Having nuts before you go out could be the cure to hangovers! Native Americans claimed that eating almonds could protect the body against intoxication and prevent hangovers—and modern-day experts concur. Thanks to their healthy fats and protein, nuts like almonds and walnuts can slow the the absorption of alcohol and keep those nasty next-morning symptoms at bay, says Kaufman. Grab a handful before you hit the bars; the ones they set out at the bar usually have added oils. In a pinch? Go ahead and munch at the bar. The salt will double your hangover-prevention efforts.
Asian researchers say that the secret to waking up without a pounding head is to consume Asian pear juice before the partying begins. A studied showed that, participants who knocked back just under 1 cup of Asian (or Korean) pear juice before their beers experienced lessened hangover symptoms the next day compared to a control group. The juice showed the most promise in easing the overall severity of hangovers and improving day-after concentration.
You may be tempted to reach for the meds, but medicating with vitamins from whole foods—blueberries in particular—is a much better, all-natural option to perk up a compromised immune system.
Citrus fruits are rich in the antioxidant de-limonene, a powerful compound found in the peel that stimulates liver enzymes to help flush toxins from the body and gives sluggish bowels a kick.
Any water-rich fruit will help hydrate you and, well, it's here in the name. Watermelon is also loaded with potassium, magnesium and L-citrulline, an amino acid which has been shown to boost blood circulation — which will help your body process toxins — detox the liver and put some rebound in fatigued muscles (which is why bodybuilders use it as a supplement).
Bananas are brimming with potassium, a mineral lost by frequent urination when you drink. They're also one of best natural sources of vitamin B6, which a study printed in the journal Annals of Nutrition showed can reduce hangover symptoms by as much as 50 percent! With odds like that, we'll take two.
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