The worst part about waking up on new year’s day is beating the hangover from the night before. Thankfully, there is an array of things that can be done to address the headache, dry mouth, and nausea that you brought upon yourself from drinking a bit too much. Here are 10 of the best ways to get rid of a hangover:
Say no to bubbles.
Research suggests that the bubbles may cause alcohol to be absorbed more quickly, therefore, it’s highly recommended that you steer clear of anything carbonated like champagne or wine spritzers. That’s what’ll give you that New Year’s Day hangover.
Breathing and meditation exercises in yoga can get oxygen flowing and blood pumping to help battle stress, especially when you’re not feeling so hot. There is no proof that yoga will eliminate your hangover, but it can only help, so namaste!
When we are hungover, we are actually dehydrated. This is because we lose not only water, but electrolytes too. Get them back by snacking on potassium-packed foods like bananas or spinach. If you happen to be thinking ahead, stock up on Pedialyte from the drug store. One bottle has twice the amount of sodium, and five times as much potassium as the same size bottle of Gatorade!
Eggs naturally contain taurine, which has been shown to assist in healing liver damage caused by a night of heavy drinking. Scramble them up with lots of veggies and spices for added antioxidant effects!
Alcohol consumption leads to a drop in blood sugar, so boost it back up with a glass of apple juice when you wake up. Fruit juices are a good way to address mild low blood sugar, but if the situation feels more desperate, then opt for something with a high glycemic index, like darkhorse Rice Chex or a baguette.
One for one
It’s no enigma that drinking water can help out that pounding a.m. headache. Tissues around the brain are mostly made of water, and dehydration shrinks these tissues, which creates pressure in the head. Alcohol leads to dehydration, so make sure to constantly drink water throughout the night. Try to drink a glass of water for every glass of wine or shot you consume.
No, beer doesn’t count as dinner just because it’s made out of bread and has calories. Drinking on an empty stomach allows alcohol to absorb faster, so try getting in a good meal with lots of healthy carbs before busting out the booze. Some research even suggests that a stomach full of food may help maintain blood alcohol content at a lower level.
Keep it light.
Darker drinks like red wine or rum contain more congeners, which are substances that are produced during fermentation. They are known to possibly contribute to causing hangovers. So skip the whiskey, and go for vodka or a glass of white wine instead.
The more expensive liquors are usually distilled more times, and therefore contain fewer congeners. So, don’t be cheap, keep it classy, and get some top-shelf booze to mix with your juice instead of the well stuff.
Drinking depletes your body of nutrients, some of which include vitamin B12 and folate. So, when you’re feeling hungover, try popping a multivitamin to replenish what’s lost from a night of boozing.