8 Hangover Cures That Work!
Who feels as if they are always on the hunt for a hangover cure?
As the festive season approaches, the chances are the alcohol will be flowing, and we will probably be nursing the odd hangover along the way. Although there is, unfortunately, no miracle cure for them (other than no to drink so much the night before), there are certain food items that can make you feel better in less time.
Symptoms of a hangover include fatigue, nausea, headache, sensitivity to light, dehydration and dizziness that will last for a period after you have been drinking alcohol and is essentially your body reacting to a product that it is trying to get rid of.
So, if you are feeling a little worse for wear the morning after a big night; try chomping down on some of these.
We all know that alcohol blocks your body from retaining water, which is why we need to urinate more, and also why we wake up thirsty; because excess alcohol causes us to be dehydrated, a common symptom of a hangover.
But, what many people do not realise is that, as well as water, our body loses valuable electrolytes, such as potassium and sodium, and this is why eating a banana can help.
Bananas contain 12 per cent of the daily value of potassium and will help to replace these nutrients that have been lost, which can then mean that you will feel better in less time. Your hangover will be cured!
Eggs are a fantastic thing to eat the day after you have been drinking when you are suffering from a hangover. This is because they are incredibly rich in cysteine, which is an amino acid that your body uses to produce the antioxidant glutathione; something that decreases when your body has been drinking alcohol.
This antioxidant is vital to your body. Without it, your body has a much harder job of breaking down the toxins that are found in alcohol, so, in theory, eating eggs when you are hungover will speed this process up and can improve hangover symptoms.
The headache that we often suffer with when we have a hangover is more often than not caused by the dehydration and decreased blood flow to the brain as a result of alcohol withdrawal.
Watermelon is incredibly rich in L-Citrulline, which is a nutrient that can help the blood flow, so eating this will not only help to hydrate you, due to its high water content but will also help to get your blood flowing, which could help you to ease your headache much faster.
Like we have previously mentioned, your body loses vital electrolytes when you have been drinking; including sodium, which pickles are very high in.
By eating pickles, or if you can stomach it, drinking the brine that they are in, can help to boost these levels, which can overcome your hangover.
On average, a standard dill pickle will contain around 13 per cent of your daily values of sodium, so you can see why they are a great choice when you are hungover and lacking in this. It is worth bearing in mind though, that the sodium content could vary from brand to brand, so it is always best to check to see what the sodium content is in both the pickles and the brine.
Honey has been suggested as one of the best things to eat when you are feeling hungover, thanks to the high fructose content, which could help your body to get rid of the alcohol quicker and more effectively.
One study claims that the honey increases this by up to 32.4 per cent, which will help you to get rid of your symptoms quicker.
It should be noted that not all studies support this with some finding that, although it got rid of the alcohol quicker, it did not reduce the symptoms of a hangover. However; there is no harm in eating honey anyway after you have drunk too much the night before, especially if there is a chance that it could help.
Crackers are a great source of fast-acting carbohydrates, which will help to boost your blood sugar levels; thus helping you to see an improvement in your hangover symptoms.
The reason that your blood sugar can drop when you have been drinking alcohol is that when the liver is processing the alcohol, it cannot then focus on regulating the blood pressure like it would normally. So, often you can wake up with low blood sugar, making you feel dizzy, shaky, and generally unwell and also why a fast acting carb such as crackers can help you to feel better.
Although it is not always something that we feel like eating the morning after the night before, spinach is a fantastic item to be chowing down on. This is because it contains high levels of folate, which is a nutrient that is often lost when heavy drinking.
A lot of research has suggested that alcohol impairs the absorption of the nutrient, which is why a chronic alcohol intake can lead to a deficiency.
So, ensuring that you have the right levels of folate in your body after a night out, we should be aiming to eat at least one cup of cooked spinach.
Blueberries are known to be a superfood, and they might now have taken this to the next level by staving off some of your hangover symptoms. This is because they are packed so full of nutrients and antioxidants that they can fight any inflammation in your body.
One study found that blood levels of various inflammatory compounds increased after excessive alcohol consumption, which can contribute to you feeling unwell after a night out. Eating blueberries will reduce this inflammation, which in turn will make you feel much better.