The party season has not quite begun yet, but it’s good to be prepared for when it does!
Having that fuzzy head and nauseous feeling the next day after overindulging on just one too many wines, bubbles, or maybe a few shots (mixing drinks is the worst cause for a hangover!)
The following morning, your body starts to crave the worst foods imaginable. Greasy bacon baps, endless coffee, endless amounts of stodgy fully buttered toast!
Although it may taste great when you’re feeling awful, it’s not the best hangover food to feed your body. There are far healthier hangover food options that may actually help you feel better and recover far quicker so you can crack on with your day.
Plus, it may not be too obvious that you staggered into work barely able to stand without vomiting! Here’s how:
It’s so simple, but it can’t be emphasised enough: Drink lots of water. You become dehydrated when you drink alcohol because it’s a diuretic and causes your body to produce more urine.
This can be exacerbated when you drink more than a moderate amount of alcohol. Hence why you wake up in the night after excessive consumption for a number wees!
Some of the most common symptoms of a hangover, such as headache, nausea, fatigue, can actually happen purely because you’re dehydrated. Before you even think about food, chug some water.
If plain water isn’t your thing, flavour your water with lemon or lime.
Great news – Avocado toast is one of the best hangover foods out there. Repeat: Drinking alcohol, especially in more-than-moderate amounts, leads to dehydration and loss of electrolytes like sodium and potassium.
Avocado is a good source of potassium, providing 14 per cent of the daily recommended amount. Plus, if you’re craving greasy foods, the healthy omega 9 fats in avocado may help satisfy that craving. Have a thick doorstep of healthy wholegrain bread and top with some chilli flakes!
Magnesium is needed to support an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase, which breaks down alcohol and eliminates it from the body. In addition, magnesium may help relax the head and neck muscle tension that can make your hangover even more painful.
One ounce of almonds (about 23) is an excellent source of magnesium, providing 21 per cent of the daily recommended amount.
Lentils are another good source of magnesium. One cup of cooked lentils provides 18 per cent of the daily recommended amount of the micronutrient.
Try sipping on a simple lentil soup, which can also help with rehydration. Lentils also provide fibre and protein, which can help keep you satisfied, and help you avoid eating an entire pizza! Lentils also regulate your digestion, because you know the day after a few drinks your digestive system may suffer a little!
Bananas are one of the best hangover foods, and you probably already have them in your kitchen, which is a bonus. Bananas provide a double dose of hangover-friendly nutrients via potassium and magnesium.
Plus, they’re gentle on the stomach and contain soluble fibre. That’s because bananas, like all fruit, are disaccharides (two single sugars combined), which are easy for the body to break down.
One medium banana provides 105 calories, 12 per cent the daily recommended amount of potassium, and 8 per cent of the daily recommended amount of magnesium.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is well-known to help soothe an upset stomach and nausea, which is commonly associated with a hangover.
Sip on a cup of ginger tea, add it into a fruit smoothie, or grate it into freshly squeezed juice or a warm bowl of soup.