Hangover Cure: How To Avoid Once And For All
Hangover cure is one of the things most of us haven’t quite cracked. When every inch you move causes a wave of sickness and you can’t physically move.
And then there’s the beer fear; the emptied bank account; the messages you shouldn’t have sent. You’re never drinking again- until that glass of wine mid-week, or at least until Friday, anyway.
It’s an inevitable cycle, so one you might as well learn how to make a bit easier for yourself when it does happen. There’s no secret answer to preventing all future hangovers (we wish)- you are poisoning your body after all- but, there are things you can do to ease them.
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As they say- fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Like anything else it’s easier to prevent than to treat- and with symptoms of a hangover you really can help yourself, so why wouldn’t you.
The obvious advice would be to take up sobriety or limit the amount of alcohol you drink, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, get in to the habit of doing the following things and hopefully you’ll keep the weekly deathly hangovers at bay, without having to totally cut out your alcohol consumption…
Hangover Cure: BEFORE
For once in your life- a burger is better for you than a salad. Lining your stomach is a real thing- as much as you want to avoid the dreaded bloat, you should stock up before a big night.
Going out on an empty stomach will affect how much you question life the next day, as your hangover depends not on how much you drank, but how you metabolise it.
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And a lot of that rests on how much you eat. A good pre- night out meal contains carbs, proteins and fats (so anything that tastes nice really). If we’re getting specific, red meat is especially high in amino acids that help break down the hangover- causing byproducts of alcohol.
Have that nap. A pre- night out nap is sometimes needed for that extra boost before a big night. Being well- rested won’t prevent a hangover but a lack of sleep is one of the biggest factors in dramatising a hangover (those ones where you physically can’t move).
Swerve the champagne. In fact, any bubbly alcoholic drink will accelerate the absorption of the alcohol. That’s why it will take most of us an embarrassingly small amount of bubbly to get us on the dance floor AND the hangover is particularly bad. Who’s noticed that?
Skip the cigs. Try not to mix one bad habit with another. Chain smoking whilst you’re drinking will only increase the effect of alcohol- it’s proven. A study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found college students to suffer more the next day after a night of drinking when they had also smoked along with it.
The clearer the better. Not only are clearer spirits like vodka and gin less calorific, they actually help ease the hangover when not mixed (that doesn’t mean you’ll be let off Scot-free if you spend all night shotting). But, in general, vodka and gin have less toxins and impurities than the darker spirits like rum and whiskey.
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Gin and juice is the way. Mixing your spirits with flat juices does your hangover a favour, over mixing it with fizzy mixers. OJ and AJ won’t prevent a hangover (if only) but the extra vitamins in fruit juices will help you avoid a hangover more than fizzy pops will.
An odd one- but, wash your hands well. Alcohol weakens your immune system, so if you’re out and about and exposed to the flu or any other nasties, you’re more likely to become infected when under the influence. And what’s one thing you absolutely don’t need when fighting off a hangover? The flu.
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Splurging on the alcohol, will save on your hangover. As the saying goes, ‘you get what you pay for’,
The more expensive, top-shelf stuff is filtered the most to remove more impurities and toxins, as well as the psychological affect of nursing your drink for longer when it cost an arm and a leg.
Get on the dance floor. You’re not only burning some of those cals that you’re drinking (and eating, come 3am), but it’s harder to hold a drink when you’re throwing shapes on the dance floor. But, be careful to have a glass of water at hand to rehydrate when the inevitable happens and you break a sweat.
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Hangover Cure: AFTER
Hair of the dog isn’t a thing and should be avoided at all costs. It only delays the inevitable of an even heftier hangover. As alcohol is a depressant by nature, by drinking the following day, you’re only extending that period of ‘come-down’ that tends to happen after a heavy weekend of drinking.
How do you like your eggs when hungover? Hopefully poached- there’s less chance of it upsetting your stomach with heavy grease. Eggs help to break down the headache- causing toxin produced when digesting the alcohol.
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Sprite is your best friend. Researchers found the Chinese version of Sprite to speed up the body’s metabolism of alcohol. Quicker metabolism means less time exposed to the nasty chemicals produced when alcohol’s digested.
Drinking water is of course paramount to helping heal a hangover, but soft drinks will also help to replace lost electrolytes from the alcohol, which lead to dehydration. Soft drinks with high sugar content, as well as sports drinks like Lucozade, also help to keep blood sugar levels under control after a night of heavy drinking.
Flush your herbal tea down the toilet. They might make you feel the epitome of health throughout the week, but when trying to swerve a hangover, they actually prolong them.
If you ever feel a hangover is more than simply paying for your actions the night before, do seek medical advice. Those allergic to alcohol tend to have a crippling hangover, despite the amount they drink.