A cure for the common hangover
By Sophie Isbister, Life & Style Editor
If you’re a student in college, chances are you’ve been around long enough to both have a hangover, and know that you hate hangovers!
There are tons of ways to prevent hangovers. Usually if you drink a lot of water while you party, your headache and gut-rot won’t be so bad the next day. Avoid salty bar snacks like nachos and peanuts: while they are super tasty, they will dehydrate you further (and possibly make you consume more alcohol)—think about that next time you consider a 3 a.m. McDonald’s run!
But ultimately, while there are ways to prevent a hangover, it’s usually inevitable that you wake up on Sunday morning feeling like you’ve been scraped off the pavement and dumped into your bed. It’s not a good feeling, but here’s the good news: there is a cure!
No, it’s not a tomato juice, or a raw egg smoothie, or even just more sleep. It’s these three magic words: bacon, eggs, and bread. There is truly some science behind everyone’s favourite greasy spoon breakfast, so next time you wake up with your mouth feeling like cotton and your head throbbing, try to make yourself decent enough to head to your local Denny’s for a bacon-anything.
But why is this the case? Let’s start with bacon. Bacon contains the protein and amino acids that your body needs in order to do fun things like think. Eggs together with bacon make the best buddy-cop-team imaginable when it comes to booking your hangover for heinous crimes—eggs contain cysteine, which reduces those pesky toxins that make you feel like crap. Combine that with carb-loaded bread and potatoes, serve it up with a giant glass of hydrating water, and you have yourself a hangover-free afternoon that you can spend doing all that reading.
The bacon sandwich has been scientifically proven to cure tough hangovers, but is there a lighter option for those of us who don’t relish the thought of adding more calories onto a night where we may have drank a week’s worth of calories in gin drinks?
The answer is yes! For the vegetarians among us, load your plate up with a fruit salad containing lots of bananas and kiwis, and serve it with a can of delicious coconut water (or even just regular water). The potassium in the coconut water and the fruit will make you feel better—the effects of alcohol will have stripped your body of a lot of nutrients, so replacement is the name of the game.
However you fix your hangover, know that there is a cure—and sometimes an even better cure can be getting together with your friends to rehash the previous night’s shenanigans. So why not invite some bacon along?