Top 10 Healthy Hangover Cures

Look we’ve all been there. Waking up after a big night with nausea and a throbbing head is never fun, but fearnot, through extensive research in the office , we present to you our top 10 healthy hangover cures which hopefully will relieve you from that that belly full of regret.

Before we get started with this awesome list, we should really be responsible and tell you the best cure is abstaining from alcohol all together or drinking in moderation, but as you’re undoubtedly going to laugh in our faces, let’s kick off with the list.

Rehydration Sachets

Always keep a box of rehydration sachets in your kitchen cupboard as the sachet powder (combined with water0 work wonders to counteract the effects of alcohol in your bloodstream. Thing is, if you want to truly see the rejuvenating effect that rehydration drinks have against booze, you need to consume one of these before you go to bed, as the sugar in the powder helps regulate your blood sugar levels, while the minerals and electrolytes help the body replace lost fluids.

Oats

The body loses many essential minerals and vitamins during your big night the day before. Oats consist of many of these nutrients, including Vitamin B (good for the liver and mood) and magnesium, calcium and iron. Oats also help neutralise acidity levels in the body, clean the liver, absorb toxins and slowly raise blood sugar levels. All in all, waking up and making yourself a bowl of porridge isn’t such a bad idea.

Watermelon

Alcohol causes blood sugar levels to drop which can cause you to feel weak and shaky. Watermelon helps reduce theses effects as its high in fructose (which is a fruit sugar) and is also a highly concentrated fruit helping to rehydrate the body.

Pickles

Pickles contain a number of nutrients, including vitamin A, iron, potassium, vitamin K, calcium, and manganese. So eating a couple of pickles can help increase your sodium levels steadying your vitamin and mineral levels

Coconut Water

Coconut water has a similar effect on hangovers as rehydration drinks. Coconut water, which contains essential electrolytes (including calcium, potassium and magnesium) to boost hydration, and is also soothing for the stomach. Coconut water also has the same five electrolytes found in human blood whereas sports drinks only have two.

Honey & Lemon Tea

Honey helps in removing the harmful effect of alcohols because of the fructose present, while lemon juice is great for regulating the level of sugar in your blood. Give it a try.

Soup

As we have now established, the best way to treat a hangover is to rehydrate the body. This can be done through what you eat as much as what you drink. To increase your fluids and sodium levels and get some important nutrients all at once, try some health-boosting vegetable or miso soup. As an added benefit, soup is easy on the stomach so it’s easy to eat if you’re feeling a bit nauseous.

Ginger

Ginger reduces the oxidative stress to your stomach as well as blocking the serotonin receptors in the stomach that lead to nausea. You could try adding some grated ginger to hot water for a ginger tea, blending into a fresh fruit or vegetable juice, or snacking on ginger biscuits for stomach-soothing satisfaction.

Eggs

Eggs

Firstly, eggs are high in protein, which helps raise mood-boosting serotonin levels as well as helping to reduce nausea. Furthermore, eggs are rich in an amino acid called cysteine, which helps fight against the alcohol-induced toxins that contribute to your hangover.

Bananas

Bananas are filled with potassium and magnesium, which are two important minerals that become depleted when we drink alcohol. A lack of potassium in the body can cause nausea, weakness and tiredness, so eating bananas can help reduce these hangover symptoms. Bananas are natural antacids so great for reducing stomach acid, and are good for providing a boost of energy if you have a busy day ahead. Finally, bananas are quick and easy to eat and can be consumed on the go which makes it our number one hangover cure.

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Which basketball league level is right for me?

RECREATIONAL

Haven’t played Basketball for a few years? Looking to try a new sport? Recreational level is the one for you. It’s the ideal level for helping you get back into the game, or to learn, hone and improve your skills and your fitness level. At this level you’ll get a good standard of competition in which to learn new techniques and tactics while still competing in a fully officiated environment.

INTERMEDIATE

This is the level for players who have played the sport regularly in the past – think school, university and club play. Players at this level tend to have a solid understanding of the rules and various and as such expect to face quality competition. A great level for teams who thrive on competitive sports matches and want to finish at the top of their league.

COMPETITIVE/CHAMPS LEAGUE

This is an elite invite-only league. We’ll invite your team to participate in this exclusive league if we think you have what it takes (usually we invite teams that have already won multiple leagues.

This league is for the creme de la creme, the best of the best – it’s equivalent of the NBA for Go Mammoth. Does your team have what it takes to become the ultimate champion.

