Five Tips to Sail Through Cinco De Mayo

May 05, 2016

Are you looking forward to celebrating Cinco De Mayo, but not so sure about the sixth of May? Here are some tips SupermarketGuru gathered from around the web.

Today is Cinco de Mayo and for many that means over-indulging in celebrating Mexican heritage and pride, as well as commemorating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. SupermarketGuru wants you to have a great day after, so here are five tips from around the web!

Yakamein is popular in New Orleans as a hangover cure. Folklore has it that American soldiers from New Orleans stationed in Korea in the ‘50s learned to appreciate “yak-a-mein” the morning after. It’s composed of beef brisket, spaghetti noodles, a hard-boiled egg, soy sauce, green onions, and hot sauce  - sound appetizing or not? Well, Alyson Mitchell, a food chemist from UC Davis set out to find if yakamein really cures a hangover. Here’s what she found.  It’s loaded with sodium to replace all the salts that your body looses due to alcohol's diuretic properties. The B-complex vitamins in the green onions might help ease an impending headache by preventing an accumulation of glutaric acid. And the egg is chock full of cysteine which removes a toxin, acetaldehyde, from the system. It’s still a toss up whether SupermarketGuru would really recommend this… or think it was a “hit.”

Drink in moderation! And pace yourself. Stay hydrated on Cinco De Mayo – make sure to drink at least one cup of water per hour, if not more. Dehydration is a big factor in why alcohol makes us feel so terrible. Coconut water, water with lemon, and herbal teas will help keep hydrating interesting.

Sleep. Yes sleep is a huge factor in feeling bad after a day like Cinco De Mayo. When we drink, our sleep rhythms are thrown off and we tend to really feel it the next day.  Trying to get as much sleep as possible Sunday night is a great goal. Try ending the party an hour early so you have more time to recover.

Have a good breakfast. As mentioned above, eggs contain a compound which helps breakdown some of the toxic metabolites of alcohol in the liver. Having a veggie omelet would help replenish and detoxify your body. Great detoxifying veggies include artichoke, asparagus, spinach, dandelion greens and more.

Bananas. Eating a banana will help replenish the potassium lost to alcohol's diuretic effect. Bananas are also 75 percent water so it helps the body re-hydrate and detoxify. Avocados are also an excellent source of potassium, so if you don’t get your fill of guacamole on Sunday, have some with your eggs!