Ever wondered if there’s a way to avoid the horrible hangover you experience every weekend (besides not drinking)?

While we can’t make promises that you can avoid it all together, research shows that there are some things you can do to make your weekly hangover a little less painful.

Turns out it’s all about what you eat.

All those symptoms you typically get with a hangover; nausea, headaches, sensitivity to light, and dehydration; they all have different root causes that can be addressed with the right nourishment.

Here’s what you need to eat:

1 – Pickles

Yup. Alcohol depletes sodium levels, and pickles are high in sodium. Very low sodium levels can lead to headaches and nausea, two of the typical hangover symptom, so these are great.

2 – Spinach

Heavy drinking can lead to folate deficiencies. Fortunately, spinach is rich in folate, making it the perfect way to avoid hangover headaches and fatigue.

3 – Avocados

two avocado half with seed on a pink background. minimal color still life photography

This is pretty great if you think about it; avocado toast on the day after the night before might be just what you need. They contain a lot of potassium, as do bananas, which alcohol depletes.

4 – Eggs

Alcohol drastically reduces the amount of glutathione in the body, which makes it harder for your body to breakdown the toxic byproducts produced from alcohol. Eggs help to produce this, meaning the problem is solved.

5 – Bananas

Two words. Banana pancakes. The perfect hangover food. Nothing more need be said.

What do you eat when you’re hungover?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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