Hangover? Super Foods to the Rescue!

Happy New Year, it’s 2012! Now, some of you may have tied one on as they say or are just not used to drinking champagne and the result: a hangover on New Year’s Day. Well it’s superfoods to the rescue. Try some of these natural remedies to make the new year a little happier:

Coconut Water
Yes, the water of that tropical delight we call coconuts can help you with your hangover. Coconut water will rehydrate and recharge your body. It’s fat-free, naturally sweet and tastes good to boot. Coconut water contains a lot of minerals such as potassium and sodium, which replenish the electrolytes you lost the night before. Coconut water also boosts immune functions, prevents viral infections and keeps your body’s temperature at an even keel.

Sure they’re high in potassium but they also improve muscle functions, which often become sore after a night of drinking. Bananas are easily digestible and good to take on queasy stomach. Bananas also give you energy, which is helpful when the last thing you want to do is get out of bed.

Carrot Juice
Ah, what’s up doc? Carrot juice can help detoxify the liver, which aids in getting rid of the toxins left by alcohol. Carrot juice is naturally sweet and contains high contents of β-carotene, (a source of vitamin A,) and B complex vitamins like folate. Carrot juice also contains many minerals like calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron.

Apparantly, asparagus contains important enzymes that break down alcohol in the body. Asparagus is also one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables in existence. Asparagus is a nutrient-dense food which is very high in folic acid and is a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin’s B6, A, C, and thiamin. These mighty green stalks are fat-free, cholesterol free and is low in sodium. Tip on picking out asparagus is that the larger the diameter, the better the quality.

Peppermint can help perk you up as well as soothe your stomach. Drink some peppermint tea or peppermint oil pills for stomach relief. And, for a little pick me up, try putting some essential peppermint oil on a handkerchief or washcloth and breathe in deeply.

Prickly Pear
This cactus fruit possesses anti-inflammatory agents that can help offset the damage done by drinking alcohol and nutritionally the prickey pear is a packed with vitamins and minerals. With seventeen amino acids, high fiber contents, great levels of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and Bioflavoids, adding prickly pears to a healthy diet may be a good idea hangover or not. Prickly pears can be eaten as a fruit (follow the guide), taken as an extract capsule, or consumed as a tea to help prevent a hangover.

How to Cut a Prickly Pear
(reposted from simplyrecipes.com)

Raw Honey
Raw honey contains antioxidants and concentrated fructose, which helps remove the alcohol from your system more quickly. Raw honey is the concentrated nectar of flowers and contains ingredients similar to those found in fruits, which become alkaline in the digestive system. It doesn’t ferment in the stomach and it can be used to counteract acid indigestion. When mixed with ginger and lemon juices, it also relieves nausea and supplies energy. Raw honey is the healthiest choice amongst the various forms of honey because it has the most nutritional value and contains amylase, (an enzyme concentrated in flower pollen which helps predigest starchy foods). Most of the honey found in the supermarket is regular honey, which has been pasteurized (heated) and loses the yeast and enzymes which are responsible for activating the vitamins and minerals in the body.

Tomato Juice
There is a reason why people drink Bloody Mary’s to ease them from a night of drinking, it’s the tomato juice! Tomato juice really does a body good because it hydrates, flushes out toxins, stimulates blood circulation, revives muscles and boosts the immune system. Tomato Juice is high in potassium, vitamin C and the antioxidant, cancer-fighting compound, Lycopene. If you have gallbladder diseases, tomato juice should be avoided. 

Quinoa, the Peruvian superfood that sustained the Incan empire is a good thing to eat during a hangover because it can restore the amino acids that been depleted due to drinking alcohol. Plus, you’ll get all the jam-packed vitamins and minerals it contains that help you get through the day and repair your body.

If you do overindulge on New Year’s Eve and are feeling not quite your cheery self the first of the year, try natural foods and drinks before you dig into the medicine cabinet . Organics if you can because your liver is already working overtime breaking down the alcohol, you don’t want to add pesticides to its workload. And, drinking good ole water is extremely important, because its going to help rehydrate the body, which it desperately needs after night of libations.