Just because it’s the season to be merry, doesn’t mean the hangovers suddenly become any more fun. There’s nothing worse than trying to make pleasant small talk through a festive family lunch when your stomach is churning, and your head is pounding. So if you’ve found yourself in a bad place and need to get rid of a hangover asap, here are some of the best (and worst) foods to eat to get you feeling back on track...
Thanks to their high potassium content, bananas are a great option for the morning after. Potassium is a very important electrolyte, which is often depleted after drinking due to alcohol’s diuretic effect. Coconut water is another great option, as it contains not just one, but five of the electrolytes found in our blood, whilst also helping you to rehydrate – a win win in our books.
If you’re anything like us, the morning after means craving carbs on carbs on carbs. Although they often get a bad rap, carbs are certainly your friend after a few too many beers, and particularly oats. They’re full of essential nutrients and will raise blood sugar levels slightly (without spiking them too high), giving you the energy boost you need. A big old bowl of oatmeal is also super comforting too and will satisfy those cravings for ‘stodge’ too.
Whey protein is an all-rounder, and not just for post-workout recovery! Mix up a scoop of Whey Protein with milk for a light snack or breakfast on-the-go. They both contain all the essential amino acids, including cysteine – an amino acid suggested to help your body rid itself of the toxins that induce a hangover. A shake is also a great way to get some energy in you, without eating anything too heavy – perfect if you’re feeling a little queasy. But if you need something more substantial, blend it up with banana.
This might sound like a weird suggestion hangover cure (and likely not exactly what you’re craving!) but a thin, vegetable-based broth is an awesome source of many vitamins and minerals. It’ll top up your depleted resources and is easy to digest on a weak stomach. Starving hungry? Take things up a gear and whip up (or order in) a bowl of chicken noodle soup or tofu ramen instead – that’s what we call comfort food.
There’s not much out there that can beat an egg-based brunch spread. The breakfast staple is full of amino acids and one of them - Taurine - is even said to boost liver function. Their high protein content will also mean you’re slow-releasing energy throughout the morning, meaning you won’t burn and crash mid-afternoon. Embrace your basic-ness and have them poached with avocado and sourdough or pop them in a pancake recipe like the ones below.
We’re sorry but following the ‘hair of the dog’ rule is not going to help you here – not in the long run anyway. It’s a risky game to play, and often just delays the symptoms until it wears off again. Be warned.
Coffee is what most of us turn to when we’ve had a late night and need an instant pick me up, but it could actually make your headache worse. Caffeine is a mild diuretic, so approach coffee with caution and be sure to consume plenty of water alongside (which is essential regardless!).
Many swear by a greasy fry up or bacon sandwich to cure their hangover, however large fatty meals can actually be hard to digest… which could explain why you start feeling sick after a heavy fried meal.
Another popular choice thanks to its refreshing taste, but we recommend steering clear of the OJ or any other fruit juices. The sour citrus is known to irritate a sensitive stomach and is likely to make you even more nauseous. Stick to water or coconut water to rehydrate properly.