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That Bacon Burger Might Cause Hangovers, Too

That Bacon Burger Might Cause Hangovers, Too

You don't have to blame the 6 beers you had last night

Let's not just blame the champagne from last night; new research indicates that certain foods can actually trigger headaches, or at least make them worse when paired with other symptoms.

Researchers are slowly coming to an agreement that foods might be a factor in headaches; a 2010 study from the journal Internartional Headache Society found that of 30 migraine patients, those who avoided certain foods had significantly fewer migraines. Pinpointing whether it's food or another factor is difficult, however, since other factors such as sleep and hydration also play a large role in health.

"I think the difficulty is that the triggers may be more a combined effect from different things. They can sometimes be a little bit hard to identify," Linda Porter, a pain-policy adviser at the National Institutes of Health, told the Wall Street Journal.

So what foods should you watch out for? Researchers blame tyramine, a natural chemical that occurs in foods that are aged or fermented. This means aged cheese, pickles, nuts, or miso might be problematic. Processed meats, citrus, soy products, caffeine, and obviously alcohol also might trigger headaches. And the ultimate trigger? MSG. So those instant ramen sessions after a night of bar-hopping? Might not be the best idea.


11 Super Legit Ways to Stop a Hangover

We understand. Having fun with friends sometimes means enjoying more than one glass of red wine. Still, don’t go reaching for the hair of the dog. There are healthier ways to wake up ready to get back on track.

While there’s no surefire way to prevent a hangover, other than abstaining, there are things you can do to make the morning after a little less miserable.

Here are 12 scientifically supported methods to help deal with a hangover, and possibly prevent it from happening in the first place.

1. Chow down

It’s long been known by researchers that drinking on an empty stomach allows alcohol to be absorbed by your body more quickly. Paton A. (2005). Alcohol in the body. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.330.7482.85 And just because beer has calories, doesn’t mean it counts as dinner.

Before breaking out the bottle, get in a good meal with lots of protein and healthy carbs. You may also consider a bowl of oats, which has been shown to protect against alcohol-induced liver damage in lab mice (recognizing mice are not humans and those studies are needed to validate these results.) Mir SM, et al. (2018). Supplementation of oat (Avena sativa L.) extract abates alcohol-induced acute liver injury in a mouse model. DOI: 10.1016/j.nutres.2018.04.002

2. Chug a glass of pear juice

This is one hangover remedy that requires you to be proactive. Drinking pear juice once you’re already blitzed won’t help.

Before you head out for the night, you might want to try downing an 8-ounce glass of Korean pear juice.

This traditional remedy helped some test subjects break down alcohol and lowered blood alcohol levels, making the morning-after symptoms a little less intense. Lee HS, et al. (2013). Effect of Korean pear (Pyruspyrifolia cv. Shingo) juice on hangover severity following alcohol consumption. DOI: 10.1016/j.fct.2013.04.007

Before you go stocking up on all the pear juice you can find, it’s important to note that this was a very small study (just 14 lucky subjects), and not everyone experienced benefits, including those with a special genotype.

3. Go one for one

In a well-known study from 2010, researchers supplied a group of men with beer containing 4 percent alcohol in hot, humid conditions (sounds like a proper party to us). They then analyzed each person’s pee over the next 4 hours. Hobson RM, et al. (2010). Hydration status and the diuretic action of a small dose of alcohol. DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agq029

The study found found two interesting points. First, the more dehydrated you are, the more your blood alcohol concentration goes up.

Second, alcohol dries you out by channeling more fluid into your urine, but this can be mitigated by good old H2O.

To prevent a dehydration-fueled hangover or migraine, continuously drink water throughout the night. Try matching each alcoholic drink with one glass of water.

To spice it up, order a carbonated water with a splash of lime juice. You might just forget you’re not actually drinking a cocktail.

4. Keep it light

Darker drinks, like red wine, whiskey, or rum, contain more congeners than their lighter counterparts, such as white wine.

