Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Surviving the St. Paddy’s Hangover

If you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend like a true Irishman, you can already be prepared for the inevitable; the luck of the Irish won’t save you from a killer hangover.

In order for our bodies to metabolize alcohol, we need the right nutrients. Say goodbye to these nutrients as you throw back Irish Car Bombs. When we deprive our cells of important nutrients, our regular body functions won’t work properly. Not only are we dealing with a killer headache, our internal workings are suffering, too.

The key to hangover recovery is avoiding foods containing refined sugars and white flours, and restocking your body with the right nutrients. While we can’t always avoid the holiday hangover, here are some tips on how you can get those vital nutrients back in your body.

Vitamin A helps support your immune system performance, cell growth, cellular communication, so it’s kind of a big deal to have around. If you drink like the Irish this weekend, you could be saying peace out to your precious supply of vitamin A. To recuperate, load up on healthy dairy, fish, colorful fruits and veggies like carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes and leafy greens.

This is another vitamin crucial to proper body function. Running low on this guy could lead to damage of the eyes and brain (yikes!). So make sure you’re restocking B1 with beans, carrots, nuts, rice, wheat, and cauliflower.

B2 helps support your metabolism, a system we all need working at full force after a holiday weekend. This vitamin is in constant danger of depletion, even when you’re not knocking back the Guinness. Luckily, it’s also the easiest to replenish and is found in most foods including milk, yogurt, mushrooms, spinach, almonds and sun-dried tomatoes.

The most common vitamin deficiency in the U.S. is B6, which can lead to anemia, depression and cognitive dysfunction. So while you may have one too many green jello shots, just make sure you replenish this vitamin the next day. Load up on bananas, potatoes, and chicken.

Getting your daily vitamin C is important for many reasons we already know, including tissue and bone repair. Vitamin C is most commonly found in citrus fruits and veggies like oranges, red peppers, kale, broccoli, strawberries, grapefruit, and guava.

Eating healthy foods most of the time gives you the flexibility to celebrate and let loose! Enjoy your St. Paddy’s Day and stay safe!