GO Mammoth's Top 10 Healthiest Hangover Cures. From banannas to juicy watermelons..
Fear not.. through extensive research in the office , we have the 10 best healthy cures for a hangover which hopefully will relieve you from that aching pain. Before we get started at GO Mammoth we should really be responsible and tell you the best cure is abstaining from alcohol all together or drinking in moderation, but we know you’re going to laugh in our face… .
Ok, so here we go from the top:
Sports drinks contain electrolytes, carbohydrates and water which are three optimal nutrients to replenish fluids lost from the night before. It focuses on rehydration as hangovers are caused from dehydration through an increase in urination and sweating out of vital minerals. Still contains some unhealthy sugars etc, so that’s why it #10..
The body loses many essential minerals and vitamins during your big night the day before. Oats consist of many of these nutrients, including Vitamin B (good for the liver and mood) and magnesium, calcium and iron. Oats also help neutralise acidity levels in the body, clean the liver, absorb toxins and slowly raise blood sugar levels. Waking up and making yourself a bowl of porridge isn’t such a bad idea.
Alcohol causes blood sugar levels to drop which can cause you to feel weak and shaky. Watermelon helps reduce theses effects as its high in fructose (which is a fruit sugar) and is also a highly concentrated fruit helping to rehydrate the body.
Pickles contain a number of nutrients, including vitamin A, iron, potassium, vitamin K, calcium, and manganese. So eating a couple of pickles can help increase your sodium levels steadying your vitamin and mineral levels
Coconut water has a similar effect on hangovers as sports drinks. However, sports drinks are often carbonated (bubbly and fizzing), which can irritate the stomach, and packed with refined sugars. A more healthy choice is coconut water, which contains essential electrolytes (including calcium, potassium and magnesium) to boost hydration, and is also soothing for the stomach. Coconut water also has the same five electrolytes found in human blood whereas sports drinks only have two.
A lemon tea helps remove the alcohol from the stomach. Lemon juice with some sugar can also be taken for curing hangovers. The juice helps in keeping blood sugar at a healthy level which may become weak due to excessive alcohol consumption. Honey will also provide quick relief from hangover. Honey helps in removing the harmful effect of alcohols because of the fructose present.
As we have now established, the best way to treat a hangover is to rehydrate the body. This can be done through what you eat as much as what you drink. To increase your fluids and sodium levels and get some important nutrients all at once, try some health-boosting vegetable or miso soup. As an added benefit, soup is easy on the stomach so it’s easy to eat if you’re feeling a bit queasy.
Ginger is great to settle an upset stomach and relieve nausea. It does this by reducing the oxidative stress to your stomach as well as blocking the serotonin receptors in the stomach that lead to nausea. You could try adding some grated ginger to hot water for a ginger tea, blending into a fresh fruit or vegetable juice, or snacking on ginger biscuits for a stomach-soothing treat.
Firstly, eggs are high in protein, which helps raise mood-boosting serotonin levels as well as helping to reduce nausea. Furthermore, eggs are rich in an amino acid called cysteine, which helps fight against the alcohol-induced toxins that contribute to your hangover.
Bananas are filled with potassium and magnesium, which are two important minerals that become depleted when we drink alcohol. A lack of potassium in the body can cause nausea, weakness and tiredness, so eating bananas can help reduce these hangover symptoms. Bananas are natural antacids so great for reducing stomach acid, and are good for providing a boost of energy if you have a busy day ahead. Finally, bananas are quick and easy to eat and can be consumed on the go which makes it our number 1 hangover cure.