Nutritionists reveal 9 top tips to cure your hangover – Daily Mail
‘Drinking alcohol is like borrowing fun from tomorrow’, or so the saying goes.
And anyone who has been over-served on a night out will know the truth of it.
A recent survey revealed the average Brit spends up to two years of their lives nursing hangovers.
That means up to five hours a week are spent enduring a pounding headache, the misery of nausea, sore muscles, all compounded by the hangover guilt.
Legend has it there are lots of hangover cures out there, with everyone having their own opinion of what works best.
But, to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the hangover, we asked a team of nutritionists to reveal what really does work and what is nothing more than myth.
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If we are to learn how to tackle the hangover, it is important to understand what causes it first. Shona Wilkinson, a nurtritionist at superfoodUK.com explains that alcohol is a diuretic, ‘meaning that once in your blood your body needs to put its water supplies in your bloodstream to dilute it’
THE SCIENCE OF HANGOVER HEADACHES
Firstly, if we are to learn how to tackle the hangover, it is important to understand what causes it first.
The searing headache, the waves of nausea, the apparent inability to be upright and the fear of the night before.
Shona Wilkinson, a nurtritionist at superfoodUK.com explains that alcohol is a diuretic, ‘meaning that once in your blood your body needs to put its water supplies in your bloodstream to dilute it’.
She said: ‘This creates an increase in blood volume and pressure.
‘To bring your blood pressure down, we then need to excrete the water down the toilet.
‘The problem being, now our cells are lacking the water that they need.
‘Our brain is around 70 per cent water, and dehydration can lead to brain shrinkage, which is what causes the pain.’
SO WHAT ABOUT A CURE?
Water seems like the obvious cure, however, Ms Wilkinson reveals not all water is equal.
‘The control of hydration is the hands of electrolytes, which are minerals found in water,’ she said.
‘For your best chance of beating that hangover, choose mineral rich water or add in some extra electrolytes that are designed for athletes and sports people.
‘The water will also help to flush out the toxins, speeding up the detoxification process.
‘Drink a large glass before going to bed and be sure to drink plenty in the morning.
‘You can also try coconut water, which it’s naturally packed in electrolytes and minerals.’
Water seems like the obvious cure, however, Ms Wilkinson reveals not all water is equal. She said: ‘For your best chance of beating that hangover, choose mineral rich water or add in some extra electrolytes that are designed for athletes and sports people’
When lying in your hungover state, fruit and veg is likely the last thing on your wishlist.
But, the water and mineral content of fruit is great at helping you rehydrate and can put an end to the hangover headache.
‘There is an enzyme in pears that scientists are currently investigating for its ability to help us metabolize alcohol, and prevent us from having a hangover,’ Ms Wilkinson told Daily Mail Online.
‘If you’re going to eat fruit, it makes sense to choose a pearl.’
And if you not a big fan of pears, all is not lost for berries and bananas are a good option too.
Dr Marilyn Glenville, leading nutritionist and author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar, added: ‘Berries are rich in antioxidants and offer protection from free radicals, which are considered another cause of hangovers.
‘Bananas are a great source of potassium that holds onto water to decrease dehydration.’
In the absence of a full fruit bowl, you can also top up your antioxidant levels by taking the right supplement.
Cassandra Barns, also a nutritionist, said: ‘The unique blend of organic wholefoods in Nature’s Plus Ageloss Women’s Multi will help to replenish the vitamin and mineral loss after a night out of drinking.
‘It will help to counteract the high free radicals production that your liver will release to detoxify the alcohol intake.’
3. Vitamin C
Waking up in the midst of what can only be described as living hell, it is common to be overcome by a need for a cold, fizzy orange drink.
Why? It is the body’s way of telling you it craves vitamin C, Sharon Morey, a nutritionist at Quest Vitamins revealed.
‘Vitamin C will help your body recover from the ingested toxins as it speeds up metabolism of alcohol by the liver, Sharon Morey, a nutritionist reveals
She said: ‘Vitamin C will help your body recover from the ingested toxins as it speeds up metabolism of alcohol by the liver.
‘Even though drinking deletes Vitamin C in body tissues it can be easily replenished by having a fizzy Vitamin C that will also quench our thirst.
Try new Once A Day Energy B+C by Quest Vitamins with added B vitamins to boost your energy levels.’
4. Brunch, anyone?
Though it may feel like the last thing on earth you would want to do, eating a good breakfast can be the difference between hangover and no hangover.
A decent meal, can help to replace some of the lost nutrients your body will have used to detoxify the alcohol.
Ms Wilkinson said: ‘Ideally choose eggs, because they are rich in cysteine, which is needed to break down acetaldehyde.
‘Try a healthier cooked breakfast of poached eggs, green leafy vegetables, grilled tomatoes and wholegrain bread.
‘Keep your energy up by having plenty of slow release carbohydrates from wholegrains and vegetables.
‘Beans are a good source of fibre and folic acid, as well as protein to help with the body’s recovery.
‘It is however better to avoid bacon and sausages. The nitrites in them will only add to the toxic burden on your body.’
A decent meal, can help to replace some of the lost nutrients your body will have used to detoxify the alcohol. Ms Wilkinson said: ‘Ideally choose eggs, because they are rich in cysteine, which is needed to break down acetaldehyde. Beans are a good source of fibre and folic acid, as well as protein to help with the body’s recovery’
As tempting as Bloody Mary sounds and looks, it is hair of the dog that bit you in the end. ‘Drinking more alcohol will not help,’ warned Ms Barns
5. Hair of the dog
As tempting as Bloody Mary sounds and looks, it is hair of the dog that bit you in the end.
‘Drinking more alcohol will not help,’ warned Ms Barns.
‘It may initially take the edge off the pain, however will in the long run will only make it hurt more and last longer.
‘It will dehydrate you further and give your liver more toxins to handle. And hangover will come eventually anyway. Not a good idea.’
6. Pickle Juice
Yes, you heard right. Pickle juice could be the hangover cure you have been waiting for.
Pickle juice could be the hangover cure you have been waiting for. The vinegar can stimulate the liver to help detoxify and eliminate the alcohol
‘The vinegar could be stimulating the liver to help detoxify and eliminate the alcohol,’ said Ms Wilkinson.
‘When pickles ferment, they also produce a certain type of soothing bacteria to help with irritated stomach.’
7. Bone broth
If you make your own broth or stock at home using animal bones, vegetables and a pinch or two of sea salt, you could do worse than drinking a cup or two of this the morning after.
Ms Barns said: ‘Bone broth contains lots of minerals that are naturally released from the bones during cooking – and these, together with the salt, could help to fight fatigue and boost your energy levels.
‘The amino acids it contains can help to soothe the gut lining too.’
8. Line your stomach
Your mother will have bestowed this advise time after time, and while it is often irritating to admit – she is right, say the experts.
Ms Wilkinson told Daily Mail Online: ‘Overall, it’s important that you do eat before drinking to slow the absorption of alcohol and additionally reduce the irritation that it causes to the stomach.
‘Include healthy fats such as an olive oil dressing to slow absorption of alcohol, thereby slowing the work for your liver.’
9. No, no and no!
When you know you have a party or event coming up, prepare by cutting the sugary foods from your diet.
Dr Glenville explained: ‘Before, during and after drinking it’s best to avoid sugary foods and drinks, as alcohol consumption tends to play havoc with energy and blood sugar control.
‘It’s better to focus on protein and unrefined carbohydrates, which release glucose slowly.
‘Say no to caffeine and spicy food that can not only worsen the dehydration but also irritate your stomach.’