It’s Christmas so hangovers are pretty much inevitable.
But rather than silently suffering or ordering every greasy thing in sight, is there a way we can eliminate a hangover quicker than dialing Dominos?
Priya Tew, a dietitian, tells Metro.co.uk that there are many ways to alleviate a hangover.
‘The key nutrients you need the most are B1, water and potassium,’ she explains.
‘When you drink alcohol your blood sugars lower, part of the hangover can be due to these low blood sugars.
‘Eating foods that bring your blood sugars back up and keep them stable will therefore help.
So what foods can we scoff to get us back to a semi-normal state?
Priya Tew says wholegrain starchy foods are key as they ‘these help to stabilise your blood sugars’.
‘Drinking alcohol destroys B1 which is needed for energy release and this is often found in wholegrain foods too. For example wholegrain toast with yeast extracts.’
We’ve all heard that hair of the dog is the best to cure a hangover. But could chugging back a Screwdriver work?
Priya says no. Sorry. Instead, water is crucial: ‘After a night of drinking, you need to rehydrate.
‘It may be that an initial dose of caffeine will make you feel better but then make sure you get the water in.’
Greasy pizza and chips may be the only thing you’re craving at this point but it’s best avoided staying away from anything too fatty as it’s ‘harder for the body to digest. It’s already doing a lot of work processing the alcohol.’
Instead she recommends swapping that ‘greasy fried breakfast for poached or scrambled eggs on wholegrain toast with spinach and baked beans.’
And if you’re wondering what to whip up if you’ve drained all your funds on booze the night before, Scott Baptie, sports nutritionist and Director of Food For Fitness, shares three hangover breakfast recipes below.
You can thank us later.
Three hangover breakfast recipes according to Scott Baptie
The ultimate hangover breakfast
Apple, pear and melon fruit salad, a couple of poached eggs and a peppermint tea.
Apples, pears and melons are great sources of potassium – a key electrolyte which can be depleted after a heavy night on the booze. Eating these fruits in the morning will help with your rehydration efforts. Eggs are a high in protein and will help keep you feeling full and peppermint tea has a soothing effect on the stomach.
- 300 ml cranberry juice
- 50g frozen strawberries
- 50g frozen raspberries
- 50g probiotic yoghurt – not only is it a good source of protein but probiotic yoghurt can help settle your stomach and the good bacteria is great for your gut.
Christmas Clove Smoothie
- 1 tsp crushed cloves. Cloves are loaded with antioxidants and it may have anti-inflammatory properties too and can help ease a queasy tummy.
- 200 ml almond milk
- 200 ml orange juice
- 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein