If you have your water and vitamin supplements but your heads throbbing and you’re feeling sick and sorry for yourself, there are some foods you should avoid and some that will hopefully help.
Coffee- Some swear by a cup for the caffeine hit but coffee has a diuretic effect which won’t help any headaches or dehydration.
Tea with milk can help settle the stomach and provide the caffeine to ease you into the day or herbal teas can be great if you not a fan of tea.
Take aspirin or ibuprofen. There’s no point in taking it before you go to sleep as most of the effects peak in 4 hours and will be wasted on your snores. According to David J. Clayton, M.D., co-author of The Healthy Guide to Unhealthy Living ‘Get up and take 800 milligrams of ibuprofen an hour before you need to be functional. You’ll feel awful when you wake up to take it, but you’ll feel much better an hour later.”
Fruit juices or smoothies. Fruit juice is good as the fructose will provide energy and you’ll be getting one of your 5 a day! Avoid strong citrus fruits like orange or grapefruit if your stomach is feeling sensitive.
Even if your stomach is turning at the idea of food, it’s important to try eat something. Toast with butter and jam is perfect as you’re getting carbohydrate, fat and sugar. If you can add protein through meat or egg even better.
‘Bland’ carbs like wholegrain bread, porridge or fried potatoes will help decrease nausea and soak up the increased acid in your stomach and the protein contains amino acids which will aid the liver in its detoxification.
Our bodies are 75% water which is why alcohols dehydrating effect hits us hardest the next morning .Hydration is key to escaping the slump!
Did you know the headache of a hangover is actually caused by the shrinkage of our brain dura (the membrane that encases our brain) due to dehydration!
Getting out for a walk or some gentle exercise can be a great way to take your mind off yourself inflicted pain and release some endorphins giving you a much needed mood boost!
If nothing is easing your symptoms just remember your self inflicted hangover can only last for maximum 24 hours so it’s not the end of the world.
Drinkaware is a great website if you want to find out more about the calorie content of alcoholic drinks and also provides facts,advice on how to cut back and apps to help track your intake.