Prince William and David Beckhams unlikely hangover tips including jellied eels

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They may not have emerged triumphant, but England did their country proud as they faced off against Italy in the Euros 2020 final last night.

And anyone who stayed up late urging their team on might be nursing a bit of a sore head this morning.

Here, celebs share their go to tips for tackling a hangover, while top nutritionist Deborah Walker gives her verdict on their advice when they have a sore head in the morning.

After a night on the tiles, our future monarch confessed he had been encouraged to gulp down the slithery East End favourite, saying, "I ate jellied eels on a hangover, after a bender."


Deborah says: "The way the jellied eels are cooked releases collagen in the eel. This contains a protein called glycine, a building block for glutathione, which is important for liver detoxification. So there's some value in this, but perhaps not one to try if you're feeling nauseous!"


The ex-footballer pops an Alka-Seltzer tablet before bed and then devours a bacon sarnie in the morning, explaining, "My grandad told me to do that."

Deborah says: "Sodium bicarbonate will neutralise the stomach acid temporarily helping prevent acid reflux from excessive drinking.

"But Alka-Seltzer does contain aspirin, which some people may be allergic to or have side effects from.

"Taking any medication after a drinking session isn't recommended because you really don't know how you're going to react."


The celeb cook admits, "My hangover cure is the prairie oyster, which consists of an egg yolk, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, brandy and vinegar. You have to swallow it down in one gulp."

Deborah says: "Many people won't be able to stomach this the next day. Bringing your alcohol levels back up is effectively putting off the inevitable.

"Tabasco has capsicum in it which helps lower blood glucose levels, but brandy will raise blood glucose levels. And vinegar reduces the glucose response. You're giving a very mixed message to your body!"


"Draw a bath that's as hot as you can handle it. Mix in Epsom salts and baking soda," the actress-turned-wellness guru advises on her Goop website.

"Soak for 20 minutes and then pop into a freezing cold shower for 1 minute. Get back in the hot bath and stay until you're warmed up. Then get back in the shower for 1 more minute."

Deborah says: "Hydrotherapy has been used for centuries to treat health issues. Hot water stimulates the immune system and increases circulation, helping relieve the body of toxins. Cold water constricts blood vessels and is effective for inflammation."


"Kedgeree fends off the hangover," says the TV chef. "It's the best, as the slight stodginess soaks up any remaining Southern Comfort."

Deborah says: "Two of the ingredients in kedgeree are turmeric and garlic. Curcumin in turmeric exerts liver-protective properties against ethanol and is helpful in the prevention of alcoholic liver disease.

"Allicin – found in garlic and onion – also has liverprotective effects, particularly against alcoholic fatty liver disease and liver inflammation. Good choice, Gordon!"


"There's this thing called Pedialyte," explains the 007 actor. "You give it to kids who are dehydrated. If you wake up in the morning and you've got one of those on standby and you down the whole lot you can carry on drinking! It's the difference between life and death as far as I'm concerned."

Deborah says: "Alcohol causes dehydration so it's essential to replace lost fluids the following day. This approach will help you rehydrate and replace electrolytes much quicker. However, don't carry on drinking alcohol and always check with your doctor if you're on blood pressure medications or have kidney issues before trying these."


The US actress advocates "an Egg McMuffin and a beer", adding, "You need to drink more of the alcohol you've killed yourself with – the classic hair of the dog."

Deborah says: "Hair of the dog isn't advisable – at some stage the dog turns around and bites you! But the egg contains choline, which is needed in the detoxification process."


"I have a big glass of orange juice and a sugary cup of tea," says the actress. "I usually take that back to bed with me."

Deborah says: "This is clearly an approach aimed at raising her blood glucose levels, which can be low the day after heavy drinking without eating. A better approach is a freshly squeezed vegetable juice with beetroot to support liver detoxification, an orange, celery, cucumber and coconut water, which will bring electrolytes back to the body, and ginger to help with any nausea."

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