The Healthy Hack

Fuzzy, aching head, bleary eyes and a strong urge to vomit last night’s meal again and again? Hangovers are the worst morning companion after a night of partying and drinking to your body’s limit. But what can you do to get yourself out of this pinch and return to your normal, functioning self to go to work or attend to other responsibilities? Can you eat or drink your way out of a nasty hangover?

Hangovers are essentially the cocktail mix of your body’s reaction to alcohol, like dehydration, hormonal and chemical changes and toxicity due to compounds in the alcohol consumed.

The symptoms of a hangover begin manifesting within the next 8 to 16 hours after consumption—which is when your blood-alcohol concentration begins to drop. This effect lasts for about 24 hours and can be particularly grueling. Interestingly, the peak of this nightmare hits when your alcohol level drops to zero. It will be as if your body is going through alcohol withdrawal.

A headache, nausea, loss of concentration, irritability, and sensitivity to light are just of the symptoms you may experience during a hangover. Others include diarrhea, dizziness, lethargy and muscle pain, the severity of which varies depending on how much alcohol you’ve had to consume. It may also be influenced by other factors such as drugs, family history of alcoholism and your body’s ability to hold your liquor.

Food and Drinks to Help Ease a Hangover

Unfortunately, advanced as our science maybe, there still isn’t a one way, sure ball cure for hangovers. Still, there are remedies out there that, despite not being to completely expel the effects of a hangover, does wonder in easing them at the very least. Here are some remedies that can take the edge off:

Water

Alcohol contains Ethanol, a toxic chemical that acts as a dieretic, which is one of the reasons why we pee more often than usual when we’re drinking alcohol (aside from consuming excessive amounts of liquid in a short period of time).This causes dehydration and you may feel the brunt of it the day after. Dehydration is the main source of hangover headaches and so avoid this, experts say it’s best to drink water before you sleep and soon as you wake up. Now that’s a good reason for a bottom’s up!

Coconut Water

Coconut water is loaded with potassium, a mineral we lose due to frequent urination.  Research also shows that Coconut water contains electrolytes like the ones found in our blood. Thus, consuming Coconut water during a hangover can restore electrolyte balance in our body as well as load us back up with potassium. Now that’s hitting two birds with one stone!

Fresh Fruit Juice

It is no secret that fruits contain healthy doses of vitamins that our body needs. Thus, Fresh fruit juices against hangovers can give your body a good shot of much-needed vitamins and minerals like potassium and vitamin C.

Soup

A bouillon soup with vegetables is rich in vitamins and minerals and will help replenish lost nutrients due to dehydration. Also, warm soup is generally soothing and this particular soup does not have an adverse effect on an irritated stomach.

Simple steps in making Bouillon soup:

Spray a pot with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium flame.  Put in chopped onions, celery, and carrots and cook for 5 minutes or until they are tender. Add the tomatoes, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes. Dissolve the bouillon cube in a separate small ball of water then add the water into the pot. Let simmer for another 10 minutes and then serve warm.

Eat Egg, Bacon, and Toast for Breakfast

Hangovers can push thoughts of eating away from your mind for a while, but if you can eat, a hearty English breakfast may help you through your sufferings. Eggs and bacon contain cysteine, the amino acid that cleans up acetaldehyde, an especially nasty by-product of your dilly dally alcohol consumption. Taurine is another amino acid from eggs and helps to regulate liver function. On the other hand, the carbs from toast can help replenish your depleted glucose levels. Don’t overdo it though, as greasy food may further irritate your stomach.

Herbal Teas

Ginger and Peppermint tea are widely recommended to help relieve hangover symptoms like headaches and stomachaches. Ginger is a prescribed painkiller and can fight against nausea.Tea can also reduce gastro intestinal disturbances and the warmness of the drink can help soother the throat and stomach.