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New Year’s Eve without side effects: how to fight the hangover!

# Tips | 30. December 2015

Soon New Year’s Eve will be celebrated exuberantly everywhere across the world. Whoever has had one too many, usually wakes up with nausea and a sore head. Alcohol affects not only our mood and motor skills, it also deprives the body of fluids and minerals. This deficiency causes sufferers to feel tired and exhausted.  A general feeling of unwell, dizziness and a splitting headache is often the result.

Alcohol is a true magnesium robber because the mineral is consumed with its breakdown in the body. It is therefore necessary to restore the lost magnesium again after intensive alcohol consumption. Particularly suitable is the readily available magnesium citrate or glycinate which is easily dissolved,  at the same time the lack of fluid is replaced.

Whoever wants to make provisions can already take appropriate foods before the New Year’s party.  Whole grains, fruits and nuts are particularly rich in magnesium.  Foods with a high fat content are often recommended as a good foundation. However, this also means that you soon feel tired and sluggish. It is better to have a warm meal with pasta, rice or potatoes and vegetables.

Those of you who wake up in the morning with a headache, should not indiscriminately take tablets. For example, paracetamol is intensified by heavy drinking and can cause extreme damage to the liver. Ibuprofen is more suitable, but of course, you should check with your pharmacist first before just taking anything to cure your hangover.

A particular “bitter pill”: whoever is on medication should avoid all consumption of alcoholic beverages. Certain antibiotics, as well as heart drugs, slow the breakdown of alcohol in the body. They work a lot stronger and can quickly lead to nausea and headaches. On the other hand, alcohol may slow down or alter the breakdown of many drugs, since like drink and tobacco, they are eliminated via the liver. If a drug stays longer in the blood, it just does not have its effects, but also its side effects too.

We wish all our customers and patients a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

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