What Are The Best Foods to Eat Before You Go Out Drinking ( To Avoid A Hangover)

It is a known and proven fact that eating while consuming alcohol is necessary.

Food just hits differently when you’re inebriated from alcohol —science even says so. One tends to grow hungrier, the more he or she drinks alcohol. According to a study published in the journal Physiology and Behaviour, alcohol stimulates the appetite in a way that makes you crave high-fat , salty foods and foods high in fibre, which makes perfect sense.

Salty food can worsen the dehydration effects of the body. And as the body tends to be dehydrated during drinking, it is better to avoid salty food. High-fibre food items are not good for the health either. It delays the digestion process, which is not a good sign for the body.

On the other hand, consuming only alcohol ignoring hunger would lead to several diseases like pancreatitis and issues with the liver.

Hangover dealer

It turns out that if you eat the right foods before your drink, you are less likely to feel bloated and be dreadfully hungry the next day. Eating beforehand dilutes the alcohol you consume since it has water content. Further, it delays the time the alcohol takes to get into the bloodstream.

When you eat something before drinking, it slows down alcohol’s rate of absorption, so you don’t get drunk as quickly.

Also, it is not advisable to eat food in large portions before going to bed, especially after alcohol intake.

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Here are a bunch of foods to eat before drinking alcohol:

1. Bananas

Banana

Fruits are extremely healthy, to begin with, and the added benefit is that they contain high amounts of water which will dilute the alcohol. Bananas carry the added advantage of high fibre and potassium content, which is an electrolyte that plays an important role in muscle function, blood pressure, nerve function, and fluid regulation.

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Our bodies tend to lose potassium when we drink alcohol (especially when drinking excessive amounts), so eating potassium-rich foods before drinking can help boost the amount in your body.

Spinach, avocado, potatoes, lentils, milk, and yoghurt are also high in potassium and great to snack on before drinking.

2. Melon

Watermelon and cantaloupe are both great to consume before drinking because they contain a lot of water, which helps hydrate the body. Consuming melon and other hydrating foods can help prevent some of the dehydration that’s associated with alcohol consumption.

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3. Eggs

We say eggs because of the high amount of protein they carry. Any food that is rich in protein will work as it slows alcohol absorption and keeps you feeling full for a long time. But the benefits don’t stop at protein alone. Eggs are also high in an amino acid called cysteine that plays a role in alcohol metabolism.

4. Water

Detox water

Alcohol is a diuretic (to put it bluntly, it makes you pee) and can easily lead you to become dehydrated. For this reason, sipping a few glasses of water is one of the most important things you can do before drinking. It dilutes the alcohol and regulates salt balance. Even when you’re out and drinking, keep having water at regular intervals and pace yourself.

In addition to drinking water, you can also eat water-rich foods like cucumber, strawberries, and lettuce. Try out our homemade infused water recipes.

5. Nuts

There’s a reason bars serve mixed nuts with alcohol. Not only do they taste good, but they also have high amounts of fat which help slow the absorption of alcohol.

6. Salmon

Salmon

Salmon has been lauded for its health benefits for a long time. It contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids and is packed with proteins. Further, salmon is rich in Vitamin B12, an important nutrient that’s often diminished with alcohol consumption.

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7.Avocado

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Though still somewhat difficult to get in all parts of India and a little expensive, avocados are packed with healthy fats which digest slowly to keep you full and may slow the absorption of alcohol into your blood. Like bananas, they also contain high amounts of potassium. One of the best things about avocado is that you can easily add it to nearly any meal.

8.Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is high in protein, which is digested slowly and slows the absorption of alcohol. In addition to protein, yogurt also contains fats and carbohydrates, making it a nutritious food that’s filling, provides lots of energy, and doesn’t cause blood sugar.

It’ll literally stick to your gut, as the food will digest slowly over four to six hours.

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9.Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a good addition to any meal or snack before you head out for a few drinks. They contain potassium and other electrolytes, and they’re also complex carbohydrates, which means they are slow digesting and can help to reduce the effects of alcohol on the body.

Research has shown that sweet potatoes prevent swings in blood sugar, which can prevent the overeating caused by drinking.
Sweetpotato toast

10.Hummus

Containing a healthy mix of fat, protein, and carbohydrates, hummus is a great snack choice before drinking. It’s a particularly good option for someone looking to load up on protein from a plant-based source.

When you consume alcohol it depletes the body of Vitamin B, therefore hummus can also help in boosting your B-vitamins. The amino acids in hummus are also considered helpful in preventing a hangover.

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Whiskey + Roast chicken

Cognac + seafood dish

Bourbon + Pickled Vegetables, Meat

Rye + Sushi Nigiri

Scotch + Duck Breast , Seasonal Vegetables

Rum + Glazed Jerk Chicken

Tequila + Lamb Barbacoa Tacos, fruit platter

Brandy + Chocolate Brownies

Red wine + Cured meats, pasta, cheese

Beer + Crumbed chicken, beef jerky

By being aware of the right eatables, the ill effects of alcohol can be mitigated to a large extent. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a certified-nutritionist.

