A hangover is the karmic response to a night out drinking, the miserable yang to a glorious party’s yin. After a particularly raucus evening, you may awake in the morning feeling a bit like Kingsley Amis’s protagonist Dixon in Lucky Jim: “A dusty thudding in his head made the scene before him beat like a pulse. His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum. During the night, too, he'd somehow been on a cross-country run and then been expertly beaten up by secret police. He felt bad.”
If you wake up feeling “bad,” you may consider the hair of the dog that bit you or an old-fashioned restorative, but the quickest way to restore balance to the perceptible universe is by way of sustenance. But not just any food will do. Your body requires fructose, vitamins, amino acids and minerals to replenish reserves and help your body break down the booze lingering in your system. Skip the greasy spoon, chug water like it’s, well, water, and go eat these curative recovery foods.