1. Consume Foods Rich in Antioxidant.
Alcohol messes with the stability of your body’s antioxidants and free radicals, which causes oxidative stress. To neutralize the free radicals caused by alcohol, consume antioxidants and detoxify your body.
a. Brew Green Tea Extract.
Green tea is the new mecca of antioxidants. It does not only soothe the inflammation caused by alcohol but it can also help offset the damage done by the booze to your liver and body. It’s also the perfect substitute for coffee as its caffeine is just enough to help us start the day without making us feel edgy.
b. Get Your Blender Ready and Make a 100% Fruit Juice.
Cherries and blueberries have effective antioxidants that can combat the inflammation that comes with the hangover. The vitamins and high fructose content found in fruits like cranberry and orange also contribute to improving the low sugar level caused by alcohol.
One famous combination is banana and honey to make a hangover smoothie. Mix in some nuts for the ultimate hangover drink. Potassium in bananas promotes normal blood pressure while honey fructose content helps eliminate alcohol that is still in your system.
c. Make a Hangover Salad With Vegetables.
Spinach has been found to be an effective hangover cure. It is enriched with folic acid, vitamin C and sulphur which altogether help ease the symptoms of a hangover. Drizzle your spinach with nuts, honey and berries to maximize the effects. Add in some carrots to detoxify your body.
d. Nibble Nuts and Seeds.
Aside from having antioxidants, nuts contain magnesium that can help restore the reduced magnesium content in your body. This helps lessen your headache and reduce the inflammation of your body.
2. Pack on The Vitamins.
Alcohol consumption lessens essential vitamins that are important for the body, especially the B-complex vitamins. Consuming foods rich in Vitamin B helps alleviate symptoms of a hangover by giving your body its required daily nutrients and relieves you from anxiety, insomnia, and dizziness.
a. Savor Some Chicken Soup.
A warm chicken soup not only alleviates your stomach but it can also restore protein to cleanse your banged-up liver. Why not try to coax your mom to cook your favorite chicken soup?
b. Treat Yourself Some Salmon.
Salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids and protein can help with the inflammation and the anxiety caused by liquor. It is an exceptional source of vitamin B and is also found to improve symptoms of lethargy and depression.
c. Make A Guacamole.
You can never go wrong with avocado. It is rich in potassium, fats, and B vitamins which will help your body rehydrate and gain the right potassium levels. Paired with salty chips, make the ultimate hangover guac snack as a quick morning meal.
3. Eat Fruits With High Water and Fibre Content.
Watermelon has a high water content and is rich in L-citrulline, which helps in improving blood flow and hydrating your body. This proves to be better than water to hydrate your body and also contributes to improving your sugar levels.
4. Mix Ginger To Everything.
Whether it is for tea or soup, try adding some ginger to your hangover food. Fortunately, ginger tea bags are on the rise and its ease of preparation makes it an efficient drink to make on a morning when you can’t even lift a single finger. Warm ginger tea not only heats up your body, but it also effectively eases inflammation of the stomach lining.
5. Chug on Electrolytes.
Instead of sports drinks, opt for coconut water which has a low level of sugar content. It has potassium and electrolytes that will ease nausea and lightheadedness. We recommend you warm the drink first to ease the stomach lining that has been irritated by the alcohol.
6. Take OTC Aspirins To Ease The Pain.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) can be your quick go-to hangover cure since you just have to easily pop a pill and wait for the pain to subside. These drugs help with headaches, dizziness, inflammation, and nausea.
A word to the wise: Taking Aspirin or other NSAIDs to alleviate symptoms caused by alcohol should be done in moderation. Your liver is already working overtime to break down and metabolize the alcohol and taking aspirin can potentially harm your liver cells. It can also aggravate certain symptoms like abdominal pain and nausea.
7. Take a Hearty Breakfast.
The fastest way to treat your hangover is to give your body what it lost. Remember: hydration THEN nutrition. If you can make yourself a passable sunny-side-up egg, make the effort to have the necessary amino acids, cysteine and glutathione that helps with clearing your liver. Trust us, it’s better than raw (we’re looking at you, prairie oysters).
Oatmeal and crackers which are rich in carbohydrates can improve your blood sugar and ease your fatigue. Even if it seems like a lot of work, what with the standing and mixing things, your deprived stomach will thank you later.
8. Drink Water.
The number one reason why you feel lethargic is because of dehydration. Contrary to popular belief, downing on another booze like Bloody Mary may ease your hangover today but will definitely come back with a vengeance. Caffeine will also worsen your headache condition because it boosts blood pressure, so water is the only beverage to go.