Covid Diet: Add these foods to your diet for a speedy recovery from COVID-19

Nutrition plays a significant role for both, the COVID-19 patients and those who are on the path of recovery. During COVID-19, the body gets weakened and it continues for days even after recovering from the symptoms. Thus, it becomes essential to consume the right kind of diet for a speedy and complete recovery of the body.

Nutrition is crucial for the delivery of energy sources, known as macronutrients, and for the support of essential bodily processes provided in part by micronutrients.

Both macro and micronutrients are key drivers for a healthy immune response, particularly for higher-risk populations.

Start with meeting 50% of the nutritional requirement of the patient and proceed to 70% by the 3rd day, gradually increasing to 100% by the end of the week.

Immune support shopping list

(arranged with concentration, affordability, and availability in mind)

VitaminA

Top 10 vitamin A rich foods

• Beef liver

• Sweet potato

• Spinach

• Carrots

• Ricotta cheese

• Cantaloupe

• Red peppers

Mango

• Eggs

• Black-eyed peas

Vitamin C

Top 10 vitamin C rich foods

• Red pepper

• Orange

• Kiwi

Broccoli

• Strawberries

• Brussels sprouts

• Grapefruit

• Cantaloupe

• Cabbage

• Cauliflower

Vitamin D

Top 10 vitamin D rich foods

• Tuna fish

• Mushrooms (exposed to UV light)

Milk (including Vitamin D fortified non-dairy milk options)

• Eggs

Yogurt

• Ready-to-eat cereals (whole grain cereals)

• Orange juice (fortified and 100% juice)

• Salmon

• Sardines

• Cod Liver oil

Zinc

Top 10 vitamin E rich foods

• Sunflower seeds

• Almonds

• Hazelnuts

Peanut butter

• Peanuts

• Spinach

• Wheat germ

• Sunflower oil

• Safflower oil

• Tomato

Beans

Top 10 food sources of zinc

• Beef chuck roast

• Beef patty

• Pork chop

• Beans

• Chicken

• Pumpkin seeds

• Yogurt

Chickpeas

• Lentils

• Cashews

Tea

Standard “feel-better” foods for when you feel unwell

Banana

• Applesauce, unsweetened

• Whole wheat toast

• Brown rice

• Whole fruit popsicles

• Peppermint, ginger, or herbal tea

• Bone broth

• Yogurt (Greek is higher in protein)

Ginger chews

• Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat

Honey

• Yogurt (Greek is highest in protein)

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COVID-19 Sample Diet Plan

Diet plan

Early Morning

6-7 soaked almonds, 2-3 walnuts, and 5-6 raisins + ginger, coriander seeds and tulsi concoction

Have raw garlic (can bite it and then gulp it down with water)

Breakfast

North Indian: Dhalia Khichadi-1 cup/ Dhokla- 4 pieces/ Veg Poha / Chila/ Veg upma/ Namkeen veg seviya/ Golden milk with Haldi and ginger powder

Or

South Indian : Idly-4/Ragi Dosa/Pongal- 1 cup / Moong dal sprouts boiled-1/2 Sambar/Veg Poha / Chila/ Veg upma/ 2 ragi idli + 2 egg whites

Mid-morning

Khada-1 cup

Mid-afternoon

Beetroot, spinach, and amla juice/ Mixed fruit bowl (orange, papaya, apple and guava)/ coconut water

Lunch

Brown rice (hand pound rice )/Amaranth/ragi or multi-grain flour Chapati -2 cups sambar or moong dal or cowpea curry-1 cup/ Spinach or green sabzi-1 cup/Carrot/Potato/pumpkin/cauliflower-dry sabji/buttermilk /Curd-1 cup

Evening

Boiled legumes-1 cup/Sweet potatoes boiled-1 cup/Dry fruits trail mix with Ginger tea/ veg or chicken or immunity soup/ sprouts chaat

Early dinner

Pumpkin soup or chicken soup or mix vegetable soup or dal soup or fruit of choice. 

Dinner

Moong dal khichdi and vegetables/ millet chicken vegetable bowl/meethi roti with paneer bhurji and mix vegetable/ Dhalia khichdi or broken wheat Pongal-1 cup/wheat dosa-2/idiyappam-3 with dal or channa curry-1 cup vegetable dry-1 cup

If the patient is getting diarrhoea/ nausea give Veg Khichdi, ginger tea ( ginger, tulsi/ lemongrass, cinnamon, clove or cardamom)

Any diet is ineffective without proper sleep and exercise, so get enough rest and start with a light or moderate amount of physical activity to get back into your normal routine.

One can modify this diet plan according to their requirements. If you are suffering from any other medical condition and have been asked to avoid any of these foods, make sure you consult your doctor/ health practitioner before following the diet plan. 

Let us know if you find this diet plan helpful and don’t forget to share it with others.

Also read: 9 Foods and Drinks to Avoid If You Have High Blood Pressure