Good News: Eating These Foods Will Make Your Hangover Nonexistent
St. Patrick's Day has come and gone—but that doesn't mean the effects of the festivities have gone away too. Cue the dreaded hangover. Yes, despite our best intentions, the morning after merrymaking (read: throwing back Irish Car Bombs and plowing through pints of Guinness) can be a doozy. But just because you spent the night overindulging doesn't mean you have to spend the next day paying for it.
To aid your post–St. Paddy's ills, we've rounded up a list of ways to cure your hangover via your stomach. You can eat your way to better health (or at least tame your headache and fix your tummy) with these nutritious remedies. So if you overdid it with the drinks and find yourself suffering today, read on to see what home cures might be hiding out in your kitchen or local market, and may the luck of the Irish be with you.
Keep scrolling to see all the foods (and drinks) to add to your grocery list to cure your hangover.
As tempting as it probably is to go for greasy, fatty food choices to get you through the day, sticking to healthy superfoods is actually the best strategy. Kick off your morning (or whenever you wake up) with a hot bowl of filling oatmeal. It's a healthy way to get the carbohydrates your body craves after a night of drinking, and you'll also be loading up on calcium, B vitamins, magnesium, and iron.
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The digestion of fructose competes with the digestion of alcohol, so consuming a healthy dose of it during a hangover forces your body to get rid of the alcohol still in your system faster. It also helps your body recover from the hypoglycemia brought about by drinking. Top off your morning oats with some honey, stir it into some yogurt (probiotics are especially beneficial during this time), or add it to some soothing tea.
This breakfast staple is especially great on a morning when you're struggling through a hangover. Eggs are a rich source of amino acids like cysteine—which breaks down headache-causing chemicals—and taurine—which boosts liver function.
Unless picklebacks were to blame for your nasty hangover, pickle juice is a delightfully odd cure worth trying. Though the taste is not for everyone, if you can stomach the sour liquid, a shot of it can help ease your woes. The vinegar, salt, and water in pickle juice help replenish your body's electrolyte and sodium levels. Not a fan of the juice? Eat the pickles straight.
This fruit is loaded with potassium, an important electrolyte depleted during drinking due to the diuretic effects of alcohol. Incorporate one into your diet as soon as you wake up, either topping off your oatmeal, adding to a smoothie, or eating straight.
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Last but not least, water is your best friend when it comes to curing (and preventing) the dreaded hangover. It should be the very first thing you consume when you wake up—hangover or no hangover—and you should continue drinking it liberally throughout the day to replenish your body with all the hydration it lost due to alcohol's diuretic properties.
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