These 5 Science-Backed Foods Will Help You Get Rid of Your Hangover | Food and Health

These 5 Science-Backed Foods Will Help You Get Rid of Your Hangover | Food and Health
These 5 Science-Backed Foods Will Help You Get Rid of Your Hangover 

Reduce Your Hangover Symptoms With These 5 Science-Backed Foods

We have all been there! The throbbing headache, the queasy stomach, and the dry mouth. Even if it seemed like a good idea last night, your body probably won't thank you today! While it's true that the only real way to avoid a hangover is to not drink alcohol, some foods can slightly reduce symptoms and make the next day a little more tolerable.

Coconut Water 

Coconut Water is one of the most hydrating liquids you can drink. So much so that many athletes use it to rehydrate during exercise instead of electrolyte drinks or water. One of the main hangover culprits is dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic that makes you urinate more often, removing water and certain electrolytes from your body. Coconut water contains an excellent balance of both, which can help with rehydration and the breakdown of alcohol in the body.

When you drink alcohol, your body tries to break it down through the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase. Studies show that limes can improve your body's ability to produce this enzyme and speed up the breakdown of alcohol left in your system. Unfortunately, eating a lime alone while nauseated can be too much! Instead, mix some lime juice into coconut water to reap the moisturizing benefits and improve the breakdown of alcohol.



Ginger has been used for centuries to help treat nausea, and scientific research appears to support this benefit. Ginger may also have a lasting effect on the body, with some studies tentatively suggesting it helps treat alcoholic fatty liver disease. Combine this with its anti-inflammatory properties, and you have a great pick me morning. The easiest way to have ginger is to grate it around a fingernail and swallow it with a little water. 

Green Leafy Vegetables 

Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale, are another type of food that can help break down alcohol by increasing the production of alcohol dehydrogenase. They also contain significant levels of magnesium and potassium, which can be low after a night of drinking. Studies also show that green leafy vegetables may support long-term liver health, meaning that as a regular part of your diet, your liver may be more efficient at removing alcohol from your body.


Animal studies suggest that the juice of Asian pears may help increase alcohol hydrogenase, which helps reduce symptoms. There has been little direct work in humans, but one study showed that when mixed with other fruits, pears can significantly reduce headaches after drinking alcohol. While more research is needed, signs are optimistic that it may help reduce hangover symptoms.

Clearly, if you don't want a hangover, you better not drink! However, if it's too late, what you eat may help alleviate some of your symptoms. Not only that, but these options are healthy additions to most diets, so you certainly wouldn't do yourself any harm trying them.


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DOI: 10.3746/pnf.2018.23.1.1

Source: Sci Tech Daily, Direct News 99