Congeners are produced during the fermentation along with ethanol. Some research has shown that a higher concentration of these compounds are linked with some hangover symptoms, like vomiting. Mackus M, et al. (2017). Urine methanol concentration and alcohol hangover severity. DOI: 10.1016/j.alcohol.2016.12.004

Alcohol aficionados should know that the jury is still out on the subject. In the most recent research from 2017, there were only 36 participants in the study, so more research is clearly needed.

Still, if you’re not willing to risk it, perhaps skipping the whiskey in favor of vodka may make tomorrow morning suck less.

5. Skip the carbonation

Sorry to burst your bubble (hah, see what we did there?), but we recommend that you pass on the champagne or any other alcohol that’s mixed with carbonated beverages, like your go-to rum and cola.

Research shows that the carbon dioxide gas that forms those tiny bubbles may cause your digestive system to absorb alcohol more quickly. Paton A. (2005). Alcohol in the body. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.330.7482.85.

6. Sleep it off

Though you might have knocked off the second your head hit the pillow after a night of drinking, any sleep you did get wasn’t sound. Research shows that alcohol disrupts both the quality and length of your slumber. Devenney LE, et al. (2019). Sleep after heavy alcohol consumption and physical activity levels during alcohol hangover. DOI: 10.3390/jcm8050752

Before you start trying to function like a regular human being, hit the snooze button and give yourself a few more hours to doze off the effects of the night before.

7. Refuel at the breakfast table

Drinking alcohol without enough food in your system can cause a drop in blood sugar. Steiner JL,et al. (2015). Impact of alcohol on glycemic control and insulin action. DOI: 10.3390/biom5042223 This could be one reason why you feel so shaky and fuzzy-brained the next morning. Bump up those carbs with a glass of apple or orange juice and a slice of wheat toast.

8. Grab some ginseng

Ginseng has been a staple of Chinese medicine for centuries, and with good reason. This humble root has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Along with boosting the immune system to fight off colds and other ailments, ginseng may help your body break down alcohol more efficiently. Ginseng also has anti-nausea properties.

One study tested out a red ginseng hangover remedy against plain water in 25 men who’d had a glass of whiskey. Men in the ginseng group had lower blood alcohol levels and fewer hangover symptoms. Lee MH, et al. (2014). Red ginseng relieves the effects of alcohol consumption and hangover symptoms in healthy men: a randomized crossover study. DOI: 10.1039/c3fo60481k

9. Give your electrolytes a boost

When you lose extra fluids from alcohol, your electrolytes suffer, too. Bring your levels back up by snacking on foods like bananas, spinach, kale, or avocados. Or, pour yourself a tall glass of a sports drink like Gatorade.

If you’ve got Pedialyte in the fridge, it’s perfect for those nights when you overdo it. This rehydration solution isn’t just for kids anymore. One bottle has twice the sodium and five times as much potassium as the same size bottle of Gatorade.

10. Sip ginger tea

Hangovers sometimes come with a side of upset stomach. If your stomach is in knots, try a warm mug of ginger tea to settle things down. Studies have shown that ginger helps combat nausea and vomiting from a range of conditions. Lete I, et al. (2016). The effectiveness of ginger in the prevention of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and chemotherapy. DOI: 10.4137/IMI.S36273

11. Take a pain reliever

It might sound overly simplistic, but if all else fails, popping a couple of pain relievers can help you relieve a pounding headache. That way, you can get back to sleep or perk up for that morning presentation.

Just don’t overdo it. Aspirin can irritate an already upset stomach, and acetaminophen (Tylenol) can accentuate liver damage from heavy drinking. Ibuprofen may be a good choice.


The Hangover Burger

Thought I was so slick. Went down to the grocery store Friday night and picked up all the things I would need for tonight’s dinner. The supermarket was quiet, peaceful, a virtual oasis of food unlike on summer weekends, where it transforms into a frenzied circus of activity. But I was ever so clever and got it all taken care of Friday night.

