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What can I eat to cure a hangover?

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Drinking alcohol causes your blood sugar to fall which makes your body think it needs to fill up with calories.

As fatty foods are the most concentrated form of energy this could be one reason why we crave them. Fats also line the stomach and may make those gnawing ‘crampy’ feelings better.

It’s one of those mornings: Last night was a crazy one and getting out of bed feels tougher than climbing out of a pit. Youth wisdom preaches reaching for cold pizza or a greasy bacon sandwich, but wait — certain foods are scientifically proven to help cure a hangover! Read on to learn which foods can alleviate post-party symptoms and which should be avoided like, that plastic cup full of last night’s beer.

The Need-to-Know

First thing’s first, let’s talk science. Typical hangover symptoms — nausea, sensitivity to light, headache, achy muscles, diarrhea, and decreased motor skills — are all caused by changes in body chemistry, including hormones, chemical reactions within the body, and the toxic chemicals in alcohol. The science of hangovers (and how to prevent them) is largely unstudied, which is why people have been inventing their own “cures” for centuries. Though no one meal or drink can cure a hangover, certain foods are better for refuelling than others. After waking up with a pounding head, aim to restock the body with necessary fluids and nutrients like fructose, vitamins, animo acids, and minerals that can help break down toxins or lessen the body’s negative reaction to the chemicals in booze.

Good Morning, Sunshine — Your Action Plan

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Feeling a little delicate this morning? These cupboard essentials will get you back on your feet in no time.

1. Bacon and eggs

A bacon and egg roll sounds really good right about now, doesn’t it? Well there’s no reason why you can’t eat this much-loved breakfast. Not only is it the ultimate comfort meal but it’s a good source of protein, and eggs are a toxin destroyer – pow, pow. Oh, and throw in some fresh or cooked tomatoes for a hit of lycopene – it’s a great antioxidant for the blood, heart, prostate as well as being a stress reliever. Buy some lean cut bacon and keep in the freezer and make sure you’re stocked up on eggs before your big night out.

2. Bananas

Bananas are the super food of all superfoods. They’re kind to the stomach and full of potassium, which is great if you’re staring down at last night’s drinks. Why not jazz it up with some pancakes to help soak up all the nastiness.

3. Water with citrus

Going straight for a can of Coke or a sport drink seems like the obvious choice for a hangover. But if you keep some mineral water and citrus fruits on-hand, they’ll be just as satisfying, and put you back on track way quicker than any sugary soft drink.

4. Honey

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Now this is your sugar fix. Okay, so it’s not chocolate, but it contains fructose which has the ability to burn away alcohol faster. Which means you’ll be on the road to recovery quicker and will hopefully deter you from scoffing down a tub of ice cream.

5. Pasta

There’s no harm in chowing down on some white pasta after a big night out, but it’s best to pair it with some veges and protein to provide extra nutritional benefits. A great idea for a next day carb hit? Black bean pasta. It’s full of nutritional ingredients and lower in calories than your typical white pasta

Foods and Drinks to Avoid:

Greasy food – Contrary to popular knowledge, heading to the local greasy spoon is not a great hangover cure. A large, fatty meal is better at preventing a hangover than curing one. Chowing down on a big burger before the liquor starts flowing can help insulate the stomach, preventing alcohol from being absorbed into the stomach lining and bloodstream [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][7]. A fried feast the morning after can actually irritate a sensitive stomach, so leave the basket of fries for later.

Hair of the dog -This wacky expression comes from a Norwegian folk saying that claims the best cure incorporates the substance that did the damage in the first place. Scandinavian wisdom aside, boozing in the morning is not the solution to a hangover. An alcoholic beverage can help take the edge off in the morning, but it will further dehydrate the body and lead to even worse hangover symptoms later in the day.

Coffee – Zero energy, pounding head… sounds like the right time for a cup of Joe. Nope! Like alcohol, coffee is a diuretic, so that latte will only dehydrate the body even more. Coffee is a vasoconstrictor — a substance that causes blood cells to swell — so a morning espresso will only take a headache to the next level. To feel better, stick to caffeine-free options like herbal tea, juice, or plain old H20.

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Orange juice – A glass of this mellow drink may help you rise and shine during the week, but lay off the OJ after a night on the town. Sour citrus like orange and grapefruit can irritate an already sensitive stomach.

I Hope the above has help you and get all preachy here and tell you to simply drink less, but I doubt you’d take that advice at the next time you go out. At the very least, pace yourself, have spritzers or drink water throughout the night!!

Many Thanks

Mark Hart

What can I eat to cure a hangover?