What does drowsiness, headache, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, and thirst have in common? One or many of these symptoms could be experienced during a hangover.
Common phrases heard the day after are that you “will never do this again”. So what now? Recovery is key! Let’s discuss the myths associated to hangovers, and find tricks to feel better…just in case another late night of drinking happens again!
- A greasy meal
I’m sorry to say that a greasy meal the day after doesn’t cure a hangover. Actually, going to your local greasy spoon joint on the morning after could cause for more stomach issues than anything else. You’re better off eating something fatty before starting to consume alcohol. This will help coat your stomach and prevent alcohol from being absorbed too quickly.
- Vitamins & Minerals
It’s a good idea to put your body back on track to a healthy digestive cycle. For that, you need to re-boost some of the lost essential nutrients, such as vitamin B and C.
My favorite recovery foods are eggs and tomatoes. The amino acids in eggs will help your liver detoxify, and the tomatoes (not in Bloody Mary form) will reduce some of your body’s inflammation as well as give you a dose of vitamin C. Word of caution: I would be careful with orange and grapefruit juice as it could irritate your already sensitive stomach.
- Drink water
Drinking water before, during, and after your night out should be one of your top priorities. Since alcohol is a diuretic (aka: “breaking the seal”), you will feel (and more than likely be) dehydrated. If you want to prevent the dreaded hangover headache, remember to drink a glass or two of water in between your alcoholic beverages. Prevention is key, but replenishing by drinking lots of water the next day will help too.
Since alcohol is a diuretic, potassium (a key electrolyte) is usually depleted in our bodies. Wikipedia notes that “Drinks containing sodium and potassium salts replenish the body’s water and electrolyte levels after dehydration caused by exercise, excessive alcohol consumption, diaphoresis, diarrhea, vomiting, intoxication or starvation… A home-made electrolyte drink can be made by using water, sugar and salt in precise proportions. Pre-made preparations are also available commercially…” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolyte).
Sports drinks are usually full of artificial colours and sugars. I would avoid taking these electrolyte drinks after a night out. Opt for coconut water or go for fruits and veggies that are high in electrolytes, such as bananas, spinach, and avocados. Here’s a “day after” smoothie to try:
Karate chop my hangover – Smoothie
2 Frozen banana
½ cup Spinach
1 pitted date
1 ½ cup Almond milk
¼ tsp each Cinnamon and Nutmeg
¼ tsp (pinch) sea salt
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Blend all ingredients together until smooth. You may need to add more almond milk (or cold water) if your mixture is too thick.
Makes about 3-4 cups…enough to share with your hungover friends!
Please remember that my blogs are there as guides to help you feel better. These blogs do not replace any medical professionals.