If you have spent the night hugging the toilet with a hangover, you may want to continue reading this.
Hangovers can affect everyone differently, but usually shows similar symptoms like dehydration, tiredness, nausea and headaches. Being dehydration is one of the main causes of your hangover symptoms.
A hangover can make it hard to concentrate, which could leave you feeling irritable, sensitive to light and bed bound for the rest of the day.
What causes a hangover?
The main cause of a hangover is the alcohol in your drink. It works in the body as a diuretic, which means it would make you visit the toilet more often and as a result you can become more dehydrated. Dehydration is the main cause of your hangover symptoms.
There is no super food that can prevent or cure the roller coaster in your stomach but there are a few research foods that can help bring your blood sugar levels backup in the morning after a night out.
Listed below are our top food and drinks to help ease a hangover:
After a night of excessive drinking, the alcohol in your body will draw water from your body’s cells, which creates more urine and more frequent trips to the bathroom. This causes you to literally flush potassium down the toilet.
Low level of potassium in the body can leave you feeling weak, shaky muscles and high blood pressure. A banana or two can help bring your potassium levels back to where they belong.
Eggs are a good choice as they contain protein and are a rich energy source. They also contain vitamins, minerals and edible toxin destroyers like cysteine, an amino acid that can break down toxins. Eggs are high in vitamin B, which studies have found can help to reduce hangover symptoms.
Suffering from nausea? Then make ginger your new best friend. Studies have shown a small dose of ginger can help stimulate and stall the post-drink digestive system, helping to ease constipation, gas, bloating, indigestion, and even vomiting. If you do not like the taste of ginger then you can take a pill for that. Take two ginger capsules every hour with water, and make sure you have something in your stomach too.
Alcohol in the body loves water, so the alcohol in your body will absorb the water and as a result your whole body and your brain will be sucked dry.
Trying to keep yourself hydrated during a hangover is key.
Coconut water is a naturally refreshing substitute to water, low in calories, fat and cholesterol free. Coconut water contains more potassium than eating four bananas and is super at hydrating, which contains easily digestible carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes.
Suffering from a hangover? Then why not reach for a bloody Virgin Mary.
When you have alcohol in your body, your liver is too busy metabolizing the alcohol to be able to maintain adequate blood sugar levels. Glucose is the primary energy source of the brain, low levels can cause fatigue, weakness, and a generally grumpy mood (symptoms of a hangover).
But a glass of tomato juice contains enough simple sugars to help boost your glucose levels up, and its inflammation-fighting lycopene and serious hydrating factor will also help ease that hangover too.
Asparagus extracts can boost levels of enzymes that help to break down alcohol. Scientists believe that eating a serving or two the next day can help since a hung-over body is riddled with toxins.
Asparagus is packed with vitamins and nutrients, which contains chromium, a trace mineral that improves and enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the blood stream into cells.
Coffee isn’t a cure (but quite a good pick-me-up in your hour of need) but if you're a morning coffee drinker, we recommend firing up the coffee machine.
Coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant drug that can help stimulate the central nervous system, temporarily warding off drowsiness and restoring alertness.
But if you don't regularly drink coffee, then we would not recommend it. Coffee's a diuretic, capable of compounding existing dehydration.
So make sure for every cup of coffee you drink, match it with a glass of water.
What can you do to prevent another hangover?
- Keep track of what you're drinking and try not to mix your drinks.
- Avoid alcohol on an empty stomach.
- Drink plenty of water or soft drinks in between alcoholic drinks to avoid dehydration.
- Stopping drinking well before the end of the evening, allowing your body to process the alcohol before you go to bed.
- Drink plenty of water before hitting going to bed and keep more by the bedside.