If you have any questions about Go Mammoth basketball please don’t hesitate to email us at basketball@gomammoth.co.uk
Ready to play? Sign up to one of our London leagues 

QUIZ: Netball vs Dodgeball team names

The six teams below either play netball or dodgeball with Go Mammoth, but can you guess which sport they play? Take our quiz below:

 

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Volleyball rules and policies

If you’re new to Volleyball or just want to brush up on your knowledge before entering our Volleyball London leagues, this is the article for you.

GAMES

Teams will play 3 sets to 21 with a cap at 23 (40 min matches), or 3 sets to 25 with a cap at 27 (60 minute matches) using “All Rally Score” scoring. All Rally Score scoring means that every time a point is finished, one team will be awarded a point, whether they served or not. You must win by 2 clear points. The third set may be reduced in length (to 15 of 19 points) if the staff deems it necessary within the allotted time.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Six player teams must have a minimum two females on the court at all times. If a team has 5 players (minimum of 2 women) or 4 players (minimum of 1 woman) it will be considered a legal game. Teams with less than six players may have to adhere to the ghost rule (see below). For the 6’s league only the opposing captain has the option of instilling the Ghost Rule: In 6’s, if a team has 5 players for example, they must forfeit their serve after every 5th rotation. This will allow the team with a full squad to serve back-to-back.

FORFEITS

If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, we encourage you to call our office so as to help us schedule your opponent a game; however this does not mean that your team will not receive the loss as a forfeit. If a team repeatedly forfeit, staff reserve the right to remove that team from the playoffs.

A team needs a minimum of 4 regular players in order to avoid a forfeit. A team with 3 players or less can be forced to forfeit at the choice of their opposition. A team with 4 players can pick up additional players during group stages of the season in order to avoid a forfeit and play a competitive game providing they field the minimum number of females.

Teams have until ten minutes past the designated start time to field a full squad. If at that time one team is unable to field a squad (minimum number of players required according to the rules), it will be up to the staff and the opposing captain to determine what is allowable. In the 6’s league the full team could also have the opposing team play with the ghost rule if they so choose (see above).

REFS

A referee will be in position for each game. The referee’s decision is final; any player that argues with the referee or shows poor sportsmanship may be removed from the match or the league.

SERVICE POSSESSION

A team earns service possession for the start of the first game by winning a coin toss or a Rock/Paper/Scissors. The teams will then alternate service every other game.

ROTATION

During sixes team members must rotate on the court and must remain in that position until the serve has been contacted. The player in the back right hand corner of the rotation will be designated to serve and continue to rotate clockwise.

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PLAYING THE BALL

THREE CONTACTS – Each team is allowed a maximum of 3 successive contacts of the ball in order to return the ball to the opponent’s area. (Exception: In the action of blocking an attacking ball, the touch, or contact resulting from the block attempt does not constitute one of the three successive contacts.)

ATTACKING THE NET– In six’s only the three players that are in the front row of the rotation are allowed to attack the net. Violation of this rule would include any hitting or blocking that occurs above the plane of the net.

SIMULTANEOUS CONTACTS – When two non-blocking teammates touch the ball simultaneously, it is considered one contact, and any player may make the next contact. When two blocking teammates touch the ball simultaneously, it is not counted as a contact, and any player may make the next contact.

When two opponents simultaneously and instantaneously contact the ball over the net, the ball remains in play and the team receiving the ball is entitled to another three hits. If such a ball lands, it is the fault of the team on the opposite side of the net from where the ball lands.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CONTACT – The ball can contact any number of body parts down to, and including the foot, providing such contacts are simultaneous and the ball rebounds immediately and cleanly after such contact.

HELD BALL – The ball must be contacted cleanly and not held, lifted, pushed, caught, carried or thrown. The ball cannot roll or come to rest on any part of a player’s body. It can rebound in any direction.

HAND SETS – A contact of the ball using the fingers of one or two hands to direct the ball toward a teammate is a set. The ball must come into contact with both hands simultaneously and leave both hands simultaneously to avoid a double hit call. A player may set the ball over the net in front or behind them only in the direction in which their shoulders are squarely facing. Rotation of the ball after the set may indicate a held ball or multiple contacts during the set but in itself is not a fault.

ATTACKING THE BALL OVER THE OPPONENTS COURT- A player is not allowed to attack the ball on the opposite side of the net. If the ball is hit above the spiker’s side of the net and then the follow-through causes the spiker’s hand and arm to cross the net without contacting an opponent or the net, the action does not constitute a fault.

SERVICE – Serves that hit the net and go over the net to the opponents side will be “live” and are deemed good serves provided they are played by the opposing team or they land in bounds. It is legal to set the serve.

BLOCKING – Blocking is the action close to the net which intercepts the ball coming from the opponents’ side by making contact with the ball before, during or after it crosses the net.

