If you’re anything like us, you’re more likely than not to have a punishing hangover this Sunday. Never fear! We’re here to help. Scientists have been searching for ways to cure* hangovers for decades. So aside from the ridiculous proposition we stop drinking, it seems certain foods are the way to go. Here’s Nightset’s roundup of the foods you need to eat to cure a hangover (and get back on it in the evening)!
*It has, of course, been pointed out that scientists have already discovered the cure. It’s just no one seems to care for it.
Hangover Cure: Water
Duh! You know what happens when you ‘break the seal’ – you need to replace all that liquid that’s left your body. You’d think replacing it with wine or vodka would be fine but they’re so diuretic they make it worse. Your best friend here is plain old water. Our little trick is to try and drink as much as possible before you make it into bed after a heavy night. You’ll basically have started to cure your hangover before it even starts!
Hangover Cure: Avocados
Sorry, we know, it’s painfully basic. But avocados do actually have properties which make your hangover that little bit less awful. They hydrate you, for one thing, which helps get rid of that nasty headache. They also contain those so-called ‘good fats’ which need replacing after a heavy night. Good fats also help slow the absorption of alcohol, so eating them before a night out is also a good idea (if you have your life together enough for that sort of planning ahead). Another reason you feel so crap when you’re hungover is drinking depletes your Potassium levels. Avocados are full of potassium – one cup has 1166mg of the stuff.
Here’s some specifics (if you’re in to that sort of thing)
One cup of pureed avocado has:
- 368 Calories
- 4.6g of Protein
- 19.62g of Carbohydrate
- 1166mg of Potassium
- 23.0mg of Vitamin C
- 175mg Beta-sitosterol
- 0mg Cholesterol
(Information above is from the USDA National Nutrient Database)
So, swallow your pride and jump on the avocado bandwagon, because they cure your hangover and let’s face it, they’re great on toast.
Looking for some inspiration? Check out this excellent avocado recipe roundup.
Hangover Cure: Bananas
Another food that’s gonna pick up your potassium levels. Having potassium relieves headache symptoms. We have yet to figure out why, but it IS an ingredient in some painkillers. Remember, too, when you drink you mess up your kidneys. Your kidneys process the alcohol and get it out of your system – and they need a lot of potassium to do so. While you were partying hard, then, your kidneys were working hard. Having banana and avocados, with their high potassium content, is basically saying thank you to your kidneys for all the crap you put them through. And your body will appreciate it! It’s better to get your potassium from natural sources, you can take supplements but you’re more likely to consume way too much of it (especially if you’re hanging and not performing your best mentally).
Hangover Cure: Eggs
Ahh the humble egg. Yet so useful when you aren’t sure if you’ll ever see the other side of that hangover. Fried, poached scrambled – eggs are delicious and they are here to help you. Eggs help you battle something called ‘acetaldehyde,’ which we think is a suitably scary name for the toxin. This a**hole is basically responsible for your (totally unfair) hangover. Eggs bring the amino acid cysteine to the table and help break it down. Why not combine the egg with avocado and really speed up the recovery process?
Hangover Cure: Honey
The ‘Royal Society of Chemistry’ have found the naturally occurring sweetener fructose, found in honey, can help combat the effects of a hangover. They sound like they know what they’re talking about, and we’re under qualified to argue with them, so get ready for that honey on toast. Again, acetaldehyde is the culprit, and fructose is used in the process of breaking it down. The more fructose there is avaliable to use, the quicker your body will break it down into less toxic substances. Makes sense!
Hangover Cure: Oats
If there’s ever a time to give in to carbs, it’s when you’re hungover. And guess what? They aren’t that bad for you anyway. Oats are particularly handy when you’re hanging, as they’re packed full of the B vitamins, magnesium, iron and calcium that it’ll take to get you going again. On top that, Oats are packed with fibre which will aid digestion, and have been shown to lower blood cholesterol and improve your metabolism. All these will help atone for that, in retrospect, suspicious Kebab and chips that seemed like a good idea last night.
That’s our (and your) list of what you need to face the aftermath of a great weekend. We hope you like it, do let us know if there’s anything you think we missed. Now you know how to stop a hangover in its tracks, it’s time to explore London’s amazing club and bar scene. Download Nightset app for the best news on where to go, who’s going where and what not to miss.
If you fancy some more inspiration, why not check out our pick of the best jazz bars in London. Or, if Jazz isn’t your thing, have a look at London’s Best Gin clubs and Events (gin is actually less likely to give you a hangover, so bear that in mind).
Never been clubbing in London before? Or just want to check out some tips? Check out our 6 rules for partying in the Capital.