Afraid of hangover after New Year party? Follow these easy tips to tackle it

Clinical nutritionist Dr Nupur Krishnan lists natural remedies to tackle heavy headache, dizziness and other ill-effects of heavy drinking

Dr Nupur Krishnan
Dr Nupur Krishnan

At the stroke of midnight on December 31, it may seem like a good idea to spend entire night ushering into the New Year over champagne and indulge in some heavy drinking, but waking up with a headache, upset tummy, feeling sick, dizzy, sleepy and confused is certainly not the best way to begin the New Year. Hangover due to excessive drinking can be a spoiler for next day.

But with these few natural tips, you can tackle hangover easily:

Increase your fructose intake

Fructose found in certain fruits is very effective in fighting a hangover. Mix apple juice, pineapple juice and honey and sip the drink. You can also add a few spoons of honey (an excellent source of fructose) in chilled water post a drinking session.

Sleep

Even sleep is a good remedy for tackling hangover woes. Sleep peacefully in a dimly lit, noiseless room. Sleep relaxes your mind and body and also reduces headache.

Avoid Pain killers

It’s best to avoid popping a painkiller. People often prefer taking medicines to get rid of headache caused by intoxication. But, popping a painkiller can actually harm you if you suffer from a health complication.

Say no to tea / coffee

Having tea or coffee can worsen your hangover. Tea and coffee contain strong caffeine which can have an adverse effect on your health and therefore, say no caffeine.

Lemon water, fresh orange juice

Lemon water and fresh orange juice are excellent sources of anti-oxidant and vitamin C that prevents formation of free radicals.

Food remedy

If you feel nauseated, blend a banana and have it chilled. Even a bowl of light soup will comfort you. Eating 3 to 4 pieces of dry lemon pickle is also very good.

The author is a Clinical Nutritionist and Director at Bio-Logics Nutrition Clinics, Mumbai