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9 Hangover Cures From Around the World


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Pickle Juice, Russia and Poland
Susiette Jackson poses near her garden with some of the canned goods that she's planning to enter at the state fair. Dill pickles are front right. Norm Shafer/for the Washington Post/Getty Images
Susiette Jackson poses near her garden with some of the canned goods that she's planning to enter at the state fair. Dill pickles are front right. Norm Shafer/for the Washington Post/Getty Images

In Russia and Poland, people try to combat nasty hangovers by downing the juice from a jar of pickles. They may be on to something — Dr. Oz recommends tossing back a quarter-cup as soon as you're awake and feeling the nasty effects of last night's bender. The reason? Pickle juice contains water and lots of salt, two things you lose during a night of drinking. Pickle juice will also combat the headaches, dizziness and cramping you might experience, which are side effects of being dehydrated and having your electrolytes out of whack [sources: Novosti, Dr. Oz].

If pickle juice isn't appetizing, you can try Bob's Pickle Pops, frozen pickle juice popsicles. Created in 2007 by two Americans and sold in various Southern states and online, the frosty treats can be enjoyed simply for their unique taste, or by athletes looking for a competitive edge (remember, pickle juice fights cramping and dehydration). The creators of Bob's Pickle Pops also know some people purchase them as hangover cures. Unfortunately, they can't market them for this purpose, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's rules specify that first a double-blind test must prove they're able to help alleviate hangovers, and such a test hasn't been performed on them. Yet [source: Novosti].


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