How to cure a New Year's Day hangover
In this Dec. 5, 2011, file photo, bottles of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey line the shelves of a liquor outlet in Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
Published Friday, January 1, 2016 8:16AM EST
It's the first day of 2016 and already, some of you wish you could rewind to the year before and put down that last glass of wine or bottle of beer.
But fret not. While medical experts insist there is no such thing as a hangover cure, there are ways to mitigate the throbbing headache, queasy stomach, dizziness, nausea and dehydration...but we won't go on.
Here's some reliable advice from the British National Health Service on how to ease the symptoms:
That's right. It's not often we hear medical experts recommend indulging in a piece of chocolate cake. But on the morning after, when blood sugar levels are at their lowest, eating something sweet can boost sugar levels and help you feel better, if only temporarily.
You know the old doc saying, "Take two aspirins and call me in the morning?" Here's where this doesn't apply. Avoid aspirin when nursing a hangover, as it can further irritate the stomach and increase nausea and sickness. Instead, opt for paracetamol-based remedies.
Bouillon or thin vegetable stock
A good source of vitamins and minerals, thin soups and broths can help top up depleted resources. They're also easier for fragile stomachs to digest.
Your body is dehydrated. Replace lost fluids by drinking bland liquids like water, soda water or tonics that are easy on the digestive system.
In a separate 2013 paper published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Food and Function, Chinese researchers showed that lemon-lime flavored soda like Sprite can also help ease hangover symptoms.
The sweet soda beat out 57 different drinks including herbal infusions, teas and carbonated beverages in alleviating symptoms.