Too heavy on the booze last night? While some people swear by some spiked coffee and a greasy diner breakfast, there are actually healthy foods that can help you overcome a hangover faster. The next time you are feeling low after having one-too-many, try consuming these foods to feel better sooner.
Coconut water. By drinking nature’s sports drink, you are not only rehydrating, but also restoring essential electrolytes that are often lost with alcohol-induced dehydration. Sip a large, cool glass in the morning and feel yourself rehydrating back into vitality.
Fresh juice. Fresh juice detoxifies the liver, so after a night of overindulging, your liver will graciously thank you. It’s also easily digestible, meaning the nutrients are more easily absorbed into your bloodstream. With a killer juice, you’ll be feeling better in no time!
Apple cider vinegar. This little miracle worker helps to rebalance the body’s pH — which can be thrown off by alcohol — and boosts your bodily stores of essential minerals like magnesium, sodium, and calcium. Try a concoction of water, ginger, raw honey, and a tablespoon of ACV for a tasty yet nutritious elixir.
Bananas. Bursting with potassium, bananas can replenish the alcohol-ravaged body’s vastly depleted stores. They are also extremely gentle on the digestive system, so it’s a great way to get some fuel in your body if you’re feeling nauseous.
Eggs. Eggs contain cysteine, which is a substance that breaks down the alcohol-induced toxin that causes hangovers. They also contain taurine, which can even help protect against liver disease. Talk about serious benefits for your overburdened liver! When choosing eggs, it’s best to choose pastured for the most health benefits.
Chicken broth. The aforementioned cysteine in chicken helps the liver work efficiently while the broth works to rehydrate your body and restore sodium levels. If you make your own stock, be sure to use ethically-raised, pastured chickens whenever you can. And, really, nothing makes you feel quite as comforted as a warm cup of chicken soup.
Tomatoes. The lycopene in tomatoes works to reduce inflammation in the body — which is a huge plus after overindulging on the alcohol. If you can’t stomach tomatoes in the morning, save them for lunch, you’ll still reap benefits. But just because tomatoes are anti-inflammatory, that doesn’t condone that morning-after Bloody Mary.
Oats. By neutralizing acids in the body, oats can give you a much needed boost on a sluggish, hungover morning. They also replenish magnesium and those important B vitamins, which are likely depleted after a night of drinking. For the ultimate balancing boost, whip an egg into your oatmeal as it cooks to create a nutritious, hangover-kicking, blood sugar-regulating porridge!
While alcohol should always be consumed in moderation, we all go overboard once in a while. To avoid hangovers, always consume alcohol with a protein or fat-based snack and pair your drinks with equal amounts of water. Get gentle exercise before and after drinking to keep you blood and lymph flowing, and, as a failsafe, make sure your fridge is stocked with these hangover-healing foods to help your body stay on the fast track to happy and healthy.