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Video:Hangover Remedies

with Jonathon Stewart

Prevention is always the best course, but when your head is pounding and you need some relief, check out this surefire hangover remedy.See Transcript

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Transcript:Hangover Remedies

Hi, I'm Jonathon Stewart for About.com Food, and today...

Ah, man, it's so hard to concentrate today. Do you ever have that feeling? That achy, dizzy head, the nauseated stomach, furry tongue, that slimy sheen of sweat that makes your skin a sort of mauve-gray?

Is it the flu? Well, it could be, but it might also be the three glasses of sangria, two beers, and that birthday shot of tequila you thought would be "fun" last night right before you told your boss how much you loved him.

Supplies Needed to Remedy a Hangover

Today, it's all about hangover remedies and prevention, and for this recipe, here's what you'll need. Check it out:
  • 1000 milligrams vitamin C
  • one B complex vitamin
  • 600 milligrams N-acetyl-cysteine or "NAC"
  • 400 milligrams Ibuprofen
  • one over-ripe banana
  • 5-6 frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup wild blueberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen or fresh pineapple
  • about 1 1/2 cups cold vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • a dash of salt
  • a dash of cayenne
  • about 100 ounces clear, filtered water

Reasons for a Hangover

There's a huge body of medical research that delves into why you feel one particular set of symptoms or another when you're hung over, but basically it boils down to this: alcohol is toxic to just about every major organ in your body.

While your system is well-equipped at dealing with small amounts of alcohol, over-consumption forces your internal processes into all sorts of imbalance.

But none of this information is gonna help cure your pounding head, so on we go.

Prepare the Vitamins and Pain Relievers

Start by setting aside the vitamins C and B, which are essential vitamins your body is likely depleted of. Also set aside the NAC, a powerful antioxidant, and the ibuprofen.

Taking vitamins or pain relievers on an empty stomach can cause discomfort in a perfectly functioning, healthy body, so let's blend up our shake first.

Blend All of the Ingredients

Combine all your ingredients in a blender, from the banana to the cayenne. And don't try to fit in the 100 ounces of water, either into the blender or your stomach just yet, Drunky.

The fruit contains fructose, which is a healthy form of sugar, and the banana is a natural antacid that can help with your nausea.

The salt will keep you safe from the rare but potentially dangerous hyponatremia, and the cayenne is just an all-around natural bad stuff butt-kicker.

Once you've got it all in, blend away and pour yourself a glass.

Drink the Shake

Take it easy with this one. Don't force anything into your body that doesn't want to go there, although this stuff is oddly delicious.

Take the Vitamins and Drink Water

Once you've got a few swallows down, pop your vitamins, NAC, and ibuprofen, and be sure to follow your shake with a full glass of room temperature water.

Next to air, water is the number one substance essential for human survival. Make sure that throughout the day, your mantra is this: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Ways to Prevent a Hangover

It must be stated that the best way to get rid of a hangover is to be pre-emptive. Don't drink more than one drink an hour, and even then if you begin to feel intoxicated, switch over to water.

There are products out there that contain activated charcoal, which absorbs a lot of alcohol-related toxins, but be careful with these, too.

Over indulgence of any kind still places a huge burden on your liver and other organs, and over indulgence on a chronic basis can be life-threatening. As the old Greek saying goes: "meden agan," or "do nothing over much."

Have fun, be well, be safe, and thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the Web at food.about.com.
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