The best breakfast to cure your hangover this Christmas
While bh doesn’t endorse drinking yourself silly, we know most people will need a hangover cure at some point in the festive season.
So, when you wake up after a rather large night, what should you eat to take the edge off?
Well, UK writer Charlotte Griffiths recently went all out to find out, drinking too much on four occasions and testing a range of brekkie options.
Here’s what she tried:
- A full English breakfast (including sausages, bacon, baked beans, a fried egg, hash browns and a mug of tea)
- A ‘wellness’ meal devised by a nutritionist (including pomegranate juice, dried fruits and a selection of nuts with honey along with cottage cheese, raw vegetables and eggs on buckwheat)
- A bowl of Coco Pops and granola topped with skim milk and sliced banana
- Nothing at all (she fasted till lunchtime, drinking only water)
The results were surprising. After taking both a blood sugar and personality test following each feast, Charlotte found the best hangover breakfast was in fact no breakfast at all.
She scored high on emotional stability (reflecting her alertness at work that morning) and extraversion (her enthusiastic frame of mind), and her blood sugar also stayed relatively stable – although the lack of food left her feeling less-than-energetic when the afternoon rolled around.
In explaining the writer’s impressive recovery, her nutritionist Christine said it may have been due to her body not being overloaded with the digestive process.
However, she did point out that plain water isn’t as easily absorbed as the fluid found in foods, so it’s not the best thing for combating dehydration. Coconut water is a better option as it’s rich in electrolytes, which rapidly hydrate the body.
If that’s not enough to nip your hangover in the bud, I recommend Hydrodol Hangover Relief: a heaven-sent supplement that soothes headaches and nausea, and offers a hit of vitamins and amino acids to clear the bleariness.
Which hangover breakfast would you most prefer? What are your top tips for curing a hangover?