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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

Watermelon: Best food for hungover fighters?

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If you're a fighter who loves to party on occasion and 'get your drink on,' this story may be for you.

During the mid 1990s, a legendary boxing trainer noticed one of his fighters - an all-time great - would feast on watermelon following a rough night of partying. Of course, the trainer and the fighter shall remain nameless but both are revered as legends.

When the trainer inquired about this fighter's sometimes incessant devouring of watermelon, the boxer insisted it was the best food for a hangover.... And 20 years later, studies show the fighter may have been right.

So, what is a hangover?

Answer: Nausea, headaches or any other disagreeable physical aftereffects of drunkenness usually felt several hours to several days after cessation of drinking. 

Yes, Friday night partying can, in fact, lead to a hangover all weekend. Most of the time, though, a hangover tends to subside during the late morning or early afternoon the following day.

Nevertheless, you feel awful.It's like you've just gone twelve rounds with Gennady Golovkin, and you just wish the feeling would just go away.

All of those tequila shots and warm beer have you 'down for the count' the following morning.

Why do hungover people feel so bad the next day?

Alcohol depletes the body of water and essential nutrients, such as B vitamins and sodium. In addition, it can cause your blood sugar to plummet, making you feel dizzy and shaky.

Enter watermelon.

This powerful fruit is packed with essential nutrients, including vitamin C, B-vitamins and magnesium. Also, its high concentration of fructose helps reduce those blood sugar issues and it's water-richness boosts hydration.

Here's a cool Watermelon-Cucumber Hangover Cure recipe from MindBodyGreen.

So, does consuming watermelon while imbibing mitigate the negative after-effects caused by excessive drinking?

Who knows?

But here's a recipe that combines Watermelon and Tequila. It's called 'Watermelon Soaked in Julio César Chávez Tequila.'


And yes, that's THE Julio César Chávez... Hint, hint.

Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.


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