Asparagus has been proven to be a good food to break down alcohol in the body. In a 2009 study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists, scientists discovered amino acids found in asparagus boosted the speed of cells that worked to break down alcohol inside the body.
Ginger has been found to hold many health benefits as it contains magnesium, zinc, and chromium, which can help prevent chills, fevers and excessive sweating. Medical Daily reported it can also be ingested to reduce pain and inflammation, which makes sipping on ginger tea a potential option for beating your hangover.
Bananas are brimming with potassium, a mineral lost by frequent urination when you drink. They are also one of the best natural sources of vitamin B6, which in a study printed in the journal Annals of Nutrition showed can reduce hangover symptoms by as much as 50 per cent.
Eggs contain large amounts of cysteine, a substance which has also been found to break down hangovers, according to Health How Stuff Works.
In 2010, an article in Time pointed out that coconut water “contains the same five electrolytes found in human blood”. Anti-oxidants precent and repair damage to the body, and if you are low on anti-oxidants you feel worse after a night of drinking.
Researchers on the dime of beverage companies Asahi and Kagome discovered that it can help alleviate hangover symptoms.
According to the study, subjects were examined drinking 100ml of alcohol followed by 480ml of tomato juice. They then repeated the experiment, but this time with 480ml of water, on the same people.
They found that tomato juice cause blood alcohol levels to become three times lower than with water. And the test subjects also become completely sober minutes faster with the tomato juice then the water.
Researchers claim a bacon sandwich boosts the level of amines which clear the head. Food also speeds up the metabolism helping the body get rid of the booze more quickly.
Elin Roberts, of Newcastle University’s Centre for Life responded to a study in 2009 saying: “Food doesn’t soak up the alcohol but it does increase your metabolism helping you deal with the after-effects of over indulgence. So food will often help you feel better.
“Bread is high in carbohydrates and bacon is full of protein, which breaks down into amino acids. Your body needs these amino acids, so eating them will make you feel good.”
While many food and drink have been found to help cure a hangover, some researchers believe exercise is the answer.
A study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine last September found that exercising at even basic recommended weekly physical activity levels (150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity) could potentially offset some of the harmful effects of drinking alcohol.