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BEATING A HANGOVER

Few too many drinks last night? Good morning hangover! Now, we know you probably have a time-tested hangover cure recipe – whether that’s a super greasy fry up or a cautious dry tea and toast. 

We’ve done some research for you and found some of the best foods and drinks to help you feel more alive after a heavy night.

 

What is a hangover?

Unpleasant symptoms/feelings that occur after excessive alcohol drinking. Dehydration is largely what causes a hangover. Hangovers tend to be different every time and everybody has a different experience – but I think we can all agree that they’re not fun at all!

Great hangover foods and drinks:

1. Water

The simplest yet most effective hangover drink will always be plain old water. Tip: Drink roughly 500ml of water before you go to sleep after drinking.

2. Bananas

When we drink alcohol, our bodies find it hard to stay hydrated. Losing so much water also sometimes results in depleted electrolyte stores, like sodium and potassium. Thankfully, bananas are one of the richest sources of potassium around and can get straight to work at replenishing your body’s potassium stores. An average banana contains around 450mg of potassium and is one of the best and easiest to consume sources.

3. Fresh fruit juice and smoothies

Getting your sugar levels back on track can help, this is because a night of heavy drinking can often cause low blood sugar and the body can struggle to produce enough glucose to support the normal functioning of the brain. 

4. Ginger

Ginger is well known for its ability to help calm a nervous and nauseous stomach, so if you’re feeling a little queasy the day after drinking alcohol, it may help you get through it!

5. Coconut water

Research shows that coconut water is just as effective for rehydration as traditional sports drinks. Its known as one of the best hangover cure drinks because it contains lots of electrolytes like potassium and sodium, and well, it’s water!

6. Honey

Honey contains high levels of fructose which the body uses to recover from drinking heavily. Fructose has also been shown to help the body get rid of alcohol.

7. Herbal tea

Herbal teas are very hydrating and come with their own therapeutic benefits.

8. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain lots of vitamin A, which may be able to help alleviate some inflammation from drinking.

Is greasy food good for a hangover?

Getting a takeaway in may seem ideal when you’re stuck in bed with a hangover, but can all that greasy food actually help? Eating greasy food hungover could upset your, already, sensitive stomach and send you hurtling towards the bathroom. 

How do you cure a hangover fast?

Fastest way you can cure a hangover is to not drink at all! As well as consuming some of the foods and drinks listed above, you can also try:

  • Drink 500ml  of water before you go to bed after drinking
  • Drink water in between your alcoholic drinks
  • Don’t drink more alcohol the next day – “hair of the dog” is a myth and is a very risky habit to get into.

Although we can blame being dehydrated for most hangover symptoms, it is currently unknown what exactly is going on behind the scenes to cause so much discomfort. That is why there is no specific ‘hangover cure’ – if there was, somebody would be making a lot of money

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