Overindulged on the drink last night? Here are 10 of the best healthy hangover foods to aid your recovery that don’t involve stuffing your face with junk food and giving your body yet more toxins to deal with.

1. Marmite

Definitely one of those love or loathe foods, but if you are a fan of the brown stuff then it could help prove a great hangover cure. Marmite helps restore many essential nutrients which are depleted by drinking alcohol. Marmite is a great source of vitamin B, a lack of which can cause can cause anxiety and depression. In addition, it has high sodium content so is an excellent way to replace salts lost through alcohol consumption. When combined with toast it also provides some of the carbs you need to help the hangover recovery.  

2. Watermelon

When suffering a hangover, watermelon admittedly isn’t the first thing you’d think of reaching for, yet it is a really good hangover food. Watermelon helps your blood sugar levels recover as it is high in fructose, and consisting of over 90 per cent water it also provides a big boost to your hydration. Watermelon is also a good source of nutrients, including vitamin C, B-vitamins and magnesium.  

3. Ginger

One of the worst parts of a hangover can be that queasiness you often get, but a ready-made solution comes in the form of ginger. The spice is the perfect solution for settling your stomach and getting rid of those feelings of nausea. While chewing on ginger in root form may be too much to swallow when you’re already hungover, you could drink some by grating it into hot water or blending it into a fresh fruit or vegetable juice. Even chewing on a few ginger biscuits could prove a soother for your stomach.

4. Eggs

Eggs can be a great food for helping get rid of a hangover. In any form, poached, scrambled, boiled or fried, eggs are a great source of protein , which helps raise your mood-boosting serotonin levels as well as reducing feelings of nausea. Eggs are also rich in cysteine, a amino acid which helps rid the body of the alcohol-related toxins that gang up on you to give you the hangover from hell.

5. Bananas

A nice quick convenient hangover cure, bananas are loaded with potassium and magnesium, two of things that the body loses when drinking alcohol. Potassium will help reduce the feelings of nausea and tiredness commonly experienced by those with a hangover, so get peeling. Bananas are natural antacids so are good for reducing stomach acid, and as a good source of energy then can help fuel you if you have a lot to do with your day and really can’t afford to be held back by a hangover.

6. Soup

One of the best foods for a hangover is soup since it helps replenish many of the things you need in one go. Not only does it help re-hydrate the body but it also boosts sodium levels and gives you a shot of nutrients in an easy to stomach meal. Good soup options include vegetable soup and miso soup.

7. Oats

Oats are a perfect way to start your day , but an even better way to start your day with a hangover. Oats help the body replenish many of the vital minerals and vitamins lost during a session on the drink, including B vitamins plus magnesium, calcium and iron. Oats also help reduce acidity levels in the body, aid cleansing of the liver, and absorb toxins. A good bowl of porridge is a low GI food so is ideal for slowly raising your blood sugar levels and providing you with energy to get through the day ahead.

8. Fruit juice

Sometimes your hangover is such that you really can’t stomach food. If that’s the case then a fruit juice could be the hangover cure for you. A fresh fruit juice will help you replace lost vitamins, raise your blood sugar levels and re-hydrate. In addition to providing almost immediate relief, the fructose in a fruit juice will speed the removal of alcohol from the bloodstream.

9. Sardines

After overdoing it on the alcohol you can sometime wake up craving something savoury. Rather than grabbing for the remnants of that kebab you picked up on the way home, you could do worse than some sardines. The nutrient-rich fish on toast could well be the perfect hangover solution providing you with a source of vital minerals such as sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium. Sardines are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids , which are good for your liver as well as lifting your mood.

10. Coconut water

If you are looking for a drink to re-hydrate with and sports drinks are just too sweet for your hangover to handle, then how about giving coconut water a go? As a natural drink, they are less likely to irritate your stomach than carbonated drinks. In addition coconut water is packed with essential electrolytes such as calcium, potassium and magnesium, and it is also great for soothing your stomach.