Healthy Hangover Helpers

Hangover helpers and Christmas parties are all in full swing.  So much fun! As a freelance digital copywriter I love this time of year.  A time of celebrating and reflecting on the year and catching up with family and friends.  Not so keen on the hangovers though.  If I’ve had a good night, I make sure I’ve got my hangover helpers on the go.  As we all know we need to break down the toxins and recharge the body with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and of course fluids.  These are the nutritious foods, and essential drinks which I find do help ease my hangover?

Drinks To Ease The Hangover

Guzzle the water before going out, before going to bed, during the night if you wake up and as soon as you wake in the morning.  Alcohol pushes liquids out of the body, including the brain giving you a headache.

Coconut water contains electrolytes.  Electrolytes are precisely what our body needs to tame the hangover.  Mix in some blended frozen berries or slices of fresh ginger.

Sip on some ginger tea which may reduce nausea and peppermint tea may also ease stomach pain and decrease nausea.  Drink dandelion root tea.  I also love lemon water, and apple cider vinegar is an excellent liver detox.

Avoid coffee as it will make a headache worse because caffeine is also a diuretic.

Avoid citrus fruits, including orange juice as it can irritate an already sensitive stomach.

Wholefoods To Ease A Hangover

Eggs

Eggs contain cysteine an amino acid which breaks down acetaldehyde, the yucky headache-causing chemical that’s left over when the liver breaks down ethanol.   They also provide you with another amino acid called taurine which boosts liver function.

Protein

Enjoy your protein, and good fats: eggs, avocado and spinach are fabulous breakfast choices.  Chicken also contains cysteine, which gives the liver a much-needed boost.

Turmeric

Turmeric and St Mary's Thistle are two amazing herbal tonics for supporting our liver.  They are essential's for easing the hangovers.  If you are unable to find a good quality turmeric supplement, then use turmeric powder or root in all your cooking.  Turmeric is an incredible superfood.

Brassica Vegetables

Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts contain enzymes that support the liver to detox effectively.

Bananas, Dates, and Leafy Greens

These whole foods contain potassium, an important electrolyte that often depleted due to alcohol’s diuretic effect.

Vitamin B’s

They are fantastic for many metabolic processes of the body, including the liver detox pathways.  We need our vitamin B’s to detox effectively.

Miso Soup

Miso soup rehydrates and restocks sodium levels while the fermented miso seems to help with digestion.

Oats

Packed with essential nutrients including iron, magnesium, B vitamins, and calcium.  Oats also help balance blood sugar levels.  They also help with increasing energy.

Workout

It's the last thing I feel like doing but getting a sweat up works wonders.  Working out is excellent for curing a hangover and releasing those happy endorphins to boost the mood. Keep your water bottle handy, so you don't become even more dehydrated.  Exercise stimulates the lymphatic system to excrete toxins and gets the blood flowing.  Yoga is also fantastic for hangovers, and an ocean swim works wonders.