Then, I woke up this morning, not so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the result of a small child who decided to start his day at 5:00am. I made the kids their breakfast, tended to the labrosaurus rex, and started the coffee. I had a hankering for some eggs in a hole the dish my mom used to call Rocky Mountain Breakfast. So I heated a little butter in a pan, removed the centers from my bread, cracked the eggs into the middle, and fried them up. Then I sat down to enjoy my delicious breakfast.

Boy, did it hit the spot! I could have eaten two more, but I’d used the last of the eggs. I sat there, lingering over the last bite and then it struck me. Right smack in the middle of my head. I’d intended to use those eggs for tonight’s dinner. Foiled again by my overwhelming food cravings!! So much for avoiding the supermarket on the weekend.

Tonight’s dinner is an indulgence a guilty pleasure. You’d better start running in place right now, cause it’s going to take some work to burn off the calories in this one. It might be a good idea to have your blood pressure checked before consuming. It will be worth it though.

Austin Grill, a Maryland based Tex-Mex restaurant has a burger on their menu called The Hangover Burger. I’m not exactly sure whether this burger is intended to be the cure or the cause of the hangover. But, lordy, lordy is this a good one! I ordered it once and dreamed about it forever after. The burger features a beef patty, smothered with chili, bacon, queso, roasted jalapeño peppers, and a fried egg. It’s the egg that really does it for me!

Tonight, we’re having my version of The Hangover Burger. Once, you’ve made the chili, there’s really nothing to it, besides putting the pieces together. Here’s how it’s done…

Austin Grill-Inspired Hangover Burger

Ingredients

  • Burger Patties
  • Hamburger Buns or Hard Rolls
  • Bacon
  • Chili Con Queso
  • Chili*
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Jalapeño Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper

*For my easy recipe for Spicy Beef Chili, click here.

Cut the jalapeño in half. Remove the seeds and ribs. Roast in a 300 degree oven for about 45 minutes, until softened. When cool enough to handle, cut into small pieces. Set aside. Cook the bacon and place a few slices on each bun. Season the burgers with salt and pepper. Grill or broil the burgers to your preferred doneness. While the burger is cooking, warm the chili and queso. Place the cooked burgers on top of the bacon. Top with a spoonful of chili and a spoonful of warm chili con queso. Sprinkle with the roasted jalapeño peppers. Top with a freshly fried egg.

Serve with a side of steamed broccoli, to make yourself feel better about eating the burger.


I am a food blog

The other day Mike and I went on a massively long walk. The sun was gorgeously bright, the sky was a brilliant winter blue and the air was crisp but not too cold. It was one of those rambling walks where we didn’t have a destination in mind – we were just walking, talking, and taking in Tokyo. Eventually we realized we were hungry and upon this epiphany, I realized that my feet were throbbing a little. It was definitely time for a snack and a drink or two.

We found a cute little cafe that had an early bird happy hour going on so I had a couple of deliciously freshly-squeezed grapefruit chūhais. If you haven’t had a chūhai before and you like light fizzy drinks, you’ll LOVE chūhais. I’m obsessed with shochu highballs! Have you had them? They go down really easily, but like most deliciously light drinks, if you’re not careful, you’ll drink entirely too many and end up very, very drunk at a laughably early time of day. True story.

Afterwards, our inebriated selves (okay, my inebriated self) decided we HAD to go shopping so I dragged Mike to the dollar store. “Dollar store?” you might be thinking. Yes, the dollar store (it’s actually a 100 yen store). Dollar stores are amazing in Japan. I can’t get over how many amazing things they can sell for a dollar. The majority of the items are quality made in Japan products. I’m talking about awesome kitchen goods like ceramic ginger graters and customizable alphabet cookie stamps. I’m a true dollar store fanatic and that’s when I’m sober. Imagine how I am in a dollar store with my inhibitions lowered.

