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The 400-year old festive hangover "remedy"

Loughborough University experts have adapted the historic "recipe" Photo: Loughborough University

Feeling the festive hangover ? Experts at Loughborough University have recreated a 400-year old recipe for a potential remedy.

Not for the faint-hearted though - the ancient recipe for so-called surfeit water includes the contents of a sperm whale's guts.

Dr Sara Read, an expert on early modern literature and medicine has adapted the recipe as part of the university's Christmas and New Year health and well-being campaign, which is aimed at providing advice about physical and mental wellness over the festive season.

Surfeit water was used in bygone times as an ailment for over-eating Credit: Loughborough University

"Over-indulgence of food and drink was generally known as a surfeiting and was often associated with the Christmas festivities. Cures to ease the symptoms of a surfeit - a heavy stomach and vomiting -included a medicated drink, known as a surfeit water."

– Dr Sara Read, expert on early modern literature and medicine

Watch the university's video on their research here.