We all know what happens when you drink too much alcohol – your body reacts in a weird way and you are left nursing a hangover, which can be be very annoying.
Different people have varying severity and types of hangover symptoms. Nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to light, fatigue, dehydration, and headache that may last for several hours are some of the more common ones. There are very limited studies on hangovers and the process behind it is yet to be fully understood.
It is assumed that the human body goes through certain immune and hormonal responses during a hangover and that is what triggers various kinds of symptoms.
While no exact cure has been discovered for hangovers, there are certain foods, drinks, and fruits that you may find useful to alleviate the symptoms.
How would you like to find out about different drinks, foods, and fruits that will help you get past the symptoms of hangover that may mess up your day? Yes? Great, keep reading.
Hydration is a very important part of recovery when it comes to a hangover and coconut water will work wonders in hydrating you. Coconut water packs a lot of electrolytes including potassium and magnesium which your body would be needing to recover from a hangover. So, get some coconut water in you and watch that banging headache and vomiting subside.
You already know that alcohol causes you to be dehydrated. This is because it blocks the production of certain hormones that are meant to help your body hold on to water.
What then happens is that your body not only gets dehydrated, but it also suffers the loss of electrolytes like sodium and potassium. Bananas have high potassium content which will help your body to regain what it has lost. One medium-sized banana contains about 12% of your daily potassium requirement.
Well then, what are you waiting for? Get those bananas and start peeling!
Cysteine is a very important amino acid that your body uses for the production of the antioxidant called glutathione. Guess what? Eggs are rich in Cysteine.
Now, why is this important? It turns out that alcohol drains your body’s glutathione stores and without glutathione, your body finds it difficult to break down the toxic by-products that result from alcohol metabolism.
Hence, eating eggs after drinking alcohol is a great way to increase your body’s glutathione level which in turn helps you to tackle the symptoms of a hangover. You can eat your eggs however you prefer it, but it is best to eat hard-boiled eggs after drinking alcohol.
One of the most popular symptoms of a hangover is headaches. Headache associated with a hangover is usually as a result of dehydration and decreased flow of blood to the brain.
Watermelon’s high water content will not only help you stay hydrated but also help to boost the flow of blood in your brain. Watermelon contains L-citrulline in abundance which functions to get your blood really flowing
Have high sodium content. sodium is an electrolyte that gets depleted when you engage in excessive drinking. when having a hangover if you eat pickles or you drink their brine, it should help you get over the symptoms by boosting your sodium level.
A single dill pickle spear packs about 13% of your daily sodium requirement. More interesting to note is that drinking 2.5 ounces (75 ml) of pickle juice provides you with 20% of your daily requirement.
However, the content of sodium in pickles sometimes vary according to brands.
Honey is one of the most useful foods on the planet. From being a wonderful beauty product ingredient to being a power-packed energy booster, honey has played numerous roles in helping people stay healthy.
because of honey’s high fructose content, it may help to relieve the symptoms of a hangover. Although there is little evidence as to how this works based on the few studies available, it is suspected that fructose can help your body eliminate alcohol faster.
In one study, honey was shown to have helped it’s 50 participants eliminate the alcohol content in their body by up to 32.4%. However in another study, while it was still evident that honey helped eliminate the alcohol content in a person’s body much quicker, there was no evidence that the practice could help eliminate or reduce the severity of hangover symptoms.
However, this does not mean that you should rule out the option of eating honey and other foods that are rich in fructose whenever you have symptoms of a hangover. They might actually be very helpful to you.
Why go nuts from a hangover when you can actually take it by the nuts? See what I did there?
Back to it then. Nuts have a very high magnesium content which could potentially make them the miracle you’ve been praying for in tackling your hangover.
Drinking too much alcohol will cause the magnesium in your body to deplete and eating nuts could help to replenish this loss and treat some of your hangover symptoms. You have a variety of nuts to choose from. There are cashew nuts, almond nuts, peanuts, etc. It all depends on what you’re comfortable with. Be careful with nuts though, as some cause severe allergic reactions in some people.
Folate is another nutrient that may be diminished when you engage in heavy drinking and spinach has that nutrient in abundance. Drinking alcohol will prevent the absorption of folate and excessive drinking could lead to a deficiency.
Eating spinach after drinking alcohol could help you to maintain a healthy folate level. Eat at least one gram of cooked spinach to help relieve some of your hangover symptoms.
Drinking water is the best thing you can do for yourself when you’re dealing with a hangover. First of all, alcohol makes you urinate because it is a diuretic. Which means your body would lose a lot of water. Drinking water not only helps you replace the fluid you’re losing, but it also helps you stay hydrated.
You have learned how to handle that pesky hangover now, makes you want to take it for a test drive, right? Well, it is always advisable to drink responsibly, and of course do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you have been drinking. Stay safe out there guys, oh and HYDRATE!