Can You Really Beat The ‘Hang’?
As restrictions loosen and you are able to socialise, it’s understandable you may want to let loose and have some fun. But what if you’ve had a little too much fun? Is it really possible to ‘beat’ your hangover?
- Hydration : Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it increases urine production and if you’re drinking alcohol, that means you aren’t drinking water. Make sure you drink plenty of water before and after your drink. Coconut water is also a good choice for rehydration as it supplies potassium, and rehydrates and replenishes your electrolyte balance.
- Take a nap: Alcohol typically disrupts our ability to reach a deep sleep and if we are unable to sleep soundly and our bodies are busy trying to get rid of the alcohol, chances are you will feel unrested and a bit groggy. Take a nap if you can find a little window, naps have restorative powers and can help the recovery process significantly so even a 30 min nap can make a difference.
- You Are What You Eat: Having a proper meal with good quality protein and healthy fats before or with a drink helps slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. And although you may crave a McDonald’s, opt for a banana or some eggs and toast to help restore the nutrients lost during the alcohol detoxification process.
- Keep it crystal clear: Clear spirits like vodka or gin have fewer toxins than darker spirits like whisky. If possible opt for mixers such as soda or tonic which are kinder to your body than sugary alternatives.
- Vitamin B: Studies show that supplementing with B6 before, during, and after drinking could help reduce hangover symptoms. A study recently published in The Journal of Clinical Medicine evaluated drinkers’ diets for 24 hours before and after excessive drinking, and found that people who ingested greater amounts of zinc and B vitamins had much less severe hangovers.