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This Is What You Should Actually Eat When You're Hungover

Sadly, it's not bacon with a side of bacon. :(

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When we're hungover, our bodies are lacking a bunch of vitamins and minerals.


Drinking alcohol causes our bodies to be dehydrated and have imbalanced electrolyte levels, says nutritionist Rebecca Reynolds, Ph.D. "Alcohol increases the amount of urine we produce and we can also lose fluids with vomiting, sweating and diarrhoea."


Nutritionist Tracie Hyam adds that "alcohol consumption depletes an array of vitamins and minerals, due to the fact alcohol is a toxin and a diuretic. Vitamins and mineral depletion includes B group vitamins, Zinc, vitamins C & A, Potassium, Magnesium and Iron."

So what can we do about it?

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Dr Reynolds says that the key is in hydration and rest. "Symptoms usually go away within 8 to 24 hours. Nutrition can ease symptoms but time is the main factor in a hangover going away."

She says we need to drink a lot of water, and eat fruit like an orange or banana to replace potassium. "Have a poached egg on wheat toast to settle your stomach irritation and provide some low glycemic index carbohydrate to increase your blood sugar. Add some salt to help replace sodium electrolytes." It also helps to make sure you eat the right things the night before, to help set up your recovery process.

"But I'm craving grease! I don't want something healthy!"

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"If you’re craving fatty foods with salt, bake some sliced sweet potato chips covered in olive oil and sea salt," says Hyam. "Hunting a satisfying hangover burger? Make your own with a good steak, leafy greens, salad and avocado. Add a handful of nuts and berries to snack on with plenty of water and you’re on the road to recovery."