MULTIPLE CONTACTS – Multiple contacts of the ball by a player(s) participating in a block shall be legal provided it is during one attempt to intercept the ball. Multiple contacts of the ball during a block shall be counted as a single contact, even though the ball may make multiple contacts with one or more players of the block.

PARTICIPATION AFTER A BLOCK – Any player participating in a block shall have the right to make the next contact, such contact counting as the first of three hits allowed the team.

BLOCKING A SERVE – Blocking or attacking a serve is prohibited.

BLOCKING A BALL ACROSS THE NET – Blocking of the ball across the net above the opponent’s court shall be legal provided that such a block is:

(1) After a player of the attacking team has spiked the ball, or, in the referee’s judgment, intentionally directed the ball into the opponent’s court, or has exhausted their third allowable hit.

(2) After the opponents have hit the ball in such a manner that the ball would clearly cross the net if not touched by a player, provided no member of the attacking team is in a position to make a legal play on the ball

(3) If the ball is falling near the net and no member of the attacking team could reasonably make a play on the ball.

PLAY AT THE NET

PLAYER CONTACT WITH THE NET – No part of the body may touch the net at anytime unless a ball or person driven into the net causes the contact. Player contact with the net in a manner not directly relating to or affecting the course of play is not a violation. Contact with hair or part of the uniform will not be considered a fault.

SIMULTANEOUS CONTACT BY OPPONENTS – If opponents contact the net simultaneously, it shall constitute a double fault and the point shall be played over.

INTERFERENCE – A player may touch but not completely cross over the centre line with his/her foot.

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PLAYOFFS

All eligible teams make the playoffs (teams that have not abused any policies are eligible). In certain situations teams at or near the bottom of the standings may not advance to the playoffs. Check with Go Mammoth league coordinator to see if this applies to your league.

Teams may play more than one match per day in the play-offs.

If a team does not have a full squad (minimum number of players required according to the rules) by ten minutes past the designated start time, they will forfeit the first set of the match. At twenty minutes after the start time the match is forfeited (per staff and opposing team’s captain request).

Any questions regarding policies, rules, eligibility or forfeits must be addressed before the start of the match.

WAIVERS

In order to participate in the league, each participant must sign the team waiver. Waivers are provided and must be completed and handed in no later than the first night of play. Players not present the first week of play will still be required to sign a waiver with our staff before participating.

SPORTSMANSHIP

The idea of Go Mammoth is to have fun. We hope that all participants keep that in mind when becoming involved. Although the games may become intense, you still can be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. With this said, any behaviour deemed unacceptable by staff may result in suspension and/or ejection from a game or the league.

STAFF

Our referees and staff are present to coordinate and run the league and will be available at all times if you have questions regarding schedules, policies, rule interpretations, sponsor bar directions, etc. Please ask!

Volleyball league levels explained

We offer volleyball leagues catering to three different levels of play. Before you book your league, have a read of the league levels below, to ensure you select the league that’s right for you:

RECREATIONAL

The perfect choice for those who are brand new to the sport. For those who’ve always wanted to try volleyball but have been worried about their playing level Emphasis is on learning and training – sessions comprise of roughly 60% coaching and 40% supervised games.

Training games will include tips and pointers from the coaches so that everyone can learn together in a fun and relaxed environment.

If you’re looking for purely game play and matches then these are not the sessions for you. Please see either Intermediate or Competitive levels.

INTERMEDIATE

For the slightly more serious player! You have played volleyball before and can handle yourself in a game situation. Matches are still social and fun, however they have a more competitive edge!

Intermediate matches are played in 3 sets and are officiated by an umpire rather than supervised by a coach

Join an Intermediate league if you want to improve your skills during a weekly fun (and slightly competitive) game.

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COMPETITIVE

Go Mammoth competitive volleyball is for the serious match player! For those who have played a good level in the past, and want to continue playing to a high standard

Perfect if you are comfortable setting, spiking and blocking and have good ball control/can keep a rally going

The environment is still social, and it’s a great way to meet other experienced players and play a competitive, fun game.

If you’re new to the game, warm up in the recreational and competitive leagues before you play in this league.

New netball rules are coming to the UK in September

The new netball rules have been active worldwide for most of the year but these changes will take effect in the UK from September 1st 2016. You can check out our short netball rules and policies guide here, but here are the key changes you should be looking out for when the new rules come into effect:

Taking a throw in

The player taking the throw in must have at least one foot within 15cm of the line. Previously the player must have placed one or both feet immediately behind the line.

Defending a shot at goal

A defender may not deflect a shot at goal on its downward path towards the ring (this includes touching the ball up through the net. This is a new rule addition as previously this wasn’t specifically covered.

