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5 Foods that help a hangover

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

How to feed a hangover

You've done it again; you had one or two too many and now you've got a wicked hangover. Here are a 5 foods to eat if you have a hangover. We'll save the lecture for when you feel better.

Woman with hangover

What causes a hangover?

A hangover is a notorious condition caused by drinking to excess. Hangover symptoms can range from a splitting headache and a queasy stomach to dry mouth, dizziness, lethargy, dry heaving, and even depression. You feel super sick, drained of energy, and foggy-headed.

5 Foods that help a hangover

Any food will replenish nutrients and rehydrate you, especially if you happened to throw up. Here are some foods that help a hangover in a hurry.

1Water first

That foggy-headed feeling can be relieved by staying well hydrated; excessive drinking causes dehyration. In addition to drinking water along with your alcoholic beverages, be sure to drink a glass of water as soon as you get up. An electrolyte sports drink wouldn't hurt either.


Due to alcohol's diuretic effect, noshing on bananas the morning after can replace potassium and other lost electrolytes. Blend a banana into a fruit smoothie if your stomach is feeling rebellious against solid foods.

3An egg and whole wheat toast

You can combat the hangover fatigue by eating a light breakfast. The combination of protein and carbohydrates in an egg and toast is a good source of recovery nutrients and is easy on the stomach. In addition, eggs contain the amino acid cysteine, which can break down the toxins that cause hangover symptoms, and whole grains contain magnesium, which alcohol can deplete.


An herbal approach can also offer relief. Willow bark is nature's answer to aspirin while evening primrose oil can help nurse your alcohol-riddled liver to health. Dosing with milk thistle oil or chewing fennel seeds is another aid in liver function. Herbal teas can help with rehydration, particularly peppermint tea, which will soothe your tummy. Talk to an herbalist or naturopath for the best herbal hangover prescription.

5Greasy foods

Though a plate piled high with greasy pizza may give you the dry heaves the morning after too much alcohol, eating high-fat foods before imbibing can reduce your risk of a hangover because the fats line your stomach and intestines. A healthier approach is to eat foods high in healthy fats such as olive oil, salmon, or avocados, and keeping your alcoholic drinks to a minimum.

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