I think a good place to start for finding the top ten most effective hangover cures is what causes a hangover in the first place and what effects alcohol has on our bodies. Here is what I have found so far.
So what is a hangover?
One of the major side effects of alcohol is a hangover. It is an extremely unpleasant feeling and can leave you with symptoms such as headaches, extreme thirst, nausea and sensitivity to light and noise. This phase can last up to hours at a time as the body is still trying to get rid of the alcohol you drank. The only way in which to lower the effect of a hangover is to drink plenty of water before you sleep in order to replace your bodily fluids. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it will cause you to urinate more as you drink, and if you don’t rehydrate your body, you are much more likely to suffer the effects of a hangover.
You can prevent the effects of a hangover by eating a meal before you start drinking. Many people believe that food absorbs the alcohol before it gets into your system. Of course this is not really the case. The truth is that the valve in your stomach closes to start the digestion process and this lengthens the time it takes for the alcohol to get into your bloodstream. Drinking without eating beforehand allows the alcohol to work its way into your system without any hold ups from the digesting process, think of it like a queue jump pass. The best foods to eat to slow the absorption of alcohol into the body are fatty foods as they remain on the stomach lining for a longer time. If you are in the process of digesting a steak your body has more time to process the alcohol and its by-products which will decrease the chances of a hangover.