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7 Awesome Hangover Remedies You Can Find In Your Kitchen

Hangover is the body’s response to consuming too much alcohol. Headache, nausea, fatigue, dehydration, sensitivity to light, or dizziness are some of the symptoms of a hangover. These symptoms can last from a few minutes to several hours depending on how much alcohol has been had.

It is believed that the body experiences certain immune responses and hormonal changes during a hangover that triggers these symptoms.1,2,3

While there is no known cure for hangovers, there are many foods and drinks that could help alleviate the symptoms.4

Here are 7 natural remedies that can help relieve your hangover.

1) Bananas

Alcohol blocks the production of a hormone that helps the body retain water. Drinking too much alcohol causes dehydration and loss of important electrolytes like sodium and potassium.5

Bananas are a rich source of potassium and can help replenish the depleted potassium levels in the body. A single banana contains 12% of the daily value (DV) for potassium.6

2) Blueberries

If you have a hangover, blueberries can come to the rescue. Blueberries are rich in nutrients that help fight inflammation in the body.7 In fact, a study conducted in 20 men established that blood levels of various compounds that caused inflammation increased after consuming alcohol.8 Hence, eating blueberries after having too much alcohol could help fight inflammation related to it.

3) Ginger

Many extensive studies point out that Ginger can effectively relieve symptoms of nausea.9, 10, 11 Ginger’s anti-nausea effects make it a preferable treatment for stomach upset associated with hangovers. Drinking a cup of Ginger tea can definitely help relieve any nausea that you feel.

4) Coconut Water

Alcohol can dehydrate the body. It is this effect that leads to pronounced hangover symptoms. Since, hydration is such an important step to recover from hangovers, drinking coconut water could just do the trick.

Coconut water contains electrolytes that help rehydrate the body. A cup of coconut water (approx. 240ml) has daily values of 11% sodium and 17% potassium.12 In fact, research points out that coconut water is just as effective as traditional sport drinks for rehydrating the body.13, 14

5) Tomato Juice

Research has found that tomatoes contain compounds that can protect the liver against any injury. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to liver damage. Hence, tomatoes could possibly counter the effects of drinking alcohol and reduce hangover symptoms.15, 16, 17

One test-tube study discovered that tomato juice can speed up the rate at which enzymes process alcohol.18

6) Green Tea

A research study discovered that compounds in green tea can significantly reduce blood alcohol concentration in rats. Additional studies found similar results in mice fed green tea extracts.19, 20

7) Water

Drinking water may be the simplest things you could do to relieve a hangover. Since, alcohol is a diuretic (a compound which makes you pee more often) that can lead to increased water loss from the body. Water can help replenish your lost reserves.21, 22

References:

1. Penning R, van Nuland M, Fliervoet LA, Olivier B, Verster JC. The pathology of alcohol hangover. Curr Drug Abuse Rev. 2010 Jun;3(2):68-75. Review. PubMed PMID: 20712596.

2. Prat G, Adan A, Sánchez-Turet M. Alcohol hangover: a critical review of explanatory factors. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2009 Jun;24(4):259-67. doi: 10.1002/hup.1023. Review. PubMed PMID: 19347842.

3. Verster JC. The alcohol hangover–a puzzling phenomenon. Alcohol Alcohol. 2008 Mar-Apr;43(2):124-6. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agm163. Epub 2008 Jan 8. Review. PubMed PMID: 18182417.

4. Pittler MH, Verster JC, Ernst E. Interventions for preventing or treating alcohol hangover: systematic review of randomised controlled trials. BMJ. 2005 Dec 24;331(7531):1515-8. Review. PubMed PMID: 16373736; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1322250.

5. 1: ROBERTS KE. MECHANISM OF DEHYDRATION FOLLOWING ALCOHOL INGESTION. Arch Intern Med. 1963 Aug;112:154-7. PubMed PMID: 14044808.

6. SELFNutritionData. https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1846/2 (Site Accessed on 18 Jan 2019)

7. Huang WY, Liu YM, Wang J, Wang XN, Li CY. Anti-inflammatory effect of the blueberry anthocyanins malvidin-3-glucoside and malvidin-3-galactoside in endothelial cells. Molecules. 2014 Aug 21;19(8):12827-41. doi: 10.3390/molecules190812827. PubMed PMID: 25153881; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6271830.

