Foods that Help Cure Hangovers
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:21:22 GMT —
Tuesday night several people will be celebrating the New Year, and that celebration may include some adult beverages. The last ting we want to do is wake up with a hangover! Did you know there are certain foods and drinks out there that can help curb that hangover feeling? Dr. Trish Sexton, Associate Dean for Curriculum for the Kirksville Osteopathic Medicine, stopped by the set of Good Morning heartland to talk about those foods and drinks. WATCH VIDEO to learn more.
Eggs: They pack heavy loads of cysteine, an amino acid that can break down toxins your body hasn't. Eggs are high in B vitamins, which according to one study, can reduce hangover symptoms.
Coconut Water: While sports drinks do contain the electrolytes you need after partaking in one or more adult beverages, they also often contain ingredients like artificial food dyes that don't do your brain cells any favors. A low-sugar coconut water, on the other hand, contains just as many electrolytes as Gatorade.
Ginger: If you wake up reeling from nausea, take ginger. A small dose of ginger also stimulates a stalled, post-drink digestive system, helping to ease constipation, gas, bloating, indigestion, and even vomiting
Tomato Juice: When you pour a steady stream of alcohol into your body, your liver is too busy metabolizing 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, 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.
Bananas: Alcohol actually draws water from your body's cells, creating more urine and causing you to literally flush potassium down the toilet. Low levels of potassium are linked to weak, shaky muscles and high blood pressureâ??all common hangover symptoms, according to the NIH. A banana can shoot your potassium levels right back up to where they belong.
Asparagus: In one study, asparagus extract was found to boost levels of enzymes that break down alcohol. While the research focused on eating it before a hangover sets in, scientists believe eating a serving or two the next day can still help since a hung-over body is riddled with toxins.
Coffee: If you don't regularly drink coffee, now's not the time to start. Coffee's a diuretic, capable of compounding existing dehydration. So for every cup you drink, match it with a glass of water.