When we consume alcohol, there are numerous underlying processes that are altered in our body. That’s the reason hangovers are hard to get rid of.
The unfortunate thing is, currently, there is no one food or drink known to science that can completely erase the effects of a hangover.
But the good bit is, there are many foods that can help refuel the body and help deal with hangover symptoms such as a pounding head, light and sound sensitivity, muscle pains, stomach sensitivity etc.
Often with hangovers, the assumption is that tackling dehydration is enough. However, apart from dehydration, inflammation and oxidative stress are just as important.
When the hangover has already started…
…it makes sense to have these things first.
- Coconut water
- Ginger tea
- Fresh fruit juice – cranberry, apple
- Whole wheat toast with date syrup or honey
When you’re going through a hangover, what the body essentially needs is a nutrient profile with fructose, vitamins and minerals, amino acids and electrolytes to help break down the toxins of the alcohol that the body reacts to. The above foods incorporate all the essentials.
Before your first drink
There are some things you can have before you have the first drink the previous night, which either have the potential to prevent or at least temper the intensity of the hangover.
- Multivitamin for antioxidants (or a fresh fruit juice such as pomegranate juice)
- A B-complex capsule as that helps you process the by-products from alcohol a lot better
- A good and well-balanced meal with carbs, protein and fat.
- This link here suggests Asparagus in particular, has potential to prevent a hangover from happening.
And while you’re drinking…
- Keep hydrating yourself with water or coconut water. Alcohol is a diuretic so it will essentially zap the water out of your body.
- Use juice as a mixer instead of soda
- If after a night out, you think you’ve gone a bit too far, pop another multivitamin once you’re home
- Make sure you get a good, peaceful night’s sleep after coming home.