8. Kim DJ, Kim W, Yoon SJ, Choi BM, Kim JS, Go HJ, Kim YK, Jeong J. Effects of alcohol hangover on cytokine production in healthy subjects. Alcohol. 2003 Nov;31(3):167-70. PubMed PMID: 14693266.

9. Chaiyakunapruk N, Kitikannakorn N, Nathisuwan S, Leeprakobboon K, Leelasettagool C. The efficacy of ginger for the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting: a meta-analysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Jan;194(1):95-9. Review. PubMed PMID: 16389016.

10. Ryan JL, Heckler CE, Roscoe JA, Dakhil SR, Kirshner J, Flynn PJ, Hickok JT, Morrow GR. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) reduces acute chemotherapy-induced nausea: a URCC CCOP study of 576 patients. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Jul;20(7):1479-89. doi: 10.1007/s00520-011-1236-3. Epub 2011 Aug 5. PubMed PMID: 21818642; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3361530.

11. Vutyavanich T, Kraisarin T, Ruangsri R. Ginger for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy: randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2001 Apr;97(4):577-82. PubMed PMID: 11275030.

12. SELFNutritionData. https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3115/2 (Site Accessed on 18 Jan 2019)

13. Saat M, Singh R, Sirisinghe RG, Nawawi M. Rehydration after exercise with fresh young coconut water, carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage and plain water. J Physiol Anthropol Appl Human Sci. 2002 Mar;21(2):93-104. PubMed PMID: 12056182.

14. Kalman DS, Feldman S, Krieger DR, Bloomer RJ. Comparison of coconut water and a carbohydrate-electrolyte sport drink on measures of hydration and physical performance in exercise-trained men. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2012;9(1):1. Published 2012 Jan 18. doi:10.1186/1550-2783-9-1

15. Lee MH, Yoon S, Moon JO. The flavonoid naringenin inhibits dimethylnitrosamine-induced liver damage in rats. Biol Pharm Bull. 2004 Jan;27(1):72-6. PubMed PMID: 14709902.

16. Matos HR, Capelozzi VL, Gomes OF, Mascio PD, Medeiros MH. Lycopene inhibits DNA damage and liver necrosis in rats treated with ferric nitrilotriacetate. Arch Biochem Biophys. 2001 Dec 15;396(2):171-7. PubMed PMID: 11747294.

17. Matos HR, Capelozzi VL, Gomes OF, Mascio PD, Medeiros MH. Lycopene inhibits DNA damage and liver necrosis in rats treated with ferric nitrilotriacetate. Arch Biochem Biophys. 2001 Dec 15;396(2):171-7. PubMed PMID: 11747294.

18. He Y, Root MM, Parker RS, Campbell TC. Effects of carotenoid-rich food extracts on the development of preneoplastic lesions in rat liver and on in vivo and in vitro antioxidant status. Nutr Cancer. 1997;27(3):238-44. PubMed PMID: 9101552.

19. Lee, Mi-Yea & Kim, Won-Shik & Lim, Yong. (2014). Effects of Green Tea Catechins (GTC) on the Treatment of Hangover and Prevention of Liver Disease. Korean Journal of Clinical Laboratory Science. 46. 131-135. 10.15324/kjcls.2014.46.4.131.

20. Kakuda T, Sakane I, Takihara T, Tsukamoto S, Kanegae T, Nagoya T. Effects of tea (Camellia sinensis) chemical compounds on ethanol metabolism in ICR mice. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 1996 Sep;60(9):1450-4. PubMed PMID: 8987593.

21. Eisenhofer G, Johnson RH. Effect of ethanol ingestion on plasma vasopressin and water balance in humans. Am J Physiol. 1982 May;242(5):R522-7. PubMed PMID: 7081477.

22. RUBINI ME, KLEEMAN CR, LAMDIN E. Studies on alcohol diuresis. I. The effect of ethyl alcohol ingestion on water, electrolyte and acid-base metabolism. J Clin Invest. 1955 Mar;34(3):439-47. PubMed PMID: 14354014; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC438648.

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