You wake up to the piercing sun peeking through an unfamiliar window, regretting those last five shots, wondering where you are and what happened last night. And to top it all off you have a stomach that’s a growling pit of hunger and leftover alcohol.
Even though you think you might still be drunk, you rise, craving a cure for that looming hangover. Whether it’s that greasy burger from your go-to spot down the street or a medically supported solution, food is the key to making the day after drinking a day actually worth living.
If you’re a by-the-books type of person and the Advil and coffee just aren’t cutting it, these are the foods both doctors and experienced drinkers swear by:
• Bloody Marys
. It’s really the tomato juice that helps
. Packed with lycopen and Vitamin C, tomato juice will help revitalize your liver and reduce inflammation. A little hair of the dog is always said to help, too, which makes the ever-popular Bloody Mary bars a necessary stop on the hangover train to hell. St. Pete’s Café Alma, among many others, features a much-lauded Bloody Mary bar during its weekend brunch. They use tomato-flavored vodka as well a range of hot sauces, peppers and pickled vegetables that, combined, are sure to make you feel better.
• Coconut water
. Another juice that’s making its name in the hangover world, coconut water has more electrolytes
and restorative benefits than Gatorade, with way less sugar and dyes. Containing five of the key electrolytes we need after a night of drinking, it’s a far healthier option than a sports drink.