Nutrition expert reveals the ONE meal with all the ingredients to cure your festive hangovers
Almost everyone has been there: waking up with a dry mouth, raging headache and upset stomach after a late night of drinking.
A nasty hangover can keep you in bed all day, and while there are plenty of home remedies touted to cure a hangover, the advice to drink pickle juice and eat greasy foods won't make you feel any better.
But now Cara Shaw, a registered nutritional therapist for women's health, has revealed exactly what breakfast you need to make to cure your hangover.
She said Subway a breakfast after a night out should serve two purposes: get your blood sugar levels back to normal and support your liver, which is working hard to process and break down the alcohol.
And the perfect solution is a cheap, easy omelet.
Drinking too much alcohol can lead to a hangover the next day, which can result in nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness and diarrhea
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Ms Shaw said: 'If you've been drinking all day, especially with lots of beer, high sugar cocktails or sugary mixers, there's a good chance your blood sugar levels will go haywire until the early hours.
'To support your blood sugar levels, eat breakfast within 90 minutes of waking up, but make sure you choose a high-protein option.
'When it comes to the liver, the alcohol will put a lot of pressure on the liver, so detoxification will need extra support. You get this from sufficient proteins, but also from B vitamins and antioxidants.'
The best recipe you can make consists of three eggs, half a cup of fried mushrooms, half an avocado, a pinch of feta cheese, a handful of cooked tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil.
Each ingredient is important because each offers its own benefits.
Eggs are a good source of protein and choline, a nutrient that helps with liver detoxification, muscle control and mood. Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins, which help with digestion, energy levels, mood and liver function.
Avocados are a source of healthy fats and are rich in potassium, which lowers blood pressure and water retention, and vitamin E, which plays a role in many bodily functions through its antioxidant activities, including immune health and elimination of toxins.
Feta cheese provides more protein in your breakfast and contains vitamin B12 to boost energy after a late night.
Cooked tomatoes also provide antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, while olive oil has polyphenols and anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce the stress that excessive alcohol consumption can have on the body.
This breakfast should be combined with plenty of water to counteract the dehydration that results from drinking alcohol.
Ms Shaw also recommended replacing your cup of coffee with a cup of matcha, as this has less caffeine and is packed with antioxidants to 'boost the body'.
However, she recommends waiting to drink until after you've finished your breakfast to prevent cortisol levels, the stress hormone, from rising in the body.
Alcohol causes hangover symptoms for several reasons: it makes you urinate more, which leads to dehydration; it triggers an inflammatory response from the immune system, which makes you unable to concentrate and causes memory problems; it irritates the stomach lining, leading to nausea and vomiting; it causes blood sugar levels to drop, resulting in fatigue, weakness and shakiness; it disrupts sleep and leads to fatigue; and it causes blood vessels to expand, leading to headaches.
Alcohol also affects the central nervous system, which becomes depressed when liquor enters the body. It binds to neurotransmitters that hinder communication and slow brain activity, resulting in poor balance, speech problems and poor thinking.
While eating the right foods and hydrating can ease the pain of a nasty hangover, experts told DailyMail.com that just one day of rest doesn't return the body to normal. It can take up to two days after drinking before you feel 100 percent again.
Dr. Hussain Ahmad, consultant physician at Click2Pharmacy in the UK, told DailyMail.com that if you drink just one drink, the body will process it within two to three hours.
He said: 'However, multiple alcoholic drinks slow down the rate at which your body can metabolize and pass it on, and it can take up to twelve hours for it to completely leave your (bloodstream).'
But even after it leaves the bloodstream, it travels to other body systems, meaning it can take days for the poison to be removed.
Once alcohol leaves the bloodstream, blood vessels – which constrict when you get drunk – return to their normal size.
'Once the liver has filtered the alcohol from the blood, it can return to its other functions,' Rachael Richardson, dietitian and founder of Nutrolution, previously told DailyMail.com. This includes digestion and metabolizing vitamins and minerals.
Alcohol still remains in your body as it travels from the bloodstream to the digestive system, and a hangover begins to develop about 12 hours after consumption.