St. Patrick’s Day is here. The first parade was held on March 17th, 1762, and has been held for 248 consecutive years. Eighty-two percent of Americans will wear green to celebrate. Thirteen million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide, and that means a lot of hangovers the day after. So, what can you do to hopefully avoid that hangover?
1. Eat Right
Eating right to avoid a hangover means having different strategies before, during, and after you drink.
Getting your pre-game right is an important step in helping to avoid hangovers. Eating the right foods before you drink helps to slow down alcohol absorption. A meal of low-glycemic index carbs, healthy fats, and lean proteins is your best bet. If you can’t get in a good meal, then there is also a traditional Chinese elixir made from a combination of ginger root, tangerine pulp, and brown sugar that studies have shown to reduce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea when consumed before drinking alcohol.
Your pre-game meal will help slow down alcohol absorption, however, speeding up the rate at which your body metabolizes alcohol is done while you drink. This is where you want to consume sugar, and not all sugar is created equal. Fructose, a sugar found in many fruits and vegetables, helps speed up alcohol metabolism. While you could sip on a soda, try sipping on something natural like plain orange juice, or munch on some blueberries, grapes, apples, or pears between beers or cocktails.
After a night of heavy drinking you should eat foods that are easy to digest, and contain electrolytes, like potassium. Sipping on coconut water, or eating foods like bananas, avocados, almond or peanut butter, pickles, sweet potatoes, and yogurt provides the body with much needed electrolytes lost from a night of heavy drinking. You could also try this Ultimate All-Natural Hangover Remedy that is high in electrolytes.
2. Drink Water
Alcohol is a diuretic. It causes the body to dehydrate. Consuming water as you drink alcohol won’t keep you hydrated, nor will it prevent a hangover, but it will keep you from consuming alcohol too quickly. This will allow your body time to metabolize the alcohol that is in your system. Sip on some water as you munch on those foods that are high in fructose we discussed earlier between drinks.
Drinking a glass of water before bed, and leaving a glass on your nightstand for when you wake up can help your body start on the path of rehydration. Be sure to drink plenty water the next day to help the body flush toxins as you munch on foods high in electrolytes.
3. Go Back to Bed
A hangover isn’t caused by lack of sleep, but lack of sleep makes a hangover worse. Try taking a long nap the day after to allow your body to heal itself. Plus, hangovers are more comfortable when you’re asleep.
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