The Best Russian Cure for Hangover

a woman with hangover

Sauerkraut and its juice are the best Russian home remedies for a hangover, which is time-tested.

Why Sauerkraut and Its Juice are the Best Way to Get Rid of a Hangover?

Water and Salt of Fermented Cabbage are the Right Ways to Cure a Hangover

Pathological redistribution of water in the body is one of the central cause of a hangover.

Alcohol is a diuretic, which excretes large volumes of liquid. So you are thirsty then you have a hangover. And your mucous membranes parched.

Besides that, alcohol leaches salt from the bloodstream and causes human blood vessels to expand. Swellings form. Exactly swellings are responsible for a headache and problems with the heart.

Thus, you should replenish your body with water and salts if you want to get over a hangover. Therefore, a traditional cure for a hangover is drinking water with salt, for example, cucumbers pickle juice.

However, sauerkraut juice and fermented cabbage itself are the best foods for a hangover. Because in addition to salt and water they contain another important substance – succinic acid.

How Succinic Acid helps Getting over a Hangover?

In the liver, alcohol is converted into acetaldehyde, which is poison substance. Succinic acid accelerates the decomposition process acetaldehyde. Since some hangover symptoms are connected to toxic effects of acetaldehyde, the removal of this substance gives the opportunity to get rid of a hangover quickly.

How to Cure a Hangover Fast with Sauerkraut and its Juice?

The Fastest Way to Get Rid of a Light Hangover

If you have a light hangover and no aversion to food – eat.

As hangover cure food, you can eat various dishes with sauerkraut. For example, cold beet salad or hot sour soup. However, there are some recipes, which are called «hangover» in Russia because they are good hangover food.

Best Hangover Foods Recipes

salad hangoverSalad «Hangover»


  • 2 cups of sauerkraut
  • 1 cup of chopped cabbage
  • ½ cup of grated carrot
  • 1 cup of sauerkraut juice

If you do not have enough this juice, you can use cucumbers pickle juice. But fermented cabbage juice is better.

Mix all ingredients. Eat the salad at one go.

hangover soupSoup «Hangover»


  • the strong beef broth
  • sauerkraut with its juice
  • cabbage
  • caraway

Add sauerkraut and cabbage in the ratio of 1 to 1 to the strong beef broth. Add caraway to taste. Bring to boil and simmer over medium heat until vegetables are tender. Eat hot with sour cream.

By the way, Hungarians like fermented cabbage as much as Russians. So there is a Hungarian soup recipe for a hangover cure.

The Best Way to Get Over a Bad Hangover

If you have a bad hangover and nausea and you are not able to look at food, drink sauerkraut juice. Drink slowly in small sips, making breaks.

When you feel better, try eating anything. Mashed potato with sauerkraut is a good choice.

How to Prevent a Hangover with Sauerkraut?

  • Hot and fatty food slows the absorption of alcohol.

Of course, you can use any fatty foods that you like. But if you choose recipes with sauerkraut (meatloaf with bacon and fermented cabbage or pork legs with sauerkraut or so on) you will get a double benefit.

These fatty meals not only will slow down the absorption of alcohol but also give your body some useful substances (salt and succinic acid). The elements will help you to stop a hangover.

Furthermore, it is a scientifically proven fact that the mixture of hot potatoes and sauerkraut slow down the absorption of alcohol more completely than other foods. And so if you want to avoid a hangover try such recipes as German dumpling or quick mashed potato and sauerkraut pie.

  • If you drink soft beverages after boozing the concentration of alcohol in the stomach reduces and it also helps to prevent a hangover. So why do not you drink sauerkraut juice? You again get a double benefit, after all.
Sauerkraut and its juice are the best hangover cures. They both help to get rid of a hangover headache, nausea, depression and prevent these awful symptoms. And fermented cabbage has virtually no contraindications and side effects.

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Comments: 2
  1. alex

    i didnt know that this recipes can help from hangover. i know just one way to get rid of a hangover it is drinking more from the morning but maybe it is not good for everyone. but it helps me usually.

  2. James Hetfield

    Recently I’ve discovered that soup is probably the best hangover food. Spicy and hot soup makes everything better. But I don’t drink alcohol for more than 10 years, so the problem is finally over for me.

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