Hangover Cure: What You Need To Drink

Jul 30, 2014 | Eating Right

You had a great night last night and now your liver and body are paying for it. While your body would try to reach out for all kinds of greasy, fatty and disgusting food to soak up the alcohol in you, it’s best you put the drinks below in your priority list.

All fat-filled foods would not provide the nutrients your body needs right now, anyway, so reach out for these beverage to save your morning.


Alcohol dehydrates the body, so the number one thing on your bedside table should be H2O. Add some fresh lemon juice to your bottle of water and sip on it all day.

Coconut Water

Alcohol molecules love H2O, so whatever alcohol you take in will suck in all the water in your body, resulting in dehydrating your body to extreme levels. So hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. While sports drinks do contain the electrolytes you need after partaking in on too many alcoholic beverages, they also often contain ingredients like artificial food dyes that don’t do your brain cells any favours. A low-sugar, fresh young coconut water, on the other hand, contains just as many electrolytes as Gatorade.

Tomato Juice
Sure you had some of these last night in all those Bloody Marys; but right now you need a virgin Bloody Mary. When you pour a steady stream of alcohol into your body, your liver is too busy metabolising the booze to maintain adequate blood sugar levels, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Because glucose is the primary energy source of the brain, low levels can cause fatigue and weakness. But a glass of tomato juice packs enough simple sugars to get your levels up and running again, and its inflammation-fighting lycopene and serious hydrating factor don’t hurt, either.

Fruit Juice

After drinking excessively, your blood sugar levels have probably taken a nose dive, dragging a whole bunch of hangover symptoms with them on their way down. Try slurping some fruit juice and add some vegetables to it for added nutrients and minerals. Not only will it provide you with natural sugars, but it will replace some of the electrolytes you’ve lost and give you a hefty dose of vitamins in the process.

If you’re a morning coffee drinker, then your body would need some java (even though, the caffeine in it would inadvertently dehydrate you) a few hours after you wake up. Because the only thing worse than a hangover headache is a hangover headache plus a caffeine-withdrawal headache. But if you don’t regularly drink coffee, now’s not the time to start. Coffee is capable of compounding existing dehydration. So for every cup you drink, match it with a glass of water.

What’s your cure for hangover? What food do you reach out for first thing in the morning? 




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