The Best Hangover Food to Help You Feel Better Fast

Updated: Feb. 10, 2022

The best hangover food is the kind that helps you feel like yourself again. With that in mind, here are the top ideas worth trying!

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Avocado Sandwich with Fried Egg - sliced avocado and egg on toasted bread with arugula for healthy breakfast or snack.
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If you’ve ever heard that eating a big breakfast is good for a hangover, there’s a valid reason—especially if that breakfast contains eggs. The amino acids in eggs help your body create glutathione, an antioxidant that is naturally depleted by alcohol consumption. No wonder so many of our hangover-busting breakfast sandwich recipes are made with an egg!

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Breakfast: oatmeal with bananas, blueberries, chia seeds and almonds.
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If you’re feeling queasy the morning after a night of drinking, starting the day with oats is a great way to soothe your stomach. Oats are high in vitamin B, calcium and magnesium, not to mention easy to digest. Want more motivation to eat your oatmeal? Here are surprising health benefits of this superfood.

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Combat the dehydrating effects of alcohol by reaching for a banana. This fruit is especially high in the electrolyte potassium and can help counteract those hangover blues. Bonus: Eating a banana will boost your energy, among other health benefits.

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Bowl of guacamole with tortilla chips
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Another food rich in potassium? Avocados. Given that the liver tends to bear the brunt of alcohol damage, adding avocados to your hangover breakfast is a smart choice. Here’s how to make sure the avocado you reach for is ripe.

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Spinach salad with oranges and sesame seeds


Because heavy drinking depletes the body of folate, consuming foods high in this nutrient can be the key to feeling better. With up to 66% of your daily allowance in one cup, spinach is a great choice. Plus, it’s high in immunity-boosting vitamin C. Get started with these delicious recipe ideas using fresh or frozen spinach.

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fresh toast with cream cheese
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This might be the world’s best hangover food. The simple carbohydrates in a piece of toast can help with the low blood sugar you may feel after too many drinks. And, if you’re feeling up to it, here are must-try recipes for making that toast more fun!

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Fresh summer grilled watermelon salad with feta cheese, arugula, onions on blue background


Sweet and refreshing, watermelon is a fruit that makes a fast and effective cure for the dehydrating effects of alcohol. You can eat a slice on its own or in all kinds of delicious dishes.

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A glass cup of tea with lemon, mint, ginger and honey on wooden rustic table.
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Ginger Tea with Honey

While, generally speaking, you want to skip diuretics like coffee and tea that can exacerbate dehydration, sipping ginger tea is different. Not only can ginger calm the stomach, but putting a little honey in the tea also gives you some fructose to help metabolize existing alcohol in your system.

You should also check out the benefits of adding ginger and lemon to tea.

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Tomato Juice

Because tomato juice can be comforting to an upset stomach, it’s a great idea alongside your morning meal. Its glucose content can also help your blood sugar get back to normal.

Looking for more hangover-busting ideas? Check out this roundup of hangover cures!

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mixed nuts in white ceramic bowl


This food will actually help prevent a hangover. When you’re drinking, snack on nuts instead of junk food. Why? Nuts are high in healthy fats and protein, which can help slow the way your body absorbs its alcohol intake.