Holiday Hangovers

'Tis the season for holiday cheer! Clinking of glasses and downing of booze is simply unavoidable. It's like a rite of passage into the New Year. 

But why the hangovers? They weren't on this year's wish list.

According to an article by the Institute of Integrative Healthcare Studies, here are three of the reasons alcohol causes hangovers:

1. Alcohol is a diuretic, so drinking too much causes dehydration. Dehydration causes intense headaches, dry mouth and fatigue.

2. In addition to alcohol in and of itself being toxic, the byproduct it it broken down into (namely acetaldehyde) is between 10 and 30 times more toxic than alcohol itself.

3. When alcohol is metabolized, vitamin B is consumed. Thus, some after effects of drinking alcohol are caused by a deficiency of this crucial vitamin. Vitamin B deficiency commonly causes fatigue and grogginess.

If you wake up wishing away these side effects, try gifting your body ginger.

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This rhizome ("mass of root") has anti-spasmodic effects, which can help calm nausea and stomach queasiness.

While the English in the 19th century, sprinkled ginger powder in beer (ginger ale), I suggest hydrating with fresh ginger in water

Using a potato peeler, remove the outer skin of the ginger. Continue to generously shave the yellow flesh into a large glass of water.