Euro 2020: 7 foods against the hangover to England v Italy

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It is very likely that many of us will suffer from a hangover on Monday, regardless of whether England wins or loses against Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday evening.

The nation will come to a standstill as the Three Lions try to finally contribute to the 1966 World Cup triumph.

England’s first European Championship final is the reward for years of progress and a month to enjoy in these challenging, shared times.

After Harry Kane led Group D, finally defeating old opponents Germany and chasing Ukraine aside, Harry Kane defeated Denmark 2-1 in extra time and finally finished his semi-final hoodoo.

Alcohol consumption is likely to be high as Boris Johnson is urged to grant an emergency bank holiday in the event of an English victory on Monday.

Employers have already been asked to consider giving employees time off on Monday, but some of us still have to face the day whether England wins or loses.

Everyone has their hangover cure and luckily for us, the experts have us covered too!

Hangover is often associated with alcohol consumption, so Sian Baker, Head of Wellbeing Services and registered nutrition therapist with health and wellness testing company Check My Body Health has compiled a list of the 7 most important foods you can consume to help you overcome your hangover.

She said, “As people can now go to pubs outside, we can expect our alcohol consumption to increase as social gatherings with friends and family, who we may not have seen for a while, become more frequent.

“After periods of heavy drinking, people can often experience hangover symptoms like dehydration, nausea, headaches, and insomnia – even if you’ve had a great time off, those symptoms are never nice!

“Staying hydrated is the most important way to avoid an uncomfortable hangover, so try to take a water break between each alcoholic drink.

“However, the foods listed above can also take the spice out and make sure you’re energizing your body and giving it the best possible chance to recover.”

Here is a list of 7 types of foods that are sure to cure your hangover:

dairy

If you are expecting a heavy drinking session, you can line your stomach with dairy products like milk or yogurt to reduce the effects of consumed alcohol.

water

While technically not a food, making sure you are adequately hydrated will help alleviate the effects of the hangover.

If possible, try adding a little sugar and salt to your water to make your own rehydration drink, replacing not only the lost water but also the sugar and essential salts.

fish

Proteins and fats, like the healthy oils in fish, stay in the stomach longer, so they’re another great food to eat before you drink them.

Taking omega-3 and omega-6 capsules both before and after drinking also helps cover the stomach and replenish your fatty acid levels the next morning.

spinach

Magnesium is a nutrient that is often depleted during a drinking session, so foods rich in magnesium like spinach will help replenish your magnesium levels.

Spinach also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it makes a great starting point for a meal that will help you overcome your hangover – try adding it to a morning smoothie, as part of a lighter breakfast, or even as a salad for lunch.

banana

Drinking alcohol can lead to electrolyte imbalances by increasing fluid loss and electrolyte excretion. So when you rebalance your electrolyte levels, you can recover.

Bananas contain good amounts of potassium so you can raise your levels after a long night of drinking. If you don’t like bananas too much, avocados and other foods high in potassium will help too.

pineapple

Nausea is a very common hangover symptom, and it’s definitely not fun fighting your way through. However, pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which makes digestion easier and reduces pressure on the liver.

ginger

Eating a little ginger is another great way to relieve nausea.

Ginger can reduce inflammation and help calm your stomach. So why not try adding it to a fresh smoothie with some nutritious fruits and vegetables to help rebalance your vitamins and minerals.

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