Let’s just say I came away from that whole experience 12 mini-mini ramekins richer. After I sobered up I said to Mike, “why the heck did I end up buying a DOZEN tiny ramekins? Who can these even feed? They aren’t even big enough for ants!” His adorable answer was that the ramekins seemed to make me really happy. Also apparently I wouldn’t let go of them and told him many many recipes I could use them for. If only I could remember them now…

What I did end up doing, while I was slightly intoxicated, was come up with this burger. I wanted a burger, I wanted grilled cheese and I wanted an egg on top of it all. Behold, the ultimate hangover brunch: a medium cooked egg with a still slightly gooey yolk inside a burnished burger patty on top of frico style grilled cheese buns. Seriously heaven. Bonus: My feet felt great after I bought the ramekins.


Chorizo and charred spring onion rigatoni

Well a greasy (yet kind of healthy) pasta is the obvious choice for hangover food

Grease is, undeniably, the word but it’s also one of the mo-st effective means of curing a hangover. I’d happily pour a litre of the stuff down my gullet in the morning if it meant my brain would stop feeling like a Hieronymus Bosch painting but I also know that’s not exactly a very healthy thing to do. If you want a greasy recipe that’s actually fairly (read: kind of) good for you then you should give our chorizo and charred spring onion rigatoni a whirl. It’s creamy, spicy and the labour of peeling almonds is actually just the sort of mundane task you need when you’re hungover.

Ingredients

50g jarred roasted peppers

1 heaped tbsp tomato puree

1. Start by placing the almonds into a measuring jug and fill it with boiling water. Leave for 5 minutes to loosen the skins.

2. Peel the skin off the chorizo and roughly break it apart into small chunks. Then chop the spring onions in half.

3. Add the chorizo into a non-stick frying pan on medium heat without any oil and let the juices render out.

4. Meanwhile, remove the almonds from the water and peel away the skins.

5. Once they have all been peeled and the chorizo is beginning to crisp, add the almonds into the pan along with the spring onions and peppers. Fry on a high heat for a couple of minutes until charred.

6. Pour in the red wine vinegar and mix together.

7. Add in the tomato puree and stir so that everything is coated.

8. Whack in the creme fraiche and stir together making it nice and creamy. Once all mixed together, season with salt and pepper and turn it down to a low heat.

9. Get your pasta on and salt the water. After about 5 minutes of boiling, take ½ a cup of pasta water and add it into the sauce. Mix together to loosen it up then continue to simmer.

10. Once your pasta is ready, drain and toss it through the sauce.

11. Finely chop your parsley and whack a handful into the pasta (saving some for garnish). Mix together and you're good to go. Serve it up in bowls and scatter over the leftover parsley. Enjoy!

Hungry for more? We’ve got you covered with plenty of recipes on the MOB Kitchen website.


10 Foods & Drinks That Help Cure Hangovers

We’ve all been there: You think you’ve done your best to drink water and pace your drinks, but the night gets away from you and the morning feels like hell. We’ve got you. Here are 10 foods and drinks to get in your body ASAP when you’re hungover.

What causes a hangover?

A hangover is a notorious condition caused by drinking to excess. Hangover symptoms can range from a splitting headache and a queasy stomach to dry mouth, dizziness, lethargy, dry heaving and even depression. You feel super-sick, drained of energy and foggy-headed.

Any food or drink (we don’t recommend more alcohol, though some swear by a hair of the dog!) will replenish nutrients and rehydrate you, especially if you happened to throw up. Here are some things that help cure a hangover in a hurry.

1. Water first

That foggy-headed feeling can be relieved by staying well hydrated excessive drinking causes dehyration. In addition to drinking water along with your alcoholic beverages, be sure to drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up.

2. Sports drinks

If you feel like your stomach can’t handle any food or mass amounts of water right away, then try sipping a sports drink. Not only will it rehydrate you, but it will also replenish your electrolytes, which can be depleted thanks to alcohol’s diuretic properties. Just try to choose a low-sugar option.

3. Fizzy drinks

Is nausea your big hangover problem? If so, cracking open a can of seltzer or soda could do the trick. A caffeine-free option like ginger ale works especially well &mdash without caffeine (a diuretic), you’ll rehydrate faster, and ginger has been used for centuries to settle upset stomachs.

