If you have overindulged when seeing in the new year, you may have a hangover to contend with as the new year begins. The answer to your problem may lie in your polytunnel. A lot of nonsense is spoken about the efficacy of certain hangover cures. But many of the claims cannot be backed up by science.
The truth of the matter is that scientists actually understand little about the mechanisms that cause a hangover. Certain things, however, can definitely help. Science tells us that hangover symptoms can be reduced by sleep, by getting plenty of water and the electrolytes needed to rehydrate, and by enjoying a good, hearty breakfast to raise lowered blood sugar. Here are five good breakfasts that could help you reduce the symptoms of your hangover, even if they do not get rid of it entirely:
Big Veggie Breakfast
The champions of post-drinking breakfasts is the fry up. But who not try a veggie version of the full English using polytunnel produce? Veggie sausages could be whipped up ahead of time, and plenty of recipes can be found which use vegetables, herbs and other ingredients from your polytunnel. With those sausages, you could cook up a hearty feast with eggs, potato cakes, mushrooms, tomatoes and more…eating plenty of food could make it easier to get up and start your day.
Oats in a Jar With Fruity Compotes
Like the veggie sausages, this is another breakfast item that could be prepared ahead of time. Before you head out for a night on the town, fill a jar with oats, yoghurt and fruit compotes and leave it in the fridge overnight. The vitamins and minerals in the organic fruits you grow will help to replace those you may have lost the night before – and the little effort required makes this easy to manage even if you can hardy lift your head from the pillow.
There is almost no limit to the polytunnel produce that can be included in a breakfast smoothie. Try adding some greens, some berries, and some seeds from your polytunnel to a banana base for a quick and easy boost that is sure to set your day (and the New Year) off on the right track. The fruit sugars will boost your blood sugar, and the potassium in the banana means it will help you rehydrate.
Ginger Spiced Jam on Toast
If you are feeling nauseous, you might not feel like eating much. But since eating could help you get over your hangover more quickly, it is a good idea to try. Ginger can help to settle your stomach and quell that nausea. Why not try some along with something easy to digest – like white toast? A home-made ginger spiced jam will also boost your blood sugar, so you should be back to normal in no time.
Ginger, Apple & Oat Muffins
Another of the hangover cures containing ginger is a delicious ginger, apple and oat muffin. Sweetened just with honey and apple sauce, these muffins are always a healthy way to start your day, and should easily keep you going until lunch. Again, this is something easy that you can make ahead of time to have on hand if you suspect you may have a hangover the following day.
Have a favourite hangover cure of your own? Share your hangover cures in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.