Wednesday, 21 November 2007

The Thanksgiving Eve Hangover Repair Manual

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It's hours away from starting ... the Biggest Party Night of the year!! I find it amazing that the night before Thanksgiving has somehow stolen the title from New Year's Eve, but as long as good times are being had, I'm all about it. Speaking of good times ...

Tomorrow (you know, when the actual holiday occurs) many people will enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with a bevy of loved ones. The people who may not enjoy it so much, however, are those who enjoy tonight a bit too much. It's very easy to let a couple of drinks become a couple more than you should be drinking, which may cause you to wake up feeling -- shall we say -- less than jovial.

Here are a few tips that may help reduce (note: not cure, just reduce) your hangover, thereby making a three hour sit down dinner with your annoying cousins at least bearable:

1. Pop an Ibuprofen. This will help reduce the pounding headache from which you're likely suffering.

2. Drink Plenty of Water. Common knowledge, I think. Alcohol can cause you to become dehydrated, so it's vital that you replenish your body the following day. After a while, switch to Gatorade or Powerade to also replace the electrolytes you've lost. Some people feel that drinking coconut water, due to its high levels of potassium, is a great way to rehydrate.

3. Eat a Healthy Meal. Although eating fatty and greasy foods may help absorb (for lack of a better word) some of the alcohol in your system, more important are foods rich in magnesium and potassium, such as bananas, whole grains, and, as mentioned, coconut water.

4. Don't Skip Your Morning Cup of Joe. If you're a regular coffee drinker, avoiding your morning cup may cause a bit of caffeine withdrawal, which will only serve to increase the severity of your already pounding headache.

Remember, none of these measures will help eliminate a hangover entirely, so keep that in mind tonight when you're out on the town.

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