An epic night of drinking often results in a hard-to-handle morning that is more painful than the previous night’s pleasure. Well, hindsight is 20-20, and you can’t undo what you’ve done. But you can alleviate the pain with the right combo of hangover-helping foods.
Everyone has his or her own favorite hangover remedy, whether it’s a greasy breakfast sandwich or even another drink. "Bad idea," says Dr. Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, a consultant in addiction psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic, to the latter. “‘Hair of the dog’ will provide a numbing effect, but all you're doing is prolonging the inevitable, and it will likely make your headache worse."
Researchers at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization want you to combat a hangover before you start drinking. Studies showed that subjects who consumed just under one cup of Asian pear juice before drinking actually prevented a heavy hangover the next day. Pears have anti-inflammatory properties that aid in assisting headache symptoms. If you’ve skipped that step, though, the Mayo Clinic says that the best cure for the morning after hangover is time — 24 hours, to be exact. But there are a few ways to speed things up.
Heavy drinking can deplete the body of minerals like potassium. The results are dizziness, weakness, muscle spasms, and fatigue. Foods like avocados, kiwi, and bananas are full of potassium and will replenish what you’ve lost. Nausea is another unappealing symptom of a hangover, but luckily, ginger works wonders for nausea relief and contains anti-inflammatory compounds that will ease your upset stomach. Brew some ginger tea or blend a hunk of peeled ginger up with banana, pear, spinach, lemon, and berries for a morning smoothie that is just as healing as it is delicious.
Gotta have your breakfast sandwich in the a.m.? If your go-to the morning after is a bacon, egg, and cheese, you’re on the right track. It’s not because of the bacon, though — eggs are the powerhouse in this combo. High in protein and cysteine, it’s eggs that sop up all of the toxins left behind by alcohol — not the bagel or bacon.
Ready to plan your supermarket spree? Here are the ideal foods to combat a hangover.
If you’re craving something salty, a few chips and guacamole will help heal your hangover. Drinking depletes the body of necessary potassium, and avocados are rich in it. They are also full of fiber, healthy fats, and B6 vitamins to help get your muscle function back on track and keep sodium at bay.
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