Most of us have been there, trying desperately to clear a throbbing head. But what works magic and what’s just a myth? Modern medicine may not have a cure for a hangover, but there are some foods that might help to reduce the symptoms.
Nutritionist Emma Brown explains how what we eat can make a difference: “Certain foods have a role in helping our bodies fight back and crack the ‘booze blues’. Or better still, choose low alcohol drinks and you could avoid the morning after slump completely.”
Emma’s favourite food cures:
1) Eggs – any way you like. Scrambled, fried, or a simple omelette should to do the trick.
“Eggs are great for the morning after. They’re rich in the amino acid cysteine which helps break down acetaldehyde, the toxin responsible for those awful hangover pains.”
2) Going coco: coconut water has more flavour than regular water, so it may make it easier to stomach.
“Try drinking coconut water – it’s naturally rich in electrolytes – one 250ml serving offers over 600mg of potassium which plays an important role in fluid balance and rehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic, so rehydration is vital for combating a bad head.”
3) Limit your caffeine fix: too much coffee and tea will only aggravate hydration levels.
“Caffeine is a diuretic just like alcohol, which will only dehydrate you even more. So ditch coffee and stick to naturally caffeine free herbal cuppas such as peppermint or ginger.
“Ginger tea is a traditional anti-nausea remedy, and is amazing for hangover symptoms. Or try decaffeinated green tea, which contains plant chemicals, called catechins; these can help protect the liver from the damaging effects of alcohol. Peppermint tea can help relieve queasiness and fatigue – and it smells amazing.”
4) Even better – choose low alcohol drink alternatives in the first place.
“There’s no shortage of options these days when it comes to high quality, lower strength wine and beer. If you enjoy a couple of glasses of wine after work, switching to a 5.5% wine instead of the usual 12-14% can make a big difference and more than halve the number of units you drink in an evening, reducing your risk of longer-term harm.”
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