Relieve the dreaded symptoms of a hangover which these top tips from nutritionist Cassandra Barns
Replenish your micronutrients
The diuretic effects of alcohol can increase loss of vitamins and minerals. In terms of vitamins, the water-soluble B vitamins and vitamin C may be particularly affected. Minerals may also be easily depleted, so selenium and zinc can help to protect our cells from free radical damage.
Drink enough water
This may be obvious, but it can be helpful to have a large glass of water before starting on the alcohol, a glass between each alcoholic drink, and at least one large glass before going to bed. To improve your hydration, it is ideal to drink water that contains extra electrolyte minerals such as potassium, sodium and magnesium. Natural coconut water is ideal.
Eat something before drinking alcohol
Make sure that what you eat contains protein and ideally some healthy fats, as these stay in the stomach for longer. Good protein foods are meats, fish, eggs, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds. Healthy fats can include olive oil or other good quality seed oils (e.g. flaxseed), avocado, nuts and seeds.
Help detoxify your liver
The liver is responsible for processing and breaking down about 95% of the alcohol we consume. So try to include protein-rich foods that promote healthy liver function. Particularly important is the amino acid cysteine, which has a specific role in acetaldehyde breakdown: and can be found in vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage.
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