survey by Healthspan, based on two thousand UK adults, shows that 27% of women
and 24% of men swear by water as a hangover cure. This makes perfect sense, alcohol
is a diuretic. It removes fluids from the body and leaves us craving liquid the
Brewer says: “Everyone has a go-to hangover cure which helps them feel a bit
more alive again. It seems drinking water is what most people swear by. At
this time of year, sales soar of supplement products like Healthspan’s Ruby
Vitamin C Effervescent tablets. This is a result of people trying to boost
lagging energy levels, due to festive party hangovers.”
Next day Cravings
The study also
demonstrates a gastronomical reaction to alcohol consumption. Almost a third of
people crave salty foods on a hangover, such as a bacon sandwich, while one in
five Brits tend towards a full English breakfast.
Hobson, Head of Nutrition at Healthspan says: “Many people crave salty
foods when they have a hangover. This may be the effects of dehydration, as you
not only lose water, but electrolytes that control fluid balance within the
body. This includes sodium as well as potassium."
Men and Women
recent survey reveals that more than one in four women overeat when hungover, compared
to a fifth of men who admit to eating away their pain. Women are also more
prone to ‘forgetting to do something important’ as a result of being hungover.
reveal that women suffer worse hangovers than men, due to possessing fewer of
the enzymes that metabolize alcohol.
While the average adult suffers one hangover
a month, almost one in twenty people claim they battle the effects of too much
alcohol six or more times a month, especially during the festive period.
Dr. Sarah Brewer says “during the month of December around 30 glasses of wine,
22 pints of beer with an average of 62 units, and 4,000 calories are consumed
in the run up to Christmas.’
The benefits of Vitamin C
tablets feature as a hangover cure in the survey, specifically amongst younger
generations. Across the two thousand UK adults questioned, 65% believe Vitamin
C is the number
one supplement for helping support immunity.
Not only are the benefits of vitamin C extensive, they are necessary for
healthy bodily function. Vitamin C helps with wound healing, as well as with protecting
cells and keeping them healthy. It is also required for the maintenance of
healthy connective tissue, which gives support and structure for vital organs
and other tissue.
Supplementing your dietary intake with an effervescent or vitamin C
capsule is an easy way to maintain healthy levels of vitamin C.
How to avoid a Hangover
the best way to deal with a hangover is to prevent its occurrence in the first
by alternating alcoholic drinks with soft drinks, or water, to prevent
dehydration. According to the NHS, you should avoid alternating with carbonated
fizzy drinks. These speed up the absorption of alcohol into your
Hobson, Healthspan Head of Nutrition for the new Ruby Effervescent Vitamin C
says: ‘It’s all about being
prepared and making some simple changes. For example interchanging water in
between drinks, giving your liver a little helping hand with products like milk
thistle, and rehydrating the body with vital nutrients it has lost.”
It is important to be aware of the ingredients
within your supplements. When questioned on their usage of soluble Vitamin C
tablets, the Healthspan survey revealed that the majority of Brits have no idea
what ingredient makes their supplement fizz. Considering more than half of
people choose an effervescent (soluble tablet) for vitamin C intake, over a
capsule format, this is an astounding statistic.
Watch out for sodium as an ingredient in your
supplements, as adults should consume no more than 2.6mg per day.