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Saturday, 20 June 2015

WHAT TO EAT AFTER A BOOZY WEEKEND

Whether you're still hungover or just feeling weakened by the damaging effects of a boozy weekend, we've got some nutritionist approved advice for feeling like yourself again.
You went hard, you're feeling more than a bit peaky, your head feels like a small animal may be burrowing a new home in it - what do you eat?
LEMON WATER
As much as you may be tempted by a can of coke, try to resist the urge and opt instead for a glass of lemon water. This will kick start your metabolism and most importantly start the much needed rehydration process.
EGGS ON TOAST
If you can face food, you can't go wrong with eggs and wholegrain toast. Eggs are rich in the amino acid cysteine which is needed to break down acetaldehyde - the nasty thing that's thought to cause hangovers.
The wholegrain bread will give you slow release carbs - a stable source of glucose and energy which will do you much better than that coke.
BERRY SMOOTHIE
If you're not ready for solid food, try a fruit smoothie full of antioxidants. This will give you hit of energy from the fructose and continue to rehydrate you.

WHAT TO EAT THE NEXT EVENING

It is essential to take in both protein and nutrients. Make sure you're meal is packed with leafy greens to up your magnesium levels.
MAGNESIUM
For every molecule of sugar that slips past your lips, it takes 54 molecules of Magnesium to process it so if you went hard on the cocktails, kale will help.
PROTEIN
If you're a vegetarian you may also want to through some lentils and beans into the mix to keep protein levels up (full of those helpful amino acids). These are also good for the heart and recent research has found that the impact of drinking may be even worse for the heart than the liver.
COCONUT WATER
Wash it all down with some coconut water - it's full of electrolytes and is much healthier than a Lucozade.

WHAT TO EAT THE FOLLOWING DAY

There are recommendations to not drink again until at least 48 hours after you've had any alcohol, however new research has found that in terms of the impact on the body you need weeks not days to fully recover.
POTASSIUM
It's very important to keep hydrating for the following days and if you suffer from terrible hangovers and are still feeling a bit weak, it's essential to keep eating well. So start the day with a banana and up your potassium levels, this will help with mood boosting and fatigue.
ZINC
Even if you're not feeling sick anymore, you'll likely still be tired and lacking in concentration so add pumpkin seeds to your salad for some brain enhancing zinc.

WHAT TO EAT ALL WEEK

If you're feeling run down after going hard, now is the time to have some orange juice. Avoid OJ the next morning as it will give your liver even more work to do.
VITAMIN C
Later on in the week though, your body will be glad of the Vitamin C as alcohol consumption has been linked to a lowered immune system.
You should also avoid spicy foods until your stomach has recovered so now's the time to start boosting the metabolism with chilli again.
We chatted to NutriCentre's head nutritionist, Shona Wilkinson to get this advice.


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Source:womenshealthmag.co.uk/nutrition/happy-hour/3023/what-to-eat-after-a-heavy-weekend-when-you-re-hungover#ixzz3dDUa8OV5

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