Five hangover treatments to cure sore heads this Christmas

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Christmas is a time for joy and revelry - but sometimes many of us take things a little too far and end up feeling decidedly unfestive due to a hangover.

If you do overdo it though, there are several ways to ensure you're back to your old self and full of the joys of the holiday season.

Dr Thivi Maruthappu, Consultant Dermatologist and Nutrition Expert at the Cadogan Clinic, has given us a rundown of five handy treatments that can help you get over that hangover.

Be careful what you drink

Even if you're determined to have a big night, the after-effects can be mitigated if you're smart in your choice of tipple.

"If you are wanting to manage, or avoid a hangover, steer clear of drinks such as whisky, cognac and tequila that are high in toxic chemicals called congeners which contribute to hangovers," she advises. "Colourless drinks are a better choice. Red wine can cause flushing and white wine can cause bloating and high sugar drinks such as cocktails can cause glycation, which can lead to premature ageing - so it's important to choose your drinks wisely!"

Hydration, hydration, hydration

As alcohol is a diuretic, this additional fluid loss contributes to feelings of nausea, headache and lethargy following a big night. Drinking water during and after your big night out can help mitigate the effects. Coconut water is particularly effective as it has additional electrolytes such as magnesium and potassium to aid hydration.

Try some milk thistle

"When your body breaks down alcohol, toxic by-products result in inflammation and contribute to hangovers," the expert explains. "Milk thistle appears to have anti-inflammatory effects on the liver - our major detoxification system."

Have a peppermint or ginger tea

She advises those struggling with a hangover to drink peppermint or ginger tea as both have soothing effects on the digestive tract and can ease nausea.

Eat a protein or fibre-rich meal

Although many of us avoid eating when feeling unwell after a night on the town, getting a substantial meal down you is often a good way of restoring blood sugar levels.

"Don't forget to eat a meal rich in fibre and protein, for example, eggs on wholegrain toast," she adds. "This helps to slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream and moderate the hypoglycaemic effects of alcohol."

So there you have it - a festive hangover needn't ruin your Christmas if you follow these top tips.

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