We Looked At The Science Behind Surviving Your Hangover
Room spinning, head aching, stomach turning – we’ve all been there, but what can you do to make the most of your night, as well as the morning after?
As you’re sitting there with your curtains drawn and refusing to move a muscle you’re probably racking your brains as to something, anything that can begin to make you feel human again.
Luckily we’re on hand to spout some knowledge, some from personal experience, most from trained nutritionists who can offer better advice than “get a kebab”.
We’ve teamed up with Holland & Barrett, to spill some handy tips and tricks to help you overcome your fuzzy head and be well on your way to a productive Sunday.
If you’re feeling nauseous
Nausea can often cause lack of appetite, making it tempting to just avoid food completely. Doing this will only make you feel worse though.
Smoothies containing protein can be a good compromise if you’re struggling to muster up the strength to eat solids as it will help you raise your sustainable blood sugar levels.
It goes without saying that staying hydrated is key.
Chamomile tea could have a soothing and calming effect on your stomach next time you’re feeling a bit woozy.
If you’re feeling dizzy
You close your eyes and you swear you’re on some kind of fairground ride? Yep, it’s the last thing you need when you’re already feeling queasy.
If you’re struggling to steady yourself, ginger has been traditionally used to help reduce the symptoms of nausea.
Try grating some fresh ginger into hot water or opt for a ginger tea to help you steady yourself.
Snacking on crystallised ginger (we didn’t realise that was a thing either) can also help counteract your wobbly feeling.
If you’re at the hunger stage
Otherwise known as the light at the end of the tunnel, a sign of better things to come.
It’s pretty easy to throw yourself into your local takeaway menu, that ‘set meal for four’ isn’t too much for one person, is it?
We’re all guilty of it, though the greasy, heavy food is the last thing your body really needs to properly recover.
Cysteine is an amino acid which helps boost the liver’s natural cleansing function and can help rid the body of certain toxins.
Eggs and soya beans are both great sources of this. It’s also found in sunflower seeds, which are a great plant-friendly way to fuel your body, high in both cysteine and protein.
If you have dry mouth
You’ve drank enough water to fill an ocean and you still feel like you’re chewing on sand.
Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it removes fluids from your body – drinking water and juice can help get things ticking again.
Excessive intake of caffeinated drinks the day after you have a few too many alcoholic drinks can worsen your hangover symptoms by acting as a diuretic. Eventually promoting the loss of more fluids from your body and potentially worsening or prolonging your symptoms.
More effective than all of them though is a humble glass of orange juice. This is because OJ gives your blood sugar levels a boost and contains Vitamin B which helps to support your immune system.
Coconut Water is another secret weapon against dehydration. Being rich in vitamins, minerals and electrolytes makes it ideal for rehydrating – replacing those lost electrolytes such as magnesium and potassium which are essential for the recovery of both your brain and muscles too.
We’re not just looking after your head in our partnership with Holland & Barrett, as students can also grab 10% off their orders, so we’re keeping an eye on your wallets too.
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