You’re out with your friends, catching up and having a few drinks, everything is good. Then, the next morning arrives and you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus. Ladies, there is no shame, we’ve all been there.
Whatever you do, don’t reach for the bottle thinking it’ll reverse the effects. Most of us will know this as the good old “hair of the dog”. But with so many better ways to straighten you out, there is simply no need.
Whilst there is no completely concrete way to prevent getting a hangover, other than simply not drinking, we’ve got plenty of things you can do to make the morning after a little less painful.
As much as we’d like to offer one, there is no surefire way to prevent a hangover, other than just not drinking. However, what we can give you is some tips on what to do before, during, and after to make things more bearable.
So, let’s get to it.
What to do the next morning
Get some breakfast
Drinking alcohol without adequate food in your system can cause your blood sugar levels to drop. And yes, we see you nodding in agreement when we say that so many of us have enjoyed a few glasses of wine without having dinner or even a snack first. You can then hardly be surprised that you wake up the next morning feeling shaky with a fuzzy head.
Up the carbs by having some toast and a glass of orange or apple juice. It’s probably also worth adding some protein like a couple of eggs or even just a yogurt to help keep your blood sugar balanced.
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Sleep it off
It’s likely that you dropped off as soon as your head hit the pillow the night before. However, after drinking perhaps one too many, any sleep you did get wasn’t serene. Research has shown that alcohol disturbs the duration and quality of your sleep.
So, before you decide to crawl out of your slumber and attempt to function like a normal human being, hit that snooze button and get a few more hours of sleep to send that hangover on its way.
Go crazy for ginseng
Ginseng is an ingredient typically used in Chinese medicine and has been for centuries. With good reason too as this root has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Additionally, it also helps to boost your immune system to fight off colds and other viruses. Ginseng also has anti-nausea properties and could help to break down the alcohol in your body more effectively.
One study of red ginseng and plain water used male participants who’d had a glass of whiskey. The results discovered that the men who had ginseng experienced fewer hangover symptoms and had lower blood alcohol levels too.
Something we need to note is that ginseng has the ability to affect other medications, so it would be best to consult your doctor before taking any.
Ginger tea to the rescue
As if a hangover isn’t bad enough, on some occasions you may also suffer from an upset stomach. When this happens, try to settle your stomach with a warm mug of ginger tea. Research has shown that ginger can be used to fight back against feelings of nausea and vomiting. Ginger tea as well as all other things ginger is often used as a remedy for morning sickness.
Boost your electrolytes
Drinking alcohol makes you dehydrated which means that your electrolytes will suffer too. Something like Gatorade will help remedy this or you could snack on the likes of:
What would be really handy is if you’ve got Pedialyte, it’s great for the nights where you’ve gone a bit too hard. Just one bottle has twice as much sodium and five times the potassium as a bottle of Gatorade. There may not be any research to say this will cure your hangover, it’ll surely help.
Stop the hangover, before you drink
Make sure you eat something
As we’ve already found out, drinking on an empty stomach isn’t a good thing. What it will do is cause your body to absorb the alcohol more quickly. We know that wine is made from grapes, but it’s still not dinner.
So, before you head out to meet the girls, get a good meal full of protein and healthy carbs in you first.
We know it’s not exactly the perfect meal before going out for the evening, but oats are said to protect against alcohol-induced liver damage. Well, in lab mice anyway; still, worth a try, right?
Pear juice could be your savior
Now, this one requires you to be a little proactive, but the benefits will be worth it. Before hitting the town, get an 8-ounce glass of Korean pear juice down you.
A 2013 study revealed that this traditional remedy aided participants in breaking down the alcohol and lowering blood alcohol levels. What this does is makes the symptoms the following morning a little less intense.
However, before you go filling your refrigerator with pear juice, we need to point out that the study was only small with just 14 subjects, and not all of them experienced benefits.
Still, it’s got to be worth a try.
What to do whilst you’re out
Stick to light beverages
Darker alcoholic drinks such as rum, whiskey, and red wine contain more congeners than lighter beverages such as white wine. Congeners are produced during the fermentation process along with ethanol.
Research has shown that higher concentrations of these compounds can be linked to some hangover symptoms, such as vomiting. However, the jury is still out on this one so you can’t take our word for it (yet).
So, if you’re not willing to take the risk perhaps stay off the dark spirits and opt for something lighter to make the next morning not so awful.
Hydrate your way out of it
Research has shown that the more dehydrated you are, the more your blood alcohol level rises. Not only that, but alcohol can further dehydrate you by channeling more of your fluids into your urine. However, all of this can be remedied with some good old water.
In order to prevent a hangover fueled by dehydration or a migraine attack, ensure that you drink water throughout your evening. Try and match each alcoholic drink with a glass of water. If you feel the need to spice it up a little, go for carbonated water and add a little lime.
Avoid carbonated drinks
We really hate to burst your bubble (pardon the pun), but we’d highly recommend passing on drinks such as champagne and other beverages that are carbonated. Even your spirit and mixer drinks like rum and Coke can be a problem. Studies have shown that carbon dioxide can build up in the bubbles and could potentially cause your digestive system to soak up alcohol faster.
The bottom line
If you want a way to completely avoid a hangover, then here is an easy tip for you… don’t drink alcohol. A few drinks may be fun occasionally, but alcohol is not required in order to have fun.
If you do want to have a drink, maybe stick with one or two and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water too. Even if you do have a few more than planned, everyone has at some point. If you can’t take advantage of a happy hour, then why would it be a happy hour?
When the hangover does strike you with a pounding headache, just be kind to yourself, get some more sleep, have some breakfast, and down a Gatorade. All of this will help to restore your blood sugar levels and make you feel more human.
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