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Gwyneth Paltrow's Hangover Cures: A Doctor's Assessment

Posted Friday December 30, 2011 6:35 PM GMT

Making an attempt at helping her readers out, Gwyneth Paltrow recently posted advice in her GOOP newsletter on how to avoid a New Year's Day hangover.

While it was meant to aid her audience, Dr Michael Lucchesi doesn’t agree with some of the hangover tips the “Shallow Hal” actress offered up.

First, Paltrow suggests drinking a health drink called Mercy (which contains amino acids, vitamins and herbs), but Lucchesi says it’s no more beneficial than regular water or Gatorade.

In addition, Gwyneth says a hot steam shower can cure the hangover blues, but Lucchesi disagrees while pointing out that stepping into a steam room will only dehydrate your body more.

The doc didn’t argue with everything the blonde actress posted. Here are some tips he agreed with:

Eat something: Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea, ever. Eat a solid meal before drinking, always. Your hangover will be twice as horrible if you don’t.

Drink water. Lots of it: The more you drink through the the night, the less likely you’ll be sick the next day. Can’t handle all that H20? Alternate drinks with club soda and lime. Has it been four hours and you still haven’t gone to the bathroom? You are likely seriously dehydrated from not having drunk nearly enough water.

Aspirin or Tylenol? When it comes to getting rid of that throbbing headache, take whatever works. If ibuprofen helps, go with it. Just chase it with lots of water. There’s nothing wrong with trying Alka-Selzer since it has some salts in it.

Eat something palatable: When you are hung over the thought of food can make one feel physically ill. Try to eat something with simple carbohydrates.

Rest: And since you’ve likely been out all night partying, climb back in bed and get some sleep.

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