Centre Pass

The Centre must have at least one foot wholly within the centre circle before the pass is taken. This rule has been relaxed slightly as previously the Centre would have been penalised if any part of their foot was on the ground outside of the centre circle as the pass was being played.

Penalty Pass

Once a player taking a penalty pass is in the correct position, the player may choose to either play the ball immediately or wait for the infringer to stand out of play.

Previously the player taking a penalty pass had to wait until the infringer was standing out of play. A player who did not wait until the penalty was “set” was penalised.

Short Pass

When a player passes the ball there must be sufficient space for an opposing player on the court to be able to intercept the ball as it moves from the hands of the thrower to the hands of the receiver.

Delaying Play

Delaying play (either accidentally or deliberately) is considered foul play – in some cases it could affect the outcome of the match. A penalty pass is awarded and the sanction is advanced.

Contact/Contest

Players may come into physical contact with each other as long as they’re striving to claim the ball. If they do not interfere with each other’s play or use their bodies to gain an unfair advantage over their opponent, it’s deemed to be contest and play continues.

Goal Scored/Ball Out of Court

The umpire will now signal that a goal has been scored by raising one arm vertically. The umpire will no longer blow their whistle when a goal has been scored or the ball has gone out of court.

Go Mammoth netball

Thanks to England Netball for all the rule change updates.

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Why playing dodgeball will transform your working week!

If you look up dodgeball in the dictionary, it will tell you it’s a game in which players, in teams, form a circle and try to hit opponents with a large ball. Thing is, in reality, it’s much more than that – playing dodgeball will transform your working week for the better. Read on to find out more:

What is dodgeball?

Dodgeball London

Dodgeball is a team-based fast-paced sport that requires quick reflexes, agility, speed and hand-eye coordination. If you can dodge, dip, duck, dive and dodge, this is the game for you.

Did you know that it used to be played with rocks?

Yep this is true! Dodgeball was originally played in Africa over a couple of centuries ago, but back then it was a pretty violent game! It was played was large rocks. Each competitor would attempt to hit their opponent with their rock to hurt them!

Now it’s played with rubber balls and you can’t hit people in the face!

At the beginning of the game, six rubber balls are placed in the middle of the court. Two teams of eight will rush towards the middle to collect the balls, before attempting to eliminating their opponents by hitting them with the ball below the shoulder. If they’re hit, they’re out. However if they catch the ball, the person who threw the ball is out. It’s frantic, furious fun. Check out the full rules.

Go Mammoth Dodgeball

This sport has the best team names of all time

Artful Dodgers, Muthaduckas, Reservoir Dodge and No Hit Sherlock! are just a few of the teams that play dodgeball with Go Mammoth. Check out our dodgeball leagues’ other awesome team names.

Go Mammoth’s Dodgeball league has a fancy dress night once a season

Dodgeball is arguably the most social sport that we run here at Go Mammoth. Everyone who plays does so to have a good time and get some exercise at the same time. On the middle match of every season we have all of our league teams wear wage dodgeball war in fancy dress.

Dodgeball Social

The post-game socials after Go Mammoth dodgeball matches are legendary

Each week, after the last dodgeball has been thrown, our teams head to the bar for one of our legendary Go Mammoth socials.Better yet, we have a series of sponsor bars closed to our venues which offer food and drink discounts to our members.

And it won’t be a pain to get home!

We run our leagues in locations across London that are close to major train/tube stations. So when you’re on your dodgeball social and realise that it’s half 11, you won’t have to panic call a cab.

Want to find out more?

Hit that live chat box at the bottom of the screen and chat to one of our awesome team who can share more info with you about our dodgeball leagues. Or if you’re ready to play, check out our dodgeball venue list below:

Play Dodgeball in Angel | Play Dodgeball In Barbican
Play Dodgeball in Clapham Common |
Play Dodgeball in Clapham High Street |
Play Dodgeball in Kings Cross |
Play Dodgeball in London Bridge |
Play Dodgeball in London Bridge: Marlborough Sports Garden |
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The most intense game of volleyball of all time?

“Danneyball” is a 2v2 variant on beach volleyball with a big twist – the game is played with a 4.5kg medicine ball. The ball is thrown back and forth between the teams until a player doesn’t make or drops the catch. Similar but not quite the same as the Volleyball London games we arrange!

Pretty intense stuff! Check out this clip from Pittsburgh Steelers’ line-backer James Harrison playing a game of Danneyball in the middle of a 37 degree celsius Arizona heatwave:

Danneyball

A video posted by James Harrison (@jhharrison92) on