So, things got a little crazy last night and today you’re nursing a massive headache. While time and rest may be your best defense, these nourishing foods will help take the edge off.
More recently, people have been discovering the many health benefits of coconut water. It’s known to be incredibly hydrating and packed with potassium. Make sure to down a glass of this nourishing water the morning after for instant rejuvenation. Available at major grocery stores and health food stores.
Chicken Noodle Soup
It’s more than good for the soul. A slurpy bowl of noodles and broth will have you feeling better in no time. The broth will help re-hydrate your hurting body and cysteine, found in chicken and certain veggies, will help detox your alcohol-soaked liver.
Worried that your liver is permanently damaged after last night’s escapades with your friend Jose Cuervo? This breakfast favourite can help fix that. Thanks to amino acids and cysteine, your liver will start to recover in no time. Cysteine also combats the nasty chemical that causes headaches as your liver breaks down the alcohol’s ethanol.
The combination of spinach and eggs in this Eggs Florentine works double duty to help you feel better.
Plain Jane tomato juice is a great way to re-hydrate and provide your suffering body with some much needed vitamins. The juice’s fructose will help you flush out any alcohol remnants.
One of nature’s most precious gifts, honey is a great way to flush out your system after a night of debauchery. Can’t handle straight, sticky honey the next day? Spread some on a cracker to soften the blow.
Sometimes you just need to fill your booze-soaked stomach with some sweet flapjacks and hope that they will absorb the alcohol and make you want to be a functioning member of society again.
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Most effective eaten before or during your binge, asparagus is chock-full of enzymes that help break down alcohol. Remember this trick the next time you’re having one too many; it’ll help curb the lingering boozy after-effects.
Rich in potassium, chocolate is a great way to shake off that drunken stupor.
Make Anna Olson’s Molten Centre Chocolate Cakebefore you start drinking, so you can nourish yourself later that night or the next day. Planning ahead is very important.
Easy on the stomach, this universally loved food is good for real sicknesses like the flu, and the self-inflicted kind from the night before. It’s good for when you’re queasy and will help regulate your blood sugar so you don’t become hangry.
Potassium is a major electrolyte that we need in our bodies and when we’ve consumed too much alcohol, our bodies become depleted of it. So if you’re feeling a bit worse for wear, try combining frozen banana and some yogurt for a potassium-rich smoothie. Don’t forget to put in earplugs — that blender is going to be loud.
Toronto transplant Lindsay Parker is a writer and editor with a deep rooted love for tea and cat videos.