If you’re hung over from football yesterday, this is why you’re probably craving salty, fatty foods today . . .
Alcohol does a number on your body and makes you dehydrated. But it also depletes your body of other things. Here are three things you crave when you’re hung over, and why your body wants them . . .
1. Salt. You crave it because you’re dehydrated. Which doesn’t just mean you’re low on water. It also means you’re low on electrolytes. And sodium is an important electrolyte. Without it, you’d die. So salty stuff helps with a hangover.
2. Meat and eggs. They’re loaded with an amino acid called cysteine that helps your liver break down the toxic byproducts of alcohol. Those toxins are the reason you feel sweaty and nauseous after you’ve been drinking.
3. Carbs. Alcohol makes your blood sugar plummet, and carbs bring it back up. But ONLY eating carbs isn’t a good idea, because it’ll just plummet again later on. Protein WITH it helps make sure your body doesn’t absorb the sugar in carbs all at once.
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