Top 4 ways to PREVENT a hangover
We are fast approaching the largest party night of the year -- New Year’s Eve. Which also means that we are approaching a day-after of .... you got it... hangovers. Aside from abstaining entirely from the pretty bubbly beverages inevitably served during your celebration, here are ways to prevent or lessen the affects of alcohol:
1) Hydrate. Dehydration is one of the most well-known side effects to mass alcohol consumption, which for men is five or more drinks, while women is four or more. It is important to drink a lot of water prior to “tying one on.” It is also a good idea to alternate between your alcoholic drink and a glass of water or other non-alcoholic beverage. This diminishes the overall effect of the alcohol. It also slows your drinking pace, which leads to a lower alcohol level in your bloodstream.
2) Eat. Having a big hearty meal full of carbs and proteins in your stomach helps gives the alcohol something to absorb into, dampening the effects of the alcohol and trapping some of the alcohol before it reaches your bloodstream.
3) Take Vitamin D. Alcohol depletes vitamin D in your system, so it helps to have plenty of it in your system prior to drinking.
4) Stick with clear alcohol. Clear liquor has fewer congeners, which are byproducts/toxins produced during fermentation, which have been shown to increase the severity of hangover symptoms.
Okay, so you are reading this AFTER the big night out, now what?
Top 4 ways to TREAT a hangover
1) Exercise. If you are feeling up for it, a short, but intense workout will sweat out some of the remaining toxins in your body.
2) Sleep. This is always one of the best ways to treat a hangover. It allows your body to heal itself and right itself internally. If you are able to sleep and rest the day after heavy drinking, be sure have water nearby for easy access in between naps.
3) Water. Seems basic, but the solution to pollution is dilution. Your body is made up of mostly water, so it makes a certain amount of sense that you must replenish and flush your system of toxins with water.
4) Food. Load up on eggs and bananas. Eggs contain cysteine, which may help break down toxins in the body and bananas replenish the body with potassium which was lost during the drinking the night before.
As the year winds to an end, take care and enjoy the festivities safely. The best judge of when you’ve had enough to drink is YOU. Listen to your body and know when enough is enough. In addition to trying out some of the hangover prevention tips above, don’t forget to line up a sober driver. Best wishes to you in the new year!