Most of us have experienced the MISERY that is a terrible hangover. Forget Pedialyte, greasy cheeseburgers or "hair of the dog" cures. The best, fastest, and ultimate hangover cure is..........
Kombucha and kimchi!?!
This duo is a one-two punch to get rid of stomach-churning and pounding headaches.
The fermented products promote better gut health due to their probiotic content.
“Maintaining good gut health can strengthen your intestinal barrier function, so it is less affected by alcohol, a known gut irritant which can affect intestinal motility, permeability and absorption of nutrients,” registered dietitian Lucy Kerrison.
“We know the liver is responsible for alcohol metabolism, so looking after your gut health and liver can have a positive impact on alcohol metabolism,” Kerrison added.
It’s tempting to reach for salty, greasy, carbohydrate-dense snacks when suffering from a hangover due to the dehydrating properties of alcohol, she continued.
Salt, then, helps with water retention.
“Fermented foods which are higher in salt, such as kimchi and sauerkraut, can be helpful,” she explained.
“They also contain live bacteria which can have a positive impact on our gut microbiome, something which can be damaged with excess alcohol consumption.”
However, the gut-friendly food won’t prevent a hangover if consumed in advance.
“Most of the alcohol will be absorbed in the upper gut, so unless you drink excessively very little will get to the colon where most of the bacteria are,” said registered dietitian Dr. Duane Mellor, who advised that the best hangover cure was to curb the alcohol consumption.
Not only will excessive drinking leave boozers with a wicked migraine and debilitating nausea the next morning, but alcohol has also been linked to an array of health consequences, such as liver disease and cancer.