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The Best and Worst Foods to Cure a Hangover

After a night out partying with friends, HANGOVER is the first thing that needs to be addressed first thing in the morning. When suffering from a hangover, getting out of bed the next morning is a challenge aside from the throbbing headache and muscle pains. Generally, people go in for citrus juices or a sandwich just to get the edge off of the pounding the body has taken the night before, but it is not always that such foods really help get over the hangover.[1]

However, there are certain foods and drinks, which are extremely effective in not only get rid of the hangover, but also replenishing the lost fluids. The classic presenting feature of a hangover is a pounding headache with photosensitivity and nausea.[2]

The Best and Worst Foods to Cure a Hangover

Diarrhea and muscle pains also are observed after a night of binge drinking. These are all caused by slowed metabolism, dehydration, and changes in the overall chemistry of the body after alcohol ingestion.Since the incisive details of why alcohol causes hangover largely remains a mystery, there are a host of things that people have been trying to get rid of it.[1]

Even though there is not a perfect food or drink, which can completely get rid of a hangover, there are certain food products, which help with taking the edge off of a hangover. This article gives an overview of some of the food and drinks that help to treat hangovers.[2]

Best Foods and Drinks to Treat Hangover:

WATER is the Best Medicine For Hangover: Drinking plenty of water all through the night after party is perhaps the best way to deal with dehydration caused by alcohol. This also helps with treating the throbbing headache caused due to hangover. Water hydrates the body and speeds up the metabolism. It also helps in eliminating toxins from alcohol from the body by way of urine.[2]

Cure Hangover with COCONUT WATER: This is yet another drink, which can do wonders when it comes to treating hangover symptoms. Drinks like Gatorade are also equally effective, as it replenishes the electrolytes that are lost after drinking alcohol the night before.[2]

TEA to Get Rid of Hangover: Ginger or mint tea is yet another drink that helps get rid of the symptoms of hangover. It also helps deal with the nausea and vomiting sensation that is common in hangover.[2]

EGGS Best Cure For Hangover: Eggs are believed to a potent food, which can reduce the symptoms of hangover. Eggs have plenty of amino acids. This protects the liver and normalizes the function of liver which gets a severe beating after a night of binge drinking.[2]

BANANAS, a Great Food For Hangover: Bananas contain plenty of potassium, which is often the primary electrolyte that is lost after drinking alcohol. The best way to take it is blend a banana with some yogurt and take it as a semiliquid food. Within no time, the symptoms of hangover will resolve after this super food.[2]

CHICKEN SOUP Great For Curing Hangover: Having some chicken soup is another best food to get rid of hangover after a night of hard partying. Some people may argue that chicken soup is not a food that should be used for treating hangovers, but chicken soup replenishes sodium that is lost in good amount due to frequent urination after drinking. Chicken is also full of cysteine, which protects the liver and allows it to function normally.[2]

OATS is the Way To Cure A Hangover: Eating oats every day is excellent for overall health of the body. Oats is a superfood, which gives plenty of energy and dietary fiber required by the body. Oats is extremely rich in various vitamins, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Oats also acts as a neutralizer for excess of acids that are produced when drinking alcohol and thus is one of the best foods for treating a hangover.[2]

Food and Drinks to Avoid for Hangover:

Spicy and Oily Foods: Oily and spicy foods are a big no-no in case of a hangover. In fact studies show that having spicy or fatty food when drinking may prevent a hangover, but they are definitely not a good food to take to treat one. This is because such foods tend to further irritate the already irritated stomach, which will increase the incidences of diarrhea. Fatty foods also prevents the alcohol from being absorbed by the body thus delaying the time it stays in the body before getting eliminated thus making them worst foods when suffering from a hangover.[2]

Another Drink: Some people are of the belief that having another small drink in the morning after getting up treats hangover headaches. This is completely a false belief. At maximum, it can take the edge off of the hangover pain, but that will only get worse as the day goes on. Thus, more alcoholic drink is not the ideal solution to take care of hangovers.[2]

Orange Juice: Studies suggest that orange juice should be avoided after a night out boozing to treat the symptoms of hangover. This is because citrus fruits like orange tend to irritate the stomach and make the symptoms of diarrhea caused due to excess alcohol intake worse. Tomato juice is also something that needs to be avoided as it is acidic in nature and worsens the symptoms of hangover.[2]


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:January 27, 2020

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