So its the run up to the festive season and the usual questions start to be asked... Hangover cures and the usual suspects have their answers, (aka the experts)... The latest in the long line of hangover cures are as follows. the first is hydration and electrolyte balance. drink plenty of water is the advice. A glass before your first intake of alcohol, a glass between each glass of alcohol and finally a glass after you last glass of water. I don't know about you but that would have me running to the bathroom to pee more than I would actually get to drink. Guess it is one way of ensuring you don't get a hangover. Under the same heading comes Electrolytes: roll out the usual suspects of sodium, potassium and magnesium and the usual best ever electrolyte drink - aka coconut water. Personally I'm not a huge fan of it. I can drink it straight from a ripe coconut, but the stuff that comes in bottles or tetrapaks, nah - not for me. Next on the list is to eat plenty of fats and proteins prior to drinking. This is similar to the idea of not drinking on an empty stomach. Why no carbs? They are broken down in the body much more quickly than protein and fat, so the idea is that proteins and fats stay in the stomach longer thus presumably meaning that you'll stay feeling full longer and drink less? So again, bring on the usual suspects of high protein foods (meats, fish, eggs, beans. and lentils, and nuts and seeds) and healthy fats (olive oil or flaxseed oil, avocado, nuts and seeds). Eat foods (or supplements) that support the body's liver which is responsible for the breakdown of the alcohol you have consumed. So the usual suspects here are protein rich foods which break down to produce the amino acid called cysteine. The usual suspects here are eggs, onions, garlic, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale and cabbage. Turmeric is another of those rolled out into the usual suspects for liver support with it and along with it rockets, watercress and lemon juice. Sounds like a combination of a decent omelette with loads of greens in it and a hot toddy are in order here. Now we get onto the 'just eat a healthy diet' option. That is also known as replacing those vitamins and minerals you apparently lost through drinking the night before! Usual suspects rolled out here are Vitamin C, Magnesium, zinc and calcium along with the B vitamins and fibre. We now get onto the traditional remedies - Milk Thistle is rolled out here. It has, apparently, been proven to protect liver cells from damage (in general, not just from the consumption of alcohol) but presumably it can only do so much.... Next comes replacing essential fatty acids. The author of the article suggests taking fish oil capsules here, but if you have had the nice big healthy omelette made up with plenty of fresh eggs, cooked with a little extra virgin olive oil, you could just thrown in the odd extra green or black olive for good measure or make it a sea food omelette and do away with the fish oil capsules altogether? Another of the usual suspects cures is to take a multivitamin tablet. This I guess is making the assumption that perhaps you can't face an omelette because you drank too much the night before and well, all the other suggestions haven't helped? Finally, when all else has failed and I am making the assumption it has at the stage, extra vitamin C is proposed. So cue the smoothie. Perhaps that kale and seafood omelette just isn't you? Then have it as a smoothie instead. Perhaps I have come across a little too scathingly and you would like to read the article yourself? It can be found here at the Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5153157/Experts-reveal-8-hangover-cures-REALLY-work.html I think the only thing that the article hasn't suggested that is an almost guaranteed cure, is not to drink so much in the first place! Perhaps I haven't gotten into the spirit of things here for the festive season.