Lifestyle: Realistic Ways To Beat That Hangover
Planning a big weekend? While a hangover might might be unavoidable, you may be able to give your time-honoured tradition of hitting up the KFC drive-thru a rest (your waistline says thanks in advance).
Accredited practising nutritionist Gen James-Martin of For Food's Sake has got an alternative, running us through the best ways to handle a hangover at this time of year (don't worry, we're not going to tell you to ditch the champagne completely).
With silly season just around the corner and Christmas parties already in full swing, you can feel that soul-draining hangover already. Usually at this time of year articles start to come out about how to make sure you don't overdo it, swap your wine for a soda etc etc., but how about we just get real and admit the next month is likely to contain it’s fair share of below average productivity days. Instead, let's turn our attention to how you prevent your hangover
day from being a complete write-off. Food and hangovers go hand in hand; no one is going to be reaching for the salad after a big night - but a greasy burger and fries aren’t the only alternative.
Follow these simple ideas and feel justified in your bacon and egg breakfast.
E A T
This amino acid supports the metabolism of alcohol from the poisonous form of acetaldehyde to harmless acetic acid. Studies have shown the combination of cysteine and B vitamins is protective against toxicity from alcohol intake. Get your cysteine intake from eggs, meat and dairy.
Alcohol metabolism depletes your body stores of those B vitamins, which are essential for energy production, so replenish your them with a meal that contains wholegrains, such as grainy toast to go with your eggs.
Bananas + avocados
A potassium powerhouse, these will help replete your electrolyte levels and rehydrate. Think oats with banana and yoghurt for a combination of all three benefits or avocado and poached eggs on wholegrain toast.
D R I N K
A fad food with substance. This high-potassium beverage has similar rehydrating properties to sports drinks, but with less sugar and calories - plus it can be more palatable than plain water for a sensitive stomach. Choose unflavoured options.
If your head is pounding, research shows caffeine, when taken with a range of common headache medications (aka old friend Panadol), helps to improve their action and how quickly they work - in fact, caffeine is added to many over-the-counter headache medications for this reason. The benefits of coffee are twofold; regular intake also decreases levels of GGT, a liver enzyme which is raised with regular alcohol consumption and is a precursor for liver disease. And remember, by the next day, it’s really just damage control. Get a head start by having a water bottle handy at bedtime to start rehydrating before it’s too late.
C O C O N U T C O F F E E
I N G R E D I E N TS
1-2 shots espresso coffee
1 cup coconut water
M E T H O D
This simple little beverage will having your headache subsiding and get you on the road to rehydration.
Just place espresso and coconut water in a tall glass with lots of ice. Serve alongside your avocado and poached eggs on toast for a satisfying meal scientifically proven to help your hangover.