T’is the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la…t’is also the season to completely and utterly overindulge and boy is it fun. Not the following day though.
Whilst most experts believe that the only hangover cure is not to drink too much at all in the first place (duh), here are a few tried and tested tips that will help you out of your suffering….
This is the key, totally and utterly. Those who remember to drink water in between drinks and before sleep will lessen or avoid the total dehydration the body endures on a big night. It is the dehydration that causes the majority of the symptoms we have come to know as a hangover. Water, water and plenty of it.
This will help to lessen the nausea felt on ‘the day after the night before’. Ginger tea, fresh ginger grated on scrambled eggs or even a supplement will help. I swear by ginger lollipops aimed at pregnant women!
TAKE MILK THISTLE
Taking a couple of these before and after drinking will help your organs do their detoxifying job. You can buy a liquid supplement or a tablet. It works.
Drinking a power packed thirst quencher that helps your body replace all the goodness it has lost will help. Whilst the electrolyte packed energy drinks will work to an extent, you are far better off with nature’s natural remedy – coconut water. It is the perfect tonic you need after a big session.
Sleep is the best solution, combined with water. Your body needs time to recover – if you can, try to make sure you start your drinking earlier and finish earlier to allow for a good few hours of sleep. Failing that, see if you can arrange for a lie-in the next day. You will be glad you did.
EAT DRY CARBS
Dr. Hall-Flavin says. Normally when blood sugar levels dip, your liver reacts by producing more glucose from stored carbs. But if you’ve been drinking too much, your liver is busy metabolizing the alcohol and can’t handle the extra work, so your blood sugar levels stay down, and you can feel irritable and tired. Eating carbs can help.
Some people swear by a good run to sweat out the badness but experts say this is worsening the effect of dehydration on your body – it is the rush of feel-good endorphins that you’re experiencing. If you insist on sweating it out in the gym, drink plenty!
HAIR OF THE DOG
Your body is feeling the loss of the drug alcohol from your system, so of course it craves more but actually giving into this will not help you one bit… you’re in effect, creating a dependency. Give your system a day or two to recover and do its thing before you start again. Experts say 48 hours is the safe minimum.
This may give you a chemical kick up the bottom but it’s worsening your dehydration levels since caffeine is a diuretic. Stick with ginger tea, coconut water and water itself. If you desperately need the boost try an electrolyte packed energy sports drink.
EAT GREASY FOOD
Whilst you may think a full fried breakfast is the way to ‘soak up the alcohol’ this is actually untrue. On saying that if you eat that meal BEFORE you go out, it could actually help. Protein and fat can help the absorption of ethanol into the circulatory system but the next day it’s just too much for your poor body to handle. Carbohydrates and foods full of nutrition will help your body heal and replace sugars lost. Avocados, coconut water, bitter leafy greens are all great but not quite what you fancy I know. Try a lean protein and avocado sandwich filled with rocket if you want to feel better faster.
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