Hangover cure: FOUR things to add to your diet to FIGHT effects of drinking alcohol
Hangover cure: Eating broccoli could combat effects of drinking
Hangovers are likely to be on the rise from now until January 1st as the festive season begins to take hold.
While Britons are encouraged to drink no more than 14 units per week, some people could over-indulge and leave themselves with a sore head.
Other symptoms of a hangover include feeling sick, sleepy, unwell, thirsty and confused.
The severity of symptoms may vary from person to person and depend on how dehydrated someone may be.
Additionally, drinking too much can lead to weight gain and breakouts of acne.
Add kale and broccoli to your diet to support your liver
Cassandra Barns, nutritionist
Adding particular foods and drinks to your diet could help get you back on track in no time the morning after.
Ensuring you consume enough vegetables in your diet ca help you get enough fibre, antioxidants and vitamin C to keep you looking and feeling good.
“Include orange vegetables such as squash or sweet potato, which are rich in antioxidant carotenoids, and cruciferous vegetables such as kale or broccoli, which are supportive for the liver,” Barns suggested.
She advised batch cooking a vegetable based straw that also contains meat, fish, beans or lentils for protein.
Hangover cure: Drinking particular types of green tea can help your liver
It is known that caffeine can have a dehydrating effect on our body, so swapping that regular cup of coffee for green tea could help you feel better.
“Green tea is supportive for the liver and is rich in skin-protective anti-ageing antioxidants,” explained Barns.
“My favourite for overall wellbeing is Pukka’s Wonder Berry Green tea which also contains beetroot which has liver-supporting and antioxidant properties, as well as being a source o iron.”
She added that cutting down on caffeine could help the quality of post-party sleep too.
Many types of alcohol, such as vodka with cranberry juice and a gin and tonic, contain a lot of sugar too, and along with chocolate and mince pies throughout the December this can equal sugar overload.
“Sugar can spell disaster for your skin: it has a direct ageing effect and can encourage breakouts,” warned Barns.
“It can also give you energy slumps and deal a blow to your immunity, too.
“Eat nuts for healthy fats, protein, fibre and minerals.
“This means they’ll help keep you full and balance your blood sugar so you’re less tempted by treats.
Hangover cure: Nuts can reduce cravings for sugary drinks and Christmas treats
Staying hydrated is a well-known way of reducing hangover symptoms, but it can also prevent weight gain and acne.
“Your skin’s worst enemy over the party season is undoubtedly alcohol,” said Cassandra Barns, a nutritionist.
“Its dehydrating effects dry out your skin.
“It places extra strain on your liver, making it harder for your body to get rid of toxins, which can then build up and lead to dull, lifeless skin and breakouts.
“Booze is also a key factor in festive weight gain, due to the sheer number of calories it contains.
“But drinking plenty of water can really help to counteract some of these effects.
“It helps keep your skin hydrated, flushes out toxins and can even help reduce your calorie consumption from both food and alcohol.”
She recommended sipping through around two litres over the course of a day.