Not feeling your best this morning? Dr. Nura Orra has tips to cure your hangover
And how to prevent this next time
If your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations left you feeling a little worse for wear, you’re not alone.
But what’s the best way to feel better? We asked Dr. Nura Orra to help us separate fact from fiction. Here’s her advice:
The best way to cure a hangover is to avoid one in the first place! Prevent a hangover by staying adequately hydrated while you’re drinking. For every shot, glass of wine or can of beer you should drink about 8 ounces of water. If you didn’t do that yesterday, you might be feeling the effects this morning. But it’s not too late! There is still hope for you to recharge and power through your day!
Start your morning off with some sort of water-based drink. Sports drinks and coconut water are both loaded with essential electrolytes and minerals which will help your body recover faster than drinking regular water alone. Try to avoid coffee. That will only dehydrate your body further.
If you’re not too keen on the idea of gulping down water first thing in the morning, and want something with a bit more substance, then try a fruit smoothie. Fresh fruit smoothies are a great way to replete those lost electrolytes. Include fruits like bananas (which are an excellent source of potassium), oranges (great sources of magnesium and vitamin C), honey (a natural source of fructose, which will aid the liver in breaking down toxins) and kale (the superfood known for its high levels of vitamin B, A, C, folate and many more).
Ignore the old wisdom about “the hair of the dog that bit you,” that’s a total myth! Having more alcohol the day after you’ve had too much to drink will only further intoxicate your liver and prolong your recovery.
As far as breakfast is concerned, focus on foods rich in amino acids. Eggs are an especially good choice. They’re full of cysteine, which helps the liver process toxins
In extreme cases, you may need to seek medical attention. Common symptoms like a mild headache, fatigue and nausea should all be cured with adequate hydration and time. However, if you have more than five episodes of vomiting or diarrhea, you could be severely dehydrated, and should seek help.