Healthy food that helps sort a (3 day) hangover…
As you get older you start to realise that those 3 hour long hangovers you used to get have turned into 3 day hangovers. One boozy night out on a Saturday, where you totally over do it (accidentally, of course) can mean it’s Tuesday before you fully recover and feel ready to face the world again.
Is there anyway to speed up the hangover recovery process? While it is oh so tempting to reach for the stuffed crust XXL pizza, a side of cheesey chips and litre of fizzy drink, you aren’t helping your body recover.
Why do we get hangovers anyway? Quite simply, alcohol dehydrates you as its a diuretic so its makes you wee more, and you lose more water than normal. Couple that with the fact drinking a glass of water barely crosses your mind when your three wines, two eager bombs and a gin and tonic into a night out, its easy to see why we wake up with a banging headache. So that's why we wake up and reach for the paracetamol, but what about why we feel nauseous too? Well alcohol irritates your stomach and intestines and causes us to produce more gastric acid. We didn't actually intend to put you off drinking in one paragraph, but thinking of all that next time you’re out might help you drink less and help your hangover!
So, with a tag line of ‘eat clean rave dirty’ we feel its our responsibly to help in anyway possible, use this guide of healthy food you can eat which can help you recover from a hangover.
Eggs contains amino acid that helps break down acetaldehyde (a toxin from alcohol) You also lose a lot of B vitamins when drinking and an egg provides 33% of your daily requirements. Serve with a slice of wholemeal toast too, to help soak up anything bad in your stomach.
Miso soup contains everything you need to help a hangover. Fluid, potassium, antioxidants, protein and probiotics. After a night out you have removed some of the healthy gut bacteria that lives in your stomach, so probiotics help balance it. Add in some noodles, if you need carbs.
FRESH FRUIT AND YOGURT
The sugar in fruit, known as fructose, will naturally raise your bodies energy levels and help speed up the process of removing the toxins from alcohol. Fruit contains a lot of fibre, which can help break down and absorb left over alcohol. As mentioned on the miso soup, most yogurts contain probiotics so can help re-balance the bacteria in your gut.
AVOCADO ON TOAST (yay!)
Okay, we love avocado on toast at The Skinny Kitchen so we are really happy to put this one on here. Heavy drinking can deplete your body of potassium, an essential electrolyte that maintains fluid regulation, depletion of this can lead to dizziness and weakness. Avocados contain lots of fibre, as discussed with fruit, this can help absorb any nasty traces of alcohol. They also contain B vitamins and healthy fats, which both get yours cells back to normal functioning.
Eggs and avocado on toast at The Skinny Kitchen anyone?!