It’s Saturday morning, and after a long night of drinking (#yolo) your body is in some serious pain. Your instincts are probably screaming at you to stumble to the nearest diner and order a plate of greasy bacon, some fried eggs and a Bloody Mary. But instead of spending your day binge-eating greasy food, hiding in the dark and feeling even guiltier than when you woke up, it’s time to tell your instincts to keep it down.
When you have a hangover, your body is dehydrated, your liver is working overtime and it seems like you’ll never feel good again - until now. Here’s a list of three life-saving health foods that have been scientifically proven to eliminate hangover hell.
They can’t take away your shame, but we promise they’ll help alleviate at least some of your pain.
Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more. Drinking alcohol dehydrates the body, and when your body’s low on fluids, you’re way more likely to experience one of those throbbing morning-after headaches. That’s where coconut water comes in. Coconut water is a perfect cure for a hangover because it not only helps replenish lost fluids, it’s also loaded with healthy vitamins and nutrients. Think of coconut water as the healthy alternative to a chemically processed sports drink. Like sports drinks, coconut water is a great source of electrolytes. Except, it's also low in calories, has no fat, and contains no added sugar. To top it all off, it’s filled with a ton of potassium, which helps restore nerve and muscle function – two things you’ll probably need before trying to crawl out of bed.
Next time you wake up with no memory of the night before, skip the butter and spread some avocado on your toast. Like coconut water, avocado is full of potassium, a mineral that’s severely depleted after a night of heavy drinking. Avocados are also great sources of fiber, B6 vitamins, carotenoids, and heart-healthy fats, which all help restore muscle and heart function, and keep sodium levels down.
Instead of grabbing a bagel, try warming up a hearty bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal is a great source of healthy carbohydrates, which help boost serotonin levels in your body. Serotonin makes you happy - and when you’re feeling guilty about some of last night’s choices, a little boost of happiness can go a long way (#noregrets). It’s also loaded with B vitamins, calcium, iron, and magnesium, which help neutralize acid and raise blood sugar levels – giving you the energy you need to tackle survive the day ahead.