When you’re hungover, the last thing you want to do is drag yourself out of bed for those brunch plans you made at 2 AM. While the thought of eating a full meal might send you running for the toilet, eating is an important part of making yourself feel better.
Not all foods are created equal when it comes to conquering a hangover, but there are some foods that are proven to help with symptoms. Let’s look at the best foods to eat when you’re hungover.
Remember those brunch plans? The eggs on the menu are going to be your best friend. Don’t go crazy with a complex meal if you’re dealing with nausea. Get yourself some scrambled eggs for an excellent source of protein to help your body process the alcohol out of your system.
Eggs are also packed with Vitamin D, magnesium, iron, and zinc. The high protein in eggs will keep you full for longer, so you won’t be sitting there with a bag of chips on the couch while you nurse the hangover.
Hangovers and dehydration go hand in hand. When you’re dehydrated, you lose potassium and electrolytes. Since bananas are high in potassium, they are great when you’re hungover.
Since pickles are high in sodium, they will help replenish those electrolytes you lost while out at the bar. You can even drink the brine to increase your sodium levels, too. Sodium levels in pickles can vary, so make sure you check to see that you’re getting a good amount.
Other fermented foods like saur kraut and kimchi are great for the gut and can help with your hangover as well. You will get the sodium from pickles, as well as probiotics which will aid your stomach.
Since dehydration is a big part of hangovers, why wouldn’t a fruit with the word ‘water’ in the name help? Hangover headaches happen due to dehydration that causes a decreased blood flow to the brain. Watermelon is made up of, well, mostly water so it can help you hydrate. It’s also rich in L-citrulline which can increase blood flow to help get rid of a hangover headache.
Looking at the brunch menu once again, avocado toast is a great hangover option. Avocados are rich in potassium so they will help you combat dehydration.
Chicken soup is a common remedy when you’re sick, so why not a hangover? Since chicken soup is high in sodium, it helps rehydrate the body. The chicken will also provide much-needed protein, and the broth is easy to eat.
Ginger and other herbal extracts
If your hangover is making you nauseous, ginger is a great remedy for that. Not only will it combat nausea, but ginger has anti-inflammatory benefits as well. It will soothe your stomach in no time. Ginger can be very overpowering, so try adding it to a smoothie or drinking it in tea.
Studies have also shown that prickly pear and ginseng could potentially reduce hangover severity. And nowadays, there are several natural hangover prevention pills on the market that include all these ingredients together to combat hangover symptoms.
The bottom line is that there are plenty of foods to try eating when you’re hungover. You know your body best, so you know what will work for you.