A hangover is your body’s reaction to drinking too much alcohol. Ever gone out for fun with friends and ended up drinking more alcohol than you intended? Did you wake up with fatigue, nausea, headache, sensitivity to light, dehydration, dizziness, muscle aches, the urge to vomit and the insatiable thirst for anything wet and cold etc. that lasts several hours. This is because alcohol has caused your blood sugar to reduce and expand your blood vessels. While there is no known cure for hangovers, several foods and drinks may alleviate symptoms.
Below, we've picked our favourites both for preventing a hangover and for a hangover aftercare.
Foods Rich in Protein
Protein-rich foods are ideal for hangovers. This is because they contain Cysteine, an amino acid that helps to rid the body of the toxic by-product of alcohol. Eating protein-rich foods such as eggs, chicken, turkey, milk etc. can help overcome a hangover. Why milk? Milk has a balance of protein and fat content that slows the absorption of alcohol, which prevents a hangover the following morning. Milk is perfect to be taken before fun nights.
Spices like Ginger, Mint and Turmeric has a long history as a natural remedy for morning sickness, upset stomach, and motion sickness, so it just might what you need to save the moment. The best way to consume it is from a cup. Pour boiling water, steep for 5 minutes and drink up to help to refresh you and settle digestion.
Due to their high magnesium content, nuts may be a solution to your hangover. Excessive alcohol consumption can deplete magnesium in your cells. Nuts like groundnuts, cashew nuts, and almonds are rich in quite a few hangover-fighting nutrients—specifically magnesium and protein.
Fruits like watermelon have high water content which helps rehydration, and are rich in L-citrulline, which helps increase blood flow. Cut them in half, grab a spoon and go crazy. This is a more fun way to replenish that hydratixzon after a long alcohol-filled night out. Other in-season fruits (Bananas, avocado, mango, apple, pear) can be used to make smoothies which helps with nausea.
Whole grains like oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, pasta or crackers contain complex carbohydrates that provide a slow and steady release of sugar into the bloodstream. They are rich sources of vitamin B and help with fatigue and hangover-related anxiety.
Drinks like Coconut water, lots of water, tomato juice, green tea and healthy smoothies are some of the fantastic hangover cures. They are packed with electrolytes, antioxidants, good sugars, and is also a good source of rehydration.
While there is no magical cure for a hangover, these foods and drinks will definitely help you feel better.
P.S: The best way to prevent a hangover is to avoid alcohol altogether or to drink it in moderation.
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