No matter how much you enjoy a night of festive cheer, sometimes you wake up feeling like the Grinch. But don’t think you just have to struggle through your hangover, some foods can help relieve the symptoms. They might not cure them all, but they’ll make you feel better in no time.
Here are 10 foods that will help ease a hangover:
Bananas to top up your potassium
Potassium helps regulate fluid balance in cells, which means it lowers blood pressure and provides relief for headache-related pain. They also contain B vitamins that boost energy levels depleted by alcohol. You’ll find Bananas in almost all of our shakes – they’re there for a reason!
Oats for slow-release energy
Complex carbohydrates like those found in oats help the body process alcohol faster. They also stabilize blood sugar levels, preventing the highs and lows that lead to fatigue. An oatshake is a great option, that’s also easy on a queasy tummy!
Eggs for cysteine
The cysteine in eggs helps break down the toxic byproducts of alcohol metabolism that cause the hangover symptoms. Eggs are also rich in vitamin B, which is essential for energy production.
Chicken soup for the soul
It’s a folk remedy for a reason – chicken soup is rich in cysteine and can ease respiratory symptoms like coughing or wheezing associated with the common cold. For best results drink it piping hot to help soothe your throat.
Drinking water is the best way to rehydrate, but it’ll also dilute the concentration of alcohol in your bloodstream and ease hangover symptoms. Warm water is especially soothing for a headache as it’s more hydrating.
Ginger for nausea
If you’re feeling nauseous or if your stomach is upset, ginger can help. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and aids in digestion. Add fresh ginger to your favourite hot drink or eat it as part of a stir-fry.
Crackers for sodium
Salty snacks like crackers help replace electrolytes lost through excessive sweating and urination caused by alcohol consumption. Avoid fried crisps and try salty crackers which are a good source of carbohydrates for quick energy.
Avocados for fatty acids
These nutrient-rich fruits contain essential fatty acids that help reduce inflammation, as well as B vitamins to boost energy levels. Add avocado to your favourite breakfast or lunch dish for a filling and healthy meal.
Coconut Water – Nature’s Gatorade
Coconut water is one of the best natural rehydrators around. It’s high in potassium and electrolytes, which help to break down alcohol and restore fluids drained from the body.
Salmon for fatty acids
Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids help regulate neurotransmitters that can get disrupted by overindulgence. They also aid in brain function and reduce inflammation, which can ease a hangover.
Nuts to boost magnesium levels
Nuts are a great way to boost your magnesium levels, which can help to fight hangovers. Magnesium is essential for many processes in the body, including energy production, nerve function, and muscle relaxation. Some good nuts to eat for boosting your magnesium levels include almonds, cashews, and Brazil nuts.
Spinach for Folate
Spinach is a great source of folate, which is essential for the body to break down alcohol. Folate helps to prevent hangovers by stopping the formation of toxins that are created when the body breaks down alcohol.
Blueberries to fight inflammation
Blueberries are a great food to eat when you’re hungover because they contain high levels of antioxidants. These antioxidants can help to fight off the inflammation that is caused by drinking alcohol.
Our Perfect Hangover Breakfast
If you can’t face eating, try a Blueberry Pie Oatshake for breakfast – it’s got Blueberries, Oats, Bananas, and Flaxseed (for Omega 3s) which make it an excellent hangover breakfast.
If you can – try a Blueberry & Acai Plantshake with a small plate of Eggs & Salmon on Toast. It hits almost every one of the foods on our list, helping get you back on flying form and ready for round two!