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Around the World: The Hangover Edition

The holidays are over and the detoxing has begun. Now is the time of year where the entire nation, perhaps the world, is nursing a wicked hangover. Your head is pounding, your stomach is turning, and you haven’t had a good poop since before Thanksgiving. One great New Years resolution is to start nurturing your body and begging for its’ forgiveness. So if you’re traveling the world and have run out of the aspirin you brought, perhaps you can find some ingredients to other, more exotic hangover cures.

Coconut Water (India)
Before coconut water became a staple for yoga-mat toting, stay-at-home-moms, it was used as the ultimate hangover cure in places where coconuts are plentiful. Coconut water is packed with antioxidants and potassium, making it a wonderful source of rehydration. In fact, it is often used as a saline solution in countries where sterile saline is not available. Tasty and refreshing, coconuts are still used in places like India to replenish the body after a night on the town.

The Prairie Oyster (Western United States)
This one I’m dying to try! Combine the following: worcester sauce, tomato juice, hot sauce, salt and pepper, and a raw egg yolk and voila! You have the breakfast of champions. Thought to have originated by cowfolk after a hard night of wrangling, the Prairie Oyster has become the stuff of legends. If this sounds too adventurous just be glad you aren’t drinking a steaming cup of rabbit droppings (Pellet Tea) that is also known to cure a rough-ridin’-hangover.

Greasy, Meaty Breakfast (United Kingdom)
Let’s face it, this is what American’s eat every day for breakfast. However, when you wake up feeling like you’ve been hit by a bus, nothing sounds more disgusting, yet more delicious, than a pile of greasy breakfast food. If you’re a vegetarian, then you’ll just have to resort to aspirin this British remedy consists primarily of sausage, ham steak, and bacon.

Pickle Juice (Poland)
Tuckered out from a wild night in Kiev? Trade your shots of vodka with shots of pickle juice and you might be hangover free in the morning. Although it makes my mouth pucker just thinking about it, the salt-packed juice of pickles helps restore your body’s’ electrolytes. Not quite as tasty as gatorade but it will sure as hell put some hair on your chest.

Pickled Sheep’s Eyeballs (Mongolia)
Although it’s a bit disturbing to think about swallowing a sheep’s eyeball you can rest assured that the rest of the sheep is also being well-used. Why waste a perfectly good eyeball when it can help alleviate your pounding headache. If you don’t think you can stomach it, drop it in a glass of tomato juice. Think of it as a Mongolian Bloody Mary.

Menudo (Mexico)
Not to be confused the the Puerto Rican boy band, Menudo is a delicious soup made from cow’s stomach lining, that is famous as a hangover cure. If you have never tried Menudo while you’re feeling 100% it might be a good idea to try it while hungover. Despite being full of rejuvenating salts, the texture and consistency of the tripe might be enough to send your stomach over the edge.

By Caroline Kellough


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