Often it’s the last thing we want to do. Sometimes, it’s impossible. But eating really can set you back on the road to being a real, functioning human again. As well as helping us replenish some lost vitamins and minerals, beating low sugar levels with some scran can help us battle common hangover symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue and weakness.
Depending on how rough you’re feeling, the trusty fry-up is a firm favourite for a reason. It helps replace lost fatty acids and break down the alcohol in your liver. If you’re already stocking your larder ahead of New Year’s morning, be sure to get plenty eggs in – they’re saviours here, as they contain something called taurine, which has been shown to even reverse the liver damage caused by alcohol.
If you’re a little too delicate for this particular delicacy, may we tempt you with some mild-flavoured carbohydrates, such as wholemeal toast or crackers? They’re not the most exciting, we admit, but anything is better than nothing at this stage. Bouillon soup (a thin, vegetable-based broth, apparently) is a good source of vitamins and minerals, which can top-up depleted resources. It’s also easy for a fragile stomach to digest. Drinking too much alcohol can also deplete your potassium levels so, if you can stomach it, eat a banana in the morning and watch your hangover fade away by noon. Almost. If in doubt, a slice of toast and some juice is always a great way to gently nudge your levels back to normal.
Some studies show that keeping the right amount of sugar in our blood could mitigate some of the bodily changes that occur with alcohol consumption, such as the build-up of acid in the blood – which is often why we vomit. So if you’re hoping to avoid even getting to this stage, eat your tea before you drink! We’ve been told this since we were 18, but do we ever learn? No is the answer. No, we do not.