avoid: high-intensity workouts, which might make you feel even more queasy. Instead, opt for weights or cycling, which won’t put so much strain on your already-there pain.” – Pearly Ng, personal trainer and co-owner of The System Gym
4. Down unsweetened coconut water
If your fail-safe cure is the sofa and a box set, at least share the moment with some coconut water. “It’s hydrating, helps to replenish the minerals in your blood – a lack of which results in hangover symptoms – and is a healthier alternative to sugarladen sports drinks.” Tip: It also works as a great mixer! – Caryn Cheah, Bacardi-Martini Singapore brand ambassador
5. Have sex
“A hangover may not put you in a sexy mood, but a hot session could help you overcome your post-drinking pain faster. How? It’ll take your mind off your discomfort by lessening a headache (thanks to the release of endorphins), at least temporarily.” – Martha Tara Lee, clinical sexologist at Eros Coaching
ARE YOU HUNG-OVER OR STILL DRUNK?
It is possible to experience both (especially if you continue drinking in the morning), but here’s how to tell: Generally, you’re no longer drunk when you have a hangover, which consists of the residual effects of being drunk, like a headache, dehydration and dizziness. However, if you wake up feeling awesome and start talking to inanimate objects… you know what that means!
This story was originally published in the December 2015 issue of Her World magazine.