There isn’t a single drinker on the planet who hasn’t suffered the horrifying effects of the dreaded hangover at some point in their lives. Besides from abstaining from alcohol, what other things can we do to promote hangover prevention? Could the answers be in the food we eat? The best and worst foods to cure a hangover will help guide you to the best way to aid your bodies recovery.
Hangover Prevention Starts with Diet!
First and foremost, drinking lots of water is the best way to fight some of the symptoms of a hangover. Dehydration is one of the most significant factors in how sick you are the morning after the night before. So, before we talk about foods and how they can cure your hangover, let’s point you to this article, by the NHS, which will help explain the role water has in hangover prevention.
Food Soaks up Alcohol!
One of the main takeaways from our research is that food soaks up alcohol, lessens the effect of your drunkenness, and plays a key role in hangover prevention. When your stomach is full of food, the lining is protected against inflammation caused by Hangover Bile.
While all foods are great to aid in your quest for hangover prevention, some of them are better than others either because they replace some of the nutrition that your body has lost digesting the alcohol, or because they contain alkaloid molecules that help neutralize the acidic qualities of the bile. So, what are the best and worst foods for a hangover? Let’s find out!
The Best Foods to Cure a Hangover
Bananas – According to Healthline, Bananas are the best hangover cure because they help replace the potassium that your body lost while you were drinking. Low potassium levels cause similar symptoms to a common hangover and might even make you vomit.
Eggs – Greatist cites eggs as one of the most nutrient-rich hangover cure foods you can eat. They are full of Taurine, which helps your liver process the alcohol (or recover!).
Avocado – Elite Daily suggests Avocado before you go out to line your stomach for the night ahead.
The Worst Foods to Cure a Hangover
Greasy, fatty meats – Insider points out that your body processes alcohol using the same metabolic pathways as it uses to digest grease, making your hangover last longer, even if a fry up feels right at the time!
Dairy foods – the lactose will curdle in the acidic hangover bile and might trigger you to vomit again!
Drinking plenty of water is one of the best hangover cures you can get. Natural remedies may help, but everyone reacts differently to alcohol. The severity of your hangover might also depend on what you drank and how much of it you had. For further reading, see our article on using supplements to prevent hangovers.
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