It’s the holiday season and that means attending lots of parties! In case you have a little “too much” fun one of these nights, there are some ways you can relieve your hangover using nutrition. First of all, be sure that you are staying hydrated with plenty of water, before, during, and after your drinking. You can also try some herbal teas to help settle your stomach, such as ginger and chamomile tea. Be sure to eat plenty of “hangover healing” foods rich in vitamins (especially B vitamins) and minerals. Apples, bananas, limes, lemons, leafy greens, and whole grains are good choices. Some herbs that can help your hangover include evening primrose oil, cumin, and slippery elm bark. While you are drinking, choose light colored drinks. Drinks that are dark in color tend to have more chemicals that form during fermentation, causing the blood vessels to dilate and produce awful headaches.
If you have ever suffered through a migraine headache, you know how debilitating they can be! Migraine triggers can include food allergies, hormonal changes, and stress/anxiety. If you get these horrible headaches, be sure to include plenty of fresh and organic vegetables in your diet. Eat as many leafy greens (kale, chard, spinach) as possible. Avoid artificial ingredients in foods (colorings, preservatives, etc.) as they can trigger or make your migraine worse. Stay clear of foods that have been shown to precipitate a migraine by causing a constriction of the blood vessels. Such foods include cheese, red wine, hot dogs, preserved meat, corn, and shellfish. Avoid foods with the amino acid tyramine found in avocados, bananas, cabbage, canned fish, dairy products, eggplant, hard cheeses, potatoes, raspberries, red plums, tomatoes, and yeast. Drink plenty of water and eliminate caffeine.