The last thing you want the day after the Vodacom Durban July is a hangover. With the range of booze available at the Durban July, it's quite tempting to go overboard when it comes to fulfilling your alcohol thirst.
However, that said, it's important that you have a hangover plan in place to curb any unpleasant feeling.
"The plan will help prepare you if you intend to have more than a few glasses of alcohol," said Mo Therefe, manager of Cafe 99 in Musgrave.
“The mistake most people make is that they consume alcohol and they do not track their consumption- and that could have severe effects on them the next morning,” he said.
Here are some of his tips:
Try holistic remedies: Deactivated charcoal and moringa are just some of the holistic remedies that can help cure your aching hangover. With a range of benefits between them, it is bound to leave you feeling fresh after all the race day drinking and partying.
He warns that people should read the labels before use and monitor their dosage.
Drink lots of water: As cliche as it sounds, drinking water does actually help to heal a hangover. Therefe said race goers should always compliment their drinking with some water.
“Consuming alcohol for more than 8-10 hours can have a negative impact on your body. Therefore try to compliment your drinking with water,” he said.
Eat, eat and eat: While most people prefer to stay away from the food, Therefe recommends that the body stay fueled at all time.
“Whether its grabbing a burger at lunch, or indulging in the buffet spread at dinner- eating enough food could potentially avoid a hangover or help ease it,” he said. Coconut water, ginger and asparagus are said to be quite the healers of hangovers.
An egg shot: According to How Stuff Works’s website, eggs contain large amounts of cysteine, the substance that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde in the liver's easily depleted glutathione. Therefe said an egg shot does wonders, and is paired well with some salt and pepper.
Bloody Mary: A Bloody Mary is a cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and combinations of other spices and flavorings including Worcestershire sauce, hot sauces, garlic, herbs, horseradish, celery and olive. Tomatoes, one of the ingredients, contain the electrolytes sodium and potassium, vitamin C and a whole host of vitamins, such as lycopene and vitamins B6- the perfect hangover cure!