7 Foods To Help Get Rid of That Dreaded Hangover

Waking up with a hangover can be one of the most unpleasant experiences. Whether your mouth is aching for water, your stomach is churning with last night’s remnants of vodka and pizza, or your head is pounding out of your forehead, it seems like anything would be worth the price of escaping the pain of last night's drinking. While your first instinct may be to reach for a greasy burger and fries, there are other foods that actually fight your hangover more effectively than others. We’ve come up with a list of seven foods that, unlike that burger, will actually help to alleviate your hangover symptoms.

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Bananas

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Bananas help replete your body’s potassium content, which is often diminished after alcohol consumption and excess urination. Low potassium levels can cause headaches, muscle achiness, fatigue, and nausea. Try making a smoothie with honey, which helps restore your blood sugar, or some greens for added vitamins and nutrients.

Prickly Pear

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Though it may not be your first choice for a hangover snack, the prickly pear has been shown to reduce hangover symptoms, including nausea, dry mouth, and aversion to food. Though you can eat the fruit the day after drinking, taking an extract five hours before consuming alcohol can help reduce your hangover symptoms by 50 percent.

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Eggs

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Eggs are a great way to cure a hangover. Not only are they easy on your stomach, but they contain cysteine, an amino acid that breaks down acetaldehyde, a product of alcohol metabolism that contributes to your hangover. This helps soak up your body’s leftover toxins.

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Asparagus

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Another unsuspecting choice, asparagus can help ease hangover symptoms by boosting levels of enzymes that break down alcohol after drinking. This green vegetable can be eaten before or after drinking to lessen those pesky headaches and nausea.

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Coconut Water

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Many people swear by Gatorade for their hangovers, most likely because of its high content of electrolytes. However, coconut water is the superior option, with no added sugars or dyes and even more natural electrolytes and natural salts. Since a big part of your hangover pains come from being dehydrated, coconut water can help keep you hydrated.

Ginger

Ginger is a wonderful natural remedy for nausea and vomiting. Brewing ginger can not only help reduce sickness, but it will also keep you hydrated and settle your stomach.

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Miso Soup

Eating a bowl of miso soup not only restocks the sodium that your body lost from drinking, but it also forces you to drink more water because of its salt content. Miso is also fermented, which can help ease digestion.

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