4. Bananas

Due to alcohol’s diuretic effect, noshing on bananas the morning after can replace potassium and other lost electrolytes. Blend a banana into a fruit smoothie if your stomach is feeling rebellious against solid foods.

5. An egg and whole-wheat toast

You can combat the hangover fatigue by eating a light breakfast. The combination of protein and carbohydrates in an egg with toast is a good source of recovery nutrients as well as easy on the stomach. In addition, eggs contain the amino acid cysteine, which can break down the toxins that cause hangover symptoms, and whole grains contain magnesium, which alcohol can deplete.

6. Herbs

An herbal approach can also offer relief. Willow bark is nature’s answer to aspirin, while evening primrose oil can help nurse your alcohol-riddled liver back to health. Dosing with milk thistle oil or chewing fennel seeds is another aid in liver function. Herbal teas can help with rehydration, particularly peppermint tea, which will soothe your tummy. Talk to an herbalist or naturopath for the best herbal hangover prescription.

7. Greasy foods

Though a plate piled high with greasy pizza or a burger and fries might give you the dry heaves the morning after too much alcohol, eating high-fat foods before imbibing can reduce your risk of a hangover, because the fats line your stomach and intestines. A healthier approach is to eat foods high in healthy fats, such as olive oil, salmon or avocados, and keeping your alcoholic drinks to a minimum.

8. Spicy foods

A lot of people swear by spicy foods as a hangover cure. They jump-start your metabolism, and believe it or not, the spiciness itself gives you something to focus on other than how hungover you feel. But be careful: If you have trouble with spicy foods in general, then during a bad hangover is not the time to try them.

9. Soup

If the thought of chewing is a little too much for you in your weary state, then a warm bowl of soup could be the perfect hangover cure. You can try a low-sodium option from a can or box, but it’s also simple to make your own. Heat up some low-sodium broth, add whatever veggies you have on hand (and some noodles if you’re feeling adventurous), and cook until they’re soft. The broth will rehydrate you, while the veggies will replenish the nutrients you lost the night before.

10. Plain crackers

Low-salt, low-fat crackers can be a godsend if your stomach is too queasy to keep down a big breakfast. Nibble on a few plain crackers to help soak up whatever nastiness is left in your stomach from last night, and after eating a few, you should start to feel better.

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A version of this article was originally published in October 2012.


Ryan Hemsworth: Shakshouka

The Canadian producer likes to keep it low-key after a rough night. For him, the Toronto board game bar Snakes & Lattes and a few beers (he’s partial to Howe Sound Lager) is all he needs. The first thing he does when he wakes up with that headache? 𠇊 deep, deep sigh.” After that’s out of the way, he’ll head down the street for his breakfast cure. “I don’t want some normal-ass eggs for breakfast,” he said. “I want chicken and waffles for breakfast, or brisket, or shakshouka. Rosedale Diner is walking distance from my apartment and has the most condensed, perfect menu I’ve ever found, with all of that stuff.” Ya heard. And like any good Canadian (writer guilty here,) he pairs it with a Caesar. Sub the vodka for gin for extra hair-of-the-dog points.


The Best and Worst Foods for a Hangover

Sometimes you wake up realizing mistakes were made. Maybe it was that third cocktail or the high-gravity stout. Whatever the culprit, your head’s pounding and your stomach’s off-kilter.

You could drown your regret in a prairie oyster, but rest assured, you can achieve hangover relief without sliding a raw egg down your throat.

Learn which foods can alleviate post-party symptoms and which should be avoided like that plastic cup half full of last night’s beer.

Wakey, wakey, eggs and. . .

Eggs are a brunch all-star for a reason. They’re chock full of vitamin B12, which can energize you, and hardworking amino acids, like cysteine and taurine.

