Overdid it a little last night? Then you’re probably suffering from a hangover, right?
Whether yours comes in the form of nausea, a banging headache, or both, you probably want it to go away as quickly as possible. We all have our own little ways of trying to sort a hangover, from a fried breakfast to a fatty fizzy drink.
But, there could be an even better way to stop the pain, or rather, seven of them. The best part? They’re all natural.
Nutritionist Jacquie Newson shares her favourite natural tips for fighting a hangover:
Eat lots of ginger
Feeling nauseous? Alcohol can be a real irritant to the stomach lining, and can increase the production of stomach acid. This is why we often experience nausea and vomiting the morning after overindulging.
Recent research has found that sipping on hot ginger tea throughout the day can help counter nausea and upset stomachs.
“I recommend grating some fresh ginger into a cup and adding boiling water. Leave it to steep for 10 minutes, then drink up,” advises Jacquie.
Boost your glutathione levels naturally
Glutathione is the powerful antioxidant which helps detoxify the liver after a night of drinking. However, when alcohol intake is excessive, our glutathione levels are seriously depleted.
It is therefore vital we give our liver a helping hand by eating foods which are rich sources of glutathione. These include fresh, raw vegetables like tomatoes, broccoli and spinach. Garlic and raw eggs work too.
Water, and lots of it
H2O is a must. Alcohol is a diuretic if consumed in large volumes and can cause dehydration, so be sure to sip on water throughout the day. Rehydration is key to recovering from a hangover.
Jacquie says: “I also recommend ordering a glass of water with every alcoholic drink you consume when you next go out, and alternating between the two, as this will ensure you replace the lost fluids throughout the night.”
Vitamin C supplements
Vitamin C can accelerate the liver’s ability to detoxify so it is a must-have for your hangover kit.
“For those who can stomach lots of fruit and veg on a hangover I recommend a refreshing fruit smoothie, and for those who can’t, make sure you supplement with a really well-absorbed vitamin C such as Altrient C,” says Jacquie.
A roast dinner
Red meat is rich in ALA (alpha-lipoic acid), a powerful antioxidant which can help improve liver function and cure your hangover, as it increases the cellular levels of glutathione. Foods rich in ALA include red meat, organ meats and brewer’s yeast.
Milk thistle contains crucial substances that help protect the liver from alcohol damage, such as silymarin. This has antioxidant properties that are known to help protect the liver by preventing the depletion of glutathione and promoting the growth of new liver cells.
A cardiovascular workout is probably the last thing you want to do when you’re hungover, but it’s well worth working up a sweat in order to help the body eliminate toxins.