Are you already dreading that Jan. 1 hangover? Certified nutritionist Judy Nicassio with Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics says that replenishing with antioxidants, B vitamins and lots of fluids is sure help cure that holiday hangover, so be sure to have these foods on hand for the day after. And avoid that morning cup of joe!
- Protein is your friend. Good, quality proteins like turkey, chicken, beef, fish and eggs are full of amino acids that help to detoxify the liver. Eggs are also a great source of cysteine, which helps break down a headache-causing toxin that’s produced when your body digests alcohol. Don’t forget the nuts and beans. They’re also a great protein source.
- Eat colors. Consume plenty of leafy greens, red beets and bright yellow and orange veggies (think bell peppers). These foods contain B vitamins which support the liver and pancreas.
- Go coconuts! Coconut water replaces your fluids and electrolytes, which are the nutrients you lose when drinking alcohol.
- Go bananas! Fruits like kiwi and bananas don’t just hydrate; they also contain B vitamins.
- Avoid coffee. Caffeine is a diuretic and can be very dehydrating. This means it pushes liquids out of the body just when you want to be replenishing as much as possible.