Can a mouth of ice cure a hangover?

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London - No one can party like Kate Moss. The woman can’t even stick a detox in a luxury health resort in Turkey for more than three days.

If she isn’t entertaining fellow passengers on easyJet, she’s bouncing around on the beach, fag in one hand, cocktail in the other, ricocheting from party to party.

If there was any justice in this world, she’d be well on her way to joining Marianne Faithfull in the pantheon of had-it-all-but-partied-it-away great ex-beauties of our time. Instead of which she still looks better than most women half her age, even when she’s at her roughest.

Those of us who aren’t species supermodel have to try a little harder. I have a friend who swears by a mouthful of ice cubes first thing in the morning: wakes you up and de-puffs, apparently.

My dentist, meanwhile, has some rather more scientific advice: always use ibuprofen for a hangover, never paracetamol: apparently the latter is processed via the liver, which has enough on its plate breaking down the excess alcohol. The ibuprofen, by contrast, leaves via the kidneys.

So it’s true: the best way of preventing a hangover is a large glass of water and two Nurofen before bed.

Personally, I swear by milk thistle. I take a course of it twice a year, once in the summer and once at Christmas, and I’m convinced it makes a difference. Well, it must do, because I had my liver function checked recently and it’s tip top - despite the fact that I’m 2st overweight and partial to the odd G&T.

A happy liver is key to most things. It will clear up dark circles under the eyes, and also stop your skin from taking on that grey-ish tinge that’s associated with the occasional bout of excess.

It also helps things enormously if you choose your poison. Did you know, for example, that the paler the drink, the gentler the hangover? That’s because dark-coloured drinks - red wine, whisky, rum - contain higher levels of congeners, which are the natural by-products of fermentation, and give you hangovers.

Nutritionist Amelia Freer takes the sensible holistic approach. Her response is to work on building up reserves from within through sustained healthy eating before, after and during a period in which you’ll be overindulging.

If you are on holiday, for instance, make sure diet doesn’t just consist of a packet of salt and vinegar crips and a slice of pizza. Eat plenty of dark greens (spinach, kale, broccoli etc), onions, garlic, tomatoes and peppers. All these encourage the production of glutathione in the body, a powerful antioxidant that helps support the liver.

The other problem with having that extra tipple is that it increases inflammation in the body. So avoid inflammatory foods such as wheat and sugar, and fill up on things like avocado, oily fish and nuts. - Daily Mail

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