Coconut water and Gatorade are two common hangover cures people swear by, but which one is best?
Science tells us that water is our best friend before and after consumption of alcohol. While drinking water post alcohol will rehydrate you, it is recommended you drink water before alcohol consumption to prevent a hangover in the first place. Alcohol dehydrates the body, and in an attempt to rehydrate takes water from muscles and other organs like your brain. Loss of potassium and salts also contribute to a hangover.
Both coconut water and Gatorade have the ability to rehydrate but differ in electrolyte and sugar content. Gatorade is a sports drink meant to rehydrate the body as well as replace the electrolytes and energy lost through exercise. This is accomplished through added electrolytes (sodium, potassium, and chloride) and carbohydrates (in the form of sugars). Coconut water contains the same electrolytes as Gatorade along with several others, boosting its ability to rehydrate your muscles and brain. And unlike Gatorade, coconut water contains less sugar, carbohydrates, and calories, which are a great add for athletes but unnecessary for those cursed with a hangover.
With all that said, both drinks get it done when it comes to curing a nasty hangover, but coconut water takes first place as the hangover drink of choice.