Like soda, cysteine also helps clear acetaldehyde from your body. That’s the chemical that causes so much agony after your liver’s done its job of processing that booze. Li Z, et al. (2018). Cellular and molecular evidence of acetaldehyde elimination and intracellular environment antioxidation by L-cysteine. DOI: 10.1155/2018/6864574

Speaking of your beleaguered liver, it will be grateful for the taurine, which boosts its function and may help protect it. Heidari R, et al (2016). Effect of taurine on chronic and acute liver injury: Focus on blood and brain ammonia. DOI:10.1016/j.toxrep.2016.04.002

Fuel up on potassium powerhouses

Bananas, avocados, dates, and leafy greens contain potassium, an important electrolyte that is often depleted after a night of getting sauced. Blend these bad boys into a hangover-fighting smoothie.

Take comfort in soup

Nothing says “wild night out” like a bowl of mom’s famous chicken soup, right? It might not be the most conventional hangover food, but a cup o’ noodles can help replenish sodium and water levels. If you’re not up for solids, sip a bone broth.

Miso soup also makes a great sippable morning-after remedy for vegetarians. Plus, the probiotics can boost gut health, which your gut can probably use.

Nosh on crackers or toast with honey

If you need instant energy, carbs will be your bestie. Crackers and whole-wheat toast are both dry, bland options that will raise blood sugar without roiling your stomach.

Since crackers can be loaded with preservatives, pick a healthier option like Wasa or a 100 percent whole-wheat variety.

Drizzle on the honey for an added boost. Just remember to follow up with some protein when you can to minimize the blood-sugar surge.

Spoon in the cereal

When you’re feeling less than stellar in the morning, raid the pantry for oatmeal or a bowl of cereal.

Oatmeal has plenty of essential nutrients like B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and iron. And most cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals that will perk you up. Pour yourself a bowl or snack on dry morsels if your stomach isn’t up for dairy. Alternatively, use a plant-based milk.

Turn on the tap

Alcohol is a diuretic. That’s why boozing begets all those extra trips to the loo. When your body’s fluids are depleted, your blood volume drops, including in your head — hello, pounding.

Drinking H20 before plopping down on your pillow can help prevent a nagging noggin, but grabbing the water bottle in the morning will also help. Take slow sips or nibble ice chips if your stomach says no way.

Sip those electrolytes

When you drink alcohol, you lose fluids. And when you lose fluids, your body’s electrolytes go with them. Electrolyte depletion can cause those under-the-whiskey-weather symptoms like nausea, dizziness, and exhaustion.

Reach for a Gatorade or similar beverage to restore electrolytes stat. Or pop open a box of coconut water, which has less sugar than many sport drinks.

Finally, one more cure that’s garnered a cult following: Pedialyte, a drink intended for dehydrated kiddos, provides even more sodium and potassium than Gatorade, in far fewer calories.

Pro tip: Drink your electrolytes before bed to ward off the brown-bottle flu.

Bag your symptoms with tea

If you’ve been praying to the porcelain god or your gut is weathering rough seas, reach for some herbal tea. The zing of either ginger or peppermint can soothe the stomach and ease the urge to upchuck.

Juice your hangover

Your choice hangover cure might depend on what’s in your fridge at the moment. If you’re a parent, that just might be your tot’s juice box.

One study found that diluted apple juice was more effective than an electrolyte maintenance solution in preventing and treating dehydration in ill children. Freedman SB, et al. (2016). Effect of dilute apple juice and preferred fluids vs. electrolyte maintenance solution on treatment failure among children with mild gastroenteritis. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2016.5352

The same might help you get back to adulting fast. Though unfortunately, the older we get the worse our hangovers get.

Get out of this pickle with some brine

If you’re feeling pickled, why not sip on some pickle juice? Yeah, this hangover remedy is weird, but pickle brine is loaded with sodium, a valuable electrolyte you might be short on after getting nattered.

A shot of the sour concoction may make you feel less puckered and even ease the vise grip on your stomach or head.

Go for a cuppa

If you drink java on a daily basis, stick with your habit. Skipping caffeine if you’re accustomed to it could worsen a headache or bring one on. Plus, there’s no denying the brew gives you an energy boost.

