Hangover Help is Here
Hangovers are the worst part of an epic drinking night with your friends. Waking up the next day with a throbbing headache, bloodshot eyes and a churning stomach is something none of us enjoy. With so many purported hangover helpers and “cures” out there, which one should you believe in to soothe the savage beast rattling around in your head and in your stomach? For that, we turn to SCIENCE.
As some of you may already know, typical hangover symptom such as nausea, diarrhoea, headaches, aching muscles, and decreased motor skill are all caused by changes in body chemistry. These include hormonal changes and chemical reactions within the body due to certain chemicals contained in alcohol.
All of these combine to give you the feeling that you’ve just been punched in the stomach by an angry kangaroo. A very angry kangaroo.
So what’s the best way to overcome this violent kangaroo beatdown?
Science tells us that we should replenish the body with essential fluids and nutrients like fructose, vitamins, animo acids, and minerals that can help break down toxins or lessen the body’s negative reaction to the chemicals in alcohol.
Remember, drinking more alcohol to combat the effects of a hangover doesn’t work. The only thing that will happen is that you’ll feel even more terrible, but now you’re drunk as well.
Here are several food and drink choices that should help you feel better.
Water should always be your go-to drink after waking up with a head that feels as if a mammoth is having its way with it. Time for some science! Alcohol is a diuretic which pushes liquids out of the body. Alcohol will even draw water out from the body will draw water from the brain which will lead to that splitting headache. Drinking a glass or two of water before sleeping after a wild night out can help to prevent some painful hangover symptoms. Drinking another glass or two when you wake up in the morning should help lessen the hangover as well.
Contrary to popular belief, commercial sports drinks don’t actually help you during your workouts as much as just normal H20. However, they work wonders for your hangover. Quench your thirst with an isotonic drink to replenish the liquids and electrolytes in your body.
Brightly coloured food and vegetables
Fruits and veggies that are brightly coloured are loaded with a tonne of different nutrients and vitamins. For example, bananas are high in potassium, an important electrolyte that is often depleted due to alcohol’s diuretic effect. Salads are your best bet in the morning for an extra kick of vitamins and nutrients to fight the dread effects of the hangover, but you can always cheat a little with a fruit and vegetable smoothie if the thought of eating a salad abhors you.
Not only do eggs taste great, they are also nature’s little miracle workers. This breakfast staple is filled with amino acids like cysteine and taurine which will help you recover from the past night’s alcohol-fuelled activities. Taurine helps to boost liver function and can help prevent against liver disease. Cysteine breaks down acetaldehyde, the left over chemical which causes headaches after the liver breaks down ethanol.
Tomatoes are the superstars of the fruit and vegetable world. While the debate is still ongoing as to whether the tomato is a fruit or a vegetable, one thing is clear. Tomatoes are your best friends when you’re feeling hungover. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the body which alleviates muscle aches. They also contain fructose and vitamin C to give the liver a boost.