It’s the day after New Year’s Eve. Although you had a fantastic night, today you’re paying the price, nursing a wicked hangover. Whether you’ve got a terrible headache, or upset stomach, or nausea, or a desire to crawl into bed and stay there for eternity, or all four maladies, we’ve got just the cure for you.
Thanks to these 10 healthy and delicious foods, your symptoms can be remedied faster and you’ll be ready to conquer anything 2015 has in store for you, starting with that terrible hangover.
When you’re hungover, your body has lost a lot of potassium that needs to be replenished, and bananas are filled with this good stuff! Just one banana contains 422 mg of Potassium, giving you 13% of your daily requirement.
If your stomach can handle it, sip on our Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie. With two bananas and lots of chocolatey goodness, you’ll feel your spirits lift and hangover dissipate.
If your hangover has got you feeling nauseous, ginger is just what the doctor ordered. Ginger isn’t just a zesty spice, it’s also a superfood that contains over 25 antioxidants. Ginger is known to relax and soothe the intestinal tract. Ginger tea is best for curing a hangover, because dehydration is a major culprit. Brew some ginger tea or sip on our Carrot Ginger Kumquat Smoothie and your stomach will be at ease in no time.
This beverage is another great way to hydrate after a hangover. Coconut water is especially good for dehydration. Since alcohol robs your body of water, replenishing with coconut water is the perfect solution. Coconut water, like bananas, is a great source of potassium and is loaded with vital electrolytes. It is known to aid in digestion, optimize muscle performance, boost the immune system and blood circulation, all of which are necessary to overcome the worst hangovers. Kick that hangover out with our Chamomile Lemonade Smoothie.
A night of drinking forces the liver to work over time, flushing out the toxins you are putting into it with every alcohol-containing sip. But you can offer this robust organ, some TLC by eating a serving of Almonds. Almonds are packed with vitamin E and healthy omega 3 fatty acids, both of which support the many digestive and detox functions of the liver. Chew on these little treats by themselves or blend up our Almond Snickers Smoothie.
Oatmeal is not only a comfort food, but it also provides your body with some much needed B Vitamins and minerals, both of which your body has been losing due to the diuretic effects of alcohol. B vitamins also boost your mood, which definitely could use some boosting when battling a painful and debilitating hangover! The complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber in oats help your body absorb and get rid of the toxins. Heat up a bowl of oatmeal or sip on our Chocolate Tahini No Bakes Smoothie.
Peppermint is a digestive aid that helps to relieve tension, bloating and other uncomfortable stomach ailments caused by alcohol. Peppermint has also been proven to speed up the detoxification process. So give your body some peppermint tea or our Peppermint Mocha Smoothie and get those toxins out of you.
Though sipping a Bloody Mary is the last thing you’d want to do, tomato juice is a great remedy for a hangover. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin A and C, beta-carotene, and the antioxidant lycopene. They also contain glutathione as well, which is the substance the body produces to help counteract hangover-inducing toxins. Sip on our Homemade Tomato Juice, a DIY Bloody Mary, that will get rid of those toxins and pep you up!
It made Popeye strong to the finish and it will do the same for you. Spinach is full of folic acid, sulfur and vitamin C, which are all essential vitamins and minerals for fighting a hangover. Vitamin C accelerates your liver’s ability to detoxify, allowing the alcohol to get out of your system quickly. Spinach is also great for your body’s circulatory system and brain, both of which are feeling the effects of the alcohol. Fight that hangover by blending up our Creamed Spinach Smoothie.
Heat things up and sweat out that hangover with this spice. The spiciness will rejuvenate and help your get rid of those toxins quickly. Best of all, cayenne pepper is a natural stimulant and pain reliever. Your memory of exactly what happened last night may have gotten away from you, but that headache remains. Blend up our Candied Cayenne Sweet Potato and say goodbye to that headache! And, to be safe, add an extra dash of cayenne.
Simple, readily available and totally free, water is essential in getting rid of those pesky hangover symptoms. Alcohol dehydrates you, so the more water you drink, the better you’ll feel. Next time you go out drinking, make sure to drink water before you go to sleep, so you’ll feel less like crawling back under the covers in the morning.
Feel your best and brightest in 2015 and join the Green Blender Smoothie Club!