It’s always fun to be the life of the party. But if you’re down for the count the next day because you drank too much, there are some foods you can eat that may help cure your hangover, according to Julie Zumpano, RD, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic.
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Contrary to popular belief, she says greasy food, coffee and “hair of the dog” (or more alcohol) are not the way to cure a hangover. She suggests the following to help you get you back on track:
1. Sports drink/electrolyte-enhanced beverage
The road to recovery may start with hydration. When you have a hangover, you’re dehydrated and your electrolyte level is low. Consuming a sports drink, coconut water or electrolyte-enhanced beverage before you go to bed or as soon as you get up can help replace electrolytes. Or just simply focus on drinking water, it will support your body in recovering from a hangover.
Low levels of B6 and B12 vitamins are said to intensify hangovers. Salmon is rich in both B vitamins and will help you get back up to more comfortable levels. For a delicious way to turn that hangover around, try this: Salmon with mango salsa recipe.
3. Mangoes and other fruits
There is evidence that the natural sugars found in honey and fruits may help get the alcohol out of your system a little faster. Good picks include mangos, grapes, pears, watermelon and plantains. Try this: Recipe: Yogurt Honey Dip With Fruit Kabobs
4. ‘Bland’ foods
“This is what we call the ‘BRAT’ diet,” says Zumpano.“Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast.” These plain foods are easy for the body to digest. They also tend to contain carbohydrates, which can often help boost your blood sugar. They also can help settle an upset stomach and kick a hangover.
That gingerbread house you just built with your kids over the holidays? If your stomach is uneasy, put that house to good use. A simple cookie will do, as well. Ginger has been found to reduce nausea. Try this: Recipe: Holiday Gingersnaps (Infographic)