01 Feb What can I eat or drink to recover after a night out?
…and thennnn this morning:
You open your eyes, your head is pounding, you’re holding down last night’s poutine and just the thought of moving is worse thanthat Grey’s Anatomy ending.
Last night was so legit! But youkind of seriously regret going so hard because you’re now stuck in bed until your hangover shows you some mercy…or are you?
Unfortunately, there’s no magic pill that will make your hangover disappear, but there are things you can do to minimize your symptoms. If you can, stagger through the kitchen for some water before you go to sleep and eat something carb-heavy (toast or crackers are good but pizza is always a winning choice), so you’ll feel less like death the following morning. If the damage is done, though, try eating and drinking these:
Eggs pack heavy loads of taurine and cysteine. Taurine boosts liver function and can help prevent against liver disease and cysteine breaks down toxins that your body hasn’t. Plus, eggs are much healthier than leftover takeout.
Alcohol molecules are attracted to water molecules, and part of the reason why you feel so bad is because you’re dehydrated and there is nowhere for the alcohol to go. Sports drinks are one way to rehydrate and replenish your body with essential electrolytes, but they also contain artificial food dyes and excess sugar. Conversely, low-sugar coconut water contains just as many electrolytes as Gatorade and is more nutritious.
When you drink a lot, you generally go to the bathroom more often, and that can cause you to have lower levels of potassium. As a result you feel weak and a bit shaky. Bananas are excellent sources of protein and can help you feel like yourself again. Try making a smoothie if you can stomach it.
Mixing yourself another Caesar is not the best idea, but having a glass of straight tomato juice can help you feel better. When you’ve got a lot of alcohol in your body, your liver focuses its efforts on metabolizing the booze and is unable to maintain adequate blood sugar levels. Because glucose is the primary energy source of the brain, low levels can make you feel fatigued, weak, and grumpy. A glass of tomato juice contains enough simple sugars to get your glucose levels up and running again.
A bowl of this classic comfort food can speed up your recovery. It’s easy on the stomach and replenishes some of the nutrients you lost the night before.
Tip: Avoid greasy food when you’re hungover. Although you’re probably craving a burger and fries, fatty foods are better at preventing hangovers than curing them.