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Hangover cures from around the world
Let's start with right here at home in the United States of America!
I do not condone this but, it seems that we Americans are fond of "hair of the dog". No, this doesn't mean we eat dog hair. Basically, when Americans wake up the next day and realize that they have a hangover, they "cure" it by...drinking some more!
The most common morning after beverage is a Bloody Mary. From my research, I have yet to find a true explanation as to why a Bloody Mary is the hangover drink of choice. In fact, while drinking more the next morning may seem to make you feel better what you're really doing is giving yourself a nice buzz to mask the pain of the hangover. Also, the drinks that you had the night before are still being filtered through your liver and by adding Tylenol, or more alcohol to the mixture, it could end up causing more damage to your liver.
Like I said, I don't encourage this "cure" nor have I ever tried it. I also read that there is research being done to try to prove that those who partake in "hair of the dog" actually are showing early signs of alcoholism. Which makes sense.
Americans, let's see if we can turn to something else to cure our overindulgences!
Japan's "cure" for too much Sake the night before...
After a long night of Sake bombs, the Japanese seem to use a few different "cures" for their hangovers. One of which is a sour plum or apricot called Umeboshi. They believe that the sourness of the organic acids actually raise the PH levels in the stomach and ease the nausea and stomach pains from a hangover. The fruit also provides potassium and sodium. They suggest eating Umeboshi before drinking to create a mucus in the stomach that will slow the absorption of the alcohol.
They apparently also found that watermelon works wonders! It seems that watermelon helps blood circulation; detox the liver and ease muscle fatigue. All of which can be symptoms of a hangover.
(I don't know about any of you, but I'm all for trying this one out next time I'm fighting a hangover!)
Mongolia...Prepare yourself for this short, simple and not so sweet "cure"
There is no sugar coating this...in Mongolia, they use pickled sheep eye balls in tomato juice.
But, obviously we don't have the easy access to sheep eyeballs (nor would we want that kind of "easy access" to them) I found a recipe for a soup that they also say seems to do the trick. No eyeballs in this one, I promise...
Bantan is a soup primarily made of meat and bread crumbs.
7 oz. meat (preferably lamb, otherwise beef), cut in pieces
3 1/2 oz. spring onion, chopped
7 oz. wheat flour
Add cut-up meat to a pot with 6 cups of cold water and salt and cook it for about 30 minutes, skimming off the scum as needed. In a bowl, mix flour, salt and cold water as needed; blend this mix with your fingers and make small dough crumbs (the size of rice).
Add the crumbs to the stock and let it boil for 5 more minutes; then, season the soup with salt and chopped spring onions. You can garnish with extra herbs or spices.
Sicily...another one to brace yourself for...
*This has not been medically proven nor is it suggested*
It has been said (by the old school Sicilians) that eating a dried bull's penis will surely "cure" any hangover.
I'll be leaving this one for the old school Sicilians and just take their word on it.
Again, I should repeat that this is not recommended nor medially proven!
The Philippines...worse than the bull penis,if you ask me...
After having a wild, crazy night out and getting yourself into a drunken stupor, it isn't uncommon to wake up the next morning and have some eggs, toast, bacon etc. to try to combat the hangover. I believe most of us have tried this method at least once. But, I am willing to bet that most of us haven't tried the eggs quite like this...
In the Philippines they are greatly encouraged to eat their eggs poached and fertilized. That's right, they eat the actual baby bird...beak and all. Swallowing it whole, beak included. They call it a balut and no I will not include the picture for this one. If you really want to see what a balut looks like, "Google" it yourself.
To prepare a balut egg, you take a developing duck embryo and boil it alive.
First, the broth surrounding the embryo is sipped from the egg. Then, the shell is peeled, and the yolk and young chick inside can be eaten. All of the contents of the egg may be consumed.
In the Philippines, balut eaters prefer salt and/or a chili, garlic and vinegar mixture to season their eggs.
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What is your preferred "cure" for a hangover?
What do I do to fight the hangover battle?
First of all, I am a huge supporter of water! Water while drinking and water after drinking. Although if you ask my friends and family they will tell you that I don't always follow this rule. I am also not the type of person who can eat (or even get the munchies) if I'm drinking. This tends to be one of the reasons I end up with a hangover. Eating something, before and during an alcoholic binge will slow the absorption of the alcohol. The other thing that I do not suggest (and is possibly my biggest downfall while drinking) is that I mix my alcohols. This basically can solidify your chances of a hangover, and usually a bad one!
So, since I am a rule breaker when I drink, I must have a "cure" for myself right? Well. yes I do. Water, or Gatorade, and pizza! I have found that pizza has the perfect combination of carbs (from the pizza dough/crust), grease (from the cheeses and pepperoni), and even the acidity (from the tomato sauce). I am fond of the Digorno brand personal size supreme pizza. Of course the only sure fire "cure" for a hangover at any degree is time, sleep and water.
I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment about the article or even just to tell me how you fight the morning-after battle! Also, please rate the article and tell me if you thought it was "helpful", "interesting" etc.
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