By Andrea Yu Special to the Star Fri., Dec. 28, 2018 Like most of us after a night of hard drinking, Vancouver-based Nishal Kumar suffered bad hangovers. And he found the severity of his symptoms worsened as he got older. Often, after consuming three or four alcoholic drinks the evening before, he’d wake up feeling nauseous and would vomit. Kumar tried a number of suggestions to alleviate the problem — he drank plenty of water before bed in an effort to stave off dehydration and consumed vitamin and mineral supplements to replace any loss from excess drinking. “But nothing quite solved the problem,” he said. While Kumar understood that the recommended weekly alcohol consumption in Canada is no more than 14 drinks for men (up to three a day) and nine for women (up to 2 a day), he was at times easily swayed to surpass these guidelines. So he went in search of a cure. Article Continued Below Kumar, who studied chemistry, biology and … [Read more...] about Are hangover pills a holiday miracle or hogwash?
Taking vitamins before bed
Sometimes, a good night’s sleep can be hard to come by. While it’s recommended that adults get between seven to nine hours a night, it’s not always as simple as shutting your eyes and drifting off. Still, there are a handful of natural fixes that can lead to a restful night. Clinical nutritionist Dr. Josh Axe was quoted by Express as saying that while heavy meals before bed can make sleep more difficult, there are certain foods you can consume to put you in the right frame of mind for bed. “You can obtain tryptophan and serotonin [which help you sleep] from carbohydrates particularly wholegrain oats, brown rice, corn and quinoa,” said Axe. There are also two vitamins that are key to getting more sleep, and that a restless night might be due to a deficiency. Read also: Nine sleep myths debunked “Researchers indicate that calcium is important [for sleep] because it helps the cells in the brain use the tryptophan to create melatonin -- a sleep … [Read more...] about Avoid sleepless nights with these fixes
source AntonMaltsev / Shutterstock Dreams are notoriously difficult to remember. There’s nothing more annoying than feeling a dream slipping away. According to new research, vitamin B6 could help you remember your dreams better. B6 is found in cereals, fish, eggs, and some fruits and vegetables. I’m one of those people who dreams every night. I don’t know if it’s because I have an overactive imagination, or I drink too much caffeine, but every morning I wake up knowing my mind has been somewhere else for the duration of my sleep. What’s really annoying, though, is waking up knowing you had an intriguing, vivid dream, and then feeling it slip away. It’s like trying to catch a snowflake – once it starts disappearing, it’s gone forever. According to a new study, taking one particular vitamin could help you remember those dreams … [Read more...] about This is the one vitamin you should take if you want to remember your dreams
THE WALRUS-MOUSTACHE logo ought to be enough to tell you the restaurant is Blunos, but it also helps that the name of the restaurant is Blunos. You’ve entered the culinary world of cheerful British chef Martin Blunos, who sports a moustache of his own and usually Union Jack trousers too. The guy’s got a sense of humour, and that’s what livens up his first restaurant outside his homeland. With his trademark walrus moustache, English chef Martin Blunos is ready with a wink. Blunos opened in December on the 14th floor of the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok, taking over the space vacated by Italian restaurant Luce. The ambience, posh and a bit stiff in the former guise, is now friendlier and far more casual. From the partially open kitchen come colloquialisms like chow, nosh, chomp and munch. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the adjacent pool, and outdoor dining is an option, though not in the “outside” that Blunos seems to fear. Blunos is a … [Read more...] about Blunos is here to play
When they were working in Japan, Singaporeans Mr Joe Lin and Mr Damien Loh noticed that Japanese who went out for drinks took an anti-hangover drink called Ukon No Chikara or Ukon Power.“It’s part of the lifestyle and culture there, where they stop by a convenience store and get one at the beginning of the night,” Mr Lin tells The Sunday Times.The two friends, who do not work in the same company, caught on to the habit and found the drink so effective that they decided to distribute it in Singapore in 2011.“It worked well for us and we were converts, so we wanted to bring it here, especially since there’s a big party culture here and in the rest of Asia,” says Mr Lin.He and Mr Loh have since developed their own version of the drink that is meant to help the body recover from the effects of drinking alcohol.Launched in November last year, the 80ml bottled drink is called 1B4 (pronounced “one before”) and is meant to be taken before … [Read more...] about If you suffer from hangovers after a night out, this may be the drink for you