With the Holidays and the count down to New Year’s well under way, there’s no doubt our livers will take as much of a beating as our wallets as we continue to get into the festive spirit.
The sad reality is that there is no cure for the side-effects of that we know as the dreaded hangover, but there are steps you can take to support recovery. Fresh berries, green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, fresh oily fish and eggs are all great food options to help your body’s recovery as these are all nutrient-rich.
Fluids are #1 so begin by sipping on some water to help replace the fluids that you lost on all of those trips to the washroom the night before. Mixing in electrolyte into your water is a good idea if you are having trouble eating. Coffee has been the go-to drink for treating hangovers for generations, mainly because it helps people feel more alert after a epic night out. Drinking coffee to treat your hangover is a personal thing – some people find it works wonders but for others it makes them feel worse. If you find it helps, then stick with it, but if it doesn’t help, then stick to water and herbal teas.
Ginger has long been used to treat nausea and various illnesses. Being hungover often results in nausea as the body tries to dispose of toxins ginger is a great food to include. Try having some fresh ginger with a green tea or in a fresh fruit smoothie.
Exercise is the last thing most people will want to do with a hangover but some physical activity does wonders. Exercise increases your metabolic rate and blood flow, which can help speed the removal of toxins. Make sure you are hydrated before you head off, and bring some water with you too.
What NOT to do!
Everyone has their own ideas about what helps them get over their hangover: the big fry, greasy food, pizza, white toast, more alcohol and energy drinks are commonly mentioned as recovery foods. None of these foods are recommend as although they might offer temporary enjoyment, they don’t support the recovery process and can often make you feel worse. A days worth of unhealthy eating the next only worsens the overall consequences of the night out.
Good Luck and Cheers to 2017!