Here’s what you can do to cure a hangover…fast!
The water and mineral content of fruit will help to rehydrate you and put an end to your hangover headache. Apparently there is an enzyme in pears that scientists are currently investigating for its ability to help us metabolize alcohol, and prevent us from having a hangover. If you’re going to eat fruit, it makes sense to choose a pear!
If you are not a big fun of pears, go for berries ‘They are rich in antioxidants and offer protection from free radicals, which are considered another cause of hangovers.’ adds Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist.
Drink vitamin rich water!
For your best chance of beating that hangover choose mineral rich water, it will help to flush out the toxins, speeding up the detoxification process. Drink a large glass of water before going to bed and be sure to drink plenty in the morning. You can also try coconut water, which it’s naturally packed in electrolytes and minerals.
Your muscles are no doubt achy and – lets face it – it is very unlikely that you will go for a run or bike ride. How about Yoga then? ‘The movement of yoga will help to increase blood flow to all parts of your body, but importantly, your liver. The more blood that passes through, the quicker your liver can detoxify the alcohol. The sweating will help to eliminate the toxins through your skin but it can make the problem of dehydration worse, so ensure that you drink plenty of water at the same time!’ explains Allred. So get stretching, even if its some simple moves before your morning shower, it will help!
Take Vitamin C
Most of us crave a cold, fizzy orange drink on the morning after. Why? It is our body asking for vitamin C. Drink vitamin c rich drinks to help your body recover quickly.
Having a decent breakfast will help to replace some of the lost nutrients that your body used to detoxify the alcohol. Try and eat eggs because they are rich in cysteine, which is needed to break down alcohol in your system. Plus keep your energy up by having plenty of slow release carbohydrates from wholegrains and vegetables at lunch. Beans are a good source of fibre and folic acid, as well as protein to help with the body’s recovery. But it’s best to avoid bacon and sausages. The nitrites in them will only add to the toxic burden on your body! Boo!
Stick to white wine
Drink white wine, vodka and other light coloured drinks on your night out to lessen your hangover! It’s a known fact that different coloured drinks with exactly the same alcohol volume can definitely have different effects on how you’ll feel the next day. Professor Paul Wallace, Chief Medical Advisor to Drinkaware explains, ‘Darker liquors generally cause worse hangover symptoms. It’s thought this is due to so-called congeners, byproducts of the fermentation process related to the different casks and grains used. For example, amber-colored bourbon has a congener level of 37 times that of vodka.’ EKK!
Beware of bubbles!
Limit your hangover by not drinking too much fizz! The bubbles in Champagne, cava and prosecco really do get you drunk faster. ‘The bubbles cause the pylorus valve, which drains the stomach when it’s full, to open – even when it’s not full. It means the alcohol gets into your intestine faster, and from there it is fast-tracked into your bloodstream,’ explains Barry Smith.
Eating before you go out, or drinking with a meal, won’t make you less drunk, but it will delay the absorption of alcohol and help prevent the risk of a hangover, says Paul Wallace. ‘Drinking water alongside your alcohol will also help by keeping you hydrated – it’s dehydration that causes most of the symptoms of a hangover.’
Stock up on Milksthistle
The herb milkthistle will speed up your liver’s recovery, and ease symptoms, says nutritionist Jacquie Newson. Plus, it’s also worth sipping ginger tea to calm any sickness or nausea (grate some fresh ginger into a cup of boiling water and steep it for 10 minutes before drinking). Also fresh raw broccoli, tomatoes, spinach and garlic will also help by restoring levels of the antioxidant glutathione. It becomes depleted by alcohol but is essential to help the liver detoxify.