“Drink more water”
“Have pinch of salt”
“Don’t mix drinks”
We’ve all tried to thwart hangovers, but what REALLY works?
But just in case the quick fixes you tried last time didn’t fix anything, and you plan to do some celebrating this year, here are some tips and advice that will help you decide what to eat before, during AND after drinking.
If you have a party to go to soon, spend whatever time you can being incredibly diligent with your diet and choices. Be more aware of your food and drink choices, stick to only water and organic fresh juices and work from there.
Make sure you have a late afternoon preventative tactic. Take vitamin B and C four hours before you go out celebrating.
Eat fried or fatty foods BEFORE drinking. They will stick to the stomach lining longer and slow down the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. A Mediterranean folk belief is to take a spoonful of olive oil before indulging. This gives the body more time to process the by products and will increase your chances of feeling decent in the morning.
When you get to the party or wherever you’re going stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before, during and after. Drink one glass of water between drinks.
Choose the alcohol that will cause the least hangover effects. The common ingredient in all drinks is ethanol. Ethanol has a dehydrating effect and also affects the stomach lining which causes nausea the next day. Other impurities are also added during the distillation process and are more common in sweet drinks and malt liquors.
If you can, drink clear alcoholic drinks like gin, vodka, or Chardonnay. Colored drinks like red wine and bourbon are more likely to cause a hangover because they contain substances produced during fermentation such as acetone, acetaldehyde, fusel oil and tannins, which gives darker drinks their color and part of their flavour. These are called congeners. Bourbon whisky contains 37 times the quantity of congeners as vodka.
Stop drinking at least an hour before you go to bed. Drinking alcohol makes you more likely to wake during the night, leaving you feeling less rested in the morning. The latest study found that alcohol increases slow-wave “deep” sleep during the first half of the night, but then increases sleep disruptions in the second half of the night.
Some effective hangover remedies are:
- sprouted lentils
- fruit juices
Water rehydrates the body. Simple.
Fruit juices, high in vitamins B and C, are depleted during and after drinking alcohol so drinking fresh juices and water can put essential electrolytes back. Juice also contains high levels of fructose, and has been proven to “increase the rate at which the body gets rid of toxins such as those left over from alcohol metabolism”.
Eggs, dairy, capsicums, garlic, onions, broccoli, oats, granola, sprouted lentils all contains large amounts of cysteine.
Cysteine blocks the conversion of alcohol into acetaldehyde, while also aiding acetaldehyde metabolism in the liver by providing glutathione.
When we consume too much alcohol, our bodies are overwhelmed and cannot effectively metabolize all the acetaldehyde that is being produced because we don’t have enough glutathione. So acetaldehyde builds up and sweating, nausea, vomiting and flushing are experienced.
What’s that mean? Stick to the bulleted list above the next day, and get that nasty hangover-producing acetaldehyde out of your system.