Nobody likes a hangover, but most people are not going to give up drinking just to not have another hangover. Trust me, I have had my fair share of hangovers and every time, I would swear to myself that I would never have another drop of alcohol.
And that of course was not the case. Especially when occasions like New Year’s Eve arise. There is no better time to get black out drunk than New Year’s Eve, and I am right there with you drinking until I can’t stand anymore.
And then morning rolls around and I can hardly get out of bed. And at that moment, there is no worst feeling in the world. Having a severe migraine and feeling incredibly ill, I just feel like keeling over and dying on the spot. And all of the supposed “treatments” for a hangover do not seem to work.
Until now. I was so sick the last time I was really hung over that I decided to do some in-depth research (when I was finally sober) in finding effective ways to treat that hangover. Unfortunately, none of these ways will stop a hangover from happening after drinking a lot of alcohol.
I do not think there is any way to prevent a hangover. But, there are ways to reduce the severity of a hangover and shorten the duration of one.
Following are 6 healthy, natural hangover treatment food recipes to try:
#1: Fresh Ginger
Ginger is one of the most useful remedies for a hangover that I have ever found. It has properties that make it potent in relieving one from almost all symptoms of a hangover. Plenty of medical research has been conducted on ginger and found it to have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
This what makes ginger so potent in relieving hangovers, as a hangover comes about when oxidative stress meets increased inflammation and creates a horrible feeling for the host body. One of the best ways to consume fresh ginger when you are hung over is to make ginger tea.
One of my favorite recipes also contains maple syrup which adds to the hangover-relieving benefits of this solution as it raises your blood sugar levels that tank when you are hung over.
#2: Miso Soup
This kind of soup is easy for anyone, even someone feeling crippled from the effects of a bad hangover, to make in the comfort of their own home. And it is jam-packed with everything that a hangover sufferer needs to relieve their horrible symptoms. Miso soup contains high amounts of antioxidants, probiotics, and potassium.
And since it is soup, it also checks off the box for “increased fluid intake” which is also recommended when you are hung over. And since miso soup has a high amount of probiotics, it can really help to bring your body’s digestive system back to working like normal, since alcohol can really disrupt its function.
#3: Tomato Soup
Tomato soup is an excellent choice if your hangover will not allow you to keep down anything that is not liquid. As is the case with most of the remedies on this list, tomato soup has antioxidant properties due to the high amount of antioxidants in tomatoes themselves.
These antioxidants will work to reduce any inflammation caused to the body by the alcohol that was consumed. On top of that, tomato soup contains a kind of enzyme that can help speed up the process in which your body breaks down the alcohol that you consumed. This will help make your hangover symptoms go away faster.
#4: Jelly Made From Kudzu Flowers
This option is probably not going to be available for most of you reading this article, so I apologize. That said, if you somehow get your hands on a kind of jelly made from the kudzu flower, consider yourself blessed.
This is probably the second best remedy for hangovers. Scientific studies consider it the best treatment for the common hangover, but I consider it second best because of how hard it is to acquire. Jelly made from kudzu flowers has been shown to treat all symptoms associated with hangovers as well as repair any damage done to your organs (such as liver damage) from your consumption of alcohol.
Asparagus is a phenomenal vegetable to eat in general, but it is especially potent when it comes to recovering from a hangover. Asparagus contain a high amount of B vitamins, which helps it greatly speed up your metabolism. Alcohol consumption can greatly halt one’s metabolism which is why hangovers seem to linger for what feels like forever.
Consuming asparagus can greatly speed that process up and give you the energy to actually get up and do stuff instead of being confined to your bed. On top of that, the nutrients inside asparagus will help shield your liver from any potential damage done to it by the alcohol you had.
Now, I am not asking you to go and eat some plain asparagus. I doubt you would be able to stomach it. Instead, try some delectable roasted asparagus with parmesan cheese.
#6: Add Some Ginseng to Your Soup
Last, but certainly not least, is adding the amazing ginseng to your chicken soup. Hot liquids are the best thing to consume when dealing with a hangover, as evidenced by the fact that 4 out of the 6 remedies on this list have to deal with consuming special kinds of hot liquids. What’s more is that 3 of the 6 remedies are kinds of soup. Soups are phenomenal for treating hangovers, especially if you can’t get your hands on the kudzu jelly.
Anyways, all you have to do to reap the hangover relieving benefits of ginseng is to add a few pinches of it to your regular chicken noodle soup. Consuming ginseng will greatly boost your metabolism and make sure that the alcohol is broken down and expelled from your body as soon as possible.
On top of that, ginseng can help soothe your stomach if you are dealing with stomach pains and vomiting. Ginseng rivals ginger and kudzu when it comes to incredibly potent hangover treatments and this is certainly an easy treatment method to consider.
Natural Hangover Food Recipe Treatments Conclusion
Now you have six tried and true methods of dealing with a hangover. Hangovers are actually what made me a huge fan of soups and hot beverages because before I knew about their hangover relieving effects, I would avoid them like the plague.
I hated hot beverages but my research opened my eyes to their various health benefits, more importantly their hangover treating benefits. Next time you have a wild night out, make sure to try one of these methods natural hangover food recipe treatments to deal with that ensuing hangover.