But, while that triple shot of espresso or a random energy drink might sound like the best thing, go easy. Too much caffeine could aggravate a headache since it is a mild diuretic. The acid could also worsen nausea.

Give it a fizzle

Grab a Sprite or a sugar-free seltzer water of your choosing and get to sipping. Soda helps break down acetaldehyde, the headache- and nausea-causing byproduct that’s left over when the liver metabolizes ethanol.


Hangover Helper: 6 Ways to Ease the Pain

The pounding headache, the churning stomach, the remorse for having had one too many - just in time for New Year's Eve tonight, we have six ways to relieve or even prevent the effects of a hangover tomorrow morning. Oh wait, we forgot the seventh: Don't overdo it in the first place.

Don't smoke. Smoking while you drink may increase the risk of a hangover the next morning, according to a study in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Researchers at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University in Providence aren't sure exactly why, though they think it may be because alcohol and nicotine have related effects in the brain. There are already plenty of reasons to avoid both smoking and heavy drinking, researchers said in a statement, but the findings suggest that if smokers are going to drink alcohol, it would be wise to at least cut down on cigarettes.

Eat asparagus. Go green. A study in the Journal of Food Science found that the amino acids and minerals in asparagus may reduce your hangover and protect your liver cells against alcohol toxins. The 2009 South Korean study found that asparagus leaves had the highest amount of these protective nutrients, but the stalks are also good for you and are packed with vitamins. Try this simple oven-roasted version.

Make a bacon sandwich. Is there anything a few hot, crisp slices of bacon can't cure? Apparently bacon contains a high level of amino acids these aid your brain's recovery from the effects of drinking, say Australian researchers . Making a bacon sandwich provides both carbohydrates and protein that can help rev up your metabolism and help you deal with the aftereffects of overindulgence. Plus, researchers add, the "complex chemical interaction in the cooking of bacon produces the winning combination of taste and smell which is almost irresistible." In other words: yum.

Eggs can help. Eggs contain cysteine, an amino acid that helps break down a toxin called acetaldehyde, which builds up in your body as you drink, writes Chicago dietitian Dave Grotto on WebMD . A simple omelet (try this recipe ) or some scrambled eggs, or maybe even adding an egg to that bacon sandwich, might help with those morning-after effects.

Have some hummus. There's some evidence, including a 1973 study, that eating foods high in vitamin B6 may help reduce hangover symptoms the next day. Chickpeas are especially high in B6, so snacking on chips and hummus with your drinks is a good idea.

Drink water sip soup. The University of Maryland Medical Center says dehydration increases the effects of alcohol on your body. Try to drink a glass of water between alcoholic drinks. For that hungover feeling the next day, clear soup and electrolyte drinks (like Gatorade or other sports drinks) are good for replacing the salt and potassium you lost from drinking alcohol.


Many fruits, such as apples, mangoes and pears, are high in the natural sugar fructose. In addition, some apples and pears are loaded with fibre. A number of people find fructose difficult to digest and might get gassy from eating these sweet treats because they can't break down the sugars properly. However, fructose intolerance isn’t as common as lactose intolerance.

Fruit, vegetables and pulses can cause gas, but eating several portions of these a day is much more important than eliminating wind. If you don’t already eat fibrous foods, increasing the amount you eat too quickly might make you uncomfortable. Add fibre to your diet slowly to stop adverse effects.

Staying hydrated reduces the risk of constipation, which can cause excess gas. If a stool remains in your gut, it will continue to ferment, producing extra gas that can smell particularly foul. Try to have a drink with every meal and keep hydrated throughout the day. The NHS also recommends drinking peppermint tea to relieve gas and bloating.

Fizzy drinks contain gas, and if you drink a lot of them you'll probably burp and fart more than if you don’t. The same goes for chewing gum or guzzling down a bowl of soup or cereal with a spoon. If you ingest air, it has to go somewhere.