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It feels like every day on TikTok that some new life-changing hack goes viral and takes over the internet. Recently, a theory about asparagus being an antidote for hangovers made its rounds on the app and for the sake of journalism (and bad hangovers everywhere) I talked to an expert to figure out the truth.
Users on TikTok seem to believe that asparagus can help with hangovers because the minerals and amino acids in the veggie help protect the liver from toxins and the enzymes allegedly help break down alcohol. According to Serena Poon, a certified nutritionist and celebrity chef, the rumors floating around TikTok are only somewhat true according to research, but there are some reservations.
“I would caution against using this research to justify over drinking, but if you do find yourself in a place where you are feeling unwell due to alcohol consumption, adding asparagus to your plate might make you feel a bit better,” she told Delish. “Also, there is really no downside to eating asparagus, unless you have an allergy.”
Although asparagus does have its benefits, the best way to avoid a bad hangover is to monitor your own drinking and to ensure you’re hydrating correctly. There is no one cause of a bad hangover, according to Serena, so people can do a couple of things to be proactive.
Drinking a lot of water while you are drinking alcoholic beverages and right before you go to bed can help you feel better the next day. Serena says that when you finish drinking at least three or four hours before bed allows for better sleep too.
“The next day it is important to rehydrate—drink a lot of water and you may want to consume added electrolytes, such as sodium, magnesium and potassium,” she said. “Alcohol is processed by your liver, so eating liver supportive foods, like antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits (including asparagus), extra-virgin olive oil, and coffee can help it heal.”
So consider this TikTok myth only semi busted. While asparagus may help you feel better after a big night of drinking, it’s just one thing you can be doing to avoid hangovers. Consider this your reminder to drink a lot of water throughout the day. You can’t have a hot girl summer if you’re dehydrated.