The festive season is well and truly in full swing. Christmas parties are rife and it’s difficult AF to say no to free flowing booze. But with all of the fun comes the dreaded hangover.

A hangover is different for everyone. For some, one drink can be enough to bring on a hangover, while others can consume a lot more before feeling the impact.

Firstly, regardless of where you are on the spectrum, always drink responsibly.

Secondly, if you happen to find yourself a little hungover the next morning, know you don’t need to reach for the medicine cabinet or rush to the pharmacy. Instead, opt for one of these natural remedies to alleviate some of that pain:

Foods

These foods have properties that can help you feel better after a Christmas party or a few too many wines:

Eggs

Eggs contain high amounts of cysteine, which is a substance that breaks down hangover causing toxin, acetaldehyde. They’re a great breakfast option for you to have the morning after a few too many drinks.

Bananas

Although you might not think you’d be able to stomach a banana after a night out, they contain high levels of potassium, which is depleted when you drink alcohol. When we have lower levels of potassium it makes us feel weak and fatigued, especially the day after heavy drinking. Try having a banana on it’s own when you first wake up or pop it into a hydrating smoothie.

Watermelon

We all know that hydration is key after a night of drinking, so watermelon is a great fresh, natural way to replenish yourself. L-citrulline is a nutrient watermelon has high levels of that promotes blood flow, so opting for this juicy fruit (especially in summer while it’s in season!) can help elevate that dreaded alcohol induced headache.

Drinks

We all know that alcohol is a diuretic, and that’s where most of the symptoms of a hangover are derived from. Try these hydrating beverages to help you feel yourself again:

Coconut water

This is a great choice after a night on the booze. It’s the perfect way to replenish our sugars (naturally), electrolytes and rehydrate.

Lemon and Ginger Tea

You may be the type who craves a coffee a morning after a big night, but opting for a lemon and ginger tea will be more beneficial for your hungover state. Lemon helps detox your liver, and ginger helps elevate nausea related symptoms related to a hangover. Drink up!

Tomato Juice

The Bloody Mary without the Vodka is a thing, you guys. Tomato juice has enough sugars to pep up your mood post a night out, and can also help with the shakes associated with a hangover (we don’t like those).

Do’s and don’ts

Do:

  • Rest your body and let yourself sleep. This is when your body heals and recovers.
  • Drink responsibly – don’t get too excited and go overboard.
  • Drink water before, during and the next day.
  • Have a wholesome, nutritious meal before you head out drinking.

Don’t:

  • Eat salty, fried food – even though this is what you may feel like eating, it will exasperate the symptoms of a hangover by irritating your stomach lining further and dehydrating you. Sorry to say, but that kebab on the way home may make you feel worse.
  • Sit on the couch all day – get up and move your body, you’ll feel better for it.

Herbs and Supplements

  • Milk Thistle – Milk thistle is a herb that is liver protecting. Silymarin is the main ingredient in Milk thistle which is high in antioxidants and also anti- inflammatory.
  • Magnesium – try taking magnesium the day after as this can help with the headaches brought on by a hangover.

Jess Blair is a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Founder of holistic lifestyle education and consultation platform, Wellness by Blair. The online hub was established by Jess, who takes a rounded approach to health and wellbeing by combining her knowledge in naturopathy, nutrition and fitness. Specialising in women’s health, thyroid and hormonal issues, body image and family wellbeing, Jess is passionate about educating Australians on how to best achieve optimal health for both themselves and their families. For more on Jess, visit her site or follow her on Instagram.

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