New year, new headache… five foods to help fight a hangover
Did you celebrate a little too hard on New Year’s Eve? While research on hangovers is limited, most of us have lived experience of its symptoms. A thumping headache, nausea, sensitivity to light, and tiredness to name a few. When you are feeling the after-effects of a big night out there are a few foods and beverages that might help. Give one (or more) of these five options a try, if you can stomach them!
1. Bananas – Bananas are considered a great hangover helper as they are high in electrolytes like potassium. Consuming too many alcoholic beverages leaves your body dehydrated. This is because alcohol blocks the production of a hormone that helps your body store water. The main role of potassium in the body is to help retain fluid so by providing your body with more potassium you are helping to fight dehydration. Back up your banana with a big bottle of water to give yourself the best chance of beating the effects of a hangover.
2. Tomato Juice – Research has shown that tomatoes contain certain compounds that may protect the liver from the effects of too much alcohol. Tomato juice is also high in sodium which is sufficiently depleted in the body after a big night on the booze. While many people swear by a “hair of the dog” like a Bloody Mary, research indicates that a Virgin Mary might be the better option; the addition of more alcohol will just make you more dehydrated.
3. Spinach, Kale, and Silverbeet – Dark, leafy greens provide the body with essential amino acids and nutrients that may help lessen the effects of a hangover. They are also full of fibre which can help settle your stomach and aid digestion.
4. Bread – Anything heavy in carbohydrates like bread, bagels, or crackers will give your body and mind a good burst of energy. This may aid concentration, reduce fatigue, and give you a better chance of making it through the day.
5. A Hamburger – Combine carbs, protein, sodium, and leafy greens by making yourself a hamburger. A good dose of protein may help your body regain some amino acids, as your body turns protein into these essential molecules. Along with the carbohydrate-rich bread, and fibrous greens, a hamburger may give you everything you need to fight the symptoms of your late-night libations.