We’ve all been there: Last night was a crazy one and getting out of bed is a struggle. Old-school wisdom says to reach for a cold pizza or a greasy bacon sandwich. However, contrary to popular knowledge, greasy food is not necessarily a great idea. In this article we look at the best food & drinks for hangovers.
Turns out, a large, fatty meal is better at preventing a hangover than curing one, since fried foods can irritate the stomach. But, chowing down on a big burger before a big night out can help insulate and prevent alcohol from being absorbed into the stomach lining and bloodstream.
But fear not, some foods are scientifically proven to help cure a hangover!
Read on to learn which foods can alleviate post-party symptoms and which should be avoided.
Typical hangover symptoms are amongst others:
- Sensitivity to light
- Achy muscles
- Decreased motor skills
These are all caused by changes in body chemistry, including hormones, chemical reactions within the body and the toxic chemicals in alcohol.
The science of hangovers and how to prevent them is largely unstudied, which is why people have been inventing their own homemade “cures”. Though no one meal or drink can cure a hangover, certain foods are better for refuelling than others.
After waking up with a pounding head, aim to restock the body with necessary fluids and nutrients like fructose, vitamins, animo acids, and minerals that can help break down toxins or lessen the body’s negative reaction to the chemicals in booze.
The necessity of water comes as no surprise. Dehydration is one of the main side effects from consuming alcohol and water should be your number one priority after waking up with a pounding head.
Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it pushes liquids out of the body. When nothing’s left in the tank, the body will draw water from any available source, including the brain, which results in headache. Drinking some H20 before heading to bed can help prevent some painful hangover symptoms, but grabbing the water bottle in the morning doesn’t hurt either.
Ginger, Peppermint or Green Tea
For a soothing brew, look no further than your favorite herbal tea. Studies show that ginger tea may reduce nausea and motion sickness. Peppermint tea (a common morning sickness cure for pregnant ladies) may also ease stomach pain and decrease nausea.
Green tea is scientifically proven to help increase the amount of liquid in your body, as well as help support your immune system.
While waking up with zero energy sounds like the perfect time for a cup of Joe, it actually could worsen that headache, since caffeine is a mild diuretic.
However, if you drink coffee daily, stick with your habit. The liquid in coffee can help rehydrate your body, and it does give you a little boost of energy.
Furthermore, a study showed that the combo of caffeine and inflammatory drugs like Advil or aspirin, may help counteract the head-pounding effects of a hangover.
Coconut water comes from a young coconut, before the coconut matures and makes coconut milk. It has loads of electrolytes and vitamins to restore what was lost the previous night.
Coconut water helps to replenish your liquids and can also help settle an acidic stomach.
Considering that alcohol is an acid and milk (even from a coconut) is a base, the coconut water can neutralize the acid and get that rolling feeling in your stomach to stop. Try a brand of coconut water like Vita Coco for fast relief.
This breakfast staple is a brunch all-star for a reason. Eggs are chock full of hardworking amino acids like cysteine and taurine.
Taurine boosts liver function and may help prevent liver disease.
Cysteine breaks down acetaldehyde, the yucky headache-causing chemical that’s left over when the liver breaks down ethanol. Eggs are also rich in protein which helps rebuild your muscles after a long night out.
Take this superfood for a spin when you’re feeling less than stellar in the morning. A hot bowl of oatmeal or a cold overnight mixture, has plenty of essential nutrients like B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and iron.
Furthermore, oats can help neutralize acids in the body and raise blood sugar levels, giving you an instant energy boost.
Nothing says “wild night out” like a bowl of mom’s famous chicken soup.
It might not be the most conventional hangover food, but a cup o’ noodles can help restock sodium and water levels in the body.
Chicken also contains cysteine, which give the liver a much-needed boost.
Toast & Pita with Honey
Toast and whole-wheat pita are both bland carbs that raise low blood sugar, without upsetting the stomach. Add a drizzle of fructose-laden honey for even more instant energy.
Just remember to follow it with some protein later in the day to offset the blood-sugar surge.
Sushi is probably the last thing most people want to eat with a hangover.
However, there’s no reason to eschew all Japanese food. Like traditional chicken noodle, miso soup is a great morning-after remedy. The broth rehydrates and restocks sodium levels while the fermented miso can help aid digestion.
Thats our recommendations for this time. Next time you’re having a late night, you know what to do the day after!
Stay Fit 🙂