Hangovers: All you need to know
17th December 2020 / Health
Hangovers: All you need to know
Hangovers, a frequent visitor at this time of year! Well, we’re here to bust a few myths about the dreaded h-word and share a few tips and tricks to help you beat them!
What really is a hangover?
Hangovers are completely different in all of us, so there’s really no one size fits all when it comes to hangover symptoms. But what really is a hangover? Well, essentially one of the main causes of the classic hangover symptoms is dehydration.
Alcohol is metabolised mostly by our liver. Our liver is able to process one standard drink per hour (yes, that’s it!). After this, the additional alcohol starts to accumulate in our blood and body tissues, which is why the effects of alcohol often last several hours. That being said, we all process alcohol at different rates. This is due to a number of different physiological factors which include our body sizes, the amount of both water and fat stored in our body tissues, hormone levels also play a key role.
As we know, we all experience hangovers differently but the most commonly reported symptoms include:
- Light sensitivity
Link Nutrition’s top tips to avoid the hangover
What we eat to beat the hangover
Eggs - Eggs are the number one food that we call upon after we’ve been drinking! And it’s for good reason. Eggs contain a high level of a particular amino acid called cysteine. Cysteine helps to break down some of the by-products of alcohol metabolism that we mentioned earlier! Cysteine is essential for the breakdown of acetate into carbon dioxide and water, so eggs the morning after is really beneficial.
Bananas - These are one of our go-to foods because they contain the essential minerals potassium and magnesium that are depleted when we drink, so they help our bodies to combat the hangover. They’re easy for our body to digest, and potassium can also help to reduce the feelings of nausea and fatigue that we can experience when we have a hangover.
Kombucha - We drink kombucha when we’re partied a bit hard the night before. Why? Well, it’s naturally rich in something called gluconic acid, which helps to support electrolyte balance which is really important when you’ve got a hangover. It’s also a fluid so will keep you hydrated, plus it’s really refreshing!
Prioritise protein! Protein is so important both in the build up to drinking and the day after. Eating a meal rich in protein will help your body to recover more quickly. Partner your protein with some healthy fats, like avocado and you're good to go.
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