Top Winter Hangover ‘Cures’

Nutritionist Emma Brown explains how what we eat can make a difference this Christmas time

There’s nothing worse than trying, and failing, to clear a throbbing head after drinking too much the night before. Nutritionist Emma Brown, however, is here to help with some food advice for getting through those tricky post-night out runs.

We all know that what we consume is key to recovery, so below are some of Brown’s favourite food cures. Some might help you get through that hangover day run, while others may just set you up for a better recovery day. Either way, check them out!

Top hangover food cures

1) Eggs

Any way you like. Scrambled, fried, or a simple omelette should to do the trick.

“Eggs are great for the morning after. They’re rich in the amino acid cysteine which helps break down acetaldehyde, the toxin responsible for those awful hangover pains.”

2) Going coco  

Coconut water has more flavour than regular water, so it may make it easier to stomach.

“Try drinking coconut water – it’s naturally rich in electrolytes – one 250ml serving offers over 600mg of potassium which plays an important role in fluid balance and rehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic, so rehydration is vital for combating a bad head.”

3) Limit your caffeine fix

Too much coffee and tea will only aggravate hydration levels.

“Caffeine is a diuretic just like alcohol, which will only dehydrate you even more. So ditch coffee and stick to naturally caffeine free herbal cuppas such as peppermint or ginger.

“Ginger tea is a traditional anti-nausea remedy, and is amazing for hangover symptoms. Or try decaffeinated green tea, which contains plant chemicals, called catechins; these can help protect the liver from the damaging effects of alcohol. Peppermint tea can help relieve queasiness and fatigue – and it smells amazing.”

4) Even better

Choose low alcohol drink alternatives in the first place.

“There’s no shortage of options these days when it comes to high quality, lower strength wine and beer. If you enjoy a couple of glasses of wine after work, switching to a 5.5% wine instead of the usual 12-14% can make a big difference and more than halve the number of units you drink in an evening, reducing your risk of longer-term harm.”

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