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Foods to help with a hangover!?!?

Posted Dec 06 2009 7:20am

This is surely the time of year where so many people drink a few more drinks than usual.

I don’t know about you, but I find there is nothing worse than a hangover. I mean you are in so much pain and discomfort you have to wonder WHY did you have to drink to this point?

There are many cures to a hangover that have been passed on from generation to generation and some work, but some are really more old wives’ tales than anything else.

If you’ve spent a bit too much time partying and drinking it up, there are some foods that can bring comfort and help deal with your headaches, nausea, stomachache, fatigue and overall sense of feeling really “yuck”.

>>> Here are some foods you’ll want to reach for when you have a bad hangover:

1. Drink water: An old dotcom colleague of mine told me that if I drank too much, I needed to drink as much water as I possibly could before going to bed and when I get up in the morning to continue drinking as much water as I can.

As an experienced party boy, he told me that alcohol severely dehydrates your body and you need to replenish. Well, it turns out he knew a thing or two because research from Natural Medicine suggests that dehydration also stimulates the body to produce increased amounts of histamine, a biochemical believed to contribute to migraines. The trick to avoiding that hangover headache is to match each drink you consume with a glass of water (while you are drinking) and one glass of water every hour the next day.

2. Start with an acid-free breakfast: If you think a big breakfast will help calm the symptoms of a bad hangover … think again. Don’t even think of getting close to foods like fried, greasy eggs, bacon and white toast because they’ll just make your stomach feel worse. Stay away from the caffeine as well because tea and coffee have a lot of acidity and they won’t help your hangover. If you drank too much the night before, you’ll want to stick to foods that are easy to digest and that work at ridding your body of toxins. Foods like brown rice, cooked vegetables, green drinks, rice milk, raw nuts and seeds will do your body good when it comes to nursing a hangover. So next time you wake up with a bad hangover, skip the three-egg omelet and prepare a rice pudding made with brown rice instead.

3. Ginseng tea is good for you! You might want to stay away from regular tea and coffee, but ginseng tea might be good to have on hand at this time of the year because there are many studies that show it can increase the clearance of alcohol through the liver. Ginseng tea is also known to reduce blood alcohol levels by as much as 30-40%. Studies around ginseng have been well documented by Lee FC Ko in his report ‘Effects of Panax ginseng on blood alcohol clearance in man’. The only catch is that in order for the ginseng tea to work you need to be drinking it before you consume your alcoholic beverages and during! I don’t know about you, but mixing ginseng tea in between martinis just doesn’t sound all that tasty.

4. Vitamin B helps a hangover: Foods such as mushrooms, sunflower seeds, bell peppers, romaine lettuce, cooked cauliflower, spinach, asparagus, green peas, spelt, kamut and lentils are full of vitamin B. You might also want to take a look at snapper, salmon and venison will also help.

5. Berries will help: When you have a lot of alcohol in your system that means you have a lot of free radicals that create havoc in your system. Antioxidants will help your body cope with that surplus of antioxidants. When it comes to antioxidants, berries are really unbeatable and you’ll surely want to reach out for unsweetened blueberry, pomegranate or acai berry juice. Powdered green beverages are also excellent. If you wake up with a hangover, grab your blender, add some Genuine Health Greens+, frozen blueberries and some rice milk and you’ll be on your way to a nice recovery.

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