Staying healthy at Christmas is a challenge. With a cheeseboard here and a glass of prosecco there, it’s hard to keep to your diet.
We’re all for festive treats – especially these nutritionist approved ready-made goodies – but here’s our seventh tip for the 25 days of advent to keep you just that little bit healthier this Christmas. Today it’s all about tackling that morning hangover, because why is the office Christmas always on a Thursday?
We all the know the feeling.
You wake up the morning after a heavy night feeling oh so delicate, and all you want to is a pint of water and a plate of something greasy.
But to cure your hangover fast, you’re going to need some assistance.
Swerve the grease and put the frying pan away. Why not opt for something more nutritious to combat that headache?
BEST BREAKFAST FOR A HANGOVER?
Enter porridge – your hangover’s new enemy.
“Oats have cysteine, an amino acid that helps break down acetaldehyde – a toxin produced by metabolised alcohol that damages the liver,” says nutritionist Rob Hobson.
“Mix in Manuka honey, which has antibacterial properties and top with slices of banana to further support your liver.”
After waking up to this, you might even be ready to face the Christmas shoppers.
Or on second thought, online shopping on the sofa could be the way to go…
YOUR ULTIMATE 3-STEP HANGOVER SAVING BREAKFAST
1. Fill up on fibre with Rude Health’s porridge:
Rude Health Organic Porridge, £3.49, rudehealth.com
WHY? Oats are a gluten-free whole grain and a source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. Studies have shown oats can promote lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.
2. Get an antibacterial boost with this active honey:
24+ Active Manuka Honey, £24.00, Manuka Doctor
WHY? Manuka honey is high in antibacterial properties and guaranteed to soothe your sore throat from the Abba karaoke.
Linwoods Milled Flaxseed, £3.99, Natural Collection
WHY? Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s, which research has shown have heart-healthy effects.
Read our editor’s guide to the ultimate healthy Christmas. You’re welcome.