Hangovers are nasty, vicious creatures after you’ve turned 40. They’re not great at any age, but with each passing year they seem to hurt more, last longer, dig deeper. Hair of the dog is out of the question – just no. So finding a breakfast that will go some way to alleviating the suffering is essential. There’s no real way to *cure* a hangover, by the way – you have to let your liver do its thing – but there are a few foods that will help it along its way and ease the torture.
I put this to the test just this weekend, when the combination of generous hosts and a party where I was able to walk home meant I had an entirely unplanned hangover. Yes, I ought to know better. I usually do. I have the liver of a 10-year-old and I’m usually pretty careful not to overdo it. But what with the sneaky refills…whoops.
Anyway… as I say, a good breakfast won’t cure you but this healthy hangover cure is light and it helps send the hangover demons running for the hills.
Here are the essential ingredients. Water, by the way – and lots of it – is a given.
1. Coconut water
Hydrating, soothing and for some easier to drink than water, coconut water (not to be confused with coconut milk) contains masses of potassium, which you need to replace as the body’s stores of it are depleted by alcohol.
2. Green tea
Full of antioxidants, more hydration and little buzz of caffeine. Just the ticket.
More controversial, I’ll admit. It’s a diuretic, so not great for hydration. But it does dilate your blood vessels which, they say, helps to chase away the headache. And the buzz from the caffeine helps you feel more human again. Your call – you may prefer to give it a miss, but it works for me.
4. Fruit salad
So much better, in every way, than the classic fry-up. You’ll have stripped your body of vitamins and minerals, so fruit is a great way to put them back, and the fruit sugars will boost your energy. Banana has lots of potassium and is gentle on the stomach. Blackcurrants contain huge amounts of vitamin C. Mango is easily digested and contains more than 20 vitamins and minerals. If you don’t happen to have these in the house, any fruit (or even fruit juice) will help.
As for curing the wretched thing, the best things you can do are rest, take very light exercise (a gentle walk is probably all you’ll want to try) and get an early night. And don’t do it again. Obviously