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December 29, 2004

Put The Lime In The Coconut

It's that time of year again. As a health related blog, I find myself obliged to post something about hangover remedies. And while prevention is the best course of treatment, folks will be revelers . . .

Remedies abound. Many are apocryphal, most are more folklore than science. It is not so much possible to neutralize drinking's effects as to minimize the aftermath. More experience than I'd care to acknowledge tells me that moderation, and lots of water, are the only real ways to minimize a mean head-banger the following day.

Leaving the vodka aside, tomato juice does have benefits to the hangover sufferer. So do sports beverages like Gatorade, which help restore nutrients lost during an evening out. A similar method gets a nod from chef and writer Monica Bhide: "Coconut water, I believe, is better than any sports drink out there and is really catching on as a good thing."

All three have healthy servings of electrolytes that alcohol purges, like potassium, sodium and often magnesium. A multivitamin may also help.

Happy New Year and please drink responsibly.

Posted by linda at December 29, 2004 9:53 AM

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