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Get rid of that hangover

The reason you get a headache is because you're dehydrated

When you are suffering from a hangover, you might head for the old fixes, like a fizzy energy drink and full English breakfast with bacon and eggs. But there are healthier ways to combat a hangover, says Vishakha Shivdasani, a doctor who specializes in nutrition and lifestyle diseases.


The reason you get a headache is because you’re dehydrated. Shivdasani explains that when your body is dehydrated, it starts taking water from the brain, and that’s what gives you a headache. “Opt for coconut water or water with rock salt because these have electrolytes," she says.

Eat a banana

“This fruit is extremely alkaline and high in magnesium and potassium." Shivdasani says it also provides fructose that peps you up. For the first meal during a hangover, she recommends any carbohydrate (whether it’s bread, roti or rice) with some protein.

Line your stomach

If you have a low threshold, take a swig of antacid before heading out. “This lines the stomach, prevents the absorption of alcohol and also contains some magnesium and electrolytes for water balance," she says.