8 Easy Tips to Avoid Hangovers
Updated: Jan 5, 2018
Planning on indulging in some adult beverages this New Year's? Read this first!
One of the worst things about drinking during holiday celebrations is the inevitable hangover. Believe me, I know. Nowadays I'm such a lightweight that one strong drink ruins the next day. That's the good and bad news of healthier eating, I suppose. Once you're more in-tune with your body, you become super sensitive to any change in diet or environment. But I digress...
I'll spare you the easy-to-say and less easy-to-do platitudes like "drink in moderation" or "just drink wine". I mean, you're out to party one last time this year, right?
Luckily you can spare yourself the crappy hungover feeling by being prepared. I've compiled this list so you can arm yourself with knowledge and wisdom before you skip down that yellow brick road to the bar.
8 Easy Tips to Avoid Hangovers
1. Drink lots of water before, during and after you drink. Hangovers and the awful headaches are likely to occur when you lack adequate hydration. Yes, it's obvious, but easy to forget. Alcohol is so dehydrating and zaps vital nutrients rather quickly. Plus, your liver is working overtime just to process all the alcohol out of your system and the extra water is key to help your kidneys flush it out. One way to follow this tip is to drink a large glass of water between each alcoholic drink.
2. A few hours BEFORE you drink, take some key vitamins with some food. The following are quickly depleted when you drink, so this will get some into your system as a buffer. I'd even take these the morning after:
15-30 mg of Zinc to help the liver detoxify the alcohol and for cellular repair
300-500 mg of Magnesium for proper nerve and cellular function
1,000 mg of Vitamin C
B1, B2, B3, folic acid and B12 (or just a good quality B complex). Your gut needs these
for so many processes on a daily basis.
3. Eat something first. Doesn't have to be much, but prep your stomach. You're anxious to get your buzz on, I get it. Having food in your system will slow its absorption into the bloodstream and prevent feeling crummy later on.
4. Complex carbohydrates such as vegetables or crackers or fat/protein foods like eggs or cheese are good to keep from feeling sick. Enjoy a nibble here and there while you drink.
5. Drink a good-quality broth, like chicken bone broth, with some Himalayan pink salt if you're hungover. This will restore minerals like calcium, magnesium, as well as provide some amino acids and collagen to repair skin and heal your gut lining. This one is amazing!
6. Avoid caffeinated drinks if you drank too much. Stick to water. Caffeine will make dehydration worse and further drains your body of nutrients.
7. Have a couple shots...of beet juice. Beets are super foods that contain lots of iron, potassium, copper, vitamin C, and niacin. They also have folic acid, calcium, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Adding them to the diet is cleansing to the liver, so don't be shy to add beets to your diet. Farmhouse Culture and Beetology have amazing beet juice blends that don't taste too, well, beet-y.
8. Get to bed at a decent time. Okay, that's a tough sell when you're in party mode. Did you know that your best, restorative sleep happens between 10pm-2am? That means if you can hit the sack by 10, you're golden. Since we're talking about New Year's, let's be realistic and at least try for just past midnight so you'll get in on at least an hour of restorative sleep to repair your cells and keep you looking well-rested.
Try these tips out and feel free to comment with some that have worked for you. Head to the store and stock up now! Have a safe, healthy and happy New Year!
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