It’s the morning after a big night — your lips are dry, your head is throbbing and foggy, and your stomach is queasy. As much as it feels like your body is wrongly punishing you for what, as far as you can remember, was only a few drinks, it’s only trying to atone for what you made it endure the night before.
It’s no surprise that drinking takes a toll on your body. Whether it takes the form of a slight headache from a glass of wine or an intense bout of physical illness from a spring break-esque night out on the town, our bodies tell us when we’ve taken it one drink too far, and it’s a physical reaction to alcohol that we all call a hangover.
Water, aspirin, and in many cases, greasy foods like fries and pizza are what we most frequently use to treat a hangover, but you may be surprised to hear that there are some healthy foods that can help cure your hangover woes, too.
To understand what you should be eating to treat a hangover, think of it as a simple give and take formula, because all you need to know is what you took away from your body the night before. While you may know that you're dehydrated after a night of drinking, nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, and protein take a hit as well, and there are particular foods that you can eat that will help you replenish them.
To help us fully understand how to treat a hangover, we asked health expert Lori Shemek of DLS HealthWorks to explain what drinking does to our bodies. By explaining the side effects of drinking, Shemek can easily pinpoint what foods are best to consume the morning after and why, and we’re here to tell you how to cook them.
Hangovers are painful for a reason, so if you’re going to indulge in a cocktail or two, make sure you pay your body back by stocking up on these delicious and healthy foods.
Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce