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Posted: December 29, 2009

The best cure for a hangover is….

Valuable info just in time for New Year's Eve

Steve Baker

Ah, New Years Day; a new year, a new beginning, a new chance at life -- and a hangover.

If you've ever awakened on New Year's Day with the ugly effects of over-imbibing a wide variety of adult beverages the night before, I'm here to help.

For the past several months, I've been sharing business ideas with you. But on your behalf, I also search the world over for the information that can add value to your life. So, with New Year's Eve approaching I thought I'd share a valuable tip all the way from England.

Scientists say they have proof that the best cure for a hangover really is a bacon sandwich.

Elin Roberts, science development manager at the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne UK, says: "Food doesn't soak up the alcohol, but it does increase your metabolism - helping you to deal with the after-effects of over-indulgence."

So food will often help you feel better. Bread is high in carbohydrates and bacon is full of protein, which breaks down into amino acids. Your body needs these amino acids, so eating them will make you feel better. Binging on alcohol depletes neurotransmitters too, but bacon contains a high level of amines which increases these levels, giving you a clearer head.

There's even a scientific formula behind that tantalizing aroma of a bacon sandwich, reports London's Daily Mirror.

Elin adds: "If you've got amino acids and reducing sugars at a heat above 150 degrees centigrade, it kick-starts the Maillard Reaction in the pan. That means lots of wonderful soothing aromas are released and it's this which draws us in. I know of three vegetarians who have been broken by the smell of bacon."
Elin went on to explain "It's not just the bacon sarnie that helps clear the fug; the very act of preparing the British culinary delight will help the fragile rebuild their shattered brains."

See dear readers, I bring you things that count in your life: a Bacon Sarnie to clear your FUG? (gotta love the Brits) not to mention the Maillard Reaction that, until now, was most probably not part of your knowledge library.

Oh sure, there are other things that may help, like B-complex vitamins, lots of water, fruits with fructose, bananas with potassium and good ol' Alka Seltzer. But will you smell the Maillard Reaction? I don't think so.

So how can you ever thank me?

Buy me some drinks and we'll head for IHOP, I can smell the bacon.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

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Steve Baker is a founder of successful businesses and a business advisor with a passion for every phase of business cycle from startup to exit He’s also a public speaker and author of "Pushing Water Uphill With a Rake," as well as an avid poor golfer. He welcomes your comments and e-mails at  and invites you to visit his website

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Readers Respond

I can count on my hands the number of times I've had a hangover, but, I've always heard that you feel a lot better after breakfast. So if you have one, and you're on the go, it sounds like you'll need to stop at a fast food to get one of those carb/protein combo's that are so popular. Egg and Cheese on a biscuit is my preference. One thing that doesn't work for any morning headache of mine is coffee. But I hear a lot about drinking coffee to get over the hangover? By David Veal on 2009 12 29

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