When it comes to hangovers, prevention is always better than cure. But once that nagging headache and queasiness set in, you know that it’s no use thinking about that last drink you should’ve passed. It’s especially easy to overdo it with festive drinking on New Year’s Eve, and we’re all guilty of having a drink or five more than we can handle. While there truly is no cure for hangover other than time itself, there are some remedies that can make you feel just a little bit better. These 10 super healthy recipes will make you feel fewer hangovers after New Year’s Eve is over.
1. Persimmon Salad with Pomegranates and Walnuts
This antioxidant-packed salad helps lower your triglyceride levels and improve liver functioning, both of which are affected by excess alcohol. A study published inPreventive Nutrition and Food Science even found that persimmon accelerated alcohol metabolism by increasing the amount of alcohol-metabolizing enzymes in the body. Pomegranate can help lower your blood pressure and reduce headache symptoms while walnuts give you plenty of easily digestible energy.
2. Homemade Ginger Tea
Fresh ginger can mitigate almost all hangover symptoms. Studies on this spicy herb found that it works as a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidative remedy. Since hangovers are mostly a result of oxidative stress and greater levels of inflammation in the body, herbs like ginger can help reduce hangover symptoms. This simple homemade ginger tea recipe includes maple syrup to improve your blood glucose levels which also happens to drop when you’re feeling hungover.
3. Roasted Parmesan Asparagus
When feeling hungover, chances are you’ll lose your appetite. But to boost your recovery and survive the day, you need to eat a light meal such as this roasted asparagus with parmesan. The meal will give you plenty of energy but also speed up your hangover recovery as studies show that asparagus also increased the number of alcohol-metabolizing enzymes in the body and protected the liver from alcohol-induced damage.
4. Chinese Ginseng Soup
There’s nothing better than a bowl of warm soup to treat your hangover. But if you add a bit of ginseng to your traditional chicken soup, you get a true and tried hangover cure. This Chinese chicken and ginseng soup is packed with flavor and hangover-fighting ginseng. Ginseng improves alcohol metabolism, reduces reproductive toxicity caused by alcohol, and also relieves stomach upset from too much alcohol as explained in a study published in Toxicology in Vitro.
5. Cinnamon-Thyme Tea
When feeling hungover, the first thing you need to do is drink plenty of fluids to rehydrate yourself. The best way to do so is with a cup of soothing tea that also happens to be rich in ingredients proven to reduce hangover symptoms. This cinnamon-thyme tea fights hangover for many reasons. Thyme’s main constituent, thymol, was found to reduce liver and brain toxicity caused by alcohol. This effect of thyme can help with mind fog while cinnamon can help with stomach upset after you’ve had a drink too many.
6. Kudzu Jelly Spread
If you can get your hands on this rare type of jelly from one of the best-known hangover cures, the kudzu flower, then that would be great. Making your own Kudzu jelly is probably not an option, but once you get a hand on these flowers, make sure to keep a jar near when you’re feeling hungover. Studies on kudzu flowers show that it is the most potent hangover cure, helping with both hangover symptoms and alcohol-induced organ damage.
7. Prickly Pear Juice
Prickly pears, also known as pear cactus fruit can also help you feel a wee bit better. This prickly pear juice recipe also combines other hangover-fighting ingredients such as ginger and lime to make for a potent anti-hangover elixir. Prickly pear’s a packed with free-radical scavenging antioxidants and this means that they can help with alcohol-induced inflammation. A study on prickly pears even found that it prevented liver damage caused by excess alcohol consumption.
8. Lettuce, Mango, and Avocado Salad
This easy-to-make lettuce, mango, and avocado salad will give you all the nutrients you need to get over a hangover. Mango is a rich source of antioxidants that research found helped with elevated ethanol levels. The avocado in this salad is rich in potassium and sodium to help balance out your electrolytes after a night of drinking.
9. Tomato Soup
If you can’t seem to handle solid meals when you’re hungover, then try eating a comforting tomato soup to get that little extra energy. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants to help with alcohol-induced inflammation. But they’re also a great source of the alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme – an enzyme that helps break down alcohol in our body.
10. Miso Soup
Miso soup is easy to make at home, is rich in antioxidants, fluids, potassium, and probiotics – all the things your body needs after having too much alcohol. The probiotic content in miso can also bring your digestion back to normal. Chances are you’re feeling a bit queasy after that last martini you had so make sure to have a bowl of this soup the next day.
Drinking moderately is the best way to enjoy your New Year’s Eve party without suffering the consequences the next day. But when the damage is already done, you can turn to these healthy recipes for a faster hangover recovery. Make sure to keep the ingredients for each recipe in your cupboard and fridge for quick next-day fixes.
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