We all know the feeling of waking up, head swimming and stomach churning, and craving something, anything to take the edge off our hangover. Ill-advised boozy evenings are always fun, but carry a serious penalty if you push things too far.
When it comes to foodie remedies, everyone has their own personal favourite. Some swear by the almighty bacon sarnie, while others won’t touch anything other than a bloody Mary. But, despite all the domestic witchdoctors brewing their own anti-alcohol concoctions, it turns out that there are a few foods that actually can help revive you after a heavy night out. These are the eight best foods to cure a hangover.
1. Lime and honey water
Everyone knows that the infamous pounding headache is most likely down to dehydration, meaning that drinking water is an absolute must. In order to take your glass to the next level, try mixing in a few squeezes of fresh lime juice and a teaspoon of honey. This will give you an injection of nutrients as well as help to rehydrate you, killing two alcoholic birds with one wet stone.
Contrary to what some would have you believe, it’s not the vodka that can actually make bloody Mary’s a feasible solution to a splitting headache. Tomatoes have high levels of vitamin C, as well as the toxin-fighting nutrient glutathione, which makes them perfect for making the morning after slightly more bearable.
It’s not just dehydration that makes booze such a headache. An evening on the sauce leaves the body depleted of a range of valuable nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and salt. A jar of pickles, rich in vitamins A to K, as well as iron, potassium and manganese is a one stop shop for many of your hangover ills.
4. Ginger Beer
When you feel like you could be sick at any moment, drinking anything with beer in the name seems like a disaster waiting to happen. Fortunately, ginger beer is the carbonated friend that every over-indulger needs. Not only can it help replace essential electrolytes, but ginger is a natural antioxidant that can help to ease nausea.
As your body becomes more dehydrated the drunker you get, the more potassium your system will lose. This essential nutrient helps to energise your system, as well as stave of unwanted cramps and nausea. Replace your potassium quickly with a handy bunch of bananas and improve your recovery time accordingly.
Often everyone’s least favourite bit of a fry up, it turns out that mushrooms are perhaps the most important element of the whole stereotypical hangover cure. Rich in selenium, mushrooms are powerful antioxidants that can drastically speed up the detoxification process. That they are also a rich source of B vitamins is just an added bonus.
7. Cayenne Powder
While no one wants to get out of bed and crack open a bag of bright red spice powder, there is evidence that cayenne might be one of the best available solutions to a hangover crisis. The hot pepper provides a metabolic boost, essential in speeding up detoxification and also acts as a natural pain reliever for sore heads and tummies.
It’s always easy to be wise after the event, but sometimes the best anti-hangover precautions are all about the night before. There is evidence that grabbing a bag of nuts on your night out could be the best way to take care of a regret-filled morning. Full of proteins, vitamin E and healthy fats, nuts can help absorb alcohol as well as replace any lost nutrients.
Part of the horror of waking up post-night out is knowing that you’ve probably done something disastrously embarrassing. This is almost always made worse by the rolling waves of nausea that make Sunday feel like the end of the world. At least by following this list you can take care of the second half of the hangover ills.