After a late night of too many cocktails, it’s typical to wake up with such symptoms as a headache, stomachache, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, and dizziness. This collection of symptoms, referred to as a hangover, can put quite a damper on your morning. If you are experiencing a hangover in Jax Beach, we can help you at the office of L.A. Quinn, M.D. Come in for IV hydration therapy and be amazed at how much better you feel when you are hydrated in the most effective and efficient way. In the meantime, if you are looking for a meal that will help you while you wait for your appointment, here are some ideas of what you can consume to help with your hangover.
Before you begin eating, you should prioritize drinking water to replenish the fluids your body has lost to your night of drinking. Water is the first thing you should reach for when you wake up with a hangover.
Coconut Water or Sports Drinks
Coconut water contains five electrolytes found in the human body, so it can be a great way to replenish what you lost after a night of drinking. Alternatively, if you don’t like the taste of coconut water or don’t have access to it, most sports drinks offer two of the electrolytes and can serve to hydrate you and restore necessary nutrients.
If you are looking for a way to soothe an upset stomach due to a hangover, peppermint tea can be quite helpful. Studies show that peppermint tea can reduce nausea and stomach pain, so if you are feeling queasy, brew a pot of mint tea.
This is a weird one, but many people swear by it. Because pickle juice contains salt, vinegar, and water, it is a good way to replenish electrolytes and sodium. Try taking a shot of pickle juice before you go out, then again the morning after.
Coffee is also a mild diuretic, so be careful, as it could worsen your headache. However, if you are a daily coffee drinker, it is wise to drink a cup of joe. This will give you a nice energy boost, and some studies indicate that if you combine caffeine with aspirin, it could help significantly with hangover relief.
Eggs are a protein-rich breakfast food for any day, but especially if you are feeling hungover this morning. Eggs contain amino acids taurine and cysteine. Taurine is good for your liver, and cysteine is helpful for breaking down acetaldehyde, the chemical that causes headaches after consuming alcohol.
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, an essential electrolyte that becomes depleted from alcohol consumption. Eat it plain or mix it with some yogurt and leafy greens for a tasty smoothie.
Chicken Noodle Soup
It might seem like a weird breakfast food, but chicken noodle soup is great for hangovers. The broth contains the sodium and water that you need after imbibing too much, and the chicken contains cysteine to fight your headache. Don’t eat chicken? Miso soup offers the same effect for vegetarians.
After a night of drinking, your stomach may be extremely upset and it may be difficult for you to eat. Fortunately, wheat toast is a plain carb that can raise your blood sugar level without causing any upset to your stomach. Drizzle your toast with honey for a little more of an energy boost, or just eat it plain if that is all you can stomach.
A hot bowl of oatmeal is a great source of B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Additionally, it raises your blood sugar and neutralizes acids, providing you with the energy you need to get up and get moving.
What Not to Eat or Drink
There is a common misconception that what you need after a night of overindulgence is greasy foods, but this can actually irritate your stomach. Greasy foods are actually more helpful before you start drinking, as the fat can prevent too much alcohol from being absorbed by the stomach lining.
“Hair of the Dog”
This expression refers to consuming alcohol the morning after a night of drinking in order to avoid a hangover. However, while a drink may help ease your headache in the morning, all you are really doing is offsetting the onset of your hangover, which will only be worse because you have consumed more alcohol.
If you overindulged last night and are feeling under the weather now, there is only so much one meal can do for you. However, there are other solutions to your problem. At the office of L.A. Quinn, M.D., we offer IV therapy to those who are experiencing hangovers. Come into our clinic for treatment for your hangover, and you may be surprised by how well you feel as you walk out our doors. Contact us today to learn more about this treatment!