Have you ever woken up after a night of drinking and thought, “I’m not leaving the bed today”? Or have you called a friend in desperation, asking them to bring greasy fast food ASAP?
Before you pick up the phone and start texting your bestie, you may what to rethink the foods you put into your body the night you go out, and of course, the morning after. Being smart, which may seem difficult after a night of drinking, can be the difference between functioning the next day and hiding under your covers until Monday morning.
While there are no sure-fire cures for a head-splitting hangover, there are a number of unique, vitamin-packed foods that help restore what was depleted on your big night out. So skip the McDonald’s this morning, and have your bestie bring you one of these unique and savory hangover cure foods instead.
You lose a lot of electrolytes on a big night out, and those morning sweats can deplete your electrolytes even more. Replace some of that salt by eating Japan’s go-to hangover food, umeboshi. Additionally, umeboshi plums contain naturally-occurring acids, which quicken digestion and aid in liver function. This pickled and extremely sour plum-like fruit may make your stomach turn, but if you can choke it down, you can recover faster.
Pro tip: Some steep umeboshi in green tea, then drink the tea for a less concentrated flavor. We suggest that option if you’re feeling queasy.
If you ever find yourself hungover in Senegal, you’re in luck! Or, you can try to recreate the traditional hangover drink jassa wherever you live too. This citrus chicken stew is made by marinating the meat in a number of flavorful spices before cooking. In fact, the spice is what is said to drive away from the toxins in your body from last night’s indulgence.
3. Chicory Root and Dandelion Coffee
You may be disappointed to find out that this hangover cure isn’t actually coffee, but it will likely make you feel better than a simple cup of joe. You’ll need 1 teaspoon of roasted dandelion root, 1 teaspoon of chicory root, 1 tablespoon of coconut concentrate, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 16 ounces of boiling water. Steep the dandelion and chicory root in the boiling water for 5 minutes, then add the other ingredients.
Chicory root extract has diuretic, laxative and purgative properties that will aid digestion and speed your hangover along while supporting the liver. The extract is also prebiotic, which will help boost the biochemical and physiological processes in the body, improving intestinal health. It may not taste exactly like coffee, but it’s warm, has a roasty flavor, and is a natural hangover cure.
Russians know how to cure a hangover after long night of vodka drinking, and that’s with the traditional hangover soup, rassolnik. Rassol is actually a juice made from pickled sauerkraut that’s meant to replenishing the fluids and electrolytes lost following a night out. Rassolnik soup combines barley, beef, and herbs to lessen the harsh pickle flavor, making it easier to consume on a sensitive stomach. Grab your spoon, and sip that hangover away -- Russian style.
If you’ve ever thrown back a few drinks with some Aussie’s, you know you didn’t have just have a few drinks. Aussies are famous for their drinking capabilities, and that means they’re practically professionals at curing hangovers too. The classic Australian snack, Vegemite on toast, is one of the best hangover cures -- if you can find it here in the U.S.
Vegemite is loaded with B vitamins and salt, two things that are heavily depleted when your body is processing alcohol. So slather that vegemite across your favorite toasted bread and count the minutes until you start to feel better.
You may be hard-pressed to find katerfrühstück outside of Germany, but if you do, you may be able to conquer your hangover with this unique dish. Pieces of onion and gherkin wrapped in raw pickled herring may not sound appealing after a long night out, but there’s a reason it’s been dubbed the German “hangover breakfast.” The salt content replenishes electrolytes, and the naturally-occurring acids, protein, vitamins and healthful fats are what your body needs to repair and recover. That is, if you can keep the meal down.
Bonus Ultra- Effective Hangover Cure
Sometimes you need something a little easier to swallow to combat your hangover. OverEZ is an ultra-powerful and all-natural hangover helper, combining the amino acid L-cysteine with zinc, magnesium and B-complex vitamins to win the battle against a grueling hangover. You’ll also find chicory root, amla extract, milk thistle, grape extract, beet juice and Chinese date juice to help replenish the vitamins and nutrients that were depleted on your night out.
Are you pretty sure you’ve tried all of the usual hangover cures, like chugging Gatorade, ordering dominos, and popping a couple of Advil? This list of hangover cure foods you’ve never heard of is for those who have exhausted the typical, non-effective, options. But if you have a weak stomach, we suggest skipping the pickled herring and heading straight for an OverEZ capsule.