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Wacky global hangover cures

Wacky global hangover cures
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Some of these hangover cures from around the world are so weird – and gross! – they may keep you from getting hungover ever again.

Poland: A glass of pickle juice

Poland: A glass of pickle juice
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No longer will pickles be used exclusively to make the perfect sandwich. Make sure that juice is loaded up with vinegar to help quell headaches and alleviate discomfort, claim the Polish. Some even keep soured milk on hand (unpasteurised milk that has been left at room temperature overnight for a day or two) to do the trick. We recommend just sticking with the pickle juice.

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Japan: Umeboshi

Japan: Umeboshi
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A few of these salty, pickled plums are a go-to for many Japanese who had one too many. (And they should know; their children are the healthiest in the world.) Umeboshi are thought to improve liver function and help aid in digestion.

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Great Britain: Milk thistle

Great Britain: Milk thistle
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This antioxidant-filled herb is also one of our tricks to cure a hangover naturally. Milk thistle’s effectiveness in scientific research to shield the liver from toxins has been backed up in several studies. One flavonoid, silymarin, might be a key substance in its extract that helps cure that hangover feeling. Some British tipplers swear that taking it both the night of and morning after heavy drinking can all but erase any uncomfortable symptoms.

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Canada: Canada Dry ginger ale

Canada: Canada Dry ginger ale
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Maybe it’s national loyalty, but Canadians claim the fizzy stuff that was first formulated in their country works wonders to settle an upset stomach. The drink’s ingredient list, however, lacks any mention of ginger itself, which would be the most likely source of hangover help.

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America: The Bloody Mary

America: The Bloody Mary
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Tomato juice has some of the highest concentration of lycopene in any food (which makes tomatoes one of the healthiest foods ever), and celery is loaded with restorative vitamins that might help ease the pain. Remember, though, this beloved hair-of-the-dog remedy is likely far more effective in its slightly-less-fun recipe: The Virgin Mary.

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Mongolia: Pickled sheep eyeballs

Mongolia: Pickled sheep eyeballs
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Nope, your eyesight isn’t failing you. Hungover Mongolians eat (drink?) pickled sheep eyeballs in tomato juice for the same lycopene benefits we get from a Bloody Mary. The best part about this concoction? It’s called the Mongolian Mary.

Peru: Leche de Tigre

Peru: Leche de Tigre
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Although this translates to “tiger’s milk,” there is no dairy of any kind in this drink. This sauce is used as the base of ceviche and consists of lime juice, onion, chillies, salt, pepper and juices from the fish it helps marinate. Just a shot of the stuff is supposed to ease your hangover, but be warned. It’s also reportedly an aphrodisiac.

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South Africa: Ostrich egg omelette

South Africa: Ostrich egg omelette
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Well, this is certainly one way to eat more eggs. One ostrich egg is the equivalent of a whopping 24 chicken eggs. Hopefully you’re not so hungover that you attempt to eat the whole thing by yourself.

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Germany: Katerfrühstück

Germany: Katerfrühstück
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Drunk Germans eat this “tomcat’s breakfast” to get through a rough morning after a night of alcohol-induced tomfoolery. It includes marinated herring wrapped around pickle and onion slices, also called rollmops.

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