Monday mornings are rough enough but nothing is worse than facing the day when you are hungover. As a follow up to yesterday’s post, today I am sharing a few ideas on how to help yourself quickly recover in case you get carried away celebrating the Super Bowl.
After an extensive amount of field research, I have learned the following about hangovers:
Symptom #1 Dehydration
Explanation: When we drink alcohol, the kidneys send water directly to the bladder instead reabsorbing it into the body. This can result in a loss of 4 times as much liquid as is consumed (and many trips to the bathroom).
Symptom #2 Headache and Dry Mouth
Explanation: The day after drinking, the body will try and replenish the lost water supply and drawing water from other available sources, like the brain. This can cause pulling on membranes, sagging, and pain.
Symptom #3 General Feeling of Awfulness
Explanation: Due to the loss of liquid, essential electrolytes such as salt, magnesium, and potassium have been depleted as well. This results in headache, fatigue, nausea, and a General Feeling of Awfulness.
The first line of defense is to hydrate – before, during, and after drinking.
(Actually, the first line of defense is to avoid overdoing it).
- Water or coconut water. Coconut water (like Zico or Harmless Harvest) has the electrolytes your body needs without the HFCS and dyes found in sports drinks.
- Tomato juice (not a bloody mary). It is also high in vitamins and minerals and can help replenish what your body has lost.
- Ginger ale or ginger tea if you are having feelings of nausea or an upset stomach. Ginger is a natural stomach soother. Go for one of those natural sodas that actually has ginger in it like this one:
- Bananas. They are full of potassium and will help with the muscle fatigue you may feel.
- Eggs with the yolk. No egg white omelets! The yolk is the most nutrient dense part of the egg .
- Toast. It will help re-stabilize your blood sugar.
- Coffee. It can act as a diuretic and further dehydrate you. If you can’t function without caffeine (I can’t) try to have a small cup and balance it with lots of water.
- Greasy food. We think it makes us feel better, but it can actually increase feelings of an upset stomach.
Do you have any favorite foods that make you feel better after a night out? Feel free to share in the comments section!