It’s Friday night and it’s time for your weekend party with your friends. You say it’s okay to get wasted for the night coz its a special occasion–it was your best buddy’s birthday, or a girls’ nightout that you’ve waited for the whole week. You partied all night like there’s no tomorrow. You should’ve stopped at that third Margarita, you could’ve turned down that fourth Cosmo, or your favorite Mojito but you didn’t. Oh yes, you’ve had a great time last night…And now you’re paying for it–you’re feeling the aftermath.
The morning after–a pounding headache and upset stomach is the last thing you’d want after a night of partying with friends but hey, don’t worry–try any of these hangover cure from the list of food and drinks I’ve compiled that might help you:
- Bananas– Remember how many trips to the bathroom you had last night when you were out drinking with your friends? It’s not entirely because you drank extra liquid for your all-night party but part of the blame goes to the property of alcohol that draws water from your body cells, creating more urine and thus making you urinate more. Along with the urine are some essential electrolytes needed by the body (potassium and magnesium) and thus, when they are flushed out of the body, you become weak and shaky. Bananas are good sources of these two electrolytes and can help reduce these classic hangover symptoms.
- Eggs– These are loaded with incredible toxin destroyer amino acids like cysteine (helps breakdown of the acetaldehyde/alcohol toxins responsible for your pounding headache) and taurine (boost your liver function). Egg are also rich in protein, helping you get a boost in energy after a hangover.
- Oatmeal– Oats are rich sources of B vitamins, magnesium, calcium and iron, which helps give you not only in giving an energy boost for the day, but also in cleansing/absorbing and flushing toxins out of the body. Oats are not only good for the heart but for a hangover as well.
- Water– Good ol’ water should be one of your top list to drink after waking up with a hangover (a pounding head and/or upset stomach). Since alcohol is a diuretic, (remember how many times you went to the bathroom last night to pee?) it flushes water out of the body. Drinking water also replenishes what you have lost the night before (if ever you threw up/peed too many times) and will prevent dehydration.
- Coconut Water- Drinking a lot of alcohol makes you prone to dehydration since alcohol loves water and it flushes water out of the body because of its diuretic properties. That’s why hydration is the key. Coconut water contains essential electrolytes (Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium) to replenish lost ones and helps in rehydrating your body. It is not carbonated like some sports drinks and does not irritate the stomach.
- Ginger– mixing and drinking grated ginger with water is a stomach-soothing drink that helps relieve nausea/vomiting and stimulate the digestive system. If you’re not a fan of the flavor, you can try blending it with a fresh fruit to improve the flavor.
- Fruit juice- Alcohol not only deplete your body of nutrients, it can also lead to low blood sugar levels, which may leave you feeling weak and shaky. To counteract this, a glass of apple, watermelon, tomato or any fruit juice is helpful in replacing lost water and vitamins, raising blood sugar levels to help in recovering from hangover. The fructose found in these fruity drinks gives you instant energy and helps in the speedy removal of alcohol in the body.
- Soup– One way to beat hangover is to get your body rehydrated, fast. This depends not only in the food that you eat but what you drink as well. Soups can help your body replenish both sodium and water levels in the body. Also, a warm bowl of soup is easy on the stomach, if ever you’re not yet feeling well/ you’re still feeling nauseous.
What to Avoid:
- Hair of the dog. – Of course, not literally, but rather, this is an expression from Norway that says the best cure should be the substance that caused the damage in the first place. No! More alcohol is not really a good idea, because it will further dehydrate your body, leading to even worse hangover symptoms.
- Coffee– Like alcohol, coffee has a diuretic property, so even though a warm cup of coffee sounds inviting for a morning hangover, resist the urge to have one because it will only dehydrate your body even more.
But the best key in avoiding hangovers?
Take everything in moderation. 🙂