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Hangover home remedies and vitamin c

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A recent survey by Healthspan reveals the most popular hangover home remedies, including vitamin C.

A recent 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 following day.

Dr. Sarah 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.

Rob 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

Healthspan’s 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.

Studies also reveal that women suffer worse hangovers than men, due to possessing fewer of the enzymes that metabolize alcohol.

Christmas hangovers

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

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

Of course, the best way to deal with a hangover is to prevent its occurrence in the first place. 

Many swear 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 system.

Rob 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.

Sarah Brewer graduated as a doctor from Cambridge University. Having worked in hospitals and general practice, she gained a Master's degree in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey. She is the author of over 60 popular health books and writes widely on all aspects of health including complementary medicine. More from this expert.

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