You wake up after a night of drinking, trying to piece together the few snapshot memories you have to figure out where it all went wrong. What was maybe just meant to be “one drink” turned to two..then maybe a couple shots and ending up in a club in Shibuya.
Then suddenly the dehydration kicks in and as you get up for a glass of that sweet H20, boom, the hangover takes over your life.
This is the state I was in as I lied in bed, dying a little bit inside, and wondered how the salary-men all do it. They get hammered and work into work, maybe a meeting or an important negotiation as if hangovers are just a myth. Maybe it’s something to do with DNA, their diet, or maybe they’re just more responsible drinkers. Nonetheless, I did a little bit of research.
Have you ever wondered what all those mini drinks they sell at the konbini are? Always lined up in a special fridge, these cute yet intimidating drinks are all for promoting your health. From meal replacement drinks to beauty drinks, there are a lot of interesting finds here and amongst them are the anti-hangover drinks. It is strongly believed that the power of ukon, aka turmeric, helps the body detox faster and Japanese drinkers will drink these ukon drinks before a heavy night out. They say these drinks are most effective when you drink one before and after your session.
Another drink that’s has been said to help is Pocari Sweat, the Japanese equivalent to Powerade or Gatorade. As unfortunate as the name is, Pocari Sweat is a favorite amongst athletes as it helps replenish the body with electrolytes and hydration. And if you can’t get over the name, try Aquarius which is pretty much the same thing.
If you’re the type that uses food to cure hangovers, why not try some native Japanese food to get rid of that headache. It’s been said that pickled plum, or umeboshi, helps in a similar way that jumping into an ice bath helps to wake you up. Another known remedy is Shijimi miso soup. Shijimi is tiny clams full of amino-acid, and it teams up with the miracle power of fermented soy to help your body recover. This is probably why you can find these sold in cans in some konbini and even vending machines.
But to be honest, one of the best hangover prevention and cure whether you’re in Japan or not is a beautiful bowl of noodle soup. There are so many different varieties of ramen out there that you’ll know which one you’re craving when the hangover kicks in. It’s also a good idea to finish the night off with ramen, and a great time to kill time until the trains start moving.
And if you’re like me and not the biggest fan of ramen, why not opt for some Southeast Asian noodles like pho or tom yam noodle. Although I have yet to find a super authentic place, there are a couple of places that get pretty close.
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