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Top 10 Hangover Cures

Donna Toon



Top 10 Hangover Cures | The Thaiger
as researched, often, by Donna Toon
There are so many wonderful benefits of living in Thailand, good, cheap, delicious food, fabulous beaches and the ability to have a massage weekly without blowing the budget to name just a few.

However one negative is the extremely over inflated price of alcoholic beverages in Thailand which might encourage us to drink cheaper choices more often than we would like, tipping us over the edge.

We’re here to help. Here is the top ten ways to battle your hangover. Your welcome!!!

1. Don’t drink so much

An obvious statement but try and stay within your own limits and don’t consume as much as you would normally. Perhaps move to sparkling water or mocktails later in the evening or alternate between alcoholic beverages.

2. Have Vitamin C before

Take a 800 – 1000 mg Vitamin C capsule before you indulge. This will not help you from getting drunk, however it has been proven to help with toxicity the next day, lessening the effects of a hangover. It certainly won’t do you any harm.

3. Take Milk Thistle before

Can be quite tricky to find here in Phuket, however it is around if you hunt, especially in International-branded pharmacies. This herb is known to improve the livers ability to absorb alcohol.

Milk Thistle as a hangover cure

4. Book an exercise class for the next day

This is one of my favourite prevention techniques. Yes, prevention. I am often at Yoga Republic in Cherngtalay on a Sunday morning at 9.15. Also there are a number of charity runs and other events happening every Sunday around the island. A good sweat will help work whatever ails you out of your system and help you focus on doing something positive for your health, as opposed to what you were doing the night before. By knowing you have to exercise the next day it will be a gentle reminder at the back of your mind that you have to get up the next morning.

5. Take a multivitamin before you go to sleep

Drinking sucks your body of important minerals, especially magnesium, potassium and zinc, so pop a multi mineral vitamin and a large glass of water before hitting the pillow. Even if the real health benefits are either over-estimated or non existent, at least you’re putting something into your mouth besides more alcohol!

6. Drink plenty of water

A hangover is the body’s way of saying “hey I’m dehydrated, give me water now!” It can be quite difficult but try your very best to go one for one with your drink and a glass of water. Don’t forget to have a large glass before heading to bed, it’s nature’s best medicine.

7. Pace yourself

It’s not a race, while your out having a good time with your friends and loved ones, take your time and enjoy the moment, it may even change the mindset of others too.

8. Drink coconut water before you head out

We are very lucky on our tropical island to have an abundance of fresh coconuts at our fingertips. Not only are they a low calorie and low fat refreshment,  they also provide important electrolytes, such as potassium and sodium which helps fights off the fuzzy effects of a hangover.

9. Eat whilst you drink and before you drink

I always try to eat before heading out for a night on the town, even if dinner is on the cards, nuts at the bar, though high in calories also help the body to stave off hunger and the effects of drinking on an empty stomach.

10. Avoid sugary drinks and food

We are all well aware of the effects of refined sugar on our bodies and well being – moderation is the keyall day and everyday – especially if we are heading out for a couple of drinks. Sugar can play havoc with the immune system and could trigger inflammation, which can affect your mental processes the next day.

Of course, we don’t need to tell you, prevention is better than cure. Drink less and enjoy life more.

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Originally from New Zealand, Donna Toon has been living in Thailand for the last 9 years with her husband Scot and their two boys Jackson and Oliver. After graduating with a Degree in Hospitality Management, Donna has travelled the world with a desire to develop her craft. A recent move from hospitality has seen Donna immerse herself into the media and radio industry, consulting for a number of media companies.

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    Honest Person

    November 20, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Eat 2 Wonton soups from Seven Eleven before you go to sleep and this should lessen the hangover.

    It won’t help the next day because you need to dilute the alcohol before its fully digested.

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Nepali climber pushing for record 14 peak record attempt

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The current record for climbing the world’s 14 tallest peaks is almost eight years. Now Nepali climber, Nirmal Purja, who served in the British special forces, has set a target of just seven months.

Purja arrived at the advance base camp of the 8,201-metre Cho Oyu yesterday, ready for the final phase of the last three peaks in his feat of astonishing endurance.

“Nobody believed I could do this when I first said it… I’m so glad to be inspiring generations of all ages through this endeavour. This is what keeps me going,” Purja told AFP by phone.

“This is not about me… it is to show what the human body can do. To establish a paradigm shift in perception of human potential,” Purja said.

Only a teenager when he joined the British Gurkhas, Purja or “Nims dai” climbed both the 8,848-metre Everest and Lhotse at 8,516 metres in a record 10 hours and 15 minutes in 2017.

This inspired the 36 year old to start “Project Possible”, scaling the 14 peaks, all higher than 8,000 metres, in seven months.

But doing so is radically ambitious. In the 1980s, it took Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka seven years, 11 months and 14 days.

South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho managed it in about a month less – although he did, unlike Kukuczka and Purja, do it without supplementary oxygen.

Before he set off on his first expedition, Purja had a detailed tattoo of the 14 mountains engraved on his back, with colourful prayer flags tracing his journey to the peaks.

Sprinting up K2

Swapping his army boots for crampons, Purja quit the military after 16 years of service and re-mortgaged his house to begin his expedition and start raising funds.

Purja began his attempt in April with the 8,091 metre Annapurna, checking the illustrious “8,000ers” Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu off his list in only a month to finish his first phase.

A month later, he was heading to Pakistan for the second part of his mission where he first tackled the notorious Nanga Parbat at 8,125 metres. 23 days later he was standing atop Broad Peak, his fifth and final mountain of the second phase.

Battling sleep deprivation to meet his target, Purja said he was almost sprinting up and down five of Pakistan’s highest peaks including K2, the second tallest in the world.

“I felt like this is one down and next to go (with every summit). We still have another to climb,” Purja said.

On track to make climbing history, the phenomenal mountaineer has in the process also set several speed climbing records this year.

This included his summits of Everest, Lhotse and Mount Makalu, three of the world’s five highest mountains, in a record 48 hours – and despite the deadly overcrowding this season on the planet’s top peak.

Purja also made headlines with his miraculous rescue operation of a Malaysian climber from Mount Annapurna after two nights in the open above 7,000 metres.

“It is only a matter of time until he completes his project, he has already proven his amazing capability,” said Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, Purja’s expedition operator.

No flip-flops

Raised in a village in the northwest district of Chitwan, Purja said he did not even have flip-flops growing up.

“My life story tells anyone who doesn’t have privilege to dream about bigger things. Anything is possible if you put your heart and mind and give 100 percent to it,” he said.

He also hopes to lift the standing of Nepali climbers – Sherpas who often work as guides for foreign climbers in the Himalayas – as he feels they are not “given the right credit”.

But there is a potential spanner in the works. The Chinese government’s decision to close Mount Shishapangma for the season could potentially stymie Purja’s plans. But efforts are underway to seek a special permission for him.

“Dealing with all sorts from admin, logistics, fundings and politics; now my climbing mode is ON.”

SOURCE: Agence France-Presse

PHOTO below: National Geographic

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Lilly wages war on Thailand’s plastic

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Skipping school to glide through a dirty Bangkok ‘klong’ on a paddleboard, Lilly fishes out rubbish in her mission to clean up Thailand, where the average person uses eight plastic bags every single day. Single-use plastic is now on the radar in Thailand and has become a hot topic on social media.

“I am a kid at war,” the bubbly 12 year old says after a painstaking hour-long routine picking up cans, bags and bottles bobbing in the canal.

“I try to stay optimistic but I am also angry. Our world is disappearing.”

Thailand is the sixth largest global contributor to ocean pollution, and plastic is a scourge.

Whether it’s for wrapping up street food, takeaway coffees or for groceries, Thais use 3,000 single use bags per year – 12 times more than someone from the EU.

In June, Lilly won her first victory: she persuaded Central, a major supermarket in Bangkok, to stop giving out plastic bags in its stores once a week.

“I told myself that if the government did not listen to me, it would be necessary to speak directly to those who distribute plastic bags and convince them to stop.”

This month some of the biggest brands, including the operator of the ubiquitous 7-Eleven convenience stores, pledged to stop handing out single-use plastic bags by January next year.

Mindsets have started to shift this year with the deaths of several marine mammals whose stomachs were lined with plastic, stirring emotions.

The demise last month of a baby dugong was mourned on social media, reviving discussion in the government over a proposed ban on most single-use plastics by 2022.

But critics say along with new rules there need to be enforcement mechanisms such as fines.

For now young activists like Lilly can help capture attention.

“You might be able to tune out all of the evidence and advocacy in the world, but it’s very hard to ignore a child when they ask why we’re trashing the planet that they have to live on,” says Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida, regional coordinator for chemicals, waste and air quality with UN Environment.

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‘It’s up to us’

‘Lilly’ is Ralyn Satidtanasarn’s nickname.

The US-Thai youngster started campaigning at the age of eight after a seaside vacation in southern Thailand where she was horrified by a beach covered in rubbish.

“We cleaned up with my parents, but that was not helpful because other waste was thrown out by the sea the next day,” she recalls.

Then came the global movement initiated by 16 year old Greta Thunberg, who has become a key face in the battle against global warming.

Inspired by the young Swede, Lilly did sit-ins in front of the Thai government buildings.

“Greta Thunberg gave me confidence. When adults do not do anything, it’s up to us children to act,” she insists.

Though she often skips class to carry out her activism, she will not be in New York alongside Thunberg for a protest on September 20 just days before the UN climate conference.

“My place is here, the fight is also in Southeast Asia,” she says.

Even if she sometimes wants to take a break and “go play” like other kids, she also takes part in cleaning sessions organised by local association Trash Hero.

Other activists praise her but say she is up against massive corporate interests.

The main obstacle is the petrochemical industry, one of the main markets for plastics, accounting for 5 percent of Thailand’s GDP and tens of thousands of jobs.

“Lilly is a very good voice for the youth of this country but the lobbies are very powerful and that makes any change difficult,” concedes Nattapong Nithiuthai, who set up a company turning discarded waste into flip flops.

She can also count on the support of her parents, who help her write speeches to the UN and government officials.

Her mother, Sasie, herself a former environmental activist, adds: “At first, I thought it was a child’s fad, but Lilly hung on, so I decided to support her.”

SOURCE: Agence France-Presse

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Thai poll favours new airport in Nakhon Pathom, west of Bangkok

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Thai poll favours new airport in Nakhon Pathom, west of Bangkok | The Thaiger
Sanook report that most Thais are in favour of building a new airport in Nakhon Pathom, 57 kilometres west of the capital Bangkok. The old Don Mueang airport is to the north of Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi, to the east.
In a Nida Poll 65% of respondents thought the new airport in Nakhon Pathom was a good idea citing benefits to tourism and the wider sharing of revenue and business opportunities to the city’s western regions.
But 18% disagreed, saying that Suvanabhumi and Don Mueang international airports were coping, and that developing the existing airports would be a better idea. 1.7% had no idea whilst 14% didn’t really care.
In the poll that asked 1,273 people over the age of 15 between September 12 & 13m just over 62% said that hadn’t ever been on a plane.
SOURCE: Sanook
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