Alcohol doesn't just make us feel bad the next day – it makes us feel absolutely awful. Drinking can initially seem like a great idea – it lightens our moods and helps us destress... The catch: We don't find out how much damage we have done until the next day. Achy body, nausea, a splitting migraine and the nasty taste of alcohol that you just can't get rid of, even if you brushed your teeth the night before... You see, alcohol is actually a diuretic that slowly destroys our bodies. But have no fear – there is still good in the world and it comes in the form of these following superfoods that will restore, repair and relieve!
Next time you're in search of food or drink to relieve your massive hangover, keep an eye out for the following ingredients!
Eggs are one of the hardest working foods on the planet. They are full of amino acids like cysteine and taurine, which help break down the nasty chemicals in the body that cause those morning-after headaches. At just 71 calories for a large poached egg, they also won't add to the extra calories from the night before.
Honey is full of fructose which will give you an instant (and natural) energy boost. Your blood sugars will be practically non-existent the day after your night out, and this is a much better alternative than reaching for that can of tooth-destroying fizzy pop to ease those sugar cravings.
Never underestimate the healing powers of these little legumes! If you have been forced to get out of bed the next day, then keep a packet of peanuts in your pocket for an excellent source of protein. They are also full of vitamin E which will help repair the skin and those pesky bags under your eyes.
17 Coconut Milk
Coconut milk has all the essential vitamins that will help restore your body. It contains vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. It's also a great source of fibre. Need we say more?
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Beets are not one of the typical foods we reach for the next day, but if you throw this superfood into a smoothie then you will instantly feel the benefit. This vegetable is rich in nitric oxide which helps increase blood flow and maintain healthy blood pressure.
When we drink too much, we deplete our body's supply of potassium. Lack of potassium in our system can lead to muscle spasms, dizziness and an overall feeling of fatigue. Avocado is full of potassium, which will help restore your body back to greatness.
14 Sweet Potato
If you are so desperate for fried foods the next day that you just can't stop yourself, then our tip would be to switch your regular fries for sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, potassium, beta-carotene and vitamin B. They taste awesome too!
When it comes to eating healthy, always think: the brighter the better! Bananas, just like avocados and sweet potatoes, are an excellent source of potassium and they helpfully restore electrolytes. Cool your sore head by grabbing a banana smoothie the morning after.
12 Dried Apricots
One more for the potassium levels is dried apricot. This superfood is not only high in natural sugars but just half a cup helps provide 33% of your daily potassium. Keep these little life savers close enough to pick at throughout the day and you'll be back to your normal self again.
This is another superfood you're going to want to keep close to you the next day. A bowl of oatmeal is packed full of essential nutrients like vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, and iron. If you have this first thing in the morning then it also helps neutralize acids in your tummy, which will help with the heartburn, and raise blood sugar levels so that you will feel revived.
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Regardless of a hangover, you should always have some form of ginger in your pantry. This superfood was once considered medicine. Ginger tea not only soothes and de-stresses the mind, but studies have also proved that is helps reduce nausea and aid in digestion. If you're feeling dizzy and nauseous, then help yourself to some ginger tea!
If you're suffering from the triple threat: vomiting, headache, and irritability, then this is probably down to dehydration. Plenty of celery will boost your potassium and sodium levels. This is better served blended as a green juice because you can Instagram it and everyone will think you're super healthy instead of at death's door.
Since we're on the subject of healthy greens...Broccoli soup anyone? No, we didn't think so, but turning away from this food would be a big mistake. Broccoli is rich in folic acid and vitamin B. Just one cup of the stuff is 45% of your vitamin C and vitamin K intake for the day too. It has also been proven to reduce stress, which is inevitable after a heavy night of drinking.
7 Olive Oil
A trick when you plan on having too many glasses of wine is to always reach for the olive oil and bread. Olive oil not only slows down the absorption of alcohol, but is also packed with vitamins B and C. If you missed the opportunity the night before, then help your hangover by drizzling this on whatever you can get your hands on.
6 Tomato Juice
Order a Virgin Bloody Mary the next day (AKA a can of V8) and you will be back on track in no time. After alcohol consumption, your liver will be working overtime to try and repair the damage done and tomato juice gives the boost your liver needs. You'll also look super classy – just don't lift up your sunglasses.
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Instead of picking out that gherkin from your burger - keep it in there and feel the benefit. After too much boozing, your body will be depleted of all the precious nutrients you will need. Gherkins can help replace vitamin A, vitamin K, iron, potassium and calcium. This is one little pickle that packs a hell of a punch!
The best thing about salmon is there are so many ways to devour it: scrambled eggs and salmon, sushi, salmon pasta, salmon fillet, lox... we could go on. This super-fish is full of vitamin B, B12, DHA fatty acids and essential amino acids. It will stop you from feeling so lightheaded. It's the perfect dish to get your feet back on the ground.
A professional drinker will tell you that beans are the ultimate hangover cure and they would not be wrong. Your body will naturally crave magnesium after a night out and just half a cup of cooked beans provides about 20-28% of your daily value. Go grab a burrito, and eat some guacamole too so you get double the benefits!
Another food that will become best friends with your liver is spinach. This detoxifying superfood is full of folic acid, vitamin C and sulphur. If you're not into eating your greens then simply chug a spinach smoothie and pinch your nose tightly!
The urban legend is true: bacon can actually cure a hangover! This wonder food is full of carbs, protein and amino acids. Bacon will not only boost your metabolism, which helps breakdown the pain of a hangover, but it's also the ultimate comfort food. Oh, and it's delicious! As Jake the Dog would say, make some bacon pancakes!