A hangover is your body’s reaction to drinking too much alcohol, which may include symptoms like fatigue, nausea, headache, sensitivity to light, dehydration or dizziness that lasts for several hours. It’s Friday and the tendency to drink too much increases by a lot of percentage at this time – TGIF! We’re not going to say don’t drink, but we will say don’t drink and drive. Anyway, if you do drink too much, make sure you have the following foods handy by the time you are done drinking.
Bananas are especially rich in potassium and can help replenish your body’s stores. One medium banana contains 12% of the daily value (DV) for this nutrient.
Eating cysteine-rich eggs is a great way to increase glutathione in your body and possibly improve hangover symptoms.
Crackers contain fast-acting carbs that can increase your blood sugar during a hangover and improve related symptoms. So get eating.
This is probably why most bars serve groundnuts to go with drinks ordered. Due to their high magnesium content, nuts may be a solution to your hangover. One-half cup (71 grams) of almonds packs close to 50% of the DV for magnesium.
Meat and other high-protein foods may help your body better handle a hangover. Your body breaks down protein into amino acids, making it a good choice during a hangover. Three ounces (85 grams) of beef have close to 25 grams of protein, while three ounces (84 grams) of chicken breast pack 13 grams.
Oatmeal contains complex carbohydrates that provide a slow and steady release of sugar into the bloodstream and may help with hangover symptoms. Reaching for oatmeal after a night of heavy drinking may help with hangover-related anxiety, fatigue or low blood sugar.
Oranges are rich in vitamin C, which may prevent your body from losing glutathione, which is often decreased during alcohol consumption. Eating oranges may give you the vitamin C you need to keep glutathione levels stable and even cure your hangover.
One cup (200 grams) of cooked sweet potato has over 750% of the DV for vitamin A, 14% of the DV for magnesium and 27% of the DV for potassium. Vitamin A may help fight the inflammation associated with hangovers, while magnesium and potassium are needed to replace what’s lost during alcohol consumption.
Extensive research supports the use of ginger as an effective remedy for nausea. The anti-nausea effects of ginger make it a possible treatment for the stomach upset associated with hangovers. It can be eaten on its own, in smoothies or as a tea.
Drinking water is one of the most important things you can do with a hangover.
Since alcohol is a diuretic, it makes you pee more frequently and leads to increased water loss. Water can replenish these lost fluids.
By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
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