Enjoying a few drinks doesn't mean you're destined to spend the following day sloth-like on the couch or hunched over a toilet.
In fact, researchers are finding that your alcoholic choices and what you eat before, during, and after you drink could drastically reduce your risk.
In the event that you do overindulge and find yourself feeling queasy and awful the morning after, reach for natural morning after cures instead of the medicine cabinet and you'll be feeling refreshed and back to your good old self in no time.
And remember to choose organic foods when stocking up on foods to fight your ailing self; your night out on the town has already given your liver enough to process, it shouldn't have to deal with breaking down toxic pesticides, too.
Our 11 Best, Natural, Food Remedies
So, let's get to it.
This natural remedy will rehydrate your body and also has other beneficial properties.
Yes it's true; coconut water has the ability to recharge your body after a night of boozing!
It’s not only fat-free, super tasty and naturally sweet, but it also loads your body full of necessary minerals, known as electrolytes, such as potassium and sodium.
Coconut water is especially good for dehydration.
Since alcohol robs our body of water, replenishing with coconut water is the perfect hangover solution.
It's refreshing, revitalizing and energizing.
The pure freshness of this water will enable your mind and body to function optimally.
Coconut water also has many other beneficial properties:
- Encourages bowel movements
- Boosts immune function
- Prevents bacterial and viral infections
- Keeps the body cool while maintaining adequate temperature
Ever feel physically weak after a night of drinking?
You're not imagining it, your muscles really pay the price when you overdo it in the drinking department.
If you're feeling a little shaky after a night of drinking, reach for a banana to help restore your body's potassium levels and improve muscle function.
Bananas are an easily digestible way to boost your blood sugar levels.
Plus, the potassium helps of course.
Eat a banana, washed down with plenty of water, as soon as you're up to eating.
Pure, organic carrot juice can help the liver detoxify itself.
And when you've got a morning after ailment like this one, your liver needs all the help it can get.
Buy carrot juice from your local organic market, or juice organic carrots yourself.
Eating asparagus before you go out, or while you're drinking, can help prevent or ease a next-day hangover, according to 2009 research out of Korea.
Scientists found that extracts taken from the leaves and shoots of asparagus boosted levels of important enzymes that break down alcohol after heavy drinking.
(Have a pickled asparagus spear as a condiment in your next Caesar or Bloody Mary!)
A researcher involved with the study says eating asparagus the next day can help tame hangovers, too.
Whether you choose an asparagus dish or not, be sure to eat before you drink, warns Aaron White, PhD, director of the Underage and College Drinking Prevention Research program at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Eating allows more of the alcohol to break down in the stomach before your body absorbs it.
Having food in the stomach while drinking results in a slow trickle of alcohol into the bloodstream versus a rapid rise when one drinks on an empty stomach.
This means a smaller impact on the brain, less of a buildup of toxic byproducts of alcohol metabolism and, presumably, a more tolerable hangover.
Peppermint offers two important benefits to anyone suffering from this after-party malady:
It's aroma is energizing and refreshing, and its tea is soothing to the digestive system.
To perk yourself up, mist some essential peppermint oil in a handkerchief or washcloth and inhale deeply.
To soothe your stomach, sip peppermint tea or take enteric-coated peppermint pills, available at most health food stores.
Excessive alcohol consumption depletes the body's stores of B-vitamins.
Eggs provide protein to help stabilize blood sugar, while the cystine in protein may help break down toxins.
Look for organic "pastured" eggs, meaning they come from hens raised on grass and supplemented with organic feed.
This type of egg can quickly help replenish your body with B-vitamins drained from drinking alcohol.
This cactus fruit possesses mega anti-inflammatory agents that can help offset the damage done by drinking alcohol.
Researchers at Tulane University discovered that drinkers who took prickly pear cactus extract 5 hours before drinking had 50 percent fewer indulgence symptoms compared to drinkers who went without the extract.
You can eat prickly pear as a fruit, take an extract capsule, or drink prickly pear tea to help prevent this malady.
Crackers & Honey
If you can't stomach eating raw honey the day after drinking, use a cracker as the delivery system.
Real honey is loaded with antioxidants and concentrated fructose, which will help flush any remaining alcohol out of your system more quickly.
Organic tomato juice can send a natural jolt of vitamins and minerals into your alcohol-ravaged body, but that's not it's only perk.
Tomato juice hydrates, and just like honey, the fructose in the juice will help flush out lingering alcohol.
Quinoa is a South American grain growing in popularity in the states, and it can also come in mighty handy during a hangover situation.
Drinking also depletes your body's amino acids, the building blocks of protein, but quinoa's well-balanced amino acid profile can help repair the damage done.
There's something extremely comforting about toast.
Whether you're hugging the porcelain throne due to the flu or a hangover, it seems like toast is always there to help you get back on your feet.
Your liver is also grateful for a few slices of toast after a night of drinking.
Under normal conditions, your liver automatically produces more glucose from stored carbs when your blood sugar dips.
When you drink, your liver is busy metabolizing your alcohol and can't always regulate your blood sugar, leaving you moody and drained of energy.
Toast is also easy on the tummy, making it a perfect hangover food for queasy mornings.
Pickles are salty and water is attracted to salt like a magnet, so bumping up your intake will help you retain more fluid.
When you're severely dehydrated and suffering from a headache and dry mouth (classic hangover symptoms), every little bit helps!
And, our bonus tip.
With your beer goggles no longer working, he might not look as hot as he did last night.
But the best help for your hangover could be next to you.
Sex releases oxytocin, which increases your threshold for pain.
Plus, you’ll burn off a few of last night’s liquid calories